Our Mission

Western Libraries Division of Heritage Resources provides for the responsible stewardship of rare, unique and archival resources, and promotes public and scholarly access to and use of its holdings in support of teaching, learning and research. Heritage Resources is comprised of three units that collect and manage valuable and distinctive documentation: the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies seeks to foster greater understanding of the region’s past and present through the management and expansion of its archival collections, the development of public and instructional programming, and the publication, in print and/or electronic form, of select materials. In its development of archival collections, the Center seeks those materials that document 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.

Special Collections

Special Collections acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and maintains unique intellectual and cultural heritage materials and promotes the use of these resources by the university community, scholars, and the general public. Its goal is to advance the mission of the university through instruction, research, support of scholarship, and public programming.

University Archives & Records Management

University Archives & Records Management serves a cultural, memory, documentary, and business function for Western Washington University. As the official repository for the institutional archives of Western Washington University, the University Archives compiles a record of the significant activities carried out in the fulfillment of Western’s mission. The Archives preserves records as a resource for the university community and promotes use of the collection by faculty, staff, students, alumni and the general public. Records Management supports the ongoing integrity of record-keeping at Western, affecting both current and long-term documentation, and in this capacity supports and enhances development of the University Archives.