Washington State Magazine

Fall 2002


Fall 2002

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In This Issue...

Features

Bulbs and Blooms :: "Roozen" may mean "roses" in Dutch. But in Washington, it means tulips—to the tune of 50 million a year. by Pat Caraher

Fall is the time to plant bulbs—but maybe not the ones you'd planned on

Genetically modified foods :: If you think scientists all agree on genetically modified foods, think again. by Tim Steury

Blackwell makes his mark :: James Blackwell helped establish the clout of black sociologists. This spring he returned to Pullman to receive the University's highest honor. by Pat Caraher

Ain't misbehavin' :: If you're not the leader of your pack, you may want to give Catherine Ulibarri a call. by Mary Aegerter

Field Notes

London: Thames Voices :: As a literary scholar wanders London's streets, he can hear the doubts and questions and skeptical musings of the 16th-century stage. by Will Hamlin

Panoramas

Departments

:: CAREERS: Paying it forward

:: SPORTS: "D" is for Doba

Tracking

Cover: Carlos Sanches, employee of the Washington Bulb Co. Read the story. Photograph © 2002 Laurence Chen, www.lchenphoto.com

Panoramas
'Leona Schaller and Two Friends,' by Frank Matsura (ca. 1910). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

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'Leona Schaller and Two Friends,' by Frank Matsura (ca. 1910). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

'A new map of North America: shewing its principal divisions, townes, rivers, mountains, etc.,' by Edward Wells, published 1701. Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

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'A new map of North America: shewing its principal divisions, townes, rivers, mountains, etc.,' by Edward Wells, published 1701. Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Elizabeth Margaret McKay was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. at WSC (1934). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Elizabeth Margaret McKay was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. at WSC (1934). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Frontispiece from A Treatise of Fysshynge with an Angle by Dame Juliana Berners (1496). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

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Frontispiece from A Treatise of Fysshynge with an Angle by Dame Juliana Berners (1496). Courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

One hot link: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

by | © Washington State University

Archives? Stuffy. Boring. Dusty. Right? Ah, then you haven’t logged on to Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) Website. This site packs in a ton of fascination.

For sheer quirkiness and creativity, for example, nothing beats the Frank S. Matsura Image Collection. A Japanese immigrant who lived in Okanogan, Washington, until his death at age 32 in 1913, Matsura broke all the rules of portrait photography in pursuit of his personal vision. In the process, he revealed the souls of his subjects, whose images speak to us after nearly a century with a sometimes unsettling immediacy. I can only wonder what he would have accomplished had he lived longer.

Every one of MASC’s digital collections of photographs is a world in itself. Among my favorites are the pages devoted to Frank Fuller Avery, who was connected to the Colville Indian Agency from 1898 to 1916; William Delbert Barkhuff, one of the first students to enroll at WSU; and George Ritchey, an early Pullman resident.  Each of these collections opens a window to the past.

Next, check out “Early Modern Printing 1480-1707”, where you can view portions of MASC’s largely unknown collection of early printed books, superb examples of typography and illustration. Then click to “Celebrating Book Arts in the West”, the 1999 exhibit of artist books, fine press editions, and design bindings, to glimpse the astonishing exuberance and creativity of contemporary book arts. Be sure to link to the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, where you can view the complete exhibit.

You don’t have to be a bibliophile to enjoy these exhibits or any of the other pages devoted to books, such as the Leonard and Virginia Woolf collection and the Walker Family Library, “possibly the first private library in the Pacific Northwest.”

If you’re into maps, you might enjoy the gorgeous offerings of “Early Washington Maps,” where you can romp through the digital collections of both WSU and University of Washington. Aside from their historical importance, many of these maps hold their own as works of art.

Another exhibit, “First Women in Graduate Education at Washington State University” honors the pioneering women students who, “through their determination and resolve to fulfill their own educational goals, laid the foundation and set the ground rules for the women who continue to follow in their footsteps.”

The MASC site also includes catalog descriptions, fascinating in their own right, but tempting lures for your next non-virtual visit to campus. The Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Collection brings together two major private collections of books on angling and fishing lore—including a 1772 edition of Isaac Walton's Compleat Angler—with the personal papers of M.S. McGoldrick, Jack (John Woolf) O'Connor, Patrick "Pat" McManus, and Lee Richardson. You can link to Richardson’s biography, which is worth a read in itself.

So is the intro to the papers of Lucullus Virgil McWhorter, an interesting character if there ever was one. A self-described “wild, rough and ready field delver” and adopted member of the Yakama Nation, McWhorter was a rancher, amateur historian, and advocate for the Nez Perce and Yakama people.

Another link takes you to “Online Books,” where you’ll find an html version of The Regla Papers, a guide to the papers of “a single extended Mexican elite family” spanning more than 125 years from the middle of the 18th century, and Five Centuries of Veterinary Medicine, the catalog of the Smithcors Veterinary History Collection.

You can also browse through picture books on Pullman (1911) and Coeur d’Alene (1891) and several early WSU publications. And be sure to consult Campus Courtesy (1929-30).

There’s a lot more for you to discover in this Website. Once you dive in, I guarantee it won’t take you long to associate “archives” with “entertaining,” “stimulating,” and “fun.”

Categories: Websites, Library and museum studies | Tags: Manuscripts

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