Special Collections

Intersession & Holiday Hours

Intersession Hours December 10 - January 3

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm beginning December 10th through January 3rd. The Libraries will also be closed for holidays on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

Additional areas with special intersession hours are listed below:

 

Map Collection

Open M-F 11am to 3pm Dec. 12th -16th  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 19th – Jan. 3rd

 

Special Collections

Open M-F 11am to 4pm Dec. 12th – 23rd  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Open M-F 8:30am - noon/1:00 - 4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed noon-1:00pm & weekends).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd

 

University Archives

Open M-F 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed weekends, archival research by appointment only).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd

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Gloria Burgess: I'll Fly Away

Gloria Burgess to Present "I'll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals"

Award-winning poet, performer and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess will explore the rich heritage of African-American spirituals and poetry at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Room 16 of Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center.The presentation is free and open to the public.

During this interactive presentation, Burgess will discuss the literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry that tied communities together socially and artistically during slavery, and continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-America poets, musicians and artists. This sojourn through words and music will cover the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how the art helped people cope as they were transported from one continent, and one culture, to another.

Burgess has presented keynotes, master classes, and artistic tributes focusing on African-American, African, and other oral traditions for over 30 years. She has presented, consulted, and performed in a variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Washington National Cathedral, the Kenyan Parliament, and the South African Embassy in Switzerland. Burgess holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from the University of Southern California, and has served as regular and visiting faculty at universities in Washington and California. She is a Poetry Fellow with Cave Canem, a prestigious collective of poets and writers of the African diaspora, sponsored by the American Academy of Poets.

This special talk is presented by Humanities Washington, which offers a roster of cultural experts and scholars who provide low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn, and engage in conversation. The event is being co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Western Washington University Departments of English, Liberal Studies, and Music.

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History of Cleanliness

Dr. Kendra Smith-Howard: 2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowship

The recipient of the 2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Kendra Smith-Howard, will explore the history of cleanliness in 20th Century America, including the role and impact of Georgia-Pacific and other regional wood-pulp manufacturers, during the talk “A Messy History of Cleaning Up: Georgia-Pacific and the History of the Disposable Diaper,” at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 in Western Libraries Special Collections  (Wilson Library 6th Floor).  The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
Dr. Smith-Howard holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Albany, SUNY. Her research focuses on 20th century environmental history in the United States, and her first book, Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History Since 1900, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. 
 
 
Prior to her presentation, Smith-Howard will spend a week conducting research at Western’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as part of the opportunity given to her by the James W. Scott Research Fellowship, during which she will examine archival collections which include records of the Bellingham Division of Georgia-Pacific, and oral histories of the Bellingham industrial waterfront.
 
 
The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship was established to promote the use of Western’s archival collections and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Funding for the fellowship is awarded in honor of the late James W. Scott, a founder and the first director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest.
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Intersession & Holiday Hours

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open  Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm beginning December 12 through January 4th. The Libraries will also be closed for holidays on both Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st.

 

The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed from December 21st through December 24th, but the library will be accessible during open hours via the Haggard Hall entrance.  

 

Additional areas with special intersession hours are listed below:

 

  • Map Collection

    • Open M-F 11am to 3pm from 12/12-12/18 / closed weekends

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3

 

  • Special Collections

    • Open M-F 11am to 4pm from 12/12-12/22 / closed weekends

    • Closed 12/23 - 12/25

 

  • Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

    • Open M-F 8:30am-noon/1:00-4:30pm (closed noon-1:00pm & weekends) 12/12 - 12/18

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3

 

  • University Archives

    • Open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm (closed weekends, archival research by appointment only)

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3 (Records Management services will be available during this time)

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One Arctic or Many?

Questioning Boundaries in the Arctic

Join us in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) on October 22, 2015 from 12pm to 2pm for a special panel discussion about Canada's Arctic. 

 The panel is held in conjunction with a Government of Canada traveling photographic exhibition titled "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," which offers a brief glimpse into the lives of Northerners while showing a perspective of the environment that helps shape and influence this vibrant region.

 

Featured Panelists: Nadine Fabbi (Managing Director, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington); Joël Plouffe (École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Montréal); Heather Nicol (Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies, University of Washington, Trent University Professor for The School of the Environment and The School for the Study of Canada); David Rossiter (Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University). 

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2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at Western and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a program of Western Libraries Heritage Resources, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.

About the Fellowships

Up to $1000 funding is available in 2016 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS. The number and size of awards granted annually will be determined by the application review committee. Applications are accepted from individuals in graduate programs (and/or who are new to the field of historical research and writing) as well as those individuals who have finished the Ph.D (and/or are published authors). 

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows will be expected to spend at least one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to October 31, 2016. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at http://library.wwu.edu/hr/cpnws.
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include Western students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public.
  • After completing their residency, Fellows will be asked to provide a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.

Application Information

To apply for Fellowship funds, please submit the following information by November 13, 2015:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation

To apply via email, please send application materials to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu and enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the message. To apply by postal mail, please send materials to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, 516 High St. MS 9123, Bellingham, WA 98225-9123.

Applications will be reviewed after November 15, 2015, with announcements of awards expected by December 2015. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted their research at CPNWS, and delivered their presentation and written statement. Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.

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James W. Scott Research Fellowship Awards - Applications for 2017-2018

About the Awards

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Up to $1000 funding is offered in 2018 to support significant research using archival holdings at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

Fellowship Requirements

Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D.

Successful applicants will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to October 31, 2018. Additional information and detailed guides to collections may be accessed on the CPNWS website.

Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff from WWU.

Applications

Applications for the award will be reviewed after April 1, 2018. The number and size of awards granted annually is determined by the application review committee.
Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please send applications via email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123. Please enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of email applications.

Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation.

Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.

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Heritage Resources Fall Newsletter

The Fall 2017 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! This issue explores continuity and change as we congratulate our outgoing Special Collections Librarian on his retirement, and look forward to welcoming a new hire in the coming year. The theme is also reflected in our current and ongoing exhibit, "Germany: Integrating Immigrants," which is featured in this issue. We are also pleased to share our faculty and staff "Raves & Faves," featuring selections and testimonials from the Heritage Resources team.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources consists of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.

Image: Bellingham Bay Improvement Company Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

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Nuremberg chronicle = Liber chronicarum

Author: 
Harman Schedel, 1440-1514
Publication Information: 
New York: Brussel & Brussel, 1966
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Rare Book Collection
Call Number: 
D17.S3
October, 2017

A single leaf from an original (1493) copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle priced at over $400, would likely put owning an authentic copy out of our reach. Fortunately Special Collections has a facsimile from 1966 which is both affordable and accessible, making it a great resource for anyone wanting to study the evolution of the book and particularly the transforming power that comes with the integration of illustration and text.

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The Historie of the World: in Five Books

Author: 
Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552?-1618
Publication Information: 
London: Printed for G. Lathum and R. Young, 1634
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Special Collections Rare Book Collection
Call Number: 
D57.R183 1634
September, 2017

Though not our oldest book, Sir Walter Raleigh’s Historie of the World, in five books is a favorite item to share with visitors.

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