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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during academic quarters.

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

Archives Policies

The EWU Archives and Special Collections 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. Archives and Special Collections 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.

Archives and Special Collections 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 EWU Archives and Special Collections. If you wish to publish or use collection materials for distribution or public display, please also fill out the Use Permission Form. 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

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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