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Digital Collections


20th Century Children's Authors

The Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Collection includes questionnaires and correspondence between Montgomery and over thirty award winning children's literature authors. The Collection is the generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robin A. (Monty) Montgomery.

Children's Literature Interdisciplinary Collection

Special Collections
Bellingham Centennial Curriculum Project

Select resources for educators and students interested in Bellingham history, produced in conjunction with the City's centennial celebrations of 2003-2004. This site provides access to K-12 lesson frameworks and digitized primary sources regarding the towns that became Bellingham, early industries on Bellingham Bay, individuals who helped shape Bellingham history, and historic schools.

CPNWS
Biery (Galen) - Collected Photo Albums

Ten historic photograph albums digitized from the larger archival collection of local historian Galen Biery. Albums document a variety of people, businesses, buildings and landscapes, including the Gamwell family house (Bellingham), Bellingham Plywood Corporation, Pacific American Fisheries operations, B.W. Huntoon photos of Mt. Baker and the Mt. Baker Lodge, and scenic views of the Columbia River. Thousands of additional Biery and other historic images can be searched and accessed via the CPNWS Photo Database.

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Board of Trustees Minutes Historical Collection

Contains searchable records of the Board of Trustees minutes from 1920 to 2012.

Campus History Collection

A growing collection of Western Washington University images, from Western Libraries Special Collections Campus History Collection, located in the Wilson Library building.

Special Collections
Campus School Collection Campus School at Western

From 1899, until closure in 1967, the Campus School at Western provided unique educational and life experiences for students and student-educators alike.

Special Collections
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Photo Database

Search and access descriptions of over 7000 historic photographs archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. This database provides links to over 2500 digital images, including photographs from Galen Biery, Ferd Brady and Lage Wernstedt.

CPNWS
Commercial Fishing in Clam Gulch, Alaska

One soundless color film showing commercial fishing operations in Clam Gulch, Alaska, with use of set nets and a fish trap. Fish traps were outlawed in 1959 with Alaskan statehood. Digitized from original 16mm footage shot by Rubin R. Tikka.

CPNWS
Computer Science Graduate Research

Papers written by graduate students in the Computer Science Department at Western Washington University.

Computer Science Department
Engberg (H.C. ) Photographs

Images from Bellingham photographer and pharmacist H.C. Engberg, including striking scenes of Mt. Baker and surrounding area.

CPNWS
Fly Fishing Objects and images Collection

This collection features non-print treasures from the Fly Fishing Collection, including: rods, reels, flies, and more, showcasing the evolution of the sport, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. Highlights include a Stimson & Lambuth dry fly fishing rod (#19), flies tied by George McLeod, Al Knudson, and Warren Erholm, and a creel (fish basket) made by the George Lawrence Company of Portland, Oregon. 

Special Collections
Fly Fishing Oral Histories

This collection comprises transcripts of interviews with fly fishers in the Pacific Northwest. Persons interviewed discuss fly-tying, favorite locations, and memorable experiences.

Special Collections
Funk (Wallie V.) Photographs

Select images from the larger archival collection of Wallie V. Funk, photographer, journalist and former co-owner and editor of the Anacortes American, Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record. The digital selection includes images of U.S. politicians and presidents, the Penn Cove Whale Capture of 1970, the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in concert. A complete guide to the Wallie V. Funk Photographs and Papers at CPNWS is available here.

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Huxley College Collection

Includes Environmental Sciences Theses, Geography Theses, Environmental Education Theses, Field Project Reports, Environmental Studies Theses, and Environmental Impact Assessments.

Huxley College of the Environment
Jessup (George) Photographs of the Lower Baker River Dam Construction

This collection contains over 1400 photographic prints documenting the construction of the Lower Baker River Dam at Concrete, Washington. The photographs were taken by George P. Jessup, superintendent of the project. The images document almost daily the progress of the construction from August, 1924 and ending in December, 1925. They feature various views of the railroads, the river and rock walls around the dam, and the dam itself as well as some of the workers.

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KVOS Channel 12 Films

A selection of digitized news reels showcasing the breadth and quality of local news reporting by Bellingham's KVOS-TV during the 1960s. Films include footage of Western's campus, student protests, interviews with civil rights leaders, educators, politicians, the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and the 1964 earthquake. Over seventy films KVOS Channel 12 Films are archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies - a guide to the entire collection is available here.

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M. L. Stangroom Papers

Digitized content from the larger collection of M.L. Stangroom (1832-1913). Stangroom's career included work as a gold prospector, miner and railroad surveyor in California and the Sierra Nevadas, and as an engineer for the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad. Digital content includes copies and transcripts of letters documenting Stangroom’s early career and experiences in California and the Sierra-Nevada region (circa 1855-1873), a hand-written reminiscence, and a fifteen-page report about the construction of the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad.

A complete guide to the M.L. Stangroom papers is available here online.

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Masters Thesis Collection

Beginning in Fall 2009, the Graduate School and Western Libraries moved to a digital thesis model. Since Winter term, 2010 all Western Theses are filed electronically.

Graduate School
Mathes Reading Figurines Collection

The Mathes Reading Figurines Collection contains over 200 figurines, small sculptures, carvings, and figure groups depicting the act of reading. Created from a wide range of materials, including wood, sandstone, ivory, bronze, paper mache, porcelain, bone china, stone, and glass, the pieces in the collection vary in size from under one-inch to over two-feet high.

Special Collections
Mount Baker Club 1925-1931 scrapbook

Digital copy of a scrapbook compiled by the Mount Baker "Hiking" Club, with photographs dated 1925-1931. A guide to the larger collection of Mount Baker Club records archived at CPNWS is available here.

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North Corner Documents Collection

Digital copies of publications related to life in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties.

Government Information
Selected Faculty Publications

Special Collections offers this collection of online Finding Aids to archival collections in its care.

Special Collections
Senour (Grant) Photographs

Digitized images and photo albums documenting outdoor recreation and landscapes including in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges (circa 1937-1954).

CPNWS
Special Collections Oral History Program

Our goal is to enhance the resources of our Campus History Collection with the recorded memories and observations of those deeply familiar with aspects of Western's history, development,  culture, and contributions to the community. Participants include former faculty members, administrators, staff, and alumni, as well as individuals with special affiliations or connections with Western and attendees of the Campus School, a public school at Western from 1899 to 1967.

Special Collections
Special Collections Publications

Broadsheets, brochures, exhibit catalogs, and newsletters that supplement the varied collections held in Special Collections.

Special Collections
STEMGRO/GRWG WWU Graduate Research Conference

The first annual WWU Graduate Research Conference is the manifestation of the collaborative efforts between STEMGRO and Huxley Graduate Research Working Group (GRWG), and is the realization of STEMGRO's goal to broaden awareness of graduate research and provide an opportunity for graduate research presentation at WWU. This conference is generously sponsored by the Biology Department, WWU Graduate School, and Huxley College of the Environment.

Vancouver Expedition Charts and Lithographs

A selection of digitized charts and lithographs depicting the voyages of Captain George Vancouver during the late-eighteenth century. Original documents are from the larger Bullitt Collection on 18th Century Explorers at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

CPNWS
Viking Union Collection

Since 1959, the Viking Union has been the center of student life at Western.

Special Collections
Wahl (Ralph E.) Digital Fly-Fishing Resources

Select resources from the larger collection of Ralph E. Wahl Fly-Fishing Papers and Photographs housed and available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. This digital collection includes transcriptions of audio recordings and interviews with Roderick Haig-Brown, Steve Raymond, Lefty Kreh and Cam Sigler.

A detailed guide to the Ralph E. Wahl Fly-Fishing Papers and Photographs is available online here.

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Washington State Normal School Off-Campus Housing Photographs

Digitized copies of a collection of fifty-five photographs documenting off-campus housing at the Washington State Normal School (now Western Washington University) in the 1920s and 1930s. The majority of the residences were on High, Garden, 21st, Maple, Forest, Liberty, and Myrtle streets. Original images are available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

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Washington Women's History Digital Collection

Oral history interviews, digital images and other manuscript materials documenting the experiences and achievements of women in Washington State. These digital resources are sampled from a number of different collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The digital collections were created in partnership with the Washington Women's History Consortium, using funding awarded from the Washington State Legislature.

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Waterfront Oral History Project (Selected Transcripts)

A selection of transcripts from interviews conducted in 2006 with employees of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation pulp mill in Bellingham, Washington, formerly owned and operated by Puget Sound Pulp & Timber Company. A guide to the larger collection of Waterfront Front Oral History Project records archived at CPNWS is available here.

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Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers 2008 Annual Meeting

Papers and abstracts demonstrating the wide breadth of material that geographers, planners, earth scientists, geologists, foresters, resource managers, anthropologists, computer scientists, biologists, and others contribute to geographic knowledge.

Western Division, Canadian Association of Geographers
Western Front Historical Collection

Since its beginnings in 1899 as a "Normal School," there has been a student newspaper at Western. From Normal Messenger to Northwest Viking to WWCollegian to Western Front (and other title variants in between), the student paper has chronicled the social, athletic, academic, and creative life of the institution throughout its trajectory from teacher-training college to comprehensive regional university.

Work in progress

Special Collections
Whatcom County Homemade Music Society Oral Histories

Oral histories from founders and members of the Whatcom County Homemade Music Society, based in Bellingham, Washington. A detailed guide to the collection is available online.

CPNWS
Whittington Collection of Asian Ceramics

Images and descriptions of more than 200 Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese ceramics donated to Western by Floyd and Carol Whittington.

Special Collections
Women in Sport at Western

From the earliest days of the institution, women played sports of all kinds, both casually and competitively. This collection presents images of that tradition, in support of the celebration of Women in Sport at Western.

Special Collections
Women's Recreation Association Photographs

Images of the members, teams, and activities of the Women's Athletic Association/Women's Recreation Association (WRA) at Western. The images span the group's history, from its origins in the 1920s to its end in the early 1970s upon the formal establishment of Women's Athletics at Western. Included are images of branch clubs, such as the Blue Barnacles synchronized swim club and the Orchesis/Modern Dance club.