Identify and Preserve Cougar History
The heart of campus, the WSU Libraries support and serve every college and department, as well as their students, staff, and faculty. The Libraries are the center of innovation at WSU.
We have books, journals, media, maps, microforms, government publications, e-books, e-journals, unique digital collections, manuscripts, archives, special collections, classrooms, study spaces, makerspaces, and experienced librarians who help to enrich the student educational experience. The Libraries are the biggest student employer on campus. Adding to the digital collections, WSU Libraries’ student workers digitized over 42,000 Office of University Publications and Printing/WSU Press photographs and negatives of campus life from 1947 to 1983. See the photos on the WSU Libraries’ website.
A third of the photos have unidentified subjects. We need your support and help to find out who these Cougs are. Watch University Archivist Mark O’English explain the importance of identifying all the students, teachers, and community members in the OUPP/WSU Press Photographs collection.
Identifying loved ones in these images is priceless. Listen to the story of Brad Newman finding his mom, dad, and grandmother in one of the photos. Nancy Newman and her mother-in-law Dorothy were previously unidentified in the photo. Their names are now in the digital collection.
We created the “WSU Historic Photos” Facebook group to identify individuals in the photos and to hear Coug stories. Join the group, identify friends and family, and donate to help WSU Libraries and their students identify Cougar history.
Will you help positively influence the life of a student and preserve our Cougar history by making a gift today?