This guide suggests useful resources for studying civil rights issues and the history and impact of student movements and/or campus protest. It focuses on resources available through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs. Please contact us or the Western Libraries' Reference Desk if you have questions or need assistance finding more information.
Related Library Guides
Western Libraries provides access to a wide variety of article and research databases (a WWU log-in is required). Follow this link to the Libraries' online guide to Databases A-Z and/or ask staff at the Libraries' Reference Desk for assistance.
Searching Western Libraries' Catalog
You may find it useful to search the catalog using some of the following subject search terms (you can also narrow results by adding a geographic location, e.g. Student movements--Washington (State) OR Student movements--Washington (State)--Bellingham):
- Antinuclear movement
- Black power
- Civil rights movements
- College students
- College students--Political activity
- Conscientious Objectors
- Gay college students
- New Left
- Peace movements
- Protest Movements
- Race relations
- Student movements
- Student protesters
- Vietnam War, 1961-1974
- Women's rights
Consult with your instructors about recommended readings and ask us if you need help finding a specific title or type of resource. Here are some select titles relevant to local campus history:
Special Collections, 6th Floor Wilson Library, 360-650-3193
University Archives and Records Center, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-3124
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-7534
The Heritage Resources unit provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Special Collections, and WWU Archives and Records Center work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.
Vertical File Folders
We have vertifical files on various topics related to Campus History. For students researching protests on campus we have two folders:
- Student protests prior to 1979
- Student protests since 1980
We also have files for each of the presidents which may include information about student movements during their administration
Viet Cong Flag
We have the flag that was made and showcased in front of the Viking Union Building in March 1969 along with an accompanying folder of information describing the incident and administrations response.