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We support research, teaching, and public programs that promote knowledge on the peoples and issues that have shaped the Northwest.

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Pacific Northwest Quarterly is the leading scholarly journal devoted to the history and culture of the northwestern United States, including Alaska, and western Canada.

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Western History Dissertation Workshop

Funding Announcement for Advanced Ph.D. Candidates

The ninth annual Western History Dissertation Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

This year’s workshop is hosted by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington. The cosponsors are the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center, the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, the Research Division of the Huntington Library, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at the University of California, Davis, the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University, Stanford University, and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.

We will pay travel expenses for up to five graduate students working on dissertations exploring any topic dealing with the history and culture of the American West. Participants will have the opportunity to present a chapter at the workshop and to receive feedback from other participants and from senior scholars affiliated with the sponsoring institutions.

To apply, please provide a brief statement of intent to Kim McKaig at the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest (cspn@uw.edu). We will then provide details on how to upload your application. Full applications will require a brief cover letter, a short CV, and a dissertation prospectus/description of not more than two single-spaced pages. Please also arrange for your dissertation adviser to send a letter of recommendation to the address above; that letter should address the significance and the status of the dissertation to date. Applications are due by March 1. Participants will be notified of their selection by March 31. Questions about the application process should be directed to Kim McKaig.


Going Digital: PNQ Now Available on JSTOR

Go Online to Get Issues through 2006

We are pleased to announce that back issues of Pacific Northwest Quarterly are now available online through JSTOR, a not-for-profit digital archive containing more than 1,000 academic journals and other scholarly content. If you belong to an institution that subscribes to this collection, you can access the publication directly at www.jstor.org. You will be able to search, browse, download, and print the full-text PDF versions of all articles in back issues of PNQ, from its first year of publication in 1906 through early 2006.

Please note: you may still view and download full-text versions of articles from all 26 volumes of Washington Historical Quarterly for free on the University of Washington Libraries website, https://digital.lib.washington.edu/ojs/index.php/WHQ.

Contact Us for Recent Issues and Hard Copies

Issues from the last five years are not available on JSTOR. We have chosen to exclude our current material from the archives to help ensure PNQ's continued economic success. To order articles from the last five years, or if you do not belong to an institution that participates in JSTOR, please submit an order electronically on our website at http://www.cspn.washington.edu/PNQ/Order.html, or find an order form in your copy of the journal to be submitted by mail.

Labor Archives of Washington State

LAWS includes more than 200 separate collections of labor-related materials. In volume, the collections exceed 3,000 cubic feet of documents, photographs, and other archival material.

In volume, size, and scope, LAWS is one of the largest repositories of labor history in the United States.