The Aubrey R. Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives’ research collections are available to the Lewis & Clark College campus and the larger community of scholars.

The collections are home to a wide range of rare and fragile books acquired by the College since its founding in 1867, including extensive materials on Northwest history, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Charles Dickens, poetry, and small press publications.  Lewis & Clark’s archival manuscript collections include the William Stafford Archives, the Karl Marlantes Papers, the John Callahan Literary Collection, the Women in Oregon/Abigail Scott Duniway Collection, and several collections related to World War II Civilian Public Service camps.

Complete rare book holdings are included in the Watzek online catalog. Finding aids for archival collections can be browsed and searched at the Archives West website. Many of our digital collections are available at digitalcollections.lclark.edu.


Tours of Special Collections and Watzek Library exhibit space are available by prior arrangement. Please contact archives@lclark.edu to request a tour.

Giving to the Library

Donations of collections or single items that directly support or complement Lewis & Clark Collections should be brought to the attention of the Head of Special Collections. Please review our accession policy for more information.