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Special Collections acquires and preserves unique intellectual and cultural heritage materials, including publications, personal papers, monographs, manuscripts, artwork, artifacts, electronic resources, and photographs documenting the history of Western Washington University and its impact on higher education in the Pacific Northwest region. Other areas of collecting priority include the history and development of children’s literature with a special emphasis on poetry written for and by children; Northwest history, art and literature; American and European fly fishing history, art and literature; Russian and Mongolian culture; the art and history of the book; educational history and pedagogy; specialized teaching collections in support of curriculum; and rare books that enhance these collecting priorities.