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Teaching Learning Academy visits Special Collections

The Teaching Learning Academy (TLA) visited Special Collections this week, two sessions on Wednesday, April 18 and another two sessions on Thursday, April 29.  TLA is interested in the question, "How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western as a 21st-century liberal arts university?" TLA in Special Collections
To investigate the history of the liberal arts at Western, TLA members examined several exhibits from the Campus History Collection in Special Collections, including the Annual Catalogue of the Washington State Normal School (an early name for Western), The Self-Starter: Women's League Guide-Book for Freshman Girls, and A Long Range Plan: Perspective of the Future, from 1968. Carmen Werder
The researchers found many references to broad-based, liberal arts, and civilization through the years, including an early reference to a required liberal arts class in a 1926 issue of the student newspaper of the Washington State Normal School, The Weekly Messenger, which was found by searching the new online WWU Student Newspaper Collection, in the library's Digital Collections.  Openers
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Library 3Things Newsletter

Library 3Things Newsletter now online.

Welcome to our fifth issue of 3 Things! Included you’ll find information about 4 librarians who will be speaking in May as part of the Western Libraries' series, "Redefining the Academic Library." Additionally, this issue offers a great tip about working with two of our Learning Commons partners to hammer out an awesome research paper and you can read about the Western Front digitization project currently underway.

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Back to the Future – Historic Films Capture Century 21 Exposition

2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair) of 1962. Held on the site of the present-day Seattle Center, the Fair’s theme and exhibitions emphasized the role of science and technology in paving the way to an improved future way of life. Among the notable attractions were the newly-constructed Space Needle and the Alweg monorail.  

Although the Space Needle frequently dominates memories of the Fair, visitors were presented with many and varied spectacles, including exhibitions of science, commerce, industry and art. Among the less orthodox and more adult attractions was Gracie Hansen’s “Paradise International Club” featuring Las Vegas style revue shows.  In an August 1962 interview with KVOS-TV (see footage below), Hansen described her “pet theory that science will never replace sex or cotton candy,” and subsequent journey to the stage at the Century 21 Exposition.

Clips from this KVOS interview (archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies) will appear in a new KCTS 9 documentary about the history and impact of the Exposition, entitled “When Seattle Invented The Future” (air-date March 24). Footage from the same “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” interview is also featured in an online trailer for Don Horn/Triangle Production’s musical “Gracie,” opening in Portland, Oregon in the Spring.

For more information about World’s Fair related materials available through Western Libraries and its Heritage Resources programs, please contact us and/or visit this online research guide at: http://libguides.wwu.edu/worldsfairs. A selection of KVOS Channel 12 Films (including “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” and an earlier Jack Webster Report about the 1962 Exposition) can be accessed online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections.

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The Educator

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Atkinson, Lucy (Artist)
Publication Information: 
1945
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Special Collections -- Research Room
March, 2012

The Educator is a distinctive portrayal in oils of Charles H. Fisher (1880-1964), president of Western from 1924 to 1939. Measuring about 40 x 32 in., the portrait shows Fisher at age 65, several years after his contentious dismissal from the college.

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Celebrate Women's History Month!

Did you know? Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs provide access to a vast array of unique and historical materials about women’s history. These include:

  • Photographs and oral histories (selections available online)
  • Campus history collections and institutional records documenting experiences of women students and faculty
  • Records of local and regional women’s organizations
  • Personal papers documenting the lives and achievements of women from Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest.

Interested to learn more? Thinking about a research project relating to women’s history? We invite you to explore our digital collections and online research guide, and to visit and contact Heritage Resources with any questions. A sample of images and other "women's history" documents from Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collections is presently on display near the Reference Desk in Western Libraries (Haggard Wing 2). 

Poster for event protesting Cruise missiles at the Boeing Plant, circa 1985

Poster advertising a protest at the Boeing Cruise Missile Plant in Kent, WA. circa 1985. From the Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

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Atlas designed to illustrate Burritt's Geography of the Heavens

Author: 
Mattison, Hiram
Publication Information: 
Philadelphia : Sheldon, 1856
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Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Extra Oversize
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G1000 .M3 1856
February, 2012

Orion the hunterThe constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens.  The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old). 

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Library 3 Things - Winter Newsletter

The new Library 3 Things Winter 2012 Newsletter is now online. Features include:

Something New: QR Codes Help You Browse the Daylight Lounge

This Issue's Great Tip:  Keeping Up 101: An easy way to track our new arrivals

Did You Know?  Be Inspired @ CLIC Conference February 25th

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