Special Collections News
Children'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.
Members 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.
The 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.
A 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.
Our 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.
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.
During 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.
Happy New Year!
You are invited to visit Special Collections in the new year.
Special Collections is open Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Also available by appointment.
Call 360-650-3193 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.