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Guide to Research in Special Collections: Using Archives West

This guide will show you how to search Special Collections materials.

Archives West

Archives West is a website run by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of research institutions all over the Pacific Northwest, which UW Special Collections belongs to. It is the place where we house most of our online finding aids. You can still find archival collections in the library catalog by following the steps outlined in "Using the library catalog." This is just another way to search if you specifically want to find archival collections.

Go to the Archives West website and enter your term into the search box. You can select University of Washington Special Collections from the drop down menu in the top right to search within only our finding aids. However, you don't have to! If you leave the drop down menu alone, it will search all institutions who have finding aids on Archives West. 

You can also narrow your search by selecting a state under the section titled "By Repository."