Archival Materials

Archival Collections

Full Text PDF Course Catalogs
Course Catalogs from Western Oregon University and its predecessor institutions.
Full Text PDF Maurice Letters
Letters and illustrated envelopes by Alfred P. Maurice during World War II.
Full Text PDF Japanese American Relocation Center Newsletters
Newsletters from nine of the ten concentration camps ("relocation centers") set up by the US government to forcibly relocate and incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II.
Student Newspapers
Student newspapers from Western Oregon University, including papers from all previous institution names. The WOU Archives & Scholarly Communication department is currently undertaking the large task of digitizing all issues of the WOU student newspaper to make available on our repository. Digital copies of the newspapers will continue to be uploaded here as we finish processing them, but it could be some time before the project is completed. If you are looking for a specific issue, please email your request to the WOU Archives at
Full Text PDF Yearbooks
"Western Oregon University began publishing its yearbook in 1905 and ceased publication in 1991. Yearbooks were not published in 1909-1911, 1933-1935, 1973-1978, and 1980-1986. The name of the school and title of the yearbook vary: The Courier, 1905-1909 (Oregon State Normal School) The Norm, 1911-1939 (Oregon Normal School) The Grove, 1940-1991 (Oregon College of Education, Western Oregon State College) University Archives does not have a complete run of yearbooks, so some volumes may not be available. Original copies of the yearbooks are kept in University Archives."
Full Text PDF Butler Family Letters
The Butler Family Letters are a collection of 70 original letters written between 1835 and 1863 by some of the pioneers who settled in Polk County, Oregon, and founded Monmouth University (now Western Oregon University).
JPG image Archival Images and Videos
Images and videos from the Western Oregon University Archives of Monmouth, Oregon and the Western Oregon University campus from the 1800s to today.
Full Text PDF Straub Collection
This digital collection contains a selection of documents, photographs, and video recordings related to Oregon’s beaches from 1965-1979. Files are from the Robert W. Straub collection at Western Oregon University Archives.
Full Text PDF Western Edge
Western Edge is Western Oregon University's alumni magazine.
Caburgua Visual Archive
Images of life in Rural Caburgua, Chile in the 1960s, as photographed by Dr John Rector.
Full Text PDF Oral Histories of Western Oregon University
Interviews of WOU faculty, staff, and community members.
Community stories and data briefs about COVID-19.
WOU Community Lecture Series
Public lectures from WOU faculty, staff, and community members.