University Archives & Records Management

Today's Hours

University Archives

8:30am-4:30pm
Closed noon-1, Appt. required

Access and Use of Materials

Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate, meaning they must be accessed onsite. Learn more about what to expect when you visit us and work with collection materials.

Harmful Language & Content Warning

We acknowledge that problematic content exists in the material we collect and the methods we use to interpret those resources. We welcome respectful dialogue with those who may be harmed or impacted, and seek to engage in respectful practices that build trust and collaboration.

Read our full "Statement About Potentially Harmful Language and Content"

UARM Policies

University Archives is the official repository for the institutional archives of WWU. This status is authorized by university-wide policy, POL-U4910.01 Managing University Archival Records. As a supplement, University Archives has also published an Appraisal Guide that outlines basic criteria records must meet in order to be collected into the Archives.

The university-wide policy, POL-U4910.03 Managing University Records, outlines basic requirements related to records and recordkeeping at WWU. For more information, please see our Records Management Policy FAQ

University Archives and Records Management serves a cultural, memory, documentary, and business function for Western Washington University.

As the official repository for the institutional archives of Western Washington University, the University Archives compiles a record of the significant activities carried out in the fulfillment of Western’s mission. The Archives preserves records as a resource for the university community and promotes use of the collection by faculty, staff, students, alumni and the general public.

Records Management supports the ongoing integrity of record-keeping at Western, affecting both current and long-term documentation, and in this capacity supports and enhances development of the University Archives. For more information and resources, see our Records Management page.

Handwritten meeting minutes from the Blue Barnacles synchronized swim club, 1963.
Meeting minutes, Blue Barnacles aquatic arts club, 1963. Women's Recreation Association Records, Accession 2009-67, University Archives.

About University Archives

University Archives is the official repository for the institutional archives of WWU. The purpose of University Archives is to document Western’s history and the fulfillment of its mission by

  • Preserving a continuity of evidence of official acts and decisions
  • Ensuring Western’s accountability to itself, to its stakeholders, and to posterity
  • Safeguarding and preserving Western’s archival university records
  • Providing a resource by which Western’s staff, faculty, students, and alumni can connect their work and interests with the institution’s history
  • Sharing Western’s history with the local community and general public

How to Access University Archives

Nearly all University Archives material is freely available for in-person access, although in rare cases access restrictions are required by law. Researchers must schedule an appointment to ensure access due to limited staff availability. Please contact university.archives@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3124 with inquiries.

Selected Online Collections of University Archives

Please consult the "Finding Materials" section of the Archives & Special Collections homepage for ways to access online content from University Archives. For digital collections, see the Western Libraries section of MABEL.

You may also contact university.archives@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3124 with any questions, and we can help guide you directly to relevant content.

Contact or Visit US

Location

Location: Goltz-Murray Archives Building

The Goltz-Murray Archives Building is located at 808 25th St., at the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 25th St., on the south end of the Western Washington University campus.

Parking

Free archives visitor parking is available in Lot 33G (across from main entrance), marked by signs on north side of the lot.

Contact Us

University Archives
Email: university.archives@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3124

Records Management
Email: archives.recmgmt@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3124

Tony Kurtz , he/him
University Archivist and Records Manager
kurtza@wwu.edu; 360-650-3114 ; AB 226

Sarah Nelson Smith , she/her
Lead Records Management Specialist
nelsons5@wwu.edu; (360)650-3154 ; AB102

Eric Mastor
Archival Digitization Specialist
bubbazoo@wwu.edu; (360) 650-7564 ; AB 217

Elizabeth Joffrion
Director of Archives & Special Collections
Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu; (360) 650-3283 ; Wilson Library 673