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Support Special Collections

How to make a monetary gift or donate materials.

Financial Support

Your monetary gift to the Libraries Special Collections supports many programs. A list of current projects in need of funding is below. You can make a gift to one or more of them online.

Current Needs

Make a Monetary Gift online to the Labor Archives Fund described below:

  • Labor Archives Fund - To fund salary and benefits of the labor archivist associated with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and for the work of the Labor Archive Advisory Committee.

Make a Monetary Gift online to one of the funds listed below:

  • Special Collections Gift Fund - General gifts to the UW Libraries Special Collections area (valuable, unique, scarce, and rare published and graphic materials).
  • Dorlesca and William Peterson Endowed Library Fund -  Named in honor of Dorlesca and William Peterson, two pioneers from Whidbey Island, the fund supports the acquisition of materials for the Pacific Northwest Collection, housed in the Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives division of the UW Libraries.

  • Historical Photography Fund - Supports the acquisition and preservation of documentary photographs, particularly depicting Western Washington, Alaska and the Yukon. Also included are architecture, Native Americans, industries such as fishing and logging, mountaineering, and the Klondike gold rush.

  • Library Book Arts Gift Fund - A fund that enhances the acquisition and preservation of unique, handmade books created by artists held by the University Libraries Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives division.

  • Manuscripts and University Archives Endowed Fund - Now a part of Manuscripts, Special Collections and University Archives, this library fund supports the acquisition and organization of papers, manuscripts and records from individuals, organizations, and companies.

  • Cameron and Lenore Neumann Library Endowment - Named in honor of the donors, this fund provides support for books, photographs, and other materials about the Eastside, especially Bellevue, Washington. The collection is held in Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives.

  • Historic Architectural Drawings Fund - To support the processing and other related activities for the UW Libraries architectural collection.

  • Historic Film Fund - To support activities related to the preservation of the UW Libraries moving images collection.

  • Libraries Excellence Fund - The Libraries Excellence Fund is a discretionary fund that provides support for activities, projects and programs with the objective of enhancing the overall excellence of the UW Libraries, including collections, services, lecturers and publications.

  • Libraries University Archives - To be used for projects, hiring students, paying for services like project archivists, outside experts, conversion and preservation work, equipment and supplies.

  • PNW Linguistic and Ethnographic Audio Recording Project - To preserve linguistic and ethnographic audio recordings of Pacific Northwest indigenous people and to enhance public access to these recordings and related materials.


Donate Materials

Special Collections welcomes gifts that fit into the collecting scope. To make a monetary gift, please see our funding priorities.


For Individuals and Organizations

Our current collecting focus is the greater Seattle and Puget Sound region. Organizational donors may have a statewide, regional, or even a national mission, but usually have a strong tie with the local area as well.

  • For personal or family papers and organizational records contact Paul Constantine (206-543-1929 )
  • For photographs or moving images, contact Nicolette Bromberg (206-543-1929 )
  • For labor-related organizational records or personal papers, contact Conor Casey (206-685-3976 )
  • For other subject areas or materials see Gifts Program


For University of Washington Offices

The Archives has implemented a new electronic form for submitting records transfer requests. The form is constructed as an Excel spreadsheet template-at the end of this announcement are instructions and a link to download the template, along with a link to a sample PDF document which can be used as a model for filling out the transfer form.

To save the template to your computer, right-click on the following link and choose: Save target as..., Save link as..., or Download linked file as... (the option depends on the browser you are using) and then save it to your computer.

Records Transfer List Template (Microsoft Excel format)

View a sample copy of the template (PDF format)

Please contact the University Archivist if you have any questions:

John Bolcer, University Archivist
Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900


For University of Washington Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff papers are accepted for inclusion in the collection if they are representative of faculty and staff who have defined significant ideas, undertaken research that has benefited the world, transformed the minds and lives of students and expanded the boundaries of human knowledge, or carried out exemplary service to the University or the larger community.

For further information, contact

John Bolcer, University Archivist
Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900