Collins Memorial Library

Archives & Special Collections

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The University Archives serves as a resource center for the study of the history of the University of Puget Sound. In pursuing this mission, it will

  • Collect, organize, preserve, and describe records of permanent administrative and historical value for the purpose of documenting the history of the university, its administrative and academic units, and the activities of its faculty, students, and alumni;
  • Provide facilities for the retention, preservation and research use of such record;
  • Provide information services to assist university administration and other users of the University Archives, and;
  • Serve in a public relations capacity by promoting knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of the university.

Northwest Digital Archives

The University of Puget Sound is a member of the Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA).  NWDA provides access to descriptions of primary sources in the Northwestern United States, including correspondence, diaries, or photographs. Digital reproductions of primary sources are available in some cases. Search the NWDA and learn more about the unique collections of Puget Sound.

Guidelines for Use


Students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the public with research inquiries are welcome to consult the University Archives. An overview of the contents of the collection is available on this website. During the semester the Archives are open for drop-in visits Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
1 – 3 p.m. and all other times by appointment only. Please contact

Class Use of the Collection

The University Archives is a rich collection of primary source materials. On-site class sessions can be arranged. Certain materials may be made available for a professor or student to use in the classroom if advance arrangements are made.


Photocopies may be made for the convenience of the individual user in support of research and teaching if the item can stand the stress.

Collection Policy

The University Archives collects and maintains those institutional records and items having permanent historical value. The purpose of collecting and preserving records of historical value is to provide documentation of the development and growth of the university, with emphasis on its teaching function, its role in the community, the activities of the faculty, students and alumni, and the physical development of the campus. Appropriate departmental materials may be transferred to the University Archives. Please consult the Archives Transfer form.

Photo Image Use

  • Images on the University Archives website may be copied for personal use only. Use of images for publication or exhibition requires written permission of the University of Puget Sound and possible payment of fees.
  • Materials on this web site must be credited to the University of Puget Sound Archives and to the photographer or creator (if known).
  • Images on this site must not be altered (cropped/overcopied, etc) without written permission of the University of Puget Sound Archives.
  • In granting permission for publication or other use, the University of Puget Sound Archives does not surrender its right to exhibit, publish, or otherwise reproduce the materials.
  • It is the user's responsibility to guard against the infringement of rights that might be held by others. The University of Puget Sound is not responsible for the improper or illegal use of any copies of materials held in its collection.

Donation Policy

The University Archives will carefully consider any offer of privately owned material bearing on the history of the institution or anything that may enrich our collection of private papers, provided that the Archives incurs no obligation to retain such material as an integrated collection or in any prescribed form. Letters, diaries, campus memorabilia or materials relating to Methodism in the Northwest, are just a few examples of materials you may wish to donate. For materials associated with the University of Puget Sound administrative and departmental programs, please consult the Archives Transfer form.

Copyright Statement

Collins Library provides access to its collections in order to support research and education. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the use or reproduction of some items may be restricted by the terms of the gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, or university policy. It is the user's responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or any other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise disseminating materials found in the collections.