May 9th, 2011
Watzek Digital Initiatives is excited to present The Spiders of Lewis & Clark, a recent collaboration with Greta Binford and seventy BIO 100 students.
The goal of this project is to share information about the spiders that are generally found in Portland, Oregon, and specifically on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. During the Fall 2010 semester, students collected local spiders either on the campus of Lewis & Clark College, or in and around their homes in Portland. The students isolated DNA from the spiders, used PCR to amplify the Barcode gene CO1 (cytochrome oxidase 1), and photographed the spiders. We have compiled these photographs and made them available on this site with descriptions, DNA sequences, and links to further information about the species and groups we found.
We hope this information will foster appreciation of the little creatures with whom we share our world.
April 11th, 2011
Please join us for Afternoon Tea in celebration of William Stafford Archivist Paul Merchant and his generous gift of rare books to the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections.
Merchant will share examples from the collection, including early editions of books by Charles Dickens and other notable works of English Literature. Tuesday, April 19, 3:00-5:00 PM, Pamplin Room, Watzek Library.
April 7th, 2011
Watzek Library’s Special Collections will host an Open House during the Presidential Inauguration festivities on Friday, April 8 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Highlights include College memorabilia, rare materials from the collection, and items from the William Stafford Archives.
March 25th, 2011
A series of digital initiatives developed by Watzek Library is influencing the study of the humanities around the world.
In just a few busy years, library staff and their collaborators have built cutting-edge, compelling resources for disciplines as diverse as arachnology and poetry, graffiti and ceramic art. Read more about these initiatives via the College Newsroom.
January 28th, 2011
Check out the new Visual Resources Center location at an Open House, Friday February 4th, 2:30-4pm. The VRC is now nestled among the art books on the 3rd floor of Watzek (Room 343). Hope to see you in our new digs for refreshments on the 4th!
For more info about the Visual Resources Center and locating visual resources for your projects, contact Stephanie Beene (email@example.com).
July 7th, 2010
On May 2, Great Northwest Bookstore in Portland was destroyed in a fire
and lost over 100,000 books. The antiquarian bookstore was a long time associate of Watzek Library and Special Collections. Through July 30, Splendorporium Gallery
hosts a photography show of the fire with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Great Northwest Bookstore Fire Fund.
May 4th, 2010
In Fall 2009 the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections made arrangements with the Jefferson County Historical Society and Ronald McDonald, the current owner of Hay Creek Ranch, for Special Collections to borrow the extensive and historic Hay Creek Ranch papers for the purpose of organizing and properly preserving the priceless collection. This agreement created a unique practicum opportunity for L&C senior, Nathalie Figueroa ’10. During the Spring 2010 semester, Nathalie processed the collection, completed a finding aid, and compiled a historical report highlighting the major events of the historic Oregon ranch. The collection consists of a wide array of documents and materials, including deeds, abstracts, contracts, financial records, and maps that bring to light the operations and the development of one of the nations largest sheep and livestock companies.
Located in the heart of the Ochoco Mountains, Hay Creek Ranch extended over 79 miles and over 70,000 acres of central Oregon. Established in 1873 by Dr. David E. Baldwin, the ranch continued to expand and develop under the hands of several prominent Portland businessmen. It wasn’t until the turn of the century, however, that Hay Creek Ranch became internationally renown for its superior “Sanderson strain” Rambouillet sheep. Recognized as the finest wool and mutton sheep of the world, the Hay Creek Ranch sheep were exported throughout Europe and parts of Asia as well as Soviet Russia in what was one of the nation’s largest foreign shipments.
Now that this project is complete, the collection will be returned to the Jefferson County Historical Society. Researchers and students interested in learning more about Hay Creek Ranch can view a finding aid for the collection in the Northwest Digital Archives Database http://nwda.wsulibs.wsu.edu. Students interested in a practicum similar to this project should contact Doug Erickson, Head of Special Collection, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-768-7254 for more information. Positions are limited, but according to Nathalie Figueroa, working with historical documents can be interesting and enjoyable way to gain practical work experience.
February 10th, 2010
Lewis & Clark College Special Collections in cooperation with the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation hosts a series of three lectures on February 20 from 9:30-11:30 am in Miller 105. Stephen Dow Beckham, Gary E. Moulton, and Roger Wendlick have spent time working on historical projects in the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections, and at this event they will share their discoveries. This event is free to the Lewis & Clark College community and to the general public.
“James Gilchrest Swan (1818-1900): Wilderness Intellectual” by Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert D. Pamplin, Jr. Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College. Dr. Beckham is editor of Oregon Indians: Voices from Two Centuries
and curator of Watzek Library’s current exhibit on James G. Swan.
“Onomastics of an Indian Woman” by Gary E. Moulton, Thomas C. Sorensen Professor Emeritus of History, University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Dr. Moulton is the editor of the authoritative edition of the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
“Recollections of Assembling a One-of-a-Kind Lewis and Clark Library and Thoughts on Writing an Autobiography” by Roger Wendlick, antiquarian book collector and Lewis and Clark expedition scholar, Portland, Oregon. Mr. Wendlick is the author of Shotgun on My Chest: Memoirs of a Lewis and Clark Collector.
January 21st, 2010
This exhibit in the Watzek Library Atrium features printed and manuscript materials related to Swan as well as Northwest Indian artifacts and objects. The materials are from the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and the personal collection of Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., Professor of History.