Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

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Access and Use of Materials

Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate, meaning they must be accessed onsite. Learn more about what to expect when you visit us and work with collection materials.

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.

Read our full "Statement About Potentially Harmful Language and Content"


The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies houses over 300 archival collections supporting research into the region's past and present. Holdings include collections of private, family and political papers, organizational and business records, and wide-ranging formats including correspondence, diaries, photographs, maps, oral histories, audio-visual materials and electronic records. Particular emphasis is given to the collection of materials which document economic development, cultural and social history, environmental history, and other historically significant trends in the region. Learn more about CPNWS collections below, or contact us for more information.

Search Collection Guides

Collection guides, also called 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. These guides can be accessed and searched via the Center's website and the Archives West platform (please be sure to narrow results by name of repository, for example, "Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies."


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James W. Scott Fellowship

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest.

More about the award and application process


The CPNWS Occasional Papers series provides an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of interpretive studies on the past and present of the region that stretches from Alaska and British Columbia southward to northern California, from the Pacific Coast eastward to the Rocky Mountains.

View list of CPNWS publications

Visit or Contact us


Location: Goltz-Murray Archives Building

The Goltz-Murray Archives Building is 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.


Free archives visitor parking is available in Lot 33G (across from main entrance), marked by signs on north side of the lot.

Contact Us

Phone: (360) 650-7534

Ruth Steele , she/her
Archivist, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies; 360-650-7747 ; AB225

Roz Koester , she/her
Assistant Archivist for Outreach and Instruction; (360) 650-6621 ; Wilson 662

Elizabeth Joffrion
Director of Archives & Special Collections; (360) 650-3283 ; Wilson Library 673