Mountaineering Collection

Front cover of "Mazama: A Record of Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest," from October 1900.

This collection of rare books and periodicals traces the history of mountaineering as a sport as well as its complex relationship to larger social and environmental issues, including gender, race, class, conservation, and tourism development. Dating back more than 200 years, it contains publications from around the globe, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Highlights include mountaineering classics such as Edward Whymper’s Scrambles Amongst the Alps, various works of fiction, and important journals such as The Mountaineer (Seattle) and Mazama (Portland). 

These materials complement other published and archival holdings on mountains and mountaineering in the Rare Book Collection, Campus History Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives. For more information or to make a donation in support of this small but growing collection, please contact us at


To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering.
September 2018 - March 2019, and online