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Oral History: Oral History Collections at Western

Resources available through Western Libraries and its Archives & Special Collections.

Western Libraries Special Collections

Contact Special Collections to find out more about oral history collections, including:


Oral histories may be recorded and stored using a wide variety of media and formats, including magnetic reel-to-reel tape, audio or mini-audio cassette, mini-discs, CD, DVD, mp3 and WAV files. In some cases, Heritage Resources staff may have to make special arrangements for equipment to access audio/audio-visual recordings.  

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Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Archives & Special Collections


Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections 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, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management 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.