Western Libraries is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. James (Jim) Scott, Professor Emeritus of Western’s Department of Geography and a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Dr. Scott joined the faculty at Western Washington State College in 1966, and as an historical geographer became a noted and prolific scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. His interdisciplinary interests and expertise were evidenced in his wide range of professional achievements. In addition to his teaching, research and writings, he was chair of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning (1974-1982), and in 1971 established the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as a regional research institute and manuscript repository. Under Dr. Scott’s leadership, CPNWS grew to operate a successful series of academic publications and conferences, and archived a host of key historical collections that form the foundation of its present-day holdings.
Dr. Scott’s contributions to Western, the community and to regional scholarship were remarkable. He authored, co-wrote and edited a wide variety of publications, including Whatcom County in Maps, Early Industries of Bellingham Bay and Whatcom County (both with Daniel Turbeville III), an Historical Atlas of Washington (with Roland L. DeLorme) and the award-winning Washington: A Centennial Atlas. He served on the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, co-founded the Association of Washington Geographers, was active in the Pacific Coast Geographers’ Association, and was also a founding member of the Northwest Archivists Association. Following retirement in 1993, Dr. Scott and his wife Barta resided in Aberdeen for many years, and had recently returned to Whatcom County.
Dr. Jim Scott (right) pictured at Huxley Map Library, circa 1974-1977.
Image courtesy of Western Libraries Special Collections.
Interested in folk music and the local folk scene? The Whatcom County Homemade Music Society has supported musicians and music in Bellingham for over thirty years. Between 2005 and 2007, then Fairhaven College student Coty Hogue interviewed founders and members of the Society, who shared many music-related memories dating from the 1960s to the present day.
Interview transcripts can now be accessed and enjoyed online as part of Western Librares Digital Collections - a complete guide to transcripts and audio recordings archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is also available here.
Curious to learn more about other oral history collections available at Western Libraries? Check out this Library Guide for more information.
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.