Collection Policy for Archives & Special Collections

Collection Policy and Mission Statement 

The purpose of the Washington State University Vancouver Library, Archives & Special Collections is to preserve primary source materials that support the teaching, research, and scholarly mission of Washington State University. The Archives & Special Collections accepts donations and transfers of unique collections originating from WSU Vancouver, alumni and associates. This includes materials representing historic content from the surrounding region of Southwest Washington with emphasis on WSU’s significant contributions. The Archives & Special Collections are primarily concerned with print and born digital materials produced by organizations which are either part of WSU Vancouver, or which are affiliated with WSU or WSU Vancouver. Materials that fall outside of the recognized collection scope and geographical definition may be accepted if materials specifically support faculty and student scholarship at WSU Vancouver and if the Archives & Special Collections can provide appropriate storage, maintenance and access to the collection. The primary functions of the Archives & Special Collections is to acquire, arrange, describe, catalog, preserve, digitize and provide access to these primary sources. A further intention of the Archives & Special Collections is to host a selection of collections from local and regional partners through a series of digital projects.


Primary Sources: WSU Vancouver campus, Clark County, and the surrounding Southwest Washington region: culture, history and historic documentation.

Printed Collections: Pacific Northwest and North America. A limited number of materials originating from Europe.

a. Languages: English is the primary language found in the collections.

b. Chronology: Primary time periods are focued on the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

c. Geographical: Emphasis is on the WSU Vancouver campus, Clark County and the surrounding region of Southwest Washington. Areas of North America and other geographical regions are documented and/or represented to a lesser extent.

d. Treatment: To be determined.

e. Types of Material: Books, manuscripts, photographs, compact discs, video tapes, audio tapes, slides, maps, ephemera and digital formats are found in the collections.

Observations and Qualifications

WSU Vancouver Archives & Special Collections materials are acquired by gift. The collections includes unique primary source materials that have a potential research value for faculty, students and the local community.

Contact the Archives & Special Collections

Robert Schimelpfenig
(360) 546-9249