Introducing “Pacific Northwest Features”

We are pleased to reintroduce the PNW blog with a new name and broader focus. Pacific Northwest Features is a blog about PNW history, culture, and people, featuring collections from all around the University of Washington Libraries.

The Pacific Northwest Collection documents the historic and contemporary life and culture of the region. We actively collect rare books, maps, ephemera and other published materials, as well as personal papers, digital records, and organizational archives, photographs, architectural drawings, recorded sound, and moving images.  Major primary source collections include Labor Archives of Washington and the Washington State Jewish Archives.  The PNW Collection began in 1905 as the Northwest Collection.  Today it is part of Special Collections located on the UW Seattle campus in the lower level of Suzzallo/Allen Library.

There are dozens of other Pacific Northwest resources in the UW Libraries, found in departments in all branches and on all three campuses. We now invite librarians from all areas to share and promote Pacific Northwest titles and collections by becoming contributing authors to the blog.

Pacific Northwest Features shares stories about collections, events, exhibits, and our connections with other regional history collections and programs. Follow the blog by subscribing to email list to the left.  Browse through earlier posts in the Collections Featured category, and visit Special Collections to explore our fascinating collections.

Anne Jenner
Pacifc Northwest Curator, blog editor

Archives Month Elsewhere

Poster for Wisconsin Archives Month 2009
Poster for Wisconsin Archives Month 2009

Since it’s almost midway through the month already, we thought it was about time to give a random shout-out to that other state that begins with the letter W.  If you have been following their blog, you are probably well aware that the theme for Archives Month 2009 in Wisconsin is “Scrapbook: Wisconsin” and that repositories from all across the state have been contributing a blog post highlighting a scrapbook or other unique item from their collections.  But if you haven’t, we just thought we would let you know about this great initiative.

Look for some more posts about scrapbooks from the Pacific Northwest collection in the somewhat near future.