The Central Washington University Archives and Special Collections was established in 2005 as the repository for official and unofficial records that document the history of the university. It therefore serves as a regional repository to house, preserve, and promote the unique cultural history of central Washington. The archives is located on the second floor of the James E. Brooks Library on the Ellensburg campus. Follow the archives on Facebook and Instagram to learn about our latest news.
The archives houses the following collections. Finding aids (guides) for collections are available in ArchivesWest.
Collections include documents, correspondence, photographs, oral histories, audiovisual materials, and ephemera that document the history of Central Washington University.
Collections include documents, correspondence, photographs, oral histories, audiovisual materials, and ephemera that document the history of Ellensburg and the larger central Washington area.
Rare and unique books include those on regional literature, Native American history, children’s literature, Central Washington University history, and works by regional authors.
University history, including student newspapers and yearbooks, and regional history, including community projects, photographs, and documents, are available in digitized format through the CWU institutional repository, ScholarWorks, in the CWU Archives and Special Collections and Community Projects collections.
Using the Archives & Special Collections
The Brooks Library building will be closed January 4-January 18. Curbside pickup and online services will be available. The physical CWU Archives will be closed during this time as well, but we will continue to answer reference questions and schedule online class instruction requests. Beginning January 19, we will reopen by appointment only for the remainder of Winter Quarter. Email us at email@example.com or call 509-963-1717 with questions or to schedule an online class instruction session.
Location and contact information
- Julia Stringfellow, Professor and University Archivist, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marty Blackson, Senior Lecturer and Archivist, email@example.com
- Carlos Pelley, Archives & Special Collections Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading room user guidelines
- Upon entering the archives reading room, researchers must sign-in and complete a researcher form. We encourage reserachers to bring the completed form to your appointment.
- Pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, and laptop computers are allowed in the reading room. Pens are not allowed. Pencils are available for researcher use.
- As a courtesy to other researchers, cell phones must be turned off or on inaudible vibrate.
- Food and drinks are not permitted in the reading room.
- Use of cameras and scanning equipment are not permitted, unless by special permission of the University Archivist.
- No library materials or personal items may be brought into the reading room, including coats, briefcases, backpacks, computer cases, and purses. All library and personal items must be left by the entrance of the archives or stored in one of its available lockers.
- Materials in the archives do not circulate and cannot be taken out of the archives.
- Researchers assume all responsibilities, familiarity, and understanding of current ownership, U.S. copyright laws and fair use guidelines.
- Duplication and imaging requests must be completed and in compliance with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Title 17 of the United States Copyright Law.
- Duplication and imaging requests may be declined if materials are too fragile or may become damaged in the duplication or imaging process.
- Central Washington University retains all copyright and ownership to materials in the Archives and Special Collections.
Citing archives collections
The citation should contain the following:
Appears courtesy of Dr. James E. Brooks Library, Archives and Special Collections
Central Washington University
Research room policy
The archives research room policy is available online.
Research & Instruction Support
The archives seeks to support the curriculum and teaching of Central Washington University by providing instruction to classes in the archives. Its collections offer a wealth of primary source material that can enrich the learning experience and add excitement and depth to almost any class on campus. Engaging with primary documents enlivens cultural, regional, and general history for students, and helps them understand the social or cultural contexts of ideas and texts covered in classes.
Faculty are invited to use collections to support their syllabi. Archives staff will assist faculty in determining the best resources to use by introducing students to using the collections, archival research methods, the history of the book, and providing instruction sessions to classes on individual subject strengths in the department. Faculty are also welcome to put items from the archives collections on course reserve (housed within the archives) for student use in projects or classwork.
The following library research guides provide information on conducting archival research.
To schedule an in-person or virtual instruction session in the archives, email email@example.com or call 509-963-1023.
Duplication and imaging requests may be sent to the archives by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 509-963-1717. Requests may be given in person when the archives reading room is open.
Requests are completed by archives staff and may be completed by an outside vendor depending on the format of the requested item.
$5.00 per page or image. No charge for first 10 scans per visit.
|Photocopy||$0.10 per copy. No charge for first 10 copies per visit|
|Archival research conducted by CWU staff||$50.00 per hour. Assessed charges are for library staff conducting research for outside entities for commercial, for-profit purposes.|
|Commercial and professional for-profit requests||Regardless of format, $50.00 per image/item for one-time use.|
The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with copyright in their use of photographic materials. CWU Libraries reserves the right to refuse to accept an order for imaging services if, in its judgment, completing the order would violate copyright law.
Permission to publish
Publication use applies to the use of a reproduction in digital, film, print, or video format. All users purchasing reproductions in any format, digital, or photographic, who intend to use them for any purpose other than personal research, must submit a written request for permission to publish, republish or use, to the University Archivist.
Additional Regional Repositories
- CWU Museum of Culture and Environment
- Ellensburg Public Library and Archives
- Kittitas County Genealogical Society
- Kittitas County Historical Museum
- Northern Kittitas County Historical Society
- Roslyn Historical Museum
- Washington State Archives
- Washington State Archives Central Regional Branch (Ellensburg)
- Washington State Library
- Yakima Valley Museum
Yakima Valley Regional Library
Donors of collections pertaining to university or regional history must contact the University Archivist regarding the potential donation. Collections are accepted that adhere to the archives' collection development policy. A completed deed of gift is required at the time of donation.
Donors of books must contact the University Archivist regarding the potential donation. A completed donor record form is required at time of donation.
For questions regarding donation of materials, email email@example.com or call 509-963-1717.