University Archives & Special Collections


University Archives holds inactive yet important university records, personal papers and business records of significance to our region. Examples of archival holdings include photographs, maps, the Deutsch Northwest Clipping and Pamphlet File, University History File, Compendium of EWU Historical Data and manuscript materials.

Special Collections are principally a collection of books and periodicals related to the history and government of the Pacific Northwest. Other collections in our possession include rare books, autographed copies and limited editions, many 19th century U.S. Government Documents, the Ye Galleon Press Collection and the Almeron T. Perry Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, a research collection of uncatalogued books and periodicals representing this genre.

Visit the Chronology of the History of EWU


The Reading Room and Research Services are available Monday – Friday from 1-4 p.m. during academic quarters.

Reproductions can be requested. Please contact us for more details and policies.

Smokejumper Digital Archive

This collection consists largely of photographs, publications, documents, and films on the history of smokejumping in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the National Smokejumper Association and the 555th Black Airborne Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickle.


Geology Field Trip

Circa 1985, class Geology field trip.

Student Life Archive

Regional History Collections

Great Northern SD-45 No. 400 and SP&S C-424 No. 303 at the Hillyard, WA engine terminal. A contrast in EMD and ALCO motive power.

Michael J. Denuty Collection


Buildings and grounds of Eastern Washington University and its predecessors. Photographs for this digital collection came from alumni donations, non-university archival collections, and images taken by university photographers held as university records.

Buildings and Grounds

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