Special Collections News
Steve Raymond, a life-long fly fisher and author, visited Special Collections and gave a presentation about Roderick Haig-Brown, fly fisher, author, and conservationist.
The event attracted fly fishers from around the Northwest, who came to hear Mr. Raymond's insights into the literary works of Roderick Haig-Brown.
Before the presentation, Bruce Shepard, WWU President, presented a book about Western to Tobey Ishii-Anderson, niece of David Ishii, to honor the memory of David Ishii and his gift to Special Collections.
|Steve Raymond with guests|
After Steve Raymond's presentation, he answered questions about Roderick Haig-Brown and his own writing career. Then everyone browsed the Fly Fishing Collections in the Special Collections storage area and the books exhibited in the Research Room.
|Marian Alexander and Joan Raymond|
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.
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 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?"|
|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.|
|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.|
WWU Libraries Heritage Resources Presents
Return to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown
August 3, 2012
Wilson Library 6th Floor
Save the Date!
Roderick Haig-Brown is known internationally for his writing on fly fishing. Born in England, he came to British Columbia, Canada, and lived on the banks of the Campbell River, Vancouver Island. He published many books and articles, and is known for his writing on fly fishing.
Steve Raymond was born in Bellingham, Wash. Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as an editor of The flyfisher and Fly fishing in salt waters. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.
Photo: Ledge Pool. Image taken at the Grand Ronde River, October 15, 1964. Ralph E. Wahl Photograph Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a department of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries.