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Visiting students use maps to
help learn about Salmon migration
Korean students visited the map collection as part of the University Experience program sponsored by Extended Ed. 40 students, and 2
student teachers from Woodring use
the collection to study various aspects
of salmon migration. The groups took
a tour of the area followed by a presentation on the various types of maps in the collection before breaking up into small groups to work on their assignments.
On June 25th, Special Collections was pleased to welcome the Huxley College of the Environment class ESCI 315: The Art, Science, and Ethics of Fly Fishing, taught by Leo Bodensteiner and Steve Meyer.
The class was shown many of the treasures from the Fly Fishing Collection, including the first American edition of Izaak Walton's classic, The Complete Angler, or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation (1857).
The deluxe edition of The Dettes: A Catskill Legend (enclosed in a custom slipcase with a shadow box on the front containing three mounted flies by the Dettes), The American Fly Fisher, a periodical published by the American Museum of Fly Fishing. And the Art of Angling Journal, which showcases the beauty of the sport.
Bamboo rods, fly plates, and other realia were on display in the Research Room. Later the class toured the storage area, exploring the complete Fly Fishing Collection.
This book contains a facsimile of the original 1577 book, along with a modernized transcription of the text. Attributed to Vicar William Samuel, it is the second earliest book on angling in the English language.
The single copy that survived was discovered in 1953, went to the British Museum, and ended up in the Princeton University Library.
Olive Beaupre Miller was an American author and publisher of children's literature. The Book House for Children series was published according to her personal standards.
Faculty & Student Responses to the Western Library Survey Now Available
During Winter and Spring Quarters 2012 Western Libraries surveyed the university’s faculty and students with regards to their use of library resources and services. Of those surveyed 59% of tenure and tenure track faculty, and 21% (959) of students sent the survey link, responded.
The WWU Student Newspaper Collection project was the subject of a presentation by Marian Alexander at Back 2 Bellingham, May 19, in Wilson Library.
Marian revealed the inside story of getting the student newspaper, from the 1899 Normal Messenger to the current Western Front, into a digital format and making it available on the Internet.
"The student newspaper has long been one of Special Collections' most requested, most used, most popular resources," Marian told the members of Western alumni who attended the event.
After the presentation, Special Collections staff helped visitors search the Western Front using laptops on tables.
Tamara Belts, Sandy Celec, Lesley Lowery, and Peter Smith were all on hand to help alumni read historical issues of the student newspaper.
Bob Speed, a photographer and writer for the Western Front, found articles he had written while a student at Western.
Visitors took away chocolate bars with the Western Front masthead on the label and the Internet address for the Special Collections home page: library.wwu.edu/specialcollections.
Bob Speed and Sandy Celec
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS)
is offering two research fellowship opportunities
for the 2012-2013 academic year.
More information @ http://library.wwu.edu/internships_cpnws#fellowships.
Applicants do not have to be affiliated with Western.
For more information, contact:
Ruth Steele, Archivist, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building, Western Washington University
Bellingham WA 98225-9123, Tel: 360 650 7747
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a Heritage Resources program of Western Libraries, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building. Regular Research Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12noon and 1pm-4.30pm
Wild About Whatcom! Abstract art exhibit
now in Gallery 3 (Wilson 3, East)
Presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County: "Our goal is to spread local art around the county and increase the exposure of Whatcom county’s many talented artists".
"Accessing Primary Sources through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources Programs" web tutorial now available onlinePosted on Mon, 2012-06-04 13:13
Do your studies at Western require you to conduct research? Does some of that research involve using primary sources? Did you know there are places right here at Western where you can find and work with original primary source documents?
Check out this online tutorial for locating and accessing unique, archival material on campus through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs. You may also use these handy, subject-based research guides to find additional primary source material available at Western and beyond.
Heritage Resources programs include the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives and Records Center, who work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.
“Drip, Flick, Splatter”...
young students bring the art
of Jackson Pollock to life.
The WWU Child Development Center takes art to a new level. Elaine Elkin's class of two & three year olds has recently studied the works of Jackson Pollock. Inspired by a book titled, “Action Jackson,” the young students created their piece. By dripping, splattering, and flicking paint the children learned how abstract art can be beautiful and fun.
The project started with Western’s Art History Professor Carol Janson. In her Arts in the Community class students Tarin Nicholas, Lauren Sommers and Kayla Thompson decided they wanted to work with children for their community art project. Gina Elkin, a teacher at Western’s Child Development Center, gladly used the extra help to create this Jackson Pollock inspired piece.
Tarin, Lauren and Kayla provided some supplies and supervised the project, but the children were the artists. Together the class collaborated and one by one added layers of color. The whole project took three days to complete. The children used paint brushes, drip sticks and six different colors to create their work. The ending result was beautiful. The children developed artistic techniques and Tarin, Lauren and Kayla had a great experience.