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"Reflection of Mt. McKinley on Wonder Lake in Denali National Park, Alaska, circa 1988." Randy Brandon Collection, Anchorage Museum, B2016.019.06458.036.04.04.
"Bridge across Hess Creek Canyon, leading the the Hartley house, circa 1885." George Fox University Photographs. GFU.01.09. George Fox University Archives. Murdock Library. George Fox University.
Unknown, "Students in Airplane, 1946." Linfield College Archives Photograph Collection. Image. Submission 113.
"Dr. Henry Fielding Reed leading a Mazama party down the soon-to-be-named Reed Glacier on Mount Hood, 1901." Mazama Library and Historical Collections, VM1993.020 Mt Hood, 1901.
Oregon Metro Archives.
"Deputy Seth Davidson rides his motorcycle up Beacon Rock on March 18, 1930. From the records of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office." Multnomah County Archives.
"Mount Hood from Lost Lake, circa 1910." Kiser Photo Co. photographs, Org. Lot 140, bb000223, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
“University of Oregon Medical School football team, 1894,” OHSU Digital Commons, accessed August 16, 2018.
"Old Fort Road Campus, circa 1950s," University Archives, Oregon Institute of Technology.
"Belle Bloom Gevurtz, Sarah Goodman, Ophelia Goodman, Helen Goodman, Lillian Heldfond, and Ann Zaik at Cannon Beach, circa 1914," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM2996.
"Men repairing the dome of Congregation Beth Israel building on NW Flanders St., designed in 1925 by Herman Brookman, 1981," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM9966.
"View of OAC from Lower Campus, 1909." Oregon State University Archives and Special Collections.
"Woman with Child, n.d.," C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. Joseph Henry Sharp Photograph Collection.
"Green Lake Park, 1985." Seattle Arts Commission. [Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
"Aerial view of Century 21 World's Fair, 1962." City Light Negatives, Seattle Municipal Archives.
"PH037_b089_S00208," Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s, University of Oregon. Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives.
"Students studying in the library, University of Washington, circa 1908-1909," Arthur Dean University of Washington Photograph Album, PH Coll 903, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Asahel Curtis, "Forest ranger cabin in the Olympic National Forest in the Elwha Valley, 1924." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Stacking alfalfa hay near Grandview, circa 1925." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
"Inauguration of Governor Ferry, November 11, 1889." Rogers (photographer), Inauguration of Governor Ferry Photographs, 1889, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Yakima Pears." Washington State Library collection of photographs by Asahel Curtis, circa 1920-1940 (MS 0544-29).
"Student in Professor Frank Chalfant's Phonetics Laboratory," 1912. The lab was an early precursor to today's Foreign Language Lab. Washington State University Lantern Slides collection.
Bill Phillips, "Wheel Shop employees in Livingston during the last days of Livingston BN Shops," Park County." Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

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2024 Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting — Spokane, WA

May 8 - 10, 2024

Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation

Northwest Archivists’ 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in Spokane, Washington, from May 8-10. In 2024, the Spokane community will observe and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo ‘74, Spokane’s World’s Fair, the first such exposition to focus on the environment. Taking inspiration from the Fair, our theme is Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation. This theme invites consideration of how issues related to the environment, sustainability and adaptation intersect with archives and allied professions. While we seek balance, we are frequently required to adapt and react to changing circumstances. We must also be responsive to the changing climate, to different resource allocations, to new staffing models, and much, much more. 

Conference Registration Information: Registration is now open!

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NWA Archival Screening Night: call for submissions (Deadline April 12)

Conference Location: 


The Historic Davenport 

10 South Post Street

Spokane, Washington, 99201

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Conference date no longer available as of April 10.

For more hotel options, see the bottom of the Visitors Information page.

Conference Sponsors

Organizing Committees

Local Arrangements Committee:

  • Nancy Bunker (chair)
  • Stephanie Plowman
  • Anna Harbine

  • Pam Hedquist

  • Jessica Long

  • Dana Bronson

  • Steve Bingo

Program Committee:

  • Terry Badger
  • Becky Butler
  • River Freemont
  • Alisha Graefe
  • Anna Harbine (local arrangements)
  • Libby Hopfauf
  • Heather Mulliner
  • Ben Murphy (chair)
  • Stephanie Plowman (local arrangements)
  • Sara Szobody
  • Jennifer Vanoni

Call For Posters (CLOSED)

The Northwest Archivists 2024 Program Committee welcomes poster proposals in broad support of the Annual Meeting theme Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation. Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2024. Notification will be made the week of March 11. Submit your proposal using 2024 Poster Proposal Form.

More information can be found on our News and Announcements post

Call For Proposals (CLOSED)

See the full Call for Proposals HERE

Fill out your submissions HERE

Session Proposals 

The Program Committee is seeking Session Proposals related to all aspects of archival practice, theory or research that is broadly related to the theme. Any and all ideas are welcome! We especially invite those in allied professions as well as graduate and undergraduate students to participate. 

Proposals might focus on:

  • Collections or research related to conservation, natural resources, waterways, forestry, agriculture, natural disasters, environmental justice or any other issue related to the environment.
  • Sustainability and balance in archival practices: developing sustainable workflows related to processing, digitization, instruction, collection development, donor relations, outreach, records management, reference, public services, disaster preparedness, administration, preservation, accessibility, or any other related topic.
    • This can include innovations and successful approaches, but also ongoing challenges, unresolved problems, or stories of failure and what was learned from the experience.
  • Adaptation: how do we make things work, practically, in our archives as we face change and uncertainty? How have you changed or modified workflows to address new circumstances? How do we make archival processes more environmentally sustainable? What are the impacts of a changing and increasingly unpredictable climate on our work?
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: how do topics such as reparative description, addressing legacy biases in collecting practices, or building inclusive workplaces require adaptation? Or, how do issues of diversity, equity and inclusion intersect with any of the above topics?
  • Any other proposal that fits within the theme of Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation. All ideas and creative approaches to the theme are welcome and encouraged!

Session Formats

In your proposal you will be asked to indicate the format of your session. With the exception of workshops, all sessions will be 60 minutes. 

  • Panel Session: Two to four speakers present together in a 60 minute session on a common theme. This may include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce the speakers and topic. Panelists may choose to engage in questions or dialogue with attendees. Panel Sessions must be submitted as a group. You may use the Panel Collaboration Spreadsheet to find interested folks to partner with on a panel. 
  • Case Studies: three to five speakers present individually in a 60 minute session on topics focused on recent projects, workflows, ideas, problems, or other topics related to their work. Case Study presentations are shorter than the standard presentation (around 10 minutes for each speaker) and designed to serve as examples of archival theory in practice. Case Studies must be submitted individually and will be combined by the Program Committee. 
  • Poster Session: One or two presenters design and present a poster based on research related to archives or allied fields. Note: poster submissions will have a later deadline in Spring 2024, with the deadline and submission form to-be-announced. 
  • Workshop: Consists of a full-day (8 hours), half-day (4 hours), 60 minute or 120 minute session. Two to four workshop leaders will design a lesson plan to teach about an archival topic, practice, program, technology, technique, lesson plan, or software. The lesson plan may be followed by smaller breakout or hands-on sessions to try things out. Note: full or half-day workshops must be pre-conference workshops held on Wednesday, May 8, and there will be a limited number of pre-conference workshop proposals accepted. 120 minute sessions will be held in two consecutive 60 minute slots during the conference. 
  • Alternative Format. Propose a format that best fits your topic! In your proposal, provide enough information for the evaluators to understand both the format and how the format will support the topic or presentation of the material. Additionally, include how much time the format requires.

Evaluation Criteria 

  • Is the proposal description clear? (5 points) 
  • Are the proposal outcomes explicitly stated and achievable in the proposed session? (10 points) 
  • Will attendees be introduced to a new practice, practical application and/or be encouraged to think in a new way about an issue or topic? (10 points) 
  • Does the proposal demonstrate that the presenter(s) have the requisite knowledge / experience to present on the topic? (10 points) 
  • Does the session provide an addition to the field in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion? (10 points) 
  • Is the topic relevant to a variety of settings and institutions? (5 points)
  • Does the proposal align clearly with the conference theme? (5 points) ● How unique is the proposal compared to other proposals? (5 points) 


Session proposals for the NWA 2024 Annual Meeting are due on Friday, December 8 Friday December 15 (Extended date) by 11:59pm Pacific Time. Acceptances will be communicated to presenters in January 2024. Submission Form. 

Poster proposals will be due at a to-be-announced date in Spring 2024. 

If you have any questions, email Program Committee chair Ben Murphy: murphybp@uoregon.edu 

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