Doris Burn Exhibit

Posted on: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:22pm

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

Special Exhibit: "Plenty of Things to Do" featuring the work of Northwest Children's Author Doris Burn

A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow, which won the Washington Governor’s Art Award. She also wrote the much-loved favorites The Summerfolk, and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of other well-known children’s works. 

This special exhibit incorporates manuscripts and artwork, and explores some of the themes and aspects of Doris Burn’s work that have connected with readers across generations. The pieces on display were selected from a far larger collection of Burn’s original works, which were donated to Western Libraries Heritage Resources in 2015 as a gift of the Burn Family via the Doris Burn Legacy LLC. Additionallydigital version of the Doris Burn exhibit is now available online, as are detailed collection guides to the Doris Burn Artwork and Manuscripts and the South Burn Papers

The exhibit currently on display in the library is available for viewing weekdays in Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., (excluding weekends and holidays), and is also free and open to the public. There will also be one special Saturday viewing available as part of WWU's Fall Family Open House from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 

Fall Family Open House 2016

Posted on: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:11am

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Exhibits

Western Libraries is pleased to be a part of WWU's Fall Family Open House on Saturday, October 22 by offering the following:

Pick up a map for a self-guided tour at either the Learning Commons Info Desk in Wilson Library or the Circulation Desk in Haggard Hall (HH), and explore the Libraries’ many wonderful spaces and collections. Learn about the various resources and services provided by the Learning Commons, which include: the Student Technology Center, the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, the Tutoring Center, and the Teaching-Learning Academy. Stop by HH 246 between 11am and 2 pm to learn more about the Digital Media Center (DMC), WWU’s newest Learning Commons partner. Designed to serve Western with a facility for new media instruction and production, the Center includes a TV studio with a green screen and cyclorama wall, cameras, control room, and a lighting grid.

Check out the special exhibit, “Plenty of Things to Do,” featuring original manuscripts and artwork created by renowned artist, illustrator, and long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn, (who authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow), on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) between 11am & 2 pm.

Explore the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170) and its many maps, globes, and other cartographic resources, (including trail maps and topographic maps of the Pacific Northwest), between 11am & 2:00.

Gather with families and students near the Wilson Library side of the Mann Family Skybridge to enjoy cider and donuts from 4 to 5pm.

And last but certainly not least, members of the “Canines on Campus” program will also be available at the Wilson Library end of the Mann Family Skybridge from 10am to 6pm, so drop by to meet some of the loyal animals who provide comfort to students before and during finals week!

There will also be LOTS of other fun activities taking place all around Western between October 21-23rd. Check out the Fall Family Open House website for more info! 

Chair Collection Special Exhibition

Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:03am

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

Western Libraries & the Western Gallery Partnership 

Western Libraries has partnered with the Western Gallery to exhibit pieces from the Gallery’s substantial 65 piece collection of original chairs, benches, and tables all by prominent designers from the mid-19th century to 1980s.

Photo caption: Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg, Western Gallery Director Hafthor Yngvason, and Western Libraries Art Committee: Michelle Becker, Leslie Hall, and Amy Stefany, (May 2016)


The chairs on display at Western Libraries are examples of mid-century design and include works by Hans Wegner, Isamu Noguchi, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Arnie Jacobsen. 

The installation is located on the third floor of Haggard and is strikingly displayed along the windows circling the rotunda. Stop by the library to find out more and take a look at some pieces from this remarkable collection.

Magnificent Miss Wilson

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:55am

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

Magnificent Miss Wilson's Library Hide-and-Seek


Mabel Zoe Wilson was born on March 3, 1878. She was a strong advocate for the library and worked as a librarian from 1902-1945. Her legacy lives on here at Western Libraries.


During the month of March we are celebrating the birthday of Mabel Zoe Wilson, Wilson Library's namesake, with the launch of  “Magnificent Miss Wilson’s Library Hide and Seek.” Check out the Library display cases (located throughout the second floor of both Haggard and Wilson) to see if you can find Magnificent Miss Wilson’s cameo image.  If you do find her, stop by the Circulation Desk to tell the staff where you saw her and they just might have a special treat for you!


“Magnificent Miss Wilson’s Library Hide and Seek” will continue even after her birthday  month of March ends as we relocate her cameo image to a new display case each month.  We hope you will partake in the search and find some time to enjoy the engaging displays here in the library!


And while we are on the subject of displays in the library, did you know Western Libraries provides access to our display cases to departments and organizations at Western as part of its service to the academic community?  Exhibit cases are available to any Western-affiliated organization, and may be reserved for one to two months.  Exhibits in the Libraries are created to direct attention to the materials, services, and aims of the Libraries, or to reflect the aims, goals, and services of departments and organizations at Western.  


If you are interested in making a request for a display, please make your reservation by submitting the online application form at least one month before the date you wish to begin your exhibit. Request approval is subject to case availability. For more information about current exhibits or exhibit policies, see the Display Case Exhibits web page

Through the Lens of Wallie V. Funk

Posted on: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 1:20pm

Topic(s): Events, Exhibits

New Exhibit Featuring the Work of Photographer Wallie V. Funk

A photographic exhibit featuring images taken by noted prolific photojournalist Wallie V. Funk will open at Western Washington University on January 4, 2016 in Western Libraries Special Collections. This exhibit will be available for viewing between 11am and 4pm, (excluding weekends and holidays).


During his long career as a photographer, journalist, and co-owner of the Anacortes American, the Whidbey News-Times, and the South Whidbey Record, Funk photographed a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including: several U.S. presidential visits to Washington State; the Beatles’ and Rolling Stones’ concerts in Seattle; the 1970 Penn Cove whale capture; local and regional accidents and disasters (both natural and man-made); and community events and military activities on Whidbey Island.


On Tuesday, February 2 at 4 p.m. in Special Collections, there will be a special panel presentation, “When Local Becomes National: The Legacy and Impact of Pacific Northwest Photojournalist Wallie V. Funk,” featuring three panelists who are familiar with Funk and his body of work.


Panelists are: Paul Cocke, Director of WWU Office of Communications and Marketing and former employee of the Anacortes American, Theresa Trebon, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Local Historian, and Scott Terrell, Photojournalist for the Skagit Valley Herald, WWU Journalism Instructor.


Panelists will discuss Funk’s contributions and their place in the history of local and national photojournalism. This special presentation is sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western’s Office of University Communications and Marketing, and Western's Department of Journalism.


The photographs on display in the exhibit represent a small sample from a far larger collection of papers, prints, and negatives donated by Walle V. Funk to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in 2003. If you are interested in learning more about the Wallie V. Funk collection of photographs and papers, or  for more information about the exhibit and the panel presentations, please contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.


Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections,  and University Archives & Records Management. Together the three units provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.


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