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National Women's History Month

Writing Women Back into History

Suffrage Centennial 1910-2010

2010 marked the 100th anniversary of when most Washington women permanently achieved the right to vote. The Washington Women’s History Consortium leads the commemoration and invites people all over Washington to learn about this important history.

During National Women's History Month, visit 1000memories to recognize the women who made a difference in your life. 1000memories has partnered with the National Women's History Project and the Internet Archive to remember the contributions of women in history - those whose lives shaped and were shaped by history. The website offers a space to collect and tell the stories of women throughout history, famous or not.

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, contributed two "digital collections" to the WHC Digital Library:

Washington Women's History Consortium - Images and Washington Women's History Consortium - Oral Histories contain primary source materials that were digitized as part of CPNWS's commitment to the Washington Women's History Consortium project (funded by the Washington State Legislature). Drawn from a variety of different archival collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, these digital resources include photographs, manuscripts and oral history interviews documenting the history and achievements of women in Washington State.

Western Washington University's WHC Oral Histories Collection comprises oral histories collected as part of the statewide Washington Women's Heritage Project. The collection includes interviews of women active in the commercial fishing industry and interviews of Bellingham residents who discuss a broad range of topics including local environmental issues, healthcare, entertainment, Native American issues and other ethnic and race relations, industry and businesses, transportation, and education.
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Celebrate Women's History Month!

We welcome campus and community members to discover and enjoy the rich "women's history" collections and archival resources available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and Western.

A present display in Haggard Hall features images selected from records of the myriad women's organizations archived at CPNWS. Contact CPNWS or browse our website to find out more about records of groups including the Monday and Aftermath Clubs, AAUW (Washington), the YWCA of Bellingham and the Bellingham Woman's Music Club. CPNWS also houses collections including oral histories and personal papers from women including Ella Higginson, Jane Hovde, June Burn and Lois Garlick. 

Additional materials relating to the history of women on Western's campus can be accessed through Western Libraries Special Collections and the WWU Archives and Records Center.

Researchers are also encouraged to explore three Digital Collections focusing on the experiences and achievements of women: these are the Washington Women’s History Consortium Oral Histories and Image Collections (digitized from CPNWS holdings), and the Western Women in Sport Collection (featuring images from Special Collections). All three collections were developed through partnership with and funding from the Washington Women's History Consortium.

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Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus

Marian and friendsMarian Alexander and friends from Special Collections got together for a farewell lunch in her honor.

From left to right are Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, Marian Alexander,  Professor Emeritus, her husband David, Rick Osen, Assistant Dean for Collections & Technology, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian. 

Marian is retiring from her position as Head of Special Collections, which under her leadership has moved into a modern facility and increased the number and size of the collections significantly.

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Children's Literature Class Visit

Special CollectionsChildren's Literature for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher (ENG 441) students visited Special Collections recently with their instructor, Sylvia Tag.

Tamara Belts and Peter Smith welcomed the class into the Research Room and presented information about the collections, including the Helene Whitson Collection of pop-up books, the Special Collections Children's Collection, original manuscripts by Steve Raymond from the Fly Fishing Collection, and photographs from the Campus School Collection.

After looking at items on the Research Room tables, students walked through the Storage Area and the Work Area. Lesley Lowery talked with students about the Western Student Newspaper digitization project, showing the brown, brittle pages of the original newsprint.

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Special Collections Book of the Month: My Impossible Dream

Chuck Randall as told to Barbara Kindness
Publication Information: 
Bothell, WA: Book Publishers Network, 2008
Special Collections - The Western Collection
Call Number: 
Randall, C.
March, 2011

My Impossible DreamMarch madness is upon us. Currently the WWU Vikings are working their way through the post-season conference title competition, hoping to host the women's regional championships and more. With that in mind what a great time to read, My Impossible Dream, by WWU Men's Coach of the Century (1900-1999), Chuck Randall.

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Special Collections Book of the Month: The Winemaker's Daughter

Timothy Egan
Publication Information: 
New York : Vintage Books, 2005
Special Collections -- Northwest Collection
Call Number: 
PS3605 .G36 W56 2005
February, 2011

Wines, Water Rights, Coulees and Cultures:  The Winemaker's Daughter by Timothy Egan

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North Cascades Audobon Society Visit

NCASMembers of the North Cascades Audubon Society visited Special Collections January 22, to see reproductions of John James Audubon's Birds of America illustrations.

"The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America, Reproduced in Color for the First Time from the Collection at the New York Historical Society," is the full title of the set, published in 1966. It is a collector's edition, one of 750 copies.

Audubon bookThe book and print collection is the gift of Joe and Roberta Eblen in honor of their daughter, Anna Eblen, who is chair of the Communications department at Western.

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New Books for Fly Fishing Collection

Bug WaterA new list of titles added to the Fly Fishing Collection from July to December 2010 is now available.  All books added to the Fly Fishing Collection are donations from our friendly fly fishers in the Northwest.

The Purpose of the Fly Fishing Collection at Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide access to diverse materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.

The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and video personal interviews and histories, and fly fishing artifacts such as rods, reels, flies, and fly tying materials.

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Walton's Compleat Angler Gift

Dave Beatty, John Freeman, Peter Smith, Danny BeattyOur friends John Freeman, Danny and Dave Beatty visited Special Collections January 7, 2011.  John Freeman donated a rare book, The Compleat Angler, with decorations by Frank Adams, published in 1930.

The Compleat Angler, or, the contemplative man's recreation, being a discourse of fish and fishing not unworthy the perusal of most anglers, is the full title of the book by Izaak Walton, first published in 1653.  Compleat Angler

This gift is one of 450 copies, signed by the artist Frank Adams.  With gilt edges and gilt lettering on the spine, illustrations like the one here, and facsimile printing with original spelling, this is a beautiful book just for viewing.  Gift of John and Lynne Freeman.


Dave Danny JohnDuring the same visit, Danny Beatty returned a bamboo rod made by Letcher Lambuth.  Danny had the middle section ferrule repaired by Tom Fulk. 

The rod was found by Danny in Ruth Sumner's garage, was loaned to the International Fly Fishing Center, and now is part of the Fly Fishing Collection in Special Collections.

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