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The Alvin M. and Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture


The Josephy Library is based on over 2000 books, journals, manuscripts, and miscellaneous pieces from Josephy home libraries in Greenwich, Connecticut and Joseph, Oregon. On Alvin’s death in 2005, Rich Wandschneider, then Director at Fishtrap, went to Connecticut and shipped books back to Oregon. The Collection was shared with the National Museum of the American Indian. The NMAI librarian came to Oregon the next summer, and the Joseph collection went to Fishtrap and to NMAI as well. In the fall of 2012, Fishtrap released the collection to the new Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in the town of Joseph, Oregon, and Wandschneider became its director. Josephy books are being supplemented by donations and purchases.

The collection aims to be comprehensive with Josephy’s own writings and with material relating to Nez Perce and Columbia Plateau Indian and Northeast Oregon history, geography, and culture, and to work out from there towards a broad understanding of the West. It is cataloged through the SAGE Library system of Eastern Oregon libraries administered by Eastern Oregon University in La Grande— http://catalog.sage.eou.edu/eg/opac/home?locg=1 and go to Josephy Library under Wallowa County libraries to see currently cataloged materials.

The Library honors Alvin’s work as a historian of and advocate for American Indians, and Alvin and Betty’s commitment to literature, history, the arts, the West, and to the men, women, and children of all colors and backgrounds who have lived in and loved the West. It is non-circulating but open to the general public.

See a list of the library’s current collection of Josephy’s magazine articles:

Alvin Josephy’s Magazine Articles
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