Washington Women's History Consortium

Digital collections created in partnership

with the Washington Women's History Consortium:


Digital Images from CPNWS


Oral Histories from CPNWS


The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University is pleased to announce its partnership in the Washington Women’s History Consortium, an initiative to encourage access to records documenting modern women’s history through professional archives across the state. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies has been awarded $9,390 in funding from the Consortium, which will be used to digitize key items from its archival collections, including photographs, manuscripts, oral history interviews and transcripts. The Center will produce written finding aids describing newly processed collections, as well as providing access to numerous existing finding aids. The Center will also actively solicit new archival collections and make them available to the public. 

Created in 2005 by state statute (RCW 27.34.360), and led by the Washington State Historical Society, the Consortium is dedicated to preserving resources about Washington Women’s history and making these resources publicly available. The legislative mandate of the Washington Women’s History Consortium encourages the collection and preservation of materials important to understanding Washington women's history, with special emphasis on the last several decades. To help implement this mandate, the Consortium is encouraging the donation of materials related to the women’s rights movement of the late 20th century and the expanding role of women in modern society, which are currently kept in private collections, to the Consortium member archives.  These donations will create important research collections for this era.  As part of a 2006 legislative appropriation, funds will be allocated to the members to process the materials and make them available online in 2007.

For further information and a complete list of member institution contacts and institution collection guidelines, see the Women’s History Consortium website or contact Coordinator Shanna Stevenson (Tel: 360-586-0171 or e-mail sstevenson@wshs.wa.gov.)

For further information about the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, or to make inquiries about donating or accessing collection materials, please consult the Center’s website at www.acadweb.wwu.edu/cpnws, or contact Director Chris Friday or Archivist Ruth Steele (Tel: 360 650 7747, or e-mail ruth.steele@wwu.edu).