The archives at Central Washington University was established as the repository for official and unofficial records that document the history of the university. It serves as a regional repository to preserve and promote the unique cultural history of central Washington. Here you will find digitized photographs, videos, audio recordings, and documents held by the CWU Archives and Special Collections.

For more information, please visit the Archives and Special Collections website. Contact Archives and Special Collections or call (509) 963-1717 if you have additional questions.

Featured Exhibits

Athletics Images from CWU
Athletics Images from CWU

The CWU athletics program dates back to 1893 with the introduction of a Physical Culture class at the Washington State Normal School (WSNS) and with the first women’s basketball game played in 1895. Throughout the 1890s and early 1900s, the WSNS men’s and women’s basketball teams played local and regional high schools. In 1909 the Normal School hired a part-time athletics coach to manage the growing number of sports teams. Later that same year, the men’s basketball team played Bellingham Normal School (Western Washington University), making it the first inter-collegiate sporting event in the school’s history. The athletics program served as part of the Department of Health and Physical Education until 1983, when it became its own independent department.

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Athletics Images from CWU
Athletics Images from CWU

The CWU athletics program dates back to 1893 with the introduction of a Physical Culture class at the Washington State Normal School (WSNS) and with the first women’s basketball game played in 1895. Throughout the 1890s and early 1900s, the WSNS men’s and women’s basketball teams played local and regional high schools. In 1909 the Normal School hired a part-time athletics coach to manage the growing number of sports teams. Later that same year, the men’s basketball team played Bellingham Normal School (Western Washington University), making it the first inter-collegiate sporting event in the school’s history. The athletics program served as part of the Department of Health and Physical Education until 1983, when it became its own independent department.

CWU Building Photographs
CWU Building Photographs
Rufus Woods Photographs
Rufus Woods Photographs

Rufus Woods was a long-time co-owner and editor of the Wenatchee Daily World. He advocated for the construction of Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state. During the war years, he pressed for defense contracts for the region and highlighted the importance of the newly completed dam. He also endorsed the need for more dams to fulfill the war-time power needs of the Columbia Valley. For more information, please see the Rufus Woods Papers.