Instruction and Events

The Archives & Special Collections hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year for the Puget Sound community. From individual class sessions to open houses to lectures and exhibits relating to the university's history, we hope you'll find a reason to visit us soon! 

Class Sessions 

We work with our liaison librarians and faculty members to develop unique class sessions using materials from the Archives & Special Collections that complement and enhance course content. Class sessions may focus on a particular era or topic, primary source research, or book history. Classes take place in the Archives Seminar Room on the 2nd floor of the Collins Library. Please contact to discuss a specialized class session.

Public Events

We host several events during the year that are open to members of the Puget Sound community and the general public, including our informal lecture series, "Behind the Archives Door". In addition to the guest lectures that occur several times per semester, we also have regular open houses that may showcase an array of items from our collections or focus on a specific campus club or event. 


Behind the Archives Door: Exploring Artifacts from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests

Thursday, September 20, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Archives Seminar Room

Interested in Chinese history, social activism, and exploring artifacts from the past? Join us as we investigate our Claire and Don Egge Collection on China with Professor Anthony Clark of Whitworth University. Professor Clark specializes in Chinese history and directs Whitworth's Asian Studies program and the "Whitworth in China" study abroad program. He'll be highlighting one of our most unique archival collections and remarking on the importance of studying the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Archives & Special Collections Homecoming Open House

Friday, September 28, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Archives & Special Collections

Join Puget Sound Archivist Adriana Flores '13 for some fun browsing historic Puget Sound artifacts and learning about campus communities “then and now,” such as the Black Student Union, Hui O Hawaii, and Green & Gold athletics. Also featured will be collections related to the Race & Pedagogy Conference.

Behind the Archives Door: Dennis Flannigan's "Letters from Mississippi"

Thursday, October 18, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Archives Seminar Room

Dennis Flannigan, former Washington State legislator and pioneering Tacoma community leader, will be visiting the Archives & Special Collections to discuss his time at Puget Sound and his experience as a civil rights worker in the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign in Mississippi. In the fall of 1964, Flannigan wrote a series of letters to his friends at Puget Sound and they were published in The Trail as a series titled "Letters from Mississippi." Join us to peruse documents from Puget Sound's past and hear Flannigan reflect on his past civic engagement.