CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A digital collection of key archives related to water policy and environmental history in the western U.S. is being made available through Oregon State University's Libraries and Press.

Oregon State began hosting the Western Waters Digital Library on March 1, which includes archival holdings from 29 participating institutes and libraries. Available resources include classic water literature, legal transcripts, maps, reports, personal papers, water project records, photographs, audio recordings, videos and other material.

The collection is online at It was previously hosted by The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.

"Western Waters is a terrific example of research libraries collaborating to share digital content," said Faye A. Chadwell, the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director.

"In this case, the content is focused on a critical issue for western states in the U.S. OSU Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources are the perfect fit for Western Waters because of our joint successes providing natural resources content through Oregon Explorer's tools." 

The Western Waters Digital Library began as a collaborative regional project created by 12 research libraries from eight western states under the auspices of the Greater Western Library Alliance. Funding for this digital library has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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