Special Collections News
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Return to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown
August 3, 2012
Wilson Library 6th Floor
Save the Date!
Roderick Haig-Brown is known internationally for his writing on fly fishing. Born in England, he came to British Columbia, Canada, and lived on the banks of the Campbell River, Vancouver Island. He published many books and articles, and is known for his writing on fly fishing.
Steve Raymond was born in Bellingham, Wash. Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as an editor of The flyfisher and Fly fishing in salt waters. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.
Photo: Ledge Pool. Image taken at the Grand Ronde River, October 15, 1964. Ralph E. Wahl Photograph Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a department of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries.
Last week the Children's & Young Adult Book Sale happened in Special Collections. The book sale raises funds for the Children's Literature Conference, an annual event at Western.
The books are all new, fiction and non-fiction, including science, biographies, chapter books, easy readers, and books for both young people and adults or cross-over books. The sale is always popular, and many people came to buy during the two day sale.
Students in ENG 441, Children's Literature for Elementary and Middle School, were involved in setup and organization of the book sale, and selected over 170 books to donate to a local Foster Parent/Caregiver Holiday Event.
Sylvia Tag, book sale coordinator and ENG 441 instructor, with Kathryn Boyd, Extended Education, take a moment during the sale to smile for the camera.
Special Collections has passed the half-way mark in completing the digitization of the WWU student newspaper. Western has had a student newspaper from 1899, the first year of the university. From 1899 to 1950 is now available online in the WWU Student Newspaper Digital Collection.
Lesley Lowery, who is helping to get the paper online, enjoys seeing the news stories from the past. "It's a lot of fun to get into, to get a feeling for the stories behind the names on buildings on campus I see everyday." Lesley has discovered that the student newspaper reported on different events long ago, "They had proms and dances every weekend, the social theme was much more important then."
Discover the past for yourself, browsing through the old issues of the student newspaper, and check back for more recent issues coming soon.
Students from a journalism class who are working for the Western Front visited Special Collections to ask questions and take photographs about the Western Front digitization project.
Sandy Celec is photographed at her workstation in Special Collections today.
The story may appear in the new student edition of the Western Front later this summer.
Marian Alexander and friends from Special Collections got together for a farewell lunch in her honor.
From left to right are Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, Marian Alexander, Professor Emeritus, her husband David, Rick Osen, Assistant Dean for Collections & Technology, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian.
Marian is retiring from her position as Head of Special Collections, which under her leadership has moved into a modern facility and increased the number and size of the collections significantly.