University of Puget Sound Digital Collections

Welcome to the University of Puget Sound Digital Collections web site. Here you will find a variety of resources including images, as well as audio and video. These collections are the result of faculty projects and research and are in support of scholarly study. 

The Abby Williams Hill CollectionThe 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 PastA 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 HistorySlater 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 CollectionOregon Methodist Missions Papers

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.


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