Africa Week 2013 Display

Throughout the month of February, the Hatfield Library will display a collection of books and films — and a list of resources — for students interested in African culture.  These are some snapshots of the display that is currently on display on the first floor of the library.  All of the library resources can be checked out from this display!

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Sacred Scraps Exhibition

Five NW artists have come together and created an exhibit showcasing their use of found, recycled, and discarded treasures. Raw materials, found objects, the tools they use, and unique finished pieces of art will be incorporated into the display. The Sacred Scraps Exhibition will run February 1st to the 28th on the second floor in front of the Archives & Special Collections. An Opening Reception is planned for Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. For directions and more information please visit:

Artists: Dayna Collins, Shelly Caldwell, Tory Brokenshire, Jennifer Campbell, Stephanie Brockway

With permission from the artists, below are some photos from the exhibit and reception.

WU Campus Photo Collection

Inside the Old Library

Have you heard about the Willamette University Campus Photograph Collection yet?

The Willamette University Campus Photograph collection, comprised of more than 1,700 photographic prints, negatives, slides, and copy prints of sketches and blueprints, is a rich documentary resource covering nearly a century and a half of Willamette’s history.

A strength of the collection is the visual documentation it provides of Willamette’s ever-developing campus; particularly the buildings and landscape. Images show ground-breakings, construction, renovations, fires, and demolitions of various buildings. Transformation of the campus grounds, through activities such as the redesign of the Mill Stream and the removal of trees, is also evident. Aerial views of the campus provide yet another perspective of campus architecture and grounds and, to a lesser extent, downtown Salem, Oregon.

Two tablets with Bible & Shakespeare passages unearthed from beneath the Star Trees.

Willamette, TIUA, and American Studies Program students are depicted in various facets of their lives, both formally and informally. Students are shown interacting with faculty and administrators, engaging in studying, dining, and recreation, and participating in ceremonies and festivities.

Faculty, administrators, and staff are also represented, often in the capacity of interacting with students, officiating at an event, or posing for a portrait.

Additional notes: If a building has been known by more than one name an attempt has been made to list all names. For example, a search for “College of Medicine”, “Science Hall”, “Music Hall”, or “Art Building” will return images of the building that currently serves as the Art Building located at the corner of State and Winter Streets. Similarly, a search for the “College of Law” will return images of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center as well as the building currently known as “Gatke Hall” which formerly housed the College of Law. Some of the photos that you’ll find in this collection include the following.

The Archives staff is asking for assistance in identifying images. Please use the comment feature on the website if you are able to provide info relating to any of the images.

For permission to reproduce any of the images please contact the University Archivist, Mary McRobinson, at

“Baby” Star Trees that are as tall as the Collins Science Hall.

Waller Hall, from northeast in winter, with the College of Medicine to the right.















Aerial view of the College of Medicine, Willson Park, the First United Methodist Church, and some of Salem










Willamette students stand in a W and seniors stand in ’19 formation for Chapel March/Spectacle Day









[Old] University Library, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

New Popular Reading Collection

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new Popular Reading Collection!!!

This collection of 300 popular books consists of a wide variety of genres that range from fantasy, SciFi, and suspense to biographies, YA, and romance to name a few.  This is a rotating collection and new books will be added over time so you’ll want to check back!  The Popular Reading collection is only available to the Willamette Community, and books checkout for 30 days with no renewals. All titles from this collection are included in the library’s catalog.

While we do have some fiction and non-scholarly books mixed into our general collection, the bulk of what we have is scholarly to support research needs.  The addition of this new collection is part of the library’s goal of encouraging life-long reading for our library users.

This collection is located by the reference desk on the first floor of the library.  Feel free to ask questions about our new Popular Reading Collection at the reference or circulation desk.

Samples from this collection:

Elizabeth Edwards
Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities
Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Augusten Burroughs
You Better Not Cry
Tom Clancy
Dead or Alive
Stephen King
Full Dark, No Stars
Sophie Uliano
The Gorgeously Green Diet: How to Live Lean and Green
Christopher Moore
Bite Me: A Love Story
Dara Torres
Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program
Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol (Author of the Da Vinci Code)

Magadan: the people and the place

A new photography exhibit on the Magadan Region located in Northeast Russia has opened in the Hatfield Library. Magadan: the people and the olace is designed to introduce the audience to this fascinating place through the art of two local photographers, Pavel Zhdanov and Andrey Osipov, as well as displaying some Soviet-era artifacts.

The photographs capture the everyday life of the Magadan Region’s inhabitants, views of Magadan and other regional communities with their historical era-specific architecture, from GULag-era wooden private houses, to highly decorated Stalin Empire buildings, to the Khrushev’s plane rectangular multi-story apartment buildings, and show spectacular landscapes and beautiful nature of the Northeastern part of the vast Russian territory.

Pavel and Andrey are popular Magadan photographers working in the publishing company “Okhotnik” that in the past 10 years published hundreds of books, photo-albums, magazines and brochures about the Region. In 2010 similar exhibitions were held at the University of Alberta in Canada, and Malta. The authors do not use computer effects in their art.

Farewell to Senator Mark O. Hatfield

Photo of Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986

Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986

Senator Mark O. Hatfield ’43 passed away peacefully this evening (Aug. 7, 2011) at the age of 89. He was a beloved son of Willamette University — a student, professor, dean and trustee. He was also a beloved son of Oregon. Elected the youngest secretary of state and the youngest governor in the state’s history, Senator Hatfield went on to serve five terms in the United States Senate — our longest-serving senator. Throughout his distinguished political career, he never lost an election…

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Faculty Works Exhibition Opens

The fourth annual Faculty Works Exhibition opens in the Hatfield Library on  Friday, April 1. Coffee and tea are being served from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening.

The exhibit will be open April 1 to May 15 and features the recent publications and creative work of Willamette’s faculty from all departments and the three graduate schools and includes academic books and articles, film, fiction, music, artwork and more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Willamette faculty scholarship, so please stop by and join us in recognizing the achievements of our colleagues.

WU Baseball Alumnus Featured

Baseball in Wartime, a website dedicated to baseball players who served in the military, recently featured Willamette alumnus Jim Robertson (’41), who was killed in April, 1944.

Playing for coach and Oregon Sports Hall of Fame inductee Roy “Spec” Keene, Robertson was the Bearcats’ starting catcher for four years. In 1940, he caught every inning of the team’s 22 games as they clinched the Northwest Conference championship for the first time since 1931.

Read more about Jim and his sacrifice.

Traveling Display of Prison Artwork

Beginning Monday, March 7, the Hatfield Library will be displaying works from TIME, a traveling show of art by Oregon prison inmates. The works will be on display until the end of the month.

TIME features works by seventeen inmates in Oregon state prisons who have chosen to use their time to create works of art. The show will be traveling around the state of Oregon all year, with stops in Bandon, Newport, Corvallis, Reedsport, Ontario and Pendleton.

The public is invited to this exhibit of works which range from considerations of God and evolution, the beauty of nature, life in prison, abstract design to reflections on TIME itself.

Hidden Gems Exhibit at Heritage Center

Hidden Gems: A Mid-Valley Heritage Invitational Extravaganza! gives 18 Mid-Valley heritage, cultural and history museums and organizations the opportunity to bring their most unique, interesting and/or important treasures together in one show!
The exhibition is at The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill (formerly known as the Mission Mill Museum), 1313 Mill Street. Willamette students will receive free admission with current Willamette I.D.
Throughout the exhibition’s run, visitors can take a walk through history as they view a wide array of local, regional and nationally important objects. Hidden Gems encourages the preservation and appreciation of our local organizations that do so much every day to foster understanding and enjoyment of our community’s heritage.

Dr. Frederick Bowersox medical case
This medical case belonged to Dr. Frederick Bowersox, a graduate of Willamette University’s College of Medicine.

The Willamette University Archives are one of the participating organizations, featuring a medical case from an 1899 Willamette graduate (see right).
Other participating organizations include: Antique Powerland Museum Association, Aurora Colony Historical Society, Bush House Museum, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Forest History Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, Historic Deepwood Estate, Hoover-Minthorn House, Independence Heritage Museum, Jensen Arctic Museum, Keizer Heritage Museum, Linfield Anthropology Museum, Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, Oregon State Hospital Museum, Settlemier House, Silverton Country Historical Museum, St. Paul Mission Historical Society and Yamhill County Historical Society.