Special Collections Exhibits at Western Libraries

View of the two display cases in full (Case 05 and 06)
Books are not just about texts. They are also about art and design. Studying them in their original "packaging" can help us better understand how people communicated whether verbally or visually, in times gone by.  Book bindings are one of the many channels through which books have... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian
Display Date: 4/06/2018
Special Collections Case 05
Photo of books donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford.
Perfect for spring, the theme of this year's collection of books donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford is, Just for Fun!  It represents different ways of thinking about fly fishing from the philosophical to the lighthearted and everything in between. On display are the colorful trade editions... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 3/23/2018
Special Collections Case 07
Photo of books about Harry Middleton donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford.
On July 28, 1993, a very promising fly fishing writer was lost, dying at age 44 of a massive coronary or brain aneurysm. Five books were completed in his life time, and a sixth, a gathering of his uncollected works, was published posthumously. We are fortunate to have this legacy of words to... more
Display by: Tamara Belts
Display Date: 1/09/2019
Special Collections Case 08
Image of display cases 09 and 10
These display cases feature more of the Nineteenth Century Publishers' Bindings as found in display cases 05 and 06, these with a fly fishing bent. As noted, books are not just about texts. There are also about art and design. Studying them in their "original" packaging can help us... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian
Display Date: 4/06/2018
Special Collections Case 09
Exhibit space in Special Collections.
Literally and symbolically, mountains are a source of liberation. But in helping some reach new heights, mountains have also been the backdrop to past and present struggles. This new exhibition from Heritage Resources features historical materals that explore the complex relationship between our... more
Display by: Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian
Display Date: 10/01/2018
Special Collections Gallery