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Historic footage of fishing operations

This 1958 film shows the use and impact of fish traps and set nets as part of commercial fishing operations in Clam Gulch, Alaska. The footage was captured originally on 16mm film by Rubin R. Tikka, and later donated to WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

 

The history of fish, fishing and the use of commercial fish traps in the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by conflict and controversy. Use of fish traps or other "fixed appliances for catching salmon and other fish" was banned in Washington State in 1935 following voter passage of Initiative 77 the previous year. Fish traps were not outlawed in Alaska until Alaskan statehood (1959) - very shortly after this footage was captured.

Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs offer a wide range of archival and other resources about fish and fishing. These include materials documenting commercial fisheries, Native American fishing and treaty rights, and fly fishing. See this Research Guide or Contact CPNWS or Special Collections for additional information.

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Library research a mystery? Try Research Connection!

Research Connection Pilot Program

Does library research seem mysterious?
Are you new to doing academic library research?
Want help developing a research paper and finding sources of information?
Make the connection with a Research Assistant!

The Research Connection pilot initiative is all about connecting you to resources in the new Learning Commons in order to make you an effective researcher and writer.  

The program is designed to connect students who may not have much academic research experience with peers who do.  The Research Assistants are upper-division undergraduate students in the Libraries’ Research and Active Learning course who are available to help their peers identify, use, and evaluate information sources. 

Research Assistants demystify the research process by:

  • Helping you connect to relevant resources such as Reference librarians
    and the Writing Center.
  • Assisting you in learning how to use research tools such as the library catalog
    and article databases.
  • Acting as a sounding board for developing research ideas.
  • Providing guidance on how to use citations.

If you would like to be connected with a Research Assistant
contact Gabe Gossett (gabe.gossett@wwu.edu) or visit the program website for more details: http://libguides.wwu.edu/connections
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Loving Learning: the Campus School Experience, 1899-1967

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Bellingham, Wash. : Western Washington University : Black Dog Productions, c2007.
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LD5779.5.L537 L6 2007
November, 2011

Whatcom NormalLoving Learning is a video documentary about the elementary school created in 1899 as part of the State Normal School at New Whatcom - later Western Washington University.

It was a 'model' school for local children, an exemplary public school and a place for training teachers.

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50 years of the WWU Student Newspaper now online!

Western Libraries celebrate the digitization of the first 50 years of the Western Front.

The first 50 years of the WWU Student Newspaper is now online.  Phase One of the project is complete.   Phase Two begins, as we start to process the next fifty years of the Western Front. 

 

Check out the collection on the Digital Collections page, located under libraries & collections on the library home page. 

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Aerial Photographs Available at CPNWS

A collection of over 30,000 aerial photographs, formerly at Huxley Map Library, is now housed at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The collection includes images from aerial surveys of significant portions of Washington State and beyond, including this state's Northwestern counties and National Forest lands.

Aerial photo taken during survey for the AL-CAN Highway, circa 1930s.

Image taken during aerial surveys for the AL-CAN Highway, circa 1930s.

The bulk of the images date around 1938-1990, and were captured during surveys for government agencies such the USDA Forest Service or Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The Collection of Aerial Photographs is open to the public, although we recommend that researchers contact CPNWS in advance about their area(s) of interest and/or to set up an appointment. While staff are working presently to further catalog the collection, a preliminary listing of holdings is available in this LibGuide to the Collection.

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KVOS Julian Bond Images Appear in "The Mountaintop"

In May of 1967, the Western campus received a visit from Julian Bond, then 27 years of age and a prominent civil rights activist, anti-war spokesperson and elected State Senator in Georgia. Interviewed outside Old Main for local TV by Political Science Professor and Chair Manfred Vernon and Duayne Trecker of KVOS, Bond shared his views on issues including the war in Vietnam, poverty, race relations and the civil rights movement.

Visitors to Broadway can now see still images from this interview as part of a photo montage shown in the current production of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angela Bassett, this play presents a “re-imagining” of events on April 3, 1968, the evening prior to Dr. King’s assassination.

Footage from the Julian Bond interview and other 1960s KVOS films are archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, with several available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections. Researchers interested in the civil rights era may also wish to view KVOS interviews with James Farmer, founder and leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, and the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

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Student Newspaper Digital Collection

Western FrontSpecial Collections has passed the half-way mark in completing the digitization of the WWU student newspaper.  Western has had a student newspaper from 1899, the first year of the university.  From 1899 to 1950 is now available online in the WWU Student Newspaper Digital Collection. 

Lesley Lowery, who is helping to get the paper online, enjoys seeing the news stories from the past.  "It's a lot of fun to get into, to get a feeling for the stories behind the names on buildings on campus I see everyday."  Lesley has discovered that the student newspaper reported on different events long ago, "They had proms and dances every weekend, the social theme was much more important then."

Discover the past for yourself, browsing through the old issues of the student newspaper, and check back for more recent issues coming soon. 

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‘Perspectives’ Display in Zoe's!

 The Fall 2011 ‘Perspectives’ Display is devoted to examining the multiple narratives around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Traditionally very Western-centric holidays, these events celebrate European culture in the United States.  However, contemporary critics have offered a new perspective on these events:  that Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day only offers one paradigm of European arrival in North America.

The Fall 2011 Display hopes to offer a thorough examination of the issues around these holidays.  Any questions?  Contact Rebecca Marrall at rebecca.marrall@wwu.edu.

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