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Environmental History & Activism: Archival and Primary Sources at WWU

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


This is a guide to resources relating to the history of environmental activism & conservation in Whatcom County and the larger Pacific Northwest region. It focuses on primary source holdings available through Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, selected resources in the Western Library, links to local news sources reporting on environmental issues outside of the mainstream press, as well as to current activists & groups pages.  

This list is not exhaustive and may not include newly-acquired holdings! 
Contact Archives & Special Collections staff and/or Research staff & faculty in the Western Libraries Research/Writing Studio if you need assistance finding additional information. 

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Local & Regional Environmental Action & Improvement Groups and organizations, as well as news sources

Where Can I Locate Archival Resources at Western?

Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections house and provide access to a wide variety of rare, unique and archival resources. Don't hesitate to contact staff at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Special Collections or WWU Archives and Records Center with questions about collections and how to access resources.

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Archives & Special Collections

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Archives & Special Collections
Special Collections, 6th Floor Wilson Library, 360-650-3193

University Archives and Records Management, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-3124

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-7534

Archives & Special Collections


The Archives & Special Collections 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.