The Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture collects art, artifacts and primary source material in three disciplines: Regional History, Fine Art, and American Indian and other cultures.
The collections include over 68,000 objects representing fine art and material culture from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
- Broadly represents major regional themes including exploration, settlement, economics, communications, domestic arts, and entertainment/community events.
- Includes an extensive textile collection with quilts and clothing from mid-19th century to present.
- Offers a major interpretive program for the museum with the 1898 Campbell House complex, built by mine owner Amasa B. Campbell, supported by original furnishings and research documents.
- Represents culture groups from throughout the Americas.
- Is one of the preeminent collections of Plateau material culture in the United States augmented by 10,000 photographic images of Plateau Indian culture.
- Includes works by living American Indian artists and artisans of the Plateau Tribes.
Contact the MAC's Tribal Liaison & Collections Specialist for more information on this Collection. Tisa Matheson - 509-363-5311
- Includes historic regional paintings.
- Highlights artwork of the WPA era associated with the Works Progress Administration’s Spokane Art Center that flourished from 1938-1941 including Vanessa Z. Helder’s Grand Coulee Dam Construction painting suite. See a selected catalog at Northwest Art Collection: Works on Paper.
- The MAC focuses its collecting efforts on regional contemporary art and art by renowned artists from the region. Recent acquisitions include the work of: Doug Safranek, Kristen Capp, James Lavadour, and Jim Hodges, and Patti Warashina and a major installation piece by Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz.
Library and Archives
The Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives:
- Collects and makes available for research primary and secondary sources that document and interpret the history, art, and culture of the Inland Northwest/Pacific Northwest that are not readily available at other institutions in the Inland Northwest or Pacific Northwest.
- Provides research and exhibit-quality primary and secondary materials for the MAC’s exhibits, programs, and staff, including regional history, art, and American Indian departments; provides access to research and exhibit-quality materials to individuals and institutions outside the MAC.
- Houses the institutional archives of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.
- photographs and negatives
- architectural drawings
- reel-to-reel film
- oral histories
- books and periodicals
These materials reflect the broad collecting categories of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society: regional history, visual art, and American Indian and other cultures.
Effective immediately, the Joel E. Ferris Library & Archive is available by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To schedule, e-mail your request in as much detail as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ENTERTAIN COLLECTION LOAN REQUESTS DUE TO STAFFING REDUCTIONS.