Archives & Special Collections Home
- Find rare books, summaries of archival collections, and other Archives & Special Collections materials in Western Libraries' catalog.
Collection guides, also known as finding aids, describe the contents of archival collections and provide basic background information. Many also contain a list of what is in each folder or box.
- Search Archives West to find detailed guides to archival collections at Western
- Collection guides are also discoverable in OneSearch
- MABEL: Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library
- CPNWS Photograph Catalog
- CPNWS Map Catalog
- Digital Exhibits
Subject Research Guides
Subject guides are another handy research tool for locating primary sources. They list a variety of recommended resources related to various topics covered by Western's Archives & Special Collections holdings.
Harmful Language & Content Warning
We acknowledge that problematic content exists in the material we collect and the methods we use to interpret those resources. We welcome respectful dialogue with those who may be harmed or impacted, and seek to engage in respectful practices that build trust and collaboration.
Access and Use of Collections
Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate, meaning they must be accessed onsite.
Giving to Archives & Special Collections
We accept donations of financial gifts and collection materials. Your contribution enables us to develop, preserve, and promote discovery of world-class collections documenting the culture and history of Western, our community, state, region, and world. For more information about the impact your donation will have, please contact Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Archives & Special Collections (phone: (360) 650-3823 | email: Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu).
We also welcome inquiries about potential donation(s) of materials that are suitable for our various collections. For more information on donating items or collections, please contact Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Archives & Special Collections (phone: 360-650-3283 | email: Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu).
Special Collections is located on the 6th floor of Wilson Library, located at 516 High St. on the north end of campus. Wilson Library sits at the corner the old main Lawn and Red Square
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and University Archives & Records Management are located at 808 25th St., at the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 25th St., on the south end of the Western Washington University campus.
Archives Building Parking
Free archives visitor parking is available in Lot 33G (across from main entrance), marked by signs on north side of the lot.
Visit our individual unit pages or contact us to find out more about specific research hours or to make an appointment. If you're not sure which unit to contact, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 650-7534. Questions are welcome any time.