Washington State University Libraries Photographs, 1978-1997

Overview of the Collection

Washington State University Libraries Photographs
1978-1997 (inclusive)
bulk 1990-1993 (bulk)
2.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (3 boxes), (4000 items)
Collection Number
PC 92 (collection)
Photographs of the Washington State University Libraries. The bulk of the collection is 3500 images of the 1990-1993 construction of the Terrell Library.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Washington State University's library system dates to 1891, when the first library, predating the start of instruction, was a small set of shelves in the Presidents Office. After a few years (1892-1894) in the original College Hall, the library occupied the top floor of the Thompson Hall (1894-1909), after which it was the north half of Bryan Hall (1909-1952). The Holland Library was opened in 1952. The Owen Science and Engineering Library opened in 1977, and the "New Addition" (later Terrell Library) to the Holland Library opened in 1994. Numerous other departmental libraries have existed over the years, as well as libraries on the non-Pullman WSU campuses.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of several sets of material related to Washington State University's Library systems. The bulk of the materials is two sets of photo albums which document the construction of the Terrell Library from 1990-1994. Additional small sets of material deal with other library facilities on staff both on the Pullman campus and at WSU Vancouver.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description] Washington State University Libraries Photographs, 1978-1997 (PC 92)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The first two boxes each contain independent sets of photo albums documenting the construction of Terrell Library. The third contains numerous smaller sets of library photographs, in alphabetical order.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired from disparate sources over a number of years, and compiled as one collection.

Processing Note

The two large sets of Terrell Library construction photographs, which comprise the majority of the collection, are maintained in their original casing and organization. The other, smaller materials have been refoldered and occasionally reorganized, but most remain in their original casing. The entire collection was reorganized in 2016 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

Related Materials

Photographs of Library facilities in Bryan, Holland, Owen, and other buildings can be found in MASC's WSU Buildings Photographs, 1892-2016 (PC 3).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • Washington State University. Libraries -- History -- Photographs.

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State University. Libraries. (creator)