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Local History & Primary Source Research

Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 10:07am

Topic(s): Resources

As one of the three Heritage Resources programs at Western Libraries, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies provides a wealth of local & regional resources for primary source research.

CPNWS holdings include a wide variety of resources about the regional commercial fishing industry. Pictured here is a digitized letter from the Archie W. Shiels Papers, in which Filipino workers protest conditions at the Pacific American Fisheries cannery in Nushagak, Alaska (letter dated June 15, 1933). Archie W. Shiels was then President of the Pacific American Fisheries, a major salmon fishing and packing operation headquartered in Fairhaven, Washington.

Additional CPNWS holdings related to fish and fishing include the Pacific American Fisheries Records, Alaska Packers Association Records, Northwest Ethnohistory Collection, Women in the Commercial Fishing Industry Research Collection and the holdings of Galen Biery, a long-term PAF employee and one of Bellingham’s best-known historians.

Western Libraries houses additional primary sources about the regional fishing industry & canneries, including Filipino American newspapers on microfilm such as the Alaska Fish Cannery Workers Union of the Pacific. The Washington State Oral/Aural History program (available on microfilm at CPNWS and at the main library) meanwhile contains transcripts from interviews conducted in the 1970s, documenting lives and experiences of African Americans and Filipinos in Washington State.

If you're seeking primary sources about campus, local or regional history, consult Western Libraries and the Heritage Resources staff and archival collections: these are the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries' Special Collections, and/or the WWU Archives and Records Center. Links to additional and useful primary source repositories are also included in the Library Guide "Resources for Researching Local and Regional History".

Japan Crisis: U.S Gov. & International Online Resources

Posted on: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 9:56am

Topic(s): Resources

Resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis

Google Crisis Response

"This page is being updated continuously to provide the latest information about this crisis, resources for those affected, and ways to contribute to relief efforts in Japan."

U.S. Federal Environmental Websites

This site includes links to information on the Japan emergency.
Prepared by Robert Lopresti, Government Documents Librarian, Western Libraries

National Women's History Month

Posted on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:30pm

Topic(s): Resources

Writing Women Back into History

Suffrage Centennial 1910-2010

2010 marked the 100th anniversary of when most Washington women permanently achieved the right to vote. The Washington Women’s History Consortium leads the commemoration and invites people all over Washington to learn about this important history.

During National Women's History Month, visit 1000memories to recognize the women who made a difference in your life. 1000memories has partnered with the National Women's History Project and the Internet Archive to remember the contributions of women in history - those whose lives shaped and were shaped by history. The website offers a space to collect and tell the stories of women throughout history, famous or not.

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, contributed two "digital collections" to the WHC Digital Library:

Washington Women's History Consortium - Images and Washington Women's History Consortium - Oral Histories contain primary source materials that were digitized as part of CPNWS's commitment to the Washington Women's History Consortium project (funded by the Washington State Legislature). Drawn from a variety of different archival collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, these digital resources include photographs, manuscripts and oral history interviews documenting the history and achievements of women in Washington State.

Western Washington University's WHC Oral Histories Collection comprises oral histories collected as part of the statewide Washington Women's Heritage Project. The collection includes interviews of women active in the commercial fishing industry and interviews of Bellingham residents who discuss a broad range of topics including local environmental issues, healthcare, entertainment, Native American issues and other ethnic and race relations, industry and businesses, transportation, and education.

New! Library Site Search

Posted on: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 10:00am

Topic(s): Resources

We’ve just made it easier to search the library website!

Use Western Libraries new Site Search to locate specific information about the library, our services, & specialized research guides found on the Libraries Web Pages.


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