Western Libraries Special Collections Exhibits

Special Collections Case 01

This exhibit (spanning two cases) explores the work and legacy of award-winning twentieth century children's author and illustrator Doris Burns (1923-2011). She was a self-taught writer and artist who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests and creativity of a younger audience. Her work -- including the classic Andrew Henry's Meadow has proven beloved across generations, with titles published originally in the 1960s and 1970s now reissued in translation and legacy edition. This exhibit draws on rich collections of Burn's artwork, manuscripts and family papers donated to Western Washington University by the Burn family. We invite visitors of all ages to consider and enjoy the ways in which Doris Burn's creative output -- forged in the San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington -- continues to connect with and inspire new generations of readers. 


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Display by: Ruth Steele and Jaime Ganzel.
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Special Collections Case 02

This exhibit (spanning two cases) explores the work and legacy of award-winning twentieth century children's author and illustrator Doris Burn (1923-2011). She was a self-taught writer and artist who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests and creativity of a younger audience. Her work -- including the classic Andrew Henry's Meadow has proven beloved across generations, with titles published originally in the 1960s and 1970s now reissued in translation and legacy edition. This exhibit draws on rich collections of Burn's artwork, manuscripts and family papers donated to Western Washington University by the Burn family. We invite visitors of all ages to consider and enjoy the ways in which Doris Burn's creative output -- forged in the San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington -- continues to connect with and inspire new generations of readers. 


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Display by: Ruth Steele and Jaime Ganzel.
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Special Collections Case 03

The Children & Teen Poetry Collection is a new initiative at Western Libraries. It includes materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 to the present. Materials housed in Special Collections are either rare, or signed editions. Most are beautifully illustrated. 


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Special Collections Case 04

The Children & Teen Poetry Collection is a new initiative at Western Libraries, including materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 to the present. Rare, signed editions are housed in Special Collections, while the remainder is part of the circulating collection. 


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Special Collections Case 05

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Special Collections Case 06

The Children & Teen Poetry Collection is a new initiative of of Western Libraries and includes materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 to the present. Rare and signed editions are housed in Special Collections, while the bulk of the materials are part of the circulating collection. 


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Special Collections Case 07

James Prosek is the focus of this years donation of books by Paul and Mary Ann Ford. Prosek was the recipient of the 2016 Izaak Walton Award sponsored by the American Museum of Fly Fishing. He is a brilliant author and artist and his books combine both elements. His skills were made evident while still a junior at Yale University when he first published Trout: An Illustrated History, showcasing his watercolor paintings of North American trout. He has since published numerous books, including children's books, and provided illustrations for several others. He won a Peabody Award for his travelogue, A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton. 

Highlights in this display are the deluxe, limited edition of Trout: An Illustrated History, copy number 5 of 25, bound in red Nigerian goatskin, with gold-edged and goatskin covered edges, issued in matching slipcase. It is signed by the author and illustrator, James Prosek, and the binder, Carolyn Chadwick; and, the deluxe, limited edition of Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship, copy number 5 of 50, also bound in red Nigernian goatskin, gold-edged and leather cover, housed in red silk-like fabric slipcase, and also signed by author/illustrator, James Prosek, and binder, Carolyn Chadwick. 

 


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Display by: Tamara Belts
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Special Collections Case 08

In addition to classic and fine fly fishing literature, Paul and Mary Ann Ford, also value associated art pieces. This case features a piece of driftwood turned artwork, by Bill Marts, a master international salt water fishing guide and fly tier -- and clearly wood craftsman (note the handcrafted wood flies!). It is titled Steelhead flies from Wenatchee River (1997). Also on view is a work by James Prosek, Brown trout (1996). This is an original watercolor painting done by Prosek when he was still a Yale undergraduate. It is labeled and signed by the artist. 

On display also is a panarama photograph of Rocky Ford Creek, a small, but popular desert spring creek located near Ephrata Washington. Framed in a shadow box, it includes inset flies, appropriate for use at the creek, and is the creation of master photographer, Warren Gandy. Look carefully for a special find! 

This display also features two deluxe edition books by Jeffrey Cardenas, Marquesa: a time & place with fish (1995), and, Sea level: adventures of a salt water angler (2003). Both are signed by the author, and the latter is also signed by Jimmy Buffett, who wrote the introduction. 

 


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Display by: Tamara Belts
Special Collections Case 09

It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered in this display fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are carefully chosen to creat a holistic work of art. This display contains John Gierach's, Fishing Bamboo (Deluxe limited edition) and (Limited edition), Ernest Schweibert's, The Henryville flyfishers, Eldride Hardie's work, The paintings of Eldridge Hardie: art of a life in sport, Jane Timken and Carolyn Chadwick's, An angler's alphabet, Jim Harrisons's, Just before dark, Peter Fromm's, Blood knot: stories, Russell Chatham's, Dark waters: essays, stories, and articles,  Jeffrey Cardenas's,  Marquesa: a time & place with fish, Thomas McGuane's Sons and more. Presses include Meadow Run Press, Barre Press, and Lord John Press. 


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Display by: Paul Piper
Special Collections Case 10

It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered here fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are carefully chosen to create a holistic work of art. Russell Chatham's, One hundred paintings, Paul Ford's, Angler's Hope, Everett Garrison and Hoagy Carmichael's, A master's guide to building a bamboo fly rod, Joseph Seccombe's, A discourse utter'd in part at Ammauskeeg-Falls in the fishing season, 1739,  Trey Combs', Bluewater fly fishing, Roderick Haig-Brown's, Return to the river, Thomas McGuane's, The sporting club, and Cecil E. Heacox's, The compleat brown trout


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Display by: Paul Piper