Programs and Events

The Archives & Special Collections hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year. 

Class Sessions and Group Tours

Class sessions and groups tours can involve a general introduction to the collections, with examples of books and materials from the 15th to 21st centuries.  Specialized sessions can be developed to complement and enhance course content and can focus on a particular era or topic, primary source research, or book history.

Please contact to discuss a specialized class session or group tour.

Behind the Archives Door 

Behind the Archives Door is an informal lecture series that meets in the Archives & Special Collections Seminar Room. Join us for light refreshments and an informal lecture on some of our rare and unique items.


Behind the Archives Door: A Conversation with Clarissa Sligh

Tuesday, September 5, reception, 5:30 - 6:00 PM, lecture, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

Join us for a conversation with visual artist and social activist Clarissa Sligh. For over 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal and political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity: themes that have roots in her own experiences. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited in places such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, New York, NY, Walker Art Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, The National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National African American Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. The Archives & Special Collections holds six of Sligh’s artists’ books, which will be available for viewing.  

Sligh will be joined by Kim Purser, an artist, poet and teacher she met while at the Penland School of Crafts in the mid-nineties. Purser is a photographer and book artist and has worked with Sligh on many projects. She is currently employed as a clinical director working with young people and professionals at Eliada Homes in Asheville. In 2005, she taught Sligh how to fold cranes and has been helping her fold cranes ever since. Her academic degrees include the BA, BFA, MA, and MSW.

Behind the Archives Door: Collecting Incunabula

Thursday, September 7, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

David Wertheimer, an avid collector of early printed books and a Director at the Gates Foundation, will share his story of collecting. Many of the books that he owns, all printed before 1502, will be available for viewing. 

Behind the Archives Door: Artists’ Books from the Abecedarian Gallery 

Monday, September 11, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Alicia Bailey, artist and owner of the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, will share her latest creations. Abecedarian Gallery opened in November 2007 as an exhibition venue for contemporary book arts and Bailey is an accomplished book artist herself. 

Behind the Archives Door: Debut of the "Refashioning Identity" Collection

Wednesday, September 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Contributors to the campus and community embroidery project “Refashioning Identity” will gather to view the collection and share remarks about their work. This is an open event, so all are welcome. 

Behind the Archives Door: Treasures from the Archives & Special Collections

Monday, September 25, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Join our new Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Adriana Flores and Assistant Archivist Laura Edgar as they share a few of their favorite things from our collections. 

Behind the Archives Door: Zines and More!

Thursday, October 5, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian, will showcase our growing collection of zines and discuss how they can be used for teaching and learning. The Collins Library Zine Collection is a unique addition to our collections that came to Puget Sound from a generous donation through the Zine Pavilion at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2016 and has been growing since last summer. Currently, the Zine Collection contains around 175 zines on a variety of topics, both personal and political, including several authored by Puget Sound students. The wide breadth of topics include zines on local and national issues, politics, activism and social justice, environmental justice, queer identities, trans experiences, feminism, body image, fat embodiment, mental health, sexual assault, reproductive rights, race, whiteness, and more.

Behind the Archives Door: The African American Communist Party Pamphlets

Thursday, October 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Lori Ricigliano, Reference and Learning Commons Coordinator and Associate Director for User Services, will showcase our unique collection of African American Communist Party pamphlets, as well as other new acquisitions related to African American history. 

Behind the Archives Door: Archives & Special Collections Open House!

Monday, October 30, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Have you ever wondered exactly what an archivist does all day? Join us for an open house. Tour our spaces for a behind the scenes look at the Archives & Special Collections and learn how we process archival materials and get them ready for use by our researchers. 

Behind the Archives Door: Teaching with Primary Source Materials

Monday, November 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Adriana Flores will discuss opportunities to use primary source materials from the Archives & Special Collections in the classroom and for scholarly research by both faculty and students. Examples of how we have used archival materials in classes at Puget Sound will be available.