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The Compleat Angler, or, The contemplative man’s recreation

Author: 
Walton, Izaak, 1593-1683; illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1867-1939.
Publication Information: 
New York: Weathervane Books, 1975
Location: 
Special Collections Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH433.A 1975
April, 2017

The Compleat Angler, is a classic angling book first published in 1653. With countless subsequent editions, it rivals the St. James version of the Bible as the most frequently reprinted book in the English language. The author -- Izaak Walton -- continually expanded the text throughout the course of his life, with the final (5th) version completed in 1676.

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Totem Flyfishers Dean River: Forty Seasons on the River, 1976 to 2015

Author: 
Arthur James Lingren
Publication Information: 
[Campbell River, British Columbia: Gwen Kushner, 2016]
Location: 
Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH572.B8 L564 2016
January, 2017

Renowned for its summer run steelhead, the Dean River is a dream destination for many. For the Totem Flyfishers of British Columbia, it's been an annual tradition since 1976. This book is an illustrated history of their expeditions, featuring the individuals, the camps, the catches, and even the farewells - as two club members' ashes were scattered on the waters during summer excursions.

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Barney Scout Mann & the Pacific Crest Trail

Barney Scout Mann to Discuss His Recent Book ‘The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail’

Pacific Crest Trail historian and avid backpacker Barney Scout Mann will speak about the history of the trail and the publication it inspired at Western Libraries at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Reading Room (Wilson Library, 4 Central). The event is free and open to the public.
 

A backpacker for 50 years, Barney Scout Mann was 13 when he went on his first 50-miler – a week-long backpack in the Sierra Nevada. In 2007, he and his wife Sandy thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, spending more than five months walking a 2,650-mile continuous line from Mexico to Canada. The New York Times calls Mann “the informal historian for the trail” and Backpacker Magazine calls him a “geek for trail history.”

Earlier this year, Mann co-authored the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s new book, The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail, along with Mark Larabee. The book tells the gripping saga of this true American wilderness trail through a series of 250 historic and scenic photographs. It was recently named “Book of the Year” by Backpacker Magazine.

During his presentation, Mann will present stories, photos and videos from the trail, followed by book sales and signings.

 

This talk is being offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program, which are events featuring presenters who are authorities in their respective fields and who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research. 

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El partido de José Martí

Author: 
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez
Publication Information: 
Matanzas, Cuba: Ediciones Vigía, 2013
Location: 
Rare Book Collection
Call Number: 
N7433.4.R636 P35 2013
December, 2016

Jose Marti was a writer and revolutionary who lived in Cuba from 1853 until his untimely death in 1895.  Referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence,” Marti’s name became a symbol for liberty and intellectual freedom not just in Cuba, but throughout Latin America.  He fought with pen and sword for Cuba's independence from Spain, and was ultimately killed in battle for that cause.  Seven years after hi

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Campus History with Heritage Resources

The Fall 2016 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue we explore Western's 620 High Street, circa 1950, University Archives.campus history, including a timeline of past presidents, the development of the university's physical and built environment, and recollections and reminiscences of former faculty and staff told through oral histories.

Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.

Image: 620 High Street, circa 1950, University Archives.

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Art Flick Catskill Legend: A Remembrance of His Life and Times

Author: 
Roger Keckeissen
Publication Information: 
Livingston, Montana: Clark City Press, 2014
Location: 
Fly Fishing Collection
November, 2016

Art Flick was a revered fly fisherman and tier who was largely known for one simple, useful and insightful book, Art Flick's Streamside Guide to Naturals and Their Imitations. Published in 1947, then reprinted in 1969 and 1974, it was written at a time when fly fishers were feeling the urge, and the need to become amateur entomologists.

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The Holocaust: Selected Documents in Eighteen Volumes

Author: 
John Mendelsohn, editor
Publication Information: 
New York, London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1982
Location: 
Rare Book Collection
Call Number: 
D 810 J4 H655
October, 2016

This set of eighteen volumes represents a historically significant collection of reprints of primary source materials dealing with the Holocaust. Through a series of letters, official orders, transcripts and other documents readers can experience first-hand the atrocities that were committed in the name of white supremacy. 

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Tom Morgan's Favorite Flies, Favorite Water

Author: 
Tom Morgan and Gerri Carlson
Publication Information: 
Manhattan, Montana: Slow Poke Press, 2009
Location: 
Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH451.M56 2009
September, 2016

Fly fishing and fine book art have been brought together in this latest treasure recently added to the Fly Fishing Collection at Western Libraries Special Collections. Tom Morgan's Favorite Flies, Favorite Waters, is a collaborative effort by Tom Morgan, well known fly rod designer, and his wife Gerri Carlson, skilled rodmaker and passionate book artist.

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Fathnamah-i Sind : being the original record of the Arab conquest of Sind

Author: 
Baloch, N. A., editor
Publication Information: 
Islamabad, Pakistan: Institute of Islamic History, Culture, and Civilization, Islamic University, 1983
Location: 
Rare Book Collection
Call Number: 
DS392.S58 K83 1983
May, 2016

The Fathnamah-i-Sind, also known as the Chach Nama, describes the invasion of the Indic subcontinent, specifically Sindh and adjacent areas, by the Arab forces in 712-715 CE. The text was originally written in Arabic, but -- as has happened many times in the history of literature -- unfortunately the Arabic text was lost and the work only survives in a 13th century CE Persian translation.

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The Colonial Problem

The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada 

 

Western Libraries Heritage Resources and the Center for Canadian American Studies are pleased to present Dr. Lisa Monchalin, faculty member from the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia, who will speak about her most recent book, The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada, on Wednesday, May 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor). 

 

Dr. Monchalin is of Algonquin, Métis, Huron, and Scottish descent, and she is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to hold a Ph.D. in Criminology.  She has published on topics related to crime prevention and Indigenous people’s victimization, including writing an action brief for municipal stakeholders, which was distributed across many municipalities throughout Canada. 
 
Proud of her Indigenous heritage, Dr. Monchalin is determined to reduce the amount of crime that affects Indigenous people. Her Ph.D. thesis was a case study which involved an extensive amount of research regarding urban Indigenous people and crime prevention. She has published in scholarly journals including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an International Journal and La Revue Criminologie, among others.
 
The Canadian government has framed the overrepresentation and disproportionate criminalization of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system as being an "Indian problem." In The Colonial Problem, Dr. Monchalin challenges the myth of the "Indian problem," and encourages readers to view the crimes and injustices affecting Indigenous peoples from a more culturally aware position.
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