Library News

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.

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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.

Display of Political Collections Showcased

From the Willamette website:
University congressional archives brimming with opportunities for research
Legislative papers, speech transcripts, constituent gifts, photos, campaign files, appointment records, personal notes, videotapes — these are just some of the elements of the congressional archive collections housed at Willamette University’s Mark O. Hatfield Library.
The seven collections — featuring items from three U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives, four of whom are Willamette alumni — provide an inside perspective on negotiations at the state and national level, while highlighting paper trails through history that have started to disappear with the advent of modern technology. [ read more ]

Hurricane Katrina Book Display

Since August 29th, 2005, artists, photographers, and writers have been responding to Hurricane Katrina and her impact on the Gulf Coast region. A collection of books reflecting these responses can be seen in the display cases on the second floor of Eaton Hall through December, 2010.
Various genres are represented in this collection: poetry, fiction, drama, short stories, essays, mysteries, fantasy, romance, photography books, art exhibition catalogs, graphic novels, comics, children’s books, personal narratives, and even food writing.
Willamette University’s Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian, Doreen Simonsen, created this display. She also created a list of these books, which may be found in either the Mark O. Hatfield Library or within the Summit or WorldCat collections.
If you have any questions about these books, please contact dsimonse@willamette.edu.

Display Highlights Political Collections

The Willamette University Archives and Special Collections announces a new exhibit on the second floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library highlighting materials drawn from our political collections.
The display covers seven Oregon politicians: Mark Hatfield, Robert Packwood, Gordon Smith, Dennis Smith, Darlene Hooley, Robert Smith and Michael Kopetski. A short biography is included for each, as well as photographs, awards and other memorabilia.