Archives & Special Collections


University Archives and Special Collections (ASPC) supports research on University and regional history by collecting written, photographic, and audiovisual materials, many of which are unique and rare. The University Archives consists of records created directly by the University, while our Special Collections are made up of materials donated to or purchased by the Libraries.

Our book collections may be searched through the library catalog, while many of our collections of University records and personal papers may be found using Archives West. Digital collections may be found through the Libraries’ Digital Commons site and the ASPC YouTube channel. Notable Special Collections include the Ye Galleon Press Collection, the Almeron T. Perry Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, and the Smokejumper Digital Archive.

Current Services

Research Services available by appointment. 

To discuss donating documents pertaining to University or local history, to get further information about Archives and Special Collections, or to request a reference consultation, please email us at

Document Delivery Request: ASPC will scan materials from its collections to support online classes.  ASPC has the ability to scan the following formats from its collections:

  • Textual documents, including books and unbound materials
  • Photographs
  • Microfilmed documents
  • Audio cassettes
  • VHS tapes

To request scans of chapters, articles, or excerpts from published materials held by ASPC, select our “request a scan” service in the catalog listed under “request options.”

Please submit requests to scan archival or multimedia materials by sending an email to Please allow three days for fulfillment as ASOC will not have staff on site on a daily basis unless demand requires it.

ASPC will not scan materials too fragile for scanning or perform work in excess of fair use or would otherwise violate copyright. Priority will be given to requests by teaching faculty to support course curriculum.

Archives Policies & Reproduction Requests

ASPC provides access to historic documents related to the University and the Inland Northwest. If you wish to use EWU’s archival materials, please call or email to set up an appointment at 509.359.2475 or

In order to ensure these resources are available for future generations, we ask that you observe the following rules:

  1. ASPC materials must be used in the Reading Room.
  2. Pencils, computers, and cameras may be used for note-taking and capturing images of photos, text, and other information. Pens or other implements that may damage collections materials are prohibited.
  3. Images captured in the reading room are for personal research use only. Researchers are expected to follow United States copyright law (Title 17, US Code).
  4. Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags, or other luggage are not allowed in the reading room, except with the consent of archives staff. Lockers located in the workroom are provided free of charge.
  5. Coats may be worn in the reading room. Researchers are expected to stow unused coats or jackets in their locker or on the coat rack, both of which are located in the reading room.
  6. Food and drink are prohibited in the reading room. Researchers may store water bottles and other containers in designated areas in the workroom.
  7. Researchers are expected to follow general best practices for handling materials.
    1. One box the table at a time, one folder out at a time.
    2. Retain the order of materials within a folder.
    3. Use cards to mark the location of the removed folder.
    4. Use gloves when handling photographic materials.
    5. Avoid opening books to a fully flat position to avoid damage to the spine.
    6. Turn pages from the corners.

We look forward to working with you to help explore your research interests.  If you have any questions, staff are available to help you find materials of interest or interpret reading room expectations.

ASPC offers reproduction requests and provides permissions for publishing materials from its collections.  In order to order a physical or digital reproduction, please complete the Reproduction Request Form and mail or email to ASPC. If you wish to publish or use collection materials for distribution or public display, please complete the Use Permission Agreement. Each form states the conditions upon which EWU Libraries provides reproductions and permissions. Please read this carefully.

Requests for reproduction or use, are often accompanied by a fee defined by the chart below:

Photo reproduction (print)$5.25 per print
Photo reproduction (digital)$7.75 per scan
Research by Archives Staff$75 per hour
Audio reproduction$7.50 per item reproduced
Photocopies$0.30 per page
Scholarly Publication Use - Non-Profit $5.00
Scholarly Publication Use - For-Profit $50.00
Exhibits and Displays - Non-Profit $10.00
Exhibits and Displays - For-Profit $50.00
TV, Film, Websites - Non-Profit $50.00
TV, Film, Websites - For-Profit $100.00
Advertising Use - Non-Profit $100.00
Advertising Use - For-Profit $175.00

Pandemic Stories Project
We are creating a digital archive detailing how COVID-19 impacted EWU and members of its community.

View Pandemic Stories Project Webpage

History Reminiscences Pilot
ASPC is conducting a pilot program to gather reminiscences of alumni from the History Department. (Image depicts Dr. Bill Youngs and students, 1991)

History Reminiscences

Smokejumper Digital Archive
Photos, publications, documents, and films on the history of smokejumping, with an emphasis on the National Smokejumper Association and the 555th Black Airborne Infantry.

Smokejumper Archive

EWU Buildings
Buildings and grounds of EWU and predecessors. Photos originate from alumni, outside archival collections, and images taken by university photographers held as records.

Buildings and Grounds


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Steven Bingo

Acting University Archivist
University Archives and Special Collections
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320 Media Lane, 100 LIB, Cheney, WA 99004