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Western receives free publications from the federal government (almost half a million since 1964.) The Government Printing Office wants to know what you think of their work - and ours.

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Exploring Decadence in Special Collections

Special Collections Research Room

On September 30, 2010, we welcomed Professor Kristin Mahoney and her students enrolled in English 410: Studies in Literary History (Decadence).

Among the Special Collections resources introduced to the students was The Yellow Book, the late 19th century avant-garde periodical published in London from 1894 to 1897.

Co-founded by Aubrey Beardsley who also served as its art editor, The Yellow Book was associated with aestheticism and decadence and frequently featured Beardsley's striking drawings.

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Charles and Pauline LeWarne visit Special Collections

Charles and PaulineOn October 20, 2010, we enjoyed a visit with WWU alumnus Charles LeWarne (BA/BAE 1955) and Pauline LeWarne. They brought additional items for the Charles Pierce LeWarne Collection, part of The Western Collection, as well as three Northwest history-related children’s books published in the 1930s, welcome gifts to the Special  Collections Children’s Collection.

Charles LeWarne, who received a master’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in history from the University of Washington, is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs concerning regional history, including, most recently The Love Israel Family (2009) , the first extensively researched study of the well-known Western Washington commune.

He has been an enthusiastic contributor to The Western Collection and we thank him for his generous continuing support of this unique archive of scholarly and creative works by members of the Western community.

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Up Western! Special Collections Book of the Month

As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges,
it may help to remember that
the institution has met and  surmounted such situations before, notably  in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.

Western’s faculty engaged in vigorous debate with then-President Jerry Flora, a peppery leader with a distinctly confrontational style. Out of this environment came Up Western, a slim volume illustrating the viewpoint of the then-faculty union (AFT Local 2084) through cartoons and sharp caricatures of Flora created by faculty members Bob Balas and Bob Urso, professors of French and Art, respectively.

Balas, who taught from 1969 to 2001, passed away in 2006; Urso came to Western in 1969 and retired in 2008. Together, they created indelible images of the interactions between equally passionate parties at a pivotal moment in Western’s history. As Up Western demonstrates, a little humor at such times never hurts.

Author: Robert Balas
Publication Information:Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location:Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: Balas, R.
December, 2010

~Marian Alexander, Special Collections

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Up Western

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Robert Balas
Publication Information: 
Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location: 
Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: 
Balas, R.
December, 2010
As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges, it may help to remember that the institution has met and surmounted such situations before, notably  in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.
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Fine Facsimile Publisher Visits Special Collections

On October 8, 2010, a representative of the fine facsimile publisher M. Moleiro, based in Barcelona, visited Special Collections while participating in the 2010 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. The M. Moleiro company specializes in the reproduction of codices, maps, and works of art usually made on parchment, vellum, paper, or papyrus created between the 13th and 16th centuries. Many national as well as major museum libraries hold facsimiles created by the company. Here, Jeanne Armstrong of the library faculty and Kathryn Vulic of the English department examine examples of Moleiro’s outstanding work.

   
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Book of Beasts: Special Collections Book of the Month

Book of beasts: a facsimile 
  Book of Beasts: a facsimile of MS Bodley
  764 /
introduction by Christopher de Hamel.

  Full facsimile reproduction of a 13th century illuminated
  manuscript, a bestiary, created in England, perhaps in
  Salisbury, possibly commissioned by Roger de Mohaut.

  Location:
  Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Oversize

  Call Number:
PR275.B47 H36 2008


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Book of beasts : a facsimile of MS Bodley 764 / introduction by Christopher de Hamel.

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Bodleian Library. Manuscript. Bodley 764.
Publication Information: 
Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2008.
Location: 
Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Oversize
Call Number: 
PR275.B47 H36 2008
November, 2010

Book of Beasts Jacket

Full facsimile reproduction of a 13th century illuminated manuscript, a bestiary, created in England, perhaps in Salisbury, possibly commissioned by Roger de Mohaut.

On the jacket cover there are two illustrations, cropped from illustrations in this wonderful book. 

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The Fly-Fisher's Craft: the Art and History

Author: 
Darrel Martin
Publication Information: 
Guildford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 2006
Location: 
Special Collections - Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH451.M385 2006
July, 2010

Fly Fisher's CraftFly fishing is more than a sport and this book, The Fly-Fisher's Craft: the Art and History, by Darrel Martin, is testimony to the passion it can ignite and the incredible quest it can lead on on.

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