Special Collections News
Passengers on the steam-powered passenger ferry "Brick," tied up at the Sehome dock, circa 1890.
Western Libraries Heritage Resources invites you to participate in a range of FREE events we'll be offering in the coming months:
- Basics of Historical Research Workshop - Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives)
- Village Books Western Connections: WWU Professor and James W. Scott Fellow Dr. Polly Myers - Tuesday, June 11, noon to 1:00 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven
- Basics of Personal Digital Archiving brown bag presentation - Friday, June 21, noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives and Bellingham Public Library)
- Fly Fishing Event with Darrel Martin - Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Special Collections (6th floor Wilson Library)
"Diverse Reactions: Campus Protest, Student Unrest, and Radical Thought
at Western Washington State College, 1965-1970".
A display by Heritage Resources
The nation’s legacy of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s is one of defiance, protest, discord, and tumult. The U.S. involvement in Cambodia and the unpopular war in Vietnam led to an eruption of protest movements, largely held on college campuses across the nation. Western was not immune to these effects. With an astonishing 14 campus protest in the 1969-1970 academic year, Western Washington State College proved itself to be a politically active campus, rife with student unrest. Students from diverse backgrounds came together to speak out on a wide range of issues, either as individuals or student groups – such as Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Student Union, and Students for Peace. Anti-hitchhiking laws, the Vietnam War, the Kent State shooting, and ethnic diversity were all issues that Western students rallied around. Amid the chaos and often radical rhetoric, campus staff and faculty were faced with dilemmas on how to manage the conflict and disruption. College president, Jerry Flora, had the difficult task of leading the school through one of the most difficult eras in 20th Century U.S. history. Ultimately, Flora’s lenient consideration for student led protests, teach-ins, sit-ins, and other demonstrations quelled any potential violence that may have occurred on campus, as was experienced by other colleges and universities at the time.
This display features duplicate copies of archival material from Western Washington University Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs. Heritage Resources comprises the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives. For more information about these programs or to view their collections, please send an email to Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu . You may also check out this handy research guide for additional resources on the history and impact of student movements.
The display was created by WWU History graduate students Kristi Roberts and Megan Garbett.
Polly Myers, a recipient of the 2012-2013 James W. Scott Research Fellowship Award, was the guest of honor at a reception in Special Collections, on Monday, November 26.
Dr. Meyers is a History Instructor at Western and is researching the employment of women at the Boeing Company after World War II.
|The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, founder and first director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region.
Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, congratulated Dr. Myers on receiving the award and invited the guests to return in Spring 2013, when Dr. Myers will present on the topic of anti-nuclear protest.