Western Libraries Special Collections Exhibits

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Special Collections Case 01

Too cold to fish? Want to warm up by the fire? Here's some good reads for those cold winter days and nights. All from our Fly Fishing Collection.


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Special Collections Case 02

James Leslie Hildebrand was born October 24, 1916 in Vernon, Texas. He received a B.A. in 1938 from North Texas State University and an M.A. in 1940.

He taught at Denton Junior High School (1938-39), Denton Senior High School (1939-40) and was an instructor at the University of Washington from 1949-52 before coming to Western Washington University, from which he retired in 1982 as professor emeritus of mathematics. 

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and later the Reserves, retiring as Captain. 

The exhibit showcases teaching tools he used in teaching math as well as photos documenting his time at Western, including, covering the Score Board for both Viking Men's and Women's Basketball for many years.


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Special Collections Case 02

James Leslie Hildebrand was born October 24, 1916 in Vernon, Texas. He received a B.A. in 1938 from North Texas State University and an M.A. in 1940.

He taught at Denton Junior High School (1938-39), Denton Senior High School (1939-40) and was an instructor at the University of Washington from 1949-52 before coming to Western Washington University, from which he retired in 1982 as professor emeritus of mathematics. 

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and later the Reserves, retiring as Captain. 

The exhibit showcases teaching tools he used in teaching math as well as photos documenting his time at Western, including, covering the Score Board for both Viking Men's and Women's Basketball for many years.


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Special Collections Case 03

This display features copies from the The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America color reproductions produced from the collection at the New York Historical Society published by American Heritage in 1966. This is number 635 of 750 copies of the Collector's edition. It was donated to Special Collections by Joe and Robert Eblen in honor of their daughter, Anna Eblen. 


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Special Collections Case 04

Western was founded as a teacher training institute opening its doors in September 1899. Integral to teaching teachers was having elementary school students to teach. Thus a model grade school on campus began at the same time and lasted through the spring of 1967. Featured here are photos and student work and other realia documenting some of that experience. Special thanks to Jim Hildebrand, Florence (Winsor) Helliesen, Julie (Lewis) Domingo, and Jerry Punches for the display items.


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Special Collections Case 05

Featured in this exhibit case are some of the treasures from the Helene Whitson Collection along with a sampling from the Miriam Snow Mathes Reading Figurine Collection. 


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Special Collections Case 06

This case features more treasures from the Helene Whitson Collection including some new purchases. It also features special stuffed friends -- also part of the Helene Whitson Collection.


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Special Collections Case 07

Since 2003 Paul and Mary Ann Ford have been supporting the development of a fly fishing collection at WWU Libraries Special Collections. Each year they donate a fine selection of first edition, fine print, limited edition and other specialized books, often on a specific topic.

This year marks the 10th anniversary and they have provided an eclectic grouping beginning with A Bibliography of American Sporting Books -- 1926-1985 by M. L. "Duke" Biscotti, himself a long time lover of fine press books. Beyond bibliography the works include much loved British Columbia author Van Egan, Montana's Sylvester Nemes,  New York's Nick Lyons, and New England's W. D. Weatherell -- all reflecting on fly fishing, fly tying, and all the joy of sport and place. In addition Paul Ford has written a delightfully annotated guide to the featured books, a must read in and of itself!

 


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Special Collections Case 08

This is part II of the 2013 Exhibit of American Fly Fishing Literature generously donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford. 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of their ongoing support to develop a fly fishing collection within the WWU Libraries Special Collections. Thank you Paul and Mary Ann Ford!


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Special Collections Case 09

Mr. Martin is an avid fly fisher and historian of the sport. His own graduate studies in Anglo-Saxon, Middle English and English linguistics were excellent preparatory study for what became an interest in antique angling books, and from there to the study and re-creation of the equipment described in those books. He is an innovator who has designed several fly tying tools, hooks, and fishing clothing. Well traveled, he has fished many well known waters and met famous anglers and fly tyers. 

Featured here are five of the nine book length works authored by him: Imitations (1980), Fly-Tying Methods (1987) winner of the United Fly Tyers' Book of the Year Award, Micropatterns (1994), The Fly Fisher's Illustrated Dictionary (2000), and The Fly Fisher's Craft (2006). 

Special Collections is proud to be hosting Mr. Martin on Wednesday, July 10th, for two presentations, the first at 2 pm when he will present "The Antique Angler," and again at 7 pm when he will speak on "The River Itchen." All are welcome! 


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