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Posted on: March 11, 2011
We welcome campus and community members to discover and enjoy the rich "women's history" collections and archival resources available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and Western.
A present display in Haggard Hall features images selected from records of the myriad women's organizations archived at CPNWS. Contact CPNWS or browse our website to find out more about records of groups including the Monday and Aftermath Clubs, AAUW (Washington), the YWCA of Bellingham and the Bellingham Woman's Music Club. CPNWS also houses collections including oral histories and personal papers from women including Ella Higginson, Jane Hovde, June Burn and Lois Garlick.
Additional materials relating to the history of women on Western's campus can be accessed through Western Libraries Special Collections and the WWU Archives and Records Center.
Researchers are also encouraged to explore three Digital Collections focusing on the experiences and achievements of women: these are the Washington Women’s History Consortium Oral Histories and Image Collections (digitized from CPNWS holdings), and the Western Women in Sport Collection (featuring images from Special Collections). All three collections were developed through partnership with and funding from the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Read more: Celebrate Women's History Month!
Posted on: March 7, 2011
Children's Literature for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher (ENG 441) students visited Special Collections recently with their instructor, Sylvia Tag.
Tamara Belts and Peter Smith welcomed the class into the Research Room and presented information about the collections, including the Helene Whitson Collection of pop-up books, the Special Collections Children's Collection, original manuscripts by Steve Raymond from the Fly Fishing Collection, and photographs from the Campus School Collection.
After looking at items on the Research Room tables, students walked through the Storage Area and the Work Area. Lesley Lowery talked with students about the Western Student Newspaper digitization project, showing the brown, brittle pages of the original newsprint.
Read more: Children's Literature Class Visit
Posted on: February 2, 2011
Members of the North Cascades Audubon Society visited Special Collections January 22, to see reproductions of John James Audubon's Birds of America illustrations.
"The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America, Reproduced in Color for the First Time from the Collection at the New York Historical Society," is the full title of the set, published in 1966. It is a collector's edition, one of 750 copies.
The book and print collection is the gift of Joe and Roberta Eblen in honor of their daughter, Anna Eblen, who is chair of the Communications department at Western.
Read more: North Cascades Audobon Society Visit
Posted on: January 31, 2011
A new list of titles added to the Fly Fishing Collection from July to December 2010 is now available. All books added to the Fly Fishing Collection are donations from our friendly fly fishers in the Northwest.
The Purpose of the Fly Fishing Collection at Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide access to diverse materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.
The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and video personal interviews and histories, and fly fishing artifacts such as rods, reels, flies, and fly tying materials.
Read more: New Books for Fly Fishing Collection
Posted on: January 25, 2011
Our friends John Freeman, Danny and Dave Beatty visited Special Collections January 7, 2011. John Freeman donated a rare book, The Compleat Angler, with decorations by Frank Adams, published in 1930.
The Compleat Angler, or, the contemplative man's recreation, being a discourse of fish and fishing not unworthy the perusal of most anglers, is the full title of the book by Izaak Walton, first published in 1653.
This gift is one of 450 copies, signed by the artist Frank Adams. With gilt edges and gilt lettering on the spine, illustrations like the one here, and facsimile printing with original spelling, this is a beautiful book just for viewing. Gift of John and Lynne Freeman.
During the same visit, Danny Beatty returned a bamboo rod made by Letcher Lambuth. Danny had the middle section ferrule repaired by Tom Fulk.
The rod was found by Danny in Ruth Sumner's garage, was loaned to the International Fly Fishing Center, and now is part of the Fly Fishing Collection in Special Collections.
Read more: Walton's Compleat Angler Gift
Posted on: December 1, 2010
On September 30, 2010, we welcomed Professor Kristin Mahoney and her students enrolled in English 410: Studies in Literary History (Decadence).
Among the Special Collections resources introduced to the students was The Yellow Book, the late 19th century avant-garde periodical published in London from 1894 to 1897.
Co-founded by Aubrey Beardsley who also served as its art editor, The Yellow Book was associated with aestheticism and decadence and frequently featured Beardsley's striking drawings.
Read more: Exploring Decadence in Special Collections