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Heritage Resources to host presentation by 2012-2013 James W. Scott Fellow Dr. Mary Erickson

 KVOS Records 10/16, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

KVOS Records 10/16, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 26th, for a presentation by University of Oregon professor and 2012-2013 James W. Scott Fellow Dr. Mary Erickson. The presentation, titled "Bordering an Industry: KVOS-TV and Canawest Film Productions in the Pacific Northwest," will give insight into the cross-border design of those companies' roles in producing audio-visual material in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on the archival collections of KVOS-founder Rogan Jones and the KVOS television station (both housed at WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies), this preliminary research begins to establish KVOS' contibution to local filmmaking in northwest Washington and southwest British Columbia.

This free event will take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Special Collections on the 6th floor of Wilson Library.

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Change to Opening Hours (Wednesday 18 September)

Please note that the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and University Archives & Records Center will open at the later time of 10:45am on Wednesday 18th September. This is to allow all program staff to attend the WWU Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony.

Western Libraries' Special Collections will open for research at the regular time of 11am.

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2013-2014 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at WWU and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a program of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.

About the Fellowships: 

Two awards of $500 each will be granted during 2013-2014 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS):

  1. An award to a junior scholar (those in graduate programs or who have finished the Ph.D. within the last two years and/or are relatively new to the field of historical research and writing).
  2. An award to a senior scholar (generally published authors or those more than three years out from the Ph.D.).

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Fellows will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence at CPNWS prior to September 1, 2014. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at:  http://library.wwu.edu/cpnws
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit.  The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as area students, faculty and staff.
  • After completing their residency, Fellows must submit a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.

Applications:

Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please mark applications “Scott Research Fellowship Application” and submit either by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123 or by email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu

Applications will be reviewed after September 13, 2013, with announcements of awards expected in October 2013. If there are insufficient applications in both fellowship categories, two awards may be granted in the same category. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted her/his research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation and written statement.

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Western Connections presents Dr. Polly Myers: Nuclear Fears and Anti-Nuclear Protest in the Pacific Northwest

Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Power Plant Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources

Skagitonians Against Nuclear Power Plant Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources

Village Books and Western Washington University Libraries are pleased to present Western Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff. The next presenter in the series will be Dr. Polly Myers, a History Instructor at Western and 2012-2013 James W. Scott Senior Fellow for WWU Libraries’ Heritage Resources Department. Dr. Myers will talk about how people in the Pacific Northwest responded to the potential dangers of the nuclear age. Topics covered will include the institution of civil defense programs, debates over a proposed nuclear power plant in the Skagit Valley, and reactions to Boeing’s production of cruise missiles. Bring your lunch and join us at Village Books on Tuesday, June 11th between noon and 1:00 p.m. for this engaging presentation and discussion.

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Western Connections presents Dr. Polly Myers: Nuclear Fears and Anti-Nuclear Protest in the Pacific Northwest

Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Power Plant Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources

Skagitonians Against Nuclear Power Plant Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources

Village Books and Western Washington University Libraries are pleased to present Western Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff. The next presenter in the series will be Dr. Polly Myers, a History Instructor at Western and 2012-2013 James W. Scott Senior Fellow for WWU Libraries’ Heritage Resources Department. Dr. Myers will talk about how people in the Pacific Northwest responded to the potential dangers of the nuclear age. Topics covered will include the institution of civil defense programs, debates over a proposed nuclear power plant in the Skagit Valley, and reactions to Boeing’s production of cruise missiles. Bring your lunch and join us at Village Books on Tuesday, June 11th between noon and 1:00 p.m. for this engaging presentation and discussion.

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Spring and Summer Events from Heritage Resources

A crowd on the small steamer "Brick," tied up at Sehome dock, circa 1890.

Passengers on the steam-powered passenger ferry "Brick," tied up at the Sehome dock, circa 1890.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources invites you to participate in a range of FREE events we'll be offering in the coming months:

  • Basics of Historical Research Workshop - Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives)
  • Village Books Western Connections: WWU Professor and James W. Scott Fellow Dr. Polly Myers - Tuesday, June 11, noon to 1:00 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven
  • Basics of Personal Digital Archiving brown bag presentation - Friday, June 21, noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives and Bellingham Public Library)
  • Fly Fishing Event with Darrel Martin - Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Special Collections (6th floor Wilson Library)

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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Archival Photos Document Lower Baker River Dam Construction

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is delighted to make available a collection of almost 1500 images documenting the construction of the Lower Baker River Dam north of Concrete, Washington. See here for online images.

downstream face of Lower Baker RIver Dam 1925Downstream face of the Lower Baker River Dam, December 6, 1925. (#LBDC1576)

Completed in 1925, the dam is part of the Baker River Hydroelectric Project that formed Baker Lake and Lake Shannon and which is operated by Puget Sound Energy (The Upper Baker Dam lies nine miles upstream, and was constructed in 1959).

The original photographs, transferred to CPNWS in February 2012, are well-traveled. They were shot by the superintendent of the construction project, George P. Jessup, and document the day-to-day process of construction on the dam during 1924 and 1925. Jessup and his family later moved across the United States as he worked on other engineering projects, and the collection traveled with them. The images were eventually donated by Jessup's daughter, Nancy Underwood, to the Coffee County Historical Society in Manchester, Tennesee, whose staff took steps to research and transfer the collection back to its origins: The collection was delivered first to the editor of the Concrete Herald, and then to the custody of the Concrete Heritage Museum Association.

Museum Board members pursued a successful collaboration with Puget Sound Energy (present owners of the dam), who funded a project to catalog, preserve and create digital copies of the images. Reference copies are now available for visitors to the Concrete Heritage Museum. The original images and digital copies are now housed and accessible at WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Emma Darmody, an intern and graduate student in WWU's Archives and Records Management Program, readied content for this digital collection hosted on the ContentDM platform.

Related holdings at CPNWS include records of the Puget Sound Power and Light Company (and over 50 subsidiary and predecessor companies that pre-dated Puget Sound Energy).

CPNWS is a program of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources, and is located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building at WWU.

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Guide to Aerial Photograph Collection Available

Among the wealth of historic photographs available through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources is the collection of over 30,000 aerial images archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Ranging in date from 1935-2001, these images were generated through numerous aerial surveys around the region, including the northwest counties and National Forest lands of Washington State. Formerly housed at Huxley Map Library, these valuable resources were transferred to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) in 2011.

Following extensive work by Eric Mastor to further organize and describe the collection, a detailed guide to available flight indices and accompanying sets of images can be accessed online. CPNWS staff welcome inquiries from the public about access and use of the collection, and recommend that interested researchers contact us for an advance appointment to view materials at the archives.  

Stereoscope used to view aerial flight images.

A stereoscope, as pictured above, provides a means to view overlapping, vertical images and obtain a magnified, 3D effect (useful for assessing the depth of terrain). Stereoscopes are available at CPNWS for use by researchers.

The majority of photographs in the collection result from aerial surveys conducted by US government agencies, including the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources. These include coverage of Whatcom County, the Mt. Baker National Forest and other National Forest and Parks lands in Washington. The collection also includes some coverage of other Washington counties and U.S. states. For example, a small group of images document survey work conducted for the Alaska-Canada Highway during the 1930s. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers interested in environmental history and change (including forestation, glaciation and waterways), and supports fields of inquiry relating to habit restoration, urban growth studies and property history. All are welcome to contact or visit CPNWS to find out more.

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Research Fellowship Awards Available for 2012-2013

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is delighted to announce the availability of two annual research fellowships to promote use of its archival collections and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Two awards of $500 each will be granted 2012-2013 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using the Center’s archival holdings.

To find out more about the fellowship awards and application requirements, please see this detailed information or the PDF attachment below. 

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is one of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.

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