Peter Newland papers, 1908-2022

Overview of the Collection

Peter Newland papers
1908-2022 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Peter Newland '67 is a collector and producer of artists' books. While at Whitman, he studied theatre and economics. The Peter Newland papers represent the years 1908-2022, and contains materials from Harper Joy Theatre and Beta Theta Pi. There is also a Whitman tobacco silk manufactured in 1910, and Newland's notes for a presentation about artists' books.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 5095275922
Fax: 5095264785
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Peter Newland '67 was born in 1944 and grew up in Everett, Washington. He graduated from Whitman College with a double major in economics and theatre, and later moved to New York to get his masters in theatrical management from New York University. Newland was drafted into the Vietnam War, where he served with the United States Fourth Army Headquarters Transportation Corp in 1970 and into 1971. After he was honorably discharged, he moved back to Washington and served as Commissioner of Snohomish County Public Utility District from 1985 to 1996.

In the decades since his service, Newland became fascinated with artists' books. Newland began collecting these books, even producing a few of his own. He and his wife Robyn Johnson have donated significant portions of their collection to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives since 2019.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection represents the years 1908-2022 and contains Harper Joy Theatre programs, Beta Theta Pi song books, newsletters, pledge manuals, and a compact disc with photographs from the class of 1967. There is also a Whitman tobacco silk manufactured in 1910, and notes for a presentation about artists' books, written by Newland.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Peter Newland in May 2017.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Slides 1992 March 11
1 2 Walla Walla and Whitman College memorabilia 1908-1967
1 3 "Artist Books as Personal Therapy" 2022 November 30
1 4 Harper Joy biography 2007
1 5 Jack Freimann and Harper Joy Theatre 1965-2006
1 6 Tobacco silk 1910

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Artists' books
  • Theater