The Aubrey Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives possess extensive research collections that are available to the Lewis & Clark College campus and the larger community of scholars.

The Collections are home to a wide range of rare and fragile books that have been acquired by the College since its founding in 1867. These books do not fit into any one category. Some interesting titles include: The Ellesmere Chaucer ca. 1400, in facsimile; History of Polybius (1574); History of the Western Empire from 570 to 1200 (1584); China Monumentis by Athanasius Kircher (1667); a set of the socialist journal New Masses (1939-40); the works of the American Western painter George Catlin; the report of the Charles Wilkes Expedition (1849); the ethnographic reports of Henry Schoolcraft (1851); Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color (1963); the publications of the Quivira Society; a variety of California fine press printing by Grabhorn, John Henry Nash, Colt Press, Ward Ritchie, Adrian Wilson, Centaur Press, and the Book Club of California; and a number of bibliographies. The collections include the highlights from the library of John and Laree Caughey (books relating to California and the Pacific), and books from the library of Francis D. Haines, a scholar of the role of the horse in American Indian culture. The complete rare book holdings are included within the Watzek online catalog.

Finding aids for archival collections can be browsed and searched at the Northwest Digital Archives Website.


For more information, check out the following subject guides to the Special Collections Holdings.


The History of Lewis & Clark College
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Collections
Women in Oregon

WWII Civilian Public Service and Pacifism