Primary emphasis is on the twentieth century through today and on materials that support the study of the history of Geography.
There are no geographical limitations. Areas of principal interest include Africa, China/East Asia, and Europe/UK. Areas of principal interest also include local (Seattle, PNW, Washington State) and U.S. national.
Primary emphasis is on English language materials, but materials in other languages are purchased on a selective basis.
Monographs and sets (books & e-books), serials (journals), facsimiles, reprints, audio, video are included in the collection.
Materials on Physical Geography (Biogeography, Climatology and Geomorphology) and travel literature are generally not collected. Maps are housed in the map collection in Suzzallo-Allen Libraries. Textbooks may be purchased on a selective basis.