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Trevor Bond wins top state award for historic article

Trevor Bond in the Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections stacks.

WSU librarian Trevor Bond has been selected by Washington State Historical Society as the recipient of the 2018 Charles Gates Memorial Award for his article “Documenting Missionaries and Indians: The Archive of Myron Eells.”

The award recognizes “the most significant achievement among all articles published in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.”

Bond is the head librarian for the Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections in the WSU Holland Library, and the associate dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the San Diego State University in 1992; a master’s degree in ancient history from UCLA in 1996; a Master’s in Library and Information Science, with a special focus in archives and preservation management, from UCLA in 1998; and a doctorate in public and Western history from WSU in 2017.

He will be honored at the annual meeting of the Washington State Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The article begins with an engaging twist: “Writing in his diary in 1898 from the rain-drenched Skokomish Reservation in western Washington, the missionary Myron Eells made a confession. “Have finished copying the journal of Rev. H. H. Spalding from 1839 to 1843, for Prof. F. G. Young of the Oregon State University. I have, I acknowledge, omitted a few pages which speak of some of the troubles of the missions, which had better never see the light.”

The full article can be found as a PDF on the WSU Libraries website.

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