The collection consists of a variety of materials pertaining to social, economic, political, and historical issues in the Pacific Northwest, particularly northwestern Washington State and Whatcom County. The collection includes financial records, correspondence, ephemera, research notes, photographs, audio visual materials, and unpublished works.
The collection documents the interests and activities of Pacific American Fisheries, Inc (PAF), one of the largest processors of Pacific Salmon in the world. PAF conducted salmon canning operations on Puget Sound and in Alaska between 1899 and 1965, with headquarters located in Bellingham, Washington. The collection spans the period 1875 – 1994, and includes corporate and administrative records, correspondence, financial, property, engineering and operational records, and also fish supply records, shipping records and a large body of reference material. The collection also contains the records of affiliated and subsidiary companies including Deming and Gould, Hoonah Packing Company and the Pacific Packing and Navigation Company, as well as personal papers of former employees including Galen Biery, George Hube and Bert Huntoon.