Our Collections

Our Collections

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collects material that represents significant developments in the region stretching from Alaska to Northern California, and from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains, with a particular focus on northwest Washington, the Olympic Peninsula, British Columbia, and Alaska. In support of this effort, the Center seeks a wide array of material, including private papers, organizational, business and institutional records, correspondence, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, maps and architectural drawings, diaries, audio and video resources, electronic records, artwork and ephemera which describe the region from pre-European contact to the present. 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.

Special Collections

Special Collections acquires publications, personal papers, monographs, manuscripts, artwork, artifacts, electronic resources, and photographs documenting the history of Western Washington University and its impact on higher education in the Pacific Northwest region. Other areas of collecting priority include: history and development of children’s literature with a special emphasis on poetry written for and by children; Northwest history, art and literature; American and European fly fishing history, art and literature; Russian and Mongolian culture; the art and history of the book; educational history and pedagogy; specialized teaching collections in support of curriculum; and rare books that enhance these collecting priorities. Special Collections does not accept documentation produced as part of official university administrative and business functions.

University Archives

University Archives is the official repository for the institutional archives of Western Washington University and collects university records in all formats and from all parts of the institution. The Archives seeks records that provide a continuity of evidence of official acts and decisions; that ensure Western’s accountability to itself and to its stakeholders; that document the events and people that impact the university’s history; and that document the scholarly, academic, and cultural life of the university community.

Records Management

Records Management functions are mandated by Chapter 40.14 RCW and by university policy to provide oversight over all university record-keeping; to ensure the preservation and accessibility of meaningful records for as long as they are needed; to guarantee the authenticity, reliability, integrity, and usability of records; and to establish effective record-keeping practices in compliance with legal requirements, institutional policy, business needs, and community expectations.