Western Libraries has many resources for researching and learning about the Salish Sea.
Western Libraries’ Northwest Collection is a rich and extensive resource for information on the Pacific Northwest, a region defined as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. The collection features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to the interpretation and understanding of the Northwest.
The Northwest Collection is housed in the expansive Central Reading Room, an elegant high-ceiling space accented by arched stained glass windows that run the length of the second floor of the Wilson Library. Designed in the late 1920’s by architects Charles H. Bebb and Carl F. Gould, the room serves as a special gathering space for research, special events and exhibitions that advance the understanding of our region, and connect technology-empowered students to the historic research libraries of the past.
To search for items in the Northwest Collection, click here.
Heritage Resources & Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Western Libraries Division of Heritage Resources provides for the responsible stewardship of rare, unique and archival resources, and promotes public and scholarly access to and use of its holdings in support of teaching, learning and research. Heritage Resources is comprised of three units that collect and manage valuable and distinctive documentation: the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies seeks to foster greater understanding of the region’s past and present through archival collections which document significant developments in the region stretching from Alaska to Northern California, and from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains, with a particular focus on northwest Washington, the Olympic Peninsula, British Columbia, and Alaska. Formats include private papers, organizational and business records, correspondence, photographs, maps and architectural drawings, audio-visual resources, artwork and ephemera which describe the region from pre-European contact to the present. Particular emphasis is given to collecting materials that document economic development, cultural and social history, environmental history, and other historically significant trends in the region.
Western Libraries’ Map Collection contains more than seventy thousand topographic, historic, and other kinds of maps, as well as nautical charts. Many of them relate to the Salish Sea region.
Librarian Rob Lopresti manages Canadian Studies materials, the Map Collection, and several other collections at Western Libraries. He is responsible for many library guides about topics and collaborations relevant to the Salish Sea Institute, including:
- Fish and Fishing: Research and Resources
- Environmental History & Activism: Local and Regional Resources
- Native Plants and Fungi of the Pacific Northwest
- Northwest Indian College and Huxley College Collaboration
- Canadian Studies
- Canadian Government Information
- Government Environmental Websites
Contact Rob Lopresti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-3342.