Collins Memorial Library

Digital Collections

Welcome to the Digital Collections of the Collins Memorial Library. These collections cover a broad range of topics, formats, and periods. Sound Ideas is the university's institutional repository which features materials of scholarly or enduring value created or sponsored by members of the Puget Sound community. Digital Collections provides access to collections on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology. Our content continues to grow, so please visit often.

Abby Williams Hill Collection
Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter who worked primarily in the American West. She is best known for her commissioned works for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads, which were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and the Lewis & Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905. The collection is remarkably intact as a result of Hill's agreement with the railroads to trade the right to exhibit and reproduce her works for railway passes for herself and her four children, rather than sell the works outright.

The University of Puget Sound is the permanent repository of the Hill collection. The papers are held in the University Archives and many of the paintings are on display in Jones Hall. The digital collection includes a full inventory of Hill's paintings and a selection of letters, many written from Yellowstone National Park and the Flathead Indian Reservation. For questions about the Abby Williams Hill collection, please contact

A Sound Past
Historic photographs the people, buildings, events, athletics, and campus environment that make the University of Puget Sound such a unique place. Since 2007, John Finney, class of ’67 and retired Associate Dean and University Registrar has been organizing images with assistance from the staff of the Collins Memorial Library. The collection represents an ongoing library effort to make photos from the University Archives available to a wider audience. Use of this collection is for educational and research purposes and not for commercial purposes.

Slater Museum of Natural History: Bird Wing Collection
The museum's primary goal is to provide a well-curated collection of specimens to be used for research and education by the communities to which it belongs: the University of Puget Sound, the Puget Sound region, and, in a broad sense, the world. Museums have an ever-increasing responsibility for the conservation of specimens as animal and plant populations are threatened by human activities, and the Slater Museum is one of the region's significant repositories for these specimens. Furthermore, museum collections serve as the primary sources of information about both spatial and temporal aspects of biodiversity anywhere in the world. To accomplish this, the museum will continue to enhance its collections, especially of regional animals and plants, and to search for orphaned collections to preserve.

The Oregon Missions Collection
The University Archives, housed in the Collins Memorial Library and the University of Puget Sound, is home to a collection of missionary letters, and papers, called the Oregon Missions Collection. This collection, dating from the 1820’s to the 1850’s, contains three boxes of letters from missionaries, and those hoping to become missionaries, in the Oregon Territory to each other, and the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City and other letters and documents associated with the Oregon Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It gives great detail and insight into the motivations, daily tasks, and personalities of these early settlers of the territory, and hints at the mindset of those who desired to enter into this Christian mission.

Puget Sound Images for Teaching
Supplementing ARTstor’s holdings is our own expanding collection of digital images, largely scanned from print publications.  For online access go to Puget Sound Images for Teachiing. In addition you can find on the web various sources for copyright-free images.  For a selection go to Other Sources.

Like ARTstor, access to the Puget Sound teaching collection is restricted to campus community members, and off-campus use of this collection requires a valid Puget Sound User ID and password.  Puget Sound Images for Teaching are also available (up through fall 2012) through ARTstor's Shared Shelf. Access to theses images is available to registered Puget Sound users.  Follow the link on the ARTstor webpage titled University of Puget Sound Image Collection. For questions about these collections, please contact Wallace Weston ( Visual Resources

Western Washington Flora
A collection of photos of western Washington plants.

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