Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Wilson library

Western Washington University emphasizes excellence in undergraduate education and graduate programs. The University is large enough to offer a wide range of high-quality programs and small enough to focus its resources on individual students. Faculty, students and staff work closely together in a superb setting to pursue a university education and build career skills on the sound foundation of the arts, humanities, sciences and professional studies. Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, a vibrant city in the northwestern corner of the state near the Canadian border. Established as New Whatcom State Normal School in 1893, the institution became a state college in 1961 and a university in 1977. While Western has evolved over the past century, the University continues to emphasize care for the individual student, commitment to academic excellence and dedication to community service.

The campus is a stunning blend of art and nature. The main campus occupies 190 acres along Sehome Hill overlooking Bellingham Bay and downtown Bellingham. The beautiful natural setting of the main campus and its award-winning architecture make Western Washington University a stimulating place for work and study. The historic precedent of establishing public art on a university campus as early as 1957 and the prominence of the artists in Western’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection make this University and its specific art works widely known beyond the Northwest.

The Mabel Zoe Wilson Library houses more than 650,000 volumes of books and periodicals, nearly 2 million units of microforms, and large collections of government documents, curriculum materials, sound recordings and videotapes. It is a selective depository library for U. S. government documents, as well as Canadian and Washington State government documents, and it maintains more than 5,500 subscriptions. Wilson Library provides open stacks for its collections together with reading and study areas, carrels and group study rooms.

Of particular importance for students in the Archives and Records Management program is the archives building on campus, which houses three important units. The Washington State Archives - Northwest Region manages archival records for public agencies in a seven-county region of the State. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collects and administers private historical records of individuals, corporations, and organizations located throughout the Pacific Northwest, with particular emphasis on western Washington. In addition, the WWU Records Management and Archives provides service for university offices. These three agencies share facilities in a modern, climate-controlled archives building, completed in 1993. Several courses in the graduate program meet in the building’s classroom, and students conduct practicum projects at one or more of the agencies housed in the building.


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Page Updated 05.17.2012