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New Books for Fly Fishing Collection

Posted on: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:26pm


Bug WaterA 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.

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Walton's Compleat Angler Gift

Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 10:46am


Dave Beatty, John Freeman, Peter Smith, Danny BeattyOur 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.  Compleat Angler

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.


Dave Danny JohnDuring 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.

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Uncle Sam Wants Your Opinion

Posted on: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:37pm

Topic(s): Updates

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!

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Exploring Decadence in Special Collections

Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 1:53pm


Special Collections Research Room

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.

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Charles and Pauline LeWarne visit Special Collections

Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 1:37pm


Charles and PaulineOn 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.

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Up Western! Special Collections Book of the Month

Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:23pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

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.

Author: Robert Balas
Publication Information:Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location:Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: Balas, R.
December, 2010

~Marian Alexander, Special Collections

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Fine Facsimile Publisher Visits Special Collections

Posted on: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 10:19am


On October 8, 2010, a representative of the fine facsimile publisher M. Moleiro, based in Barcelona, visited Special Collections while participating in the 2010 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. The M. Moleiro company specializes in the reproduction of codices, maps, and works of art usually made on parchment, vellum, paper, or papyrus created between the 13th and 16th centuries. Many national as well as major museum libraries hold facsimiles created by the company. Here, Jeanne Armstrong of the library faculty and Kathryn Vulic of the English department examine examples of Moleiro’s outstanding work.


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