Special Collections


Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
other times available by appointment





  • to secure, protect, and preserve books and other resources that warrant being added to or retained in the library’s holdings but that should not be housed in open-access areas for one or several of these reasons:
    • rarity
    • unusually high monetary value
    • fragile or deteriorating physical condition
    • unusual vulnerability to theft or mutilation.
  • to assemble resources in specified areas, defined by subject or other parameters, intended to comprise unique or exceptional research collections for use by the campus community, visiting scholars, or special constituencies, and to assure the long-term preservation and integrity of such collections.


Daniel Photography Collection

Over 1500 materials that either focus on photography as an art form and communication medium, or that exemplify photographic excellence or historically significant applications of photography comprise this collection. It was established in 1995 as a donation, and expanded by subsequent additional gifts by Floyd and Shirley Daniel of Seattle.

Pacific Northwest Protestantism Collection

This collection of historical records of Protestant churches and organizations includes nearly 1,000 books, periodicals, audiovisual media, and microforms pertaining to all aspects of Protestant history in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska

Presbyterianism Collection

The Presbyterianism Collection is intended to be a resource for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), in the Northwest, and for students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers with special interest in, or needs for information about, Presbyterianism.

Whitworth Collection

The Whitworth Collection has an institutional focus and is intended to represent the history of Whitworth in published form and to record aspects of institutional life, particularly the academic component, as reflected in faculty, staff, and student publications.

William Fix Mountaineering Collection

A unique collection of first edition climbing books, historic and contemporary Pacific Northwest mountaineering books, and essential reads for the practicing or the armchair mountaineer, these books were donated by former Whitworth trustee, William Fix.

Digital Collections