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Posted on: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 10:46am
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: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:26pm
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: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 10:46am
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: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:37pm
Western receives free publications from the federal government (almost half a million since 1964.) The Government Printing Office wants to know what you think of their work - and ours.
Please take a few minutes to complete a survey, click the link below!
Read more: Uncle Sam Wants Your Opinion
Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 1:53pm
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
Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 1:37pm
On October 20, 2010, we enjoyed a visit with WWU alumnus Charles LeWarne (BA/BAE 1955) and Pauline LeWarne. They brought additional items for the Charles Pierce LeWarne Collection, part of The Western Collection, as well as three Northwest history-related children’s books published in the 1930s, welcome gifts to the Special Collections Children’s Collection.
Charles LeWarne, who received a master’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in history from the University of Washington, is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs concerning regional history, including, most recently The Love Israel Family (2009) , the first extensively researched study of the well-known Western Washington commune.
He has been an enthusiastic contributor to The Western Collection and we thank him for his generous continuing support of this unique archive of scholarly and creative works by members of the Western community.
Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:23pm
As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges,
it may help to remember that the institution has met and surmounted such situations before, notably in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.
Western’s faculty engaged in vigorous debate with then-President Jerry Flora, a peppery leader with a distinctly confrontational style. Out of this environment came Up Western, a slim volume illustrating the viewpoint of the then-faculty union (AFT Local 2084) through cartoons and sharp caricatures of Flora created by faculty members Bob Balas and Bob Urso, professors of French and Art, respectively.
Balas, who taught from 1969 to 2001, passed away in 2006; Urso came to Western in 1969 and retired in 2008. Together, they created indelible images of the interactions between equally passionate parties at a pivotal moment in Western’s history. As Up Western demonstrates, a little humor at such times never hurts.
~Marian Alexander, Special Collections