Special Collections

Western Connections: Western Front Goes Digital, 110 Years of History

Peter Smith and Marian Alexander Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian, gave a presentation about the Western Front Historical Collection at the Village Books lunch time series, Western Connections, on October 9, 2012. 

Marian began the presentation by offering a view of historical Bellingham in 1899 when the student newspaper began.  From the first issue of the Normal Messenger, she compared the newspaper text, "graceful terraces" of Sehome hill, with historical photographs that revealed a rough landscape.  Marian also described the complete process of digitization from the planning stages to the final product. 

Peter displayed search strategies and helpful tips about using the Western Front Historical Collection.  There was a brief question and answer session following the presentation. 

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Celebrate Archives Month in Oct.

Three women fish cannery workers standing on a building roof top. Back caption: 'Aunt Clara & friends on top of P.A.F. roof." & Clara Weaver, Florence Pettibone, Carrie Salvo.' (GB465)

Clara Weaver, Florence Pettibone, and Carrie Salvo on Pacific American Fisheries roof. (GB465)

Western Libraries Heritage Resources invites you to celebrate our rich documentary heritage by participating in a range of FREE events we're offering throughout the month:

  • “Western Front Goes Digital: 110 Years of History” – Tuesday, October 9, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven (part of Village Books’ Western Connections series)
  • Basics of Historical Research Workshop – Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives, Northwest Branch)
  • 2nd Annual Pecha-Kucha Presentation Event – Monday, October 22, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (for History and Archival graduate students and Archives/Records Management professionals) 
  • History Day Teachers’ Workshop – Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (for educators interested in participating in National History Day)
  • Open House – Saturday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building and Wilson Library 6th Floor (part of WWU’s Fall Family Open House)

We hope to see you at some of these events! Contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu or see event flyer for more details.

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Special Collections closed August 13 - 17

Special CollectionSpecial Collections will be temporarily closed for one week, August 13 to 17.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  We will open again on Monday, August 20. 

Special Collections visiting hours are 11am to 4pm, Monday thru Friday.  We are also pleased to accomodate research by appointment. 

rod and Fly Box

Website:  library.wwu.edu/specialcollections

Email:  speccoll@wwu.edu

Phone: 360-650-3193

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Steve Raymond explores the legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

Steve Raymond, a life-long fly fisher and author, visited Special Collections and gave a presentation about Roderick Haig-Brown, fly fisher, author, and conservationist. 

The event attracted fly fishers from around the Northwest, who came to hear Mr. Raymond's insights into the literary works of Roderick Haig-Brown.  

Steve RaymondSteve Raymond

Before the presentation, Bruce Shepard, WWU President, presented a book about Western to Tobey Ishii-Anderson, niece of David Ishii, to honor the memory of David Ishii and his gift to Special Collections.

Steve and GuestsSteve Raymond with guests

After Steve Raymond's presentation, he answered questions about Roderick Haig-Brown and his own writing career.  Then everyone browsed the Fly Fishing Collections in the Special Collections storage area and the books exhibited in the Research Room.

Marian and Joan RaymondMarian Alexander and Joan Raymond

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Fly Fishing Students visit Special Collections

Fly FishingOn June 25th, Special Collections was pleased to welcome the Huxley College of the Environment class ESCI 315: The Art, Science, and Ethics of Fly Fishing, taught by Leo Bodensteiner and Steve Meyer.  

The class was shown many of the treasures from the Fly Fishing Collection, including the first American edition of Izaak Walton's classic, The Complete Angler, or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation (1857).

The deluxe edition of The Dettes: A Catskill Legend (enclosed in a custom slipcase with a shadow box on the front containing three mounted flies by the Dettes), The AmericFly Fishingan Fly Fisher, a periodical published by the American Museum of Fly Fishing.  And the Art of Angling Journal, which showcases the beauty of the sport.

Bamboo rods, fly plates, and other realia were on display in the Research Room.  Later the class toured the storage area, exploring the complete Fly Fishing Collection. 

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The Arte of Angling, 1577

Author: 
Gerald Eades Bentley, ed.
Publication Information: 
Ashburton : Flyfisher's Classic Library, 2000
Location: 
Special Collections -- Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH431 .A7 2000
May, 2012

PiscatorThis book contains a facsimile of the original 1577 book, along with a modernized transcription of the text. Attributed to Vicar William Samuel, it is the second earliest book on angling in the English language.

The single copy that survived was discovered in 1953, went to the British Museum, and ended up in the Princeton University Library.

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My Bookhouse

Author: 
Olive Beaupre Miller
Publication Information: 
Chicago : Bookhouse for Children, c1920-1925
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Special Collections -- Children's Collection
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PZ5 .M9 1920
June, 2012

My Bookhouse

Olive Beaupre Miller was an American author and publisher of children's literature.  The Book House for Children series was published according to her personal standards. 

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Western Front Collection debut at Back 2 Bellingham

The WWU Student Newspaper Collection project was the subject of a presentation by Marian Alexander at Back 2 Bellingham, May 19, in Wilson Library.

Marian revealed the inside story of getting the student newspaper, from the 1899 Normal Messenger to the current Western Front, into a digital format and making it available on the Internet.

"The student newspaper has long been one of Special Collections' most requested, most used, most popular resources," Marian told the members of Western alumni who attended the event.

Marian Alexander

Marian Alexander

After the presentation, Special Collections staff helped visitors search the Western Front using laptops on tables.

Tamara Belts, Sandy Celec, Lesley Lowery, and Peter Smith were all on hand to help alumni read historical issues of the student newspaper. 

Bob Speed, a photographer and writer for the Western Front, found articles he had written while a student at Western.

Visitors took away chocolate bars with the Western Front masthead on the label and the Internet address for the Special Collections home page: library.wwu.edu/specialcollections.

Sandy and Bob

Bob Speed and Sandy Celec

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Teaching Learning Academy visits Special Collections

The Teaching Learning Academy (TLA) visited Special Collections this week, two sessions on Wednesday, April 18 and another two sessions on Thursday, April 29.  TLA is interested in the question, "How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western as a 21st-century liberal arts university?" TLA in Special Collections
To investigate the history of the liberal arts at Western, TLA members examined several exhibits from the Campus History Collection in Special Collections, including the Annual Catalogue of the Washington State Normal School (an early name for Western), The Self-Starter: Women's League Guide-Book for Freshman Girls, and A Long Range Plan: Perspective of the Future, from 1968. Carmen Werder
The researchers found many references to broad-based, liberal arts, and civilization through the years, including an early reference to a required liberal arts class in a 1926 issue of the student newspaper of the Washington State Normal School, The Weekly Messenger, which was found by searching the new online WWU Student Newspaper Collection, in the library's Digital Collections.  Openers
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Return to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

WWU Libraries Heritage Resources Presents

Ledge PoolReturn to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

August 3, 2012

1-3pm

Special Collections
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. 

Roderick Haig-Brown article in the Wikipedia

Books by Roderick Haig-Brown available in the library

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

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