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Roy and Isabel Tullis Give Nearly $400,000 to Support Brooks Library

Through the generous trust established by Roy and Isabel Tullis, the CWU Libraries has enriched our digital collections this year with an exciting variety of new databases. In the 1940s, Mrs. Tullis worked as a librarian at the Central Washington College of Education and decided to give back to the institution where she had worked. 

The new databases, which are accessible via, include:

--Historical Newspapers: U.S. West Collection - Provides access to newspapers published in the Western United States, including over 100 years of The San Francisco Examiner:

--Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 - Contains hundreds of searchable digitized newspapers published by Hispanics in all regions of the United States. Newspapers are in English, Spanish, or bilingual.

--Race Relations in America - Documents three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, and contains speeches, reports, surveys and analyses produced by the Race Relations Department of Fisk University, including Charles S. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.

--Climate Science and Sustainability: Global Origins of Modern Environmentalism - A searchable digitized collection of primary source documents related to climate science from 1957-1995, including articles, government publications, and transcribed broadcasts.

These resources are available to all current CWU students, faculty, and staff to access in the library, or from any location using their CWU account. Community members are welcome to use these resources in the Brooks Library at the first-floor public access computers.

In total, the Tullis’ bequeathed almost $400,000 to Brooks Library, and we receive approximately $5,900 of income per year. We are thankful for funding like the Tullis endowment, which helps us continue to provide the quality resources our students and faculty need.


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