Behind the Archives Door: Tues., 9/10, 4 p.m., featuring Tiffany MacBain, Associate Professor of English, ‘I was cut out for the wilds': The Landscape of Gender in the Journals of Abby Williams Hill

BIGCALLOUT_GenderLetterJoin us for a look into the ongoing research of Tiffany MacBain, Associate Professor of English, as she draws on the Abby Williams Hill collection in the Archives & Special Collections. Many know 19th-century Tacoma local Abby Williams Hill as a painter of landscapes, but her journals reveal a woman anything but genteel. In the wilds, Hill enacts her project of gender critique and revision, and urges others to follow suit. Light refreshments will be served.

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Dare to Dream! A Great Fantasy in the Popular Reading Collection!

LairOfDreamsEvie O’Neill, “America’s Sweetheart Seer,” can read objects to learn about the past. When communities fall victim to a mysterious sleeping sickness in New York City, Evie is called upon to deal with menacing magic of nightmares from which one never wakes.

To check out this fantasy, stop by the Popular Reading Collection.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Further Finding Aid Fun

Mss.027, Bills of Sale for the Purchase of Slaves:

This collection includes three original handwritten receipts for the purchase of Slaves dated July 4, 1835, June 21, 1837, and September 19, 1845.

Mss.028, T.H. Callaway letter to James R. Callaway:

This four-page letter from a confederate soldier in Holly Springs, Mississippi to his uncle recounts his participation in the Second Battle of Corinth, October 3-4, 1862. He discusses the lack of food, clothing and provisions for himself and his fellow soldiers, and the horrors of war.


Mss.029, Francis Wayland Hanawalt Teaching Notebooks:

This collection consists of teaching notebooks related to surveying.

Mss.030, Civil Marriage Agreements:

This collection contains four original, mostly handwritten documents from Mexico pertaining to civil marriage arrangements written in Spanish and Castilian. Two agreements are dated 1773, and the remaining two are dated 1778.

Mss.041, NAACP pamphlets:

This collection of imprints of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People document the organization’s first half-century.

Mss.045, C. Brewster Coulter papers:

Coulter was a history professor at Puget Sound from 1945-1980. This collection includes an onion skin copy of his book manuscript “The Big Y Country,” as well as photographs, negatives, and fruit crate labels.

Mss.050, Grafton Tyler Brown Lithographed Receipt:

This collection contains a printed and handwritten business receipt, lithographed by G.T. Brown & Co., San Francisco for J.&P.N. Hanna, Cotton Importers, 308-310 Davis Street, San Francisco. Grafton Tyler Brown was born in Pennsylvania before the Civil War to freed slaves. In his early 20s, he moved to San Francisco, working as a lithographic artist for a printing company before opening his own business in 1867, designing and printing stock certificates, maps and other documents for companies like Wells Fargo Mining, Levi, Strauss, and Ghirardelli Chocolate. In the 1870s, Brown sold his printing business to become a full-time artist, painting landscapes at his studios in British Columbia, Portland, and Tacoma, and finally settled as an Army Engineer in Minnesota, where he died in 1918.

Mss.051, Tacoma Community House: A Social Settlement:

This sociology 101 paper written was by Georgina Rowland in 1932, on the history of the Tacoma Community House, a missionary effort of the Methodist Church that began in 1907. The Tacoma Community house began with the goal of providing a safe, educational space for children and had many innovative programs for their time, including a baby clinic, the first kindergarten classes in Tacoma, and English classes for recent immigrants.

Mss.056, Murray Johnson collection on the Cape Thompson Environmental Impact Report:

Dr. Murray L. Johnson, M.D., was a Professor of Biology at the University of Puget Sound and helped establish the mammalian collections at the Puget Sound Museum (now the Slater Museum of Natural History) in 1948. He was contracted by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to conduct a study of marine mammal ecology in the region around Cape Thompson, Alaska, between 1960 and 1961. The Murray Johnson Collection on the Cape Thompson Environmental Impact Reports consists of correspondence, biological data, and publications from Dr. Murray L. Johnson’s work as a marine mammal researcher.

Mss.047, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Records:

LMDA is a multinational organization devoted to serving professional dramaturgs and supporting, affirming and broadening the practice of dramaturgy in the performing arts. The records of the LMDA span the years 1983-2015 and document the development of this organization from its creative inception by leaders C. Lee Jenner and Alexis Greene to its incorporation into a formal non-profit organization to legal engagements of the late 1990s to its administrative present.

Mss.009, Walter S. Davis papers:

Davis was a Washington State Senator (1912-1928) and a professor of history and political science at the College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound), in Tacoma, Washington, from 1907-1943. The collection contains mainly CPS-related correspondence, papers, notebooks, lecture notes, and also genealogical information.

Mss.017, Oregon Methodist Missions papers:

These letters describe the daily life, hardships, and deaths associated with the work of missionaries and their families. Some passages deal with the death of a child and the separation of husband from wife. One description is of the Native American encampment on the banks of the Columbia River in the autumn during the salmon run when it almost seemed one could cross the river by walking on the fish migrating upstream. Includes the journal of H. K. W. Perkins (Aug. 12, 1843, to March 19, 1844; 106 pages) in which he describes his work and travels as a missionary in Oregon.

Mss.040, Howard W. Robbins diary:

Robbins was a first lieutenant in the 104th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. army. The diary is a manuscript notebook from World War I (1917-1918), which includes 88 pages of handwritten material. The text is illustrated with graphs, formulas, and diagrams.

Want to take a look at some of these newly available resources? Stop by the A&SC during open hours during the semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or email the Katie Henningsen to make an appointment.

Stay tuned to this page for the latest updates on newly available collections!

By Kara Flynn ‘15

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Welcome New and Returning Students!

ClockReadHere are the library hours for the first three weeks of classes.  We will be closing at midnight Sunday-Thursday:

Aug 31 – Sept 20 Mon – Thur 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Fri 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

For library hours, click here

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Books for the Popular Reading Collection

PopRead_aug26Come to school even when you don’t! Here are a few of the titles we added over the summer. The Popular Reading Collection can offer a chance to read current and fun materials just for the pleasure of reading. Visit soon. Visit often.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Welcome to the World, New Finding Aids!

The Archives & Special Collections has so many wonderful resources, and with these 17 newly published finding aids, you’ll be able to learn more about all the A&SC has to offer with a quick online search!

SharkeysKidMss.022, Leroy Ostransky papers:

Ostransky (1918-1993) was a Jazz composer, author, and a professor of music at the University of Puget Sound. The collection includes correspondence, audio recordings, musical scores and composition, and much more! Fun fact: Ostransky also wrote a memoir of his childhood spent in his father’s saloon in Manhattan’s Lower East Side during prohibition, entitled “Sharkey’s Kid: a memoir,” which can be found in the music section of Collins.

Mss.023, James R Slater papers:

James Slater may sound familiar, because he was the founder and director (1930-1951) of the Puget Sound Museum of Natural History, now the James R Slater Museum of Natural History. Slater served in the air force during WWI, taught biology at the College of Puget Sound from 1919-1950, and conducted research as a herpetologist, focusing on the reptiles and amphibians of the Pacific Northwest. This collection includes correspondence, photographs, certificates and diplomas, field guides, plant collecting index notes, maps, and materials pertaining to the Stanley G. Jewett mammal collection.

Mss.018, John D. Regester Collection on Albert Schweitzer:

John D. Regester was a professor of philosophy and Dean at the college of Puget Sound from 1924-1965, and wrote his dissertation (and eventually befriended) Albert Schweitzer, a German medical missionary, philosopher, and Noble Peace Prize winner (1952). Schweitzer operated a hospital in Lambarene, Gabon for 45 years, and during that time, Regester and Schweitzer corresponded, and Regester visited French Equatorial Africa twice to see Schweitzer. Regester’s collection is largely composed of pamphlets on Schweitzer, correspondence, and photos, and notably, African funeral relics from Schweitzer’s funeral.

Mss.043, W. Houston Dougharty collection: This collection contains ephemera collected by Puget Sound alum, W. Houston Dougharty.

Mss.005, John M. Canse Pamphlet Collection: This is one of my favorite collections! You may already be familiar with this collection, as the large poster sized advertisement that line the walls outside of the librarian’s offices are all taken from the pamphlet collection. John M. Canse was pastor for the University Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington, during the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 and collected a variety of pamphlets related to the NorthWest. This collection contains contains travel and settlement advertisements, maps, and historical documents about the American West from the end of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

kids-asianbookMss.013, Stella Lily Papers:

Stella Lily was a Tacoma area high school English teacher, a member of the Tacoma Writers club, and she belonged to the American Association of University Women. This collection contains periodicals, maps and pamphlets collected by Stella Lilly during a 1937 trip to the 7th World Education Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Mss.020, Frank Williston papers:

Frank Williston was a specialist in Far Eastern affairs, particularly Japan and China, who taught at the College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound) before World War II. This collection contains materials on the political, historical and economic conditions in China, Japan, Manchuria, Malaya, Burma, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Of interest in this collection is the correspondence from the Nanking Theological Seminary during the Nanking Massacre in December 1937.

Want to take a look at some of these newly available resources? Stop by the A&SC during open hours during the semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or email the Katie Henningsen to make an appointment.

This is just Part 1 – Stay tuned for more next week!

By Kara Flynn ‘15

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A Warm Welcome from Melanie Schaffer, Your Collins Library Peer Research Advisor!

CALLOUT_Melanie-LearningCommonsTo our new Loggers, welcome to Puget Sound! It’s only been a few days, but I hope you’re settling in nicely and finding a home here on campus. Right now your main focus might be getting to know new people and seeing all the cool and exciting things our school has to offer, and that’s just as it should be; this next week of Passages and Perspectives is meant for exactly that!

However, what I’m writing to you about has more to do with the academics here at Puget Sound, which is what you came here for anyway, right? After having gone through Prelude, you now have some kind of idea of what your academic life will look like during your time here, and some of you probably even met me already! I know some of you are really excited, and that’s awesome! Some of you may be feeling totally overwhelmed, and that’s okay, too. I remember not knowing if I could handle the workload that was coming my way, and not knowing what to do about it. That’s why I’m here to tell you now that I’m here to help! My job as Peer Research Advisor for Collins Memorial Library is to help you navigate what may be your first ever big research project. It’s a daunting task, but I’m here to help you with whatever you need. I can work with you to decide on a topic, figure out where to go to find sources, and help you determine if this or that source is really scholarly or not. Don’t forget, I’m also a student, and I’ve been exactly where you are. In fact, I’m still there a lot. That means I’m here to complain to about how frustrating research is, and I’ll celebrate with you when you make a breakthrough. Come stop by my office hours Sunday and Tuesday nights from 8-10pm, I’ll be in the Learning Commons ready to answer any and all questions you may have. Or, you can make an appointment with me by emailing me at

I’m not the only cool thing about the library, though. Even though a lot of students seem to think the library is just a place to study quietly, we’re here for a lot of other things, too! For instance, there are places where students can go specifically to talk about group projects or presentations without having to worry about disturbing other people. We have study rooms all throughout the building and the learning commons is here for that specific reason!

Also, most students seem to think the library is confined to these walls, but we are so much more than that! Being a student at Puget Sound gives you access to tons of databases which will help you with your research. Because you are part of Collins Memorial, you can find practically anything you need for an assignment anywhere there’s WiFi.

On top of that, if you’re having trouble knowing which databases to use, how to use them, or even how to start your research, the library is here to help you! We have seven liaison librarians each with expertise in different fields whose job it is to help you with your research. You can find their info on the library website, so shoot them an email! I know from experience that they love talking with students. I know that busy schedules get in the way, but it’ll be worth it in the long run to get in contact with them when you’re able to cultivate better research more efficiently. Again, welcome to Puget Sound! I’m so excited to get to know you and help you learn to find research just as fun as I do!

–Melanie Schaffer ’16

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Collins Library Welcomes Tracie Clawson

Clawson,-TWelcome to Tracie Clawson

Collins Library is pleased to welcome Tracie Clawson as our late evening supervisor.  Tracie has worked at St. Martin’s University in a variety of positions including Administrative Assistant, O’Grady Library, Executive Assistant – Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Interlibrary Loan Coordinator.  In addition she has worked at the Timberland Regional Library as well as the OCLC Western Service Center.  Tracie attended Highline College in Des Moines, Washington and is a graduate of the Library and Information Services program.

What attracts you to Collins and Puget Sound
I was attracted to Collins because of the commitment it holds to working with students and faculty. Collins is highly regarded as being very innovative in its approach with faculty and students, and I’m excited to be part of a team that is so dedicated to fostering a passion for teaching and learning.  I am really impressed by the ways that both Collins and University of Puget Sound involve themselves in the surrounding community, from the various events and exhibits that the library puts on to the community service and outreach programs that University of Puget Sound has been involved in. It is exciting to be part of an organization that is dedicated to seeking out and helping each person reach their fullest potential.

What do you like about libraries?
I fell in love with libraries – and librarians! – when in first grade the librarian allowed me to check out Susan Cooper’s Over Sea, Under Stone, even though it was in the older children’s section. It was from that moment on that I knew that my career would have something to do with books and students. I volunteered in my school library clear through high school, and then began working in a public library when I turned 18. I love that fact that libraries encourage and enable everyone to explore and expand their interest and knowledge without limits.

Anything else you would like to share (being a night owl, personal interests, etc.) 
I find that my mind works best at night, when all is quiet and clear. Perhaps this is because I grew up in a very large family, and the only quiet time I could find was in the middle of the night! I have lived the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest, and while I love the mountains and the gorge, my favorite place is the beach. I’m an avid genealogist and love the research it involves. Most recently though, I can be found re-watching X-Files on Netflix in preparation for the new season coming out in January.



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Collins Library Welcomes Katy Curtis – Humanities Librarian

Katy_CurtisWelcome to Katy Curtis

Collins Memorial Library is delighted to welcome Katy Curtis as our new humanities librarian. Katy will join the liaison team and will be responsible for services in support of English, French Studies, Hispanic Studies, German Studies, Latina/o Studies, Philosophy as well as support the first-year seminars. Katy received her Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Washington and her Master of Arts in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature from the University of South Florida.

Katy most recently served as a graduate reference assistant at the UW-Tacoma Library, where she provided instruction and reference and participated in collection projects in Hispanic Studies and Life Skills. While a student at UW she also collaborated with the Romance Languages and Literature Librarian on a variety of projects, served as a volunteer for the Internet Public Library, and taught information literacy classes.

What excites you about joining Collins?
I’m really excited to be joining the Collins Library and the University of Puget Sound because of their commitment to fostering a community of learning through strong liberal arts programs and an interdisciplinary approach to education. Building and furthering strong connections with students, faculty, staff, and our community is something that I’m excited to pursue when I arrive on campus this fall. The Collins librarians and staff are enthusiastic, active, and engaged with the campus and the larger academic community and I’m looking forward to working closely them to connect users with their resources.

What appeals to you about the position?
I’m thrilled to be joining the Collins Library as a humanities librarian because I believe that the humanities offer a wide range of exciting, engaging, and diverse research possibilities that are deeply connected to our lived experiences. Studying and building upon our cultural record allows students (myself included!) to experience a sense of connection with our contemporaries and those who came before us. Exploring the humanities helps us learn how to think creatively and critically, to acknowledge ambiguities, and to ask questions – all of which help us engage with each other and sustain lifelong learning. I’m looking forward to supporting students at Puget Sound as they build their understanding of information and refine skills for understanding, evaluating, and putting our cultural documents to use in traditional and innovative ways.

Anything you would like to share.
I am originally from central Florida and I moved to Washington four years ago, after a brief stop in Nebraska. I love the Puget Sound area and in my spare time, I spend a lot of time exploring – suggestions are welcome!

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Welcome Loggers! Enjoy the Collins Library Top Ten tips!


  1. Need a break from homework? We’ve got hundreds of movies on DVD, and everything from mysteries to science fiction novels in our popular reading collection.
  2. We’ve got a ton of different places to study, whether you want to curl up in a rocking chair or spread out over a desk.
  3. Library Class-on-Demand! Request a group of four or more students to learn more about library research tools.
  4. Online subject guides! No matter what your major is or what classes you’re taking, we’ve created these to provide you with step-by-step research help!
  5. Stay in the loop! Keep up with our new exhibits and upcoming events through our blogs & Facebook page!
  6. Got a question–any question–about the library or your research? Try our 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian online chat service!
  7. Group Study: We’ve got what you need to get group work done, including collaboration spaces, whiteboards, group study rooms, and more.
  8. Looking for something in particular? Primo Search is your starting point for finding books, media, articles and more!
  9. Curious about University of Puget Sound history? Check out the digitized back issues of The Trail, our student newspaper, or browse the historic photographs in our digital collections!
  10. Librarians are your new best friends! We are here for you, and we are never too busy to help!
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