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Civil Rights, Student Movements and Campus Protest: Archival & Primary Resources At Western

An introduction to resources available locally, including through Archives & Special Collections at Western Libraries

University Archives

The University Archives is the sole, official repository for the records of WWU (see university policy POL-U4910.01) and houses more than 3000 linear feet of archival material documenting the history of Western from 1895 to the present.  This includes records in all formats (bound volumes, loose paper, photographic, audiovisual, digital) and from all major campus units including the Board of Trustees, President, Vice Presidents, Colleges, Academic Programs, Administrative/business units, and Associated Students—even Western Libraries.

Contact at:
 (360 650 3124)

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Contact or (360) 650-7534.

Special Collections

Resources available in Special Collections, many of which are also accessible online through MABEL, include the following important collections:

Other holdings of possible interest include:

Audio-Visual Recordings

May 1967 interview with Julian Bond (KVOS Channel 12 Films). Footage dated May 18, 1967 (air-date) from the larger KVOS Channel 12 Film Collection at CPNWS.

Julian Bond (then 27 years of age and a prominent civil rights activist, anti-war spokesperson and elected State Senator in Georgia) is interviewed outside Old Main for local TV by Western's Political Science Professor and Chair Manfred Vernon and Duayne Trecker of KVOS. Bond shares his views on issues including the war in Vietnam, poverty, race relations and the civil rights movement.

To access additional digitized audio-visual content, visit the MABEL platform at:

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.


Oral Histories