Archival Collections

The links below connect to detailed guides for archival collections housed in Special Collections. These guides, also known as finding aids, generally include background information on the creator of the collection, an overview of the collection and its arrangement, and a detailed list of collection contents.

  • Anderson (Kathryn) Papers, 1848-2012 (bulk 1920-2012) - Collection documents the teaching, research, writing, and community activities of a faculty member and former Director of Women Studies at Fairhaven College. Professional papers include employment documentation, publications and scholarship, correspondence, curriculum notes, and syllabi. Research materials document, in particular, the lives and political contributions of Anne Martin, Jeannette Rankin, and Emily Newell Blair.
  • Azrael (Judith) Papers, 1972-2019 - Writings of a Western Washington University faculty member, teacher of correspondence courses at WWU, and resident of San Juan Island. Also included are correspondence, journals, and biographical information documenting Azrael's career as a writer of poetry and prose.
  • Bright (Norman) Papers, 1927-2008 - Collection documents the life of a teacher, runner, mountain climber, and cold weather survival expert. Materials primarily consist of Norman’s personal diaries and logbooks, but also include newspaper clippings, correspondence, books, notes, photos, scrapbooks, and trophies.
  • Burk (Mary K.) Papers, circa 1897-1983 - Personal and family papers as well as newspaper articles and clippings documenting people and activities in northern Whatcom County, Washington. The majority of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings either written by or about Mary K. Burk, her family, their acquaintances, and other local interests including, in particular, the Delta Grange.
  • Butterworth (Ritajean) Collection, 1966-1977 - Materials related to Western Washington State College (now WWU) administration, gathered by a former Board of Trustees member, covering issues of significance to faculty, students and staff; educational programming and curriculum development; campus housing, dining and land use; and general information about higher education policy and planning.
  • Campus History Vertical Files, 1899-2018 - Publications, articles and clippings, administrative records, photographs and other materials related to the history of Western Washington University from various campus constituencies.
  • Downey (Ray) Papers, 1972-2015 - Scores and recordings of compositions and arrangements by Bellingham musician Ray Downey. Also included are newspaper articles, concert programs, posters, and photographs documenting his life and career.
  • Fisher (Charles Henry) Collection, circa 1880-1984 - Personal and professional papers documenting the Fisher Family and Charles Fisher's career as the fourth President of Bellingham Normal School (later Western Washington College of Education).
  • Herre (Albert W.) Papers, 1886-1987 - Materials relating to Herre's work as an ichthyologist for academic and government institutions, his extensive journeys throughout the South Pacific, Galapagos, and Haiti, and his family life. Collection includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, journals, articles, books, notes, photos, sound recordings, and family memorabilia.
  • Hicks (Arthur C.) Papers, 1935-1992 - Biographical material and correspondence, as well as career papers including manuscripts, and extensive teaching and research notes, generated by a scholar and teacher of English literature who specialized in the English romantic poets.
  • Hitz (Charles William) collection on Princess Louisa Inlet and Young Life's Malibu Club, 1846-2006 - Research material related to Young Life’s Malibu Club in Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Documents include essays, correspondence, publicity materials, biographical and autobiographical materials, plans and drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings, official government/licensing documents, journals, personal memorabilia, and small artifacts.
  • Hutchinson (Jack) Papers, 1920-2008 - Materials related to fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest, as well as those reflecting Hutchinson’s specific interest in collecting fly fishing books and materials, his participation in a number of clubs, and his involvement in environmental conservation.
  • Mammitzsch (Ulrich) Collection, 1976-1990 - Manuscripts, texts of conference presentations, teaching materials, correspondence, and notes from a teacher, scholar, and translator who specialized in East Asian Studies.
  • Montgomery (Elizabeth Rider) Papers, 1897-1983 (bulk 1920-1983) - Collection documents the life and career of a teacher and prolific writer of children's and young adult literature. The collection consists of biographical material, manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, research and other supporting materials related to a wide range of published and unpublished works.
  • Murray (Keith A.) Collection, circa 1940-1992 - Published and unpublished works, theses, and dissertations authored by a teacher and scholar of the history of the American West and, in particular, the Pacific Northwest.
  • PoetryCHaT Oral History Collection, 2015-2016 - Interviews with poets, illustrators, publishers, and scholars of poetry for children and teens. Materials are part of The Children & Teen Poetry Collection (PoetryCHaT) which includes rare and historic items, circulating materials, and curricular resources
  • Raymond (Steve) Papers, circa 1954-2009 - Writings of a life-long fly fisherman and acclaimed author of works exploring the many facets of the sport. The collection also includes correspondence, records of Raymond's professional affiliations, and biographical reference material about other noted fly fishermen.