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  • The Pick Up Shelf will not be available on Friday, July 3 and there will be no librarians on-duty for chat. Please have a fun but very safe holiday weekend.

  • Beginning June 15th, Lewis & Clark students, faculty, and staff may request items from Watzek Library for pickup the following business day.

  • Learn about library and community resources on equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.


  • Lewis & Clark College, Pioneer Log, October 10, 1974.
    On the night of October 10th, 1974, political activist, Angela Davis spoke to a packed audience at the Portland State University auditorium. As reported for the Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Log newspaper by managing editor Rob Rowe ’77, in attendance was a mix of “Old grey radicals, middle-aged revoltationaries, and dissent college students.” Davis, a well known activist, author, and academic, has spoken and taught on the subjects of class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system and was actively engaged with lefitis causes including the Black Panther Party, the Communist Party, and Marxist Feminism.

  • Lewis & Clark College has a strong record of teaching that relies upon the medieval and early modern works housed in Special Collections produced during this moment. This year, thanks to the Breslauer Foundation Grant and to Professor Karen Gross for collaboration on our application, we have acquired a Book of Hours produced in the Italian city of Ferrara in the late fifteenth century, a moment when several of the most severe outbreaks of plague ravished the city. 

  • Katherine Dunn (1945-2016), an award-winning author, poet, and journalist, is best known for her critically acclaimed novel Geek Love, first published in 1989. A National Book Award finalist, Geek Lovepropelled Dunn to cult-figure status and amassed a fan base for its unusual characters and imaginative story of the Binewski family carnival. Lewis & Clark College is home to the Katherine Dunn Literary Collection and Archive, which celebrates Dunn as writer, and her novel Geek Loveas a landmark text.


  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Librarian, 1562. Oil on canvas, 27.95 x 38.58 inches. Skokloster Castle,...
    Are you writing a thesis in the fall? We know that research is challenging enough in a normal year! Watzek librarians are ready to help you figure out how to take advantage of an abundance of reading time this summer to get a head start.


  • The workes of Beniamin Ionsonappeared in the fall of 1616 in a large, imposing folio volume. Running nearly 575 leaves, Ben Jonson’s Workesis a testament to his skills, popularity, but most primarily his determination to have his writings published together in a single volume, demonstrating his flexibility and progression as an English writer. At Lewis & Clark we use our copy of the folio - one of only two held at a liberal arts - to teach lessons about print culture in the sixteenth century.


  • The Vietnamese community comprises 2% of the population of Portland, one of the largest among major U.S. cities. The experiences of this community in Portland offer an important corrective to the traditional picture of Oregon’s past. In an effort to create a more rounded history of Portland, Lewis & Clark students created podcasts using our growing archive, Vietnamese Portland: History, Memory, Community. From accounts of immigration to the experiences of later generations born in the US, they tell stories from our community.

  • All international pop beats 1968-1988 for remote dancing and cramming, custom crafted for the Watzek Library crowd. Artists from Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more. 70+ minutes. Watzek wishes you well! Stay safe.

  • Image: Dr. Alan L. Hart, 1942; Lucille Hart, 1909
    Dr. Alan L. Hart’s life and career was devoted to medical science, including groundbreaking research in radiology and tuberculosis treatment. As a fiction novelist, Hart wrote five books on the subject of medical practice, opening the door of socialized medicine and medical research to the public. He traveled, taught, and spoke on the medical profession for over 40 years. Beyond his medical career, Hart was also a social pioneer as he underwent one of the first female-to-male gender transitions in the United States in 1917.

  • You know that E&D research project you worked so hard on? You should submit it for this prestigious award that the library gives to the two best submissions! It’s easy to apply for the award, and you are already doing the work! The deadline to apply is Monday, May 11.

  • Poetry inspired by the coronavirus crisis by Kim Stafford, Oregon’s poet laureate and director of Lewis & Clark’s Northwest Writing Institute, was recently featured in the Oregonian.

  • Watzek Library’s Special Collections contain a number of stories that seem to parallel aspects of life during quarantine. A ship’s log, detailing in manuscript the exciting voyage of an English ship, the Duke of Grafton, seems to offer a perspective on isolation, exhaustion, and the threat of illness, while meanwhile offering a lens on contemporary politics and British colonialism.


  • Cpl. Morgan S. Odell (left) at Camp Crane, Pennsylvania, May 1918
    Twenty-five years before he relocated to Portland, Oregon to become the first president (1942-1960) of the newly renamed Lewis & Clark College, Morgan S. Odell, a strict Methodists and pacifist, enlisted into the U.S. Army. Only 23 when he enlisted, he drove with the ambulance service in Italy through the end of the Great War. Stationed in Oné di Fonte thirty miles northwest of Venice, Odell participated in the Battle of Vittorio-Veneto. Serving on the front lines, he saw the ramifications of poison gas, but also illness as the “Spanish flu” pandemic began to take hold both in Europe and on the homefront.


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