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Nancy BunkerNancy Bunker

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4481
Fax: 509.777.3221
Office Location: Harriet Cheney Cowles Library 116


M.A. Eastern Washington University
M.A. University of Denver
B.A. Washington State University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Librarianship; reference; collection development; historical research and writing

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Author of "Primary Source Collections in the Pacific Northwest: An Historical Researcher's Guide," (2005, Libraries Unlimited.)

Presentations include: "Locating Women's History Nationally," at the Pacific Northwest History Conference, Spokane (2010); "Promoting Information Ethics in a Wikipedia World," at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Boston (2010); a Poster Session on “The Thrill of the Hunt: Enabling Students to Find and Use Historical Primary Sources in Your Community and Beyond” at the American Library Association Annual meeting (June 2008).

Wrote an article, "What is the Library Council of Washington and how can it help you?" for the ACRL Washington Newsletter (2008).

Currently a member of the Library Council of Washington, an advisory board to the Washington State Library representing the four-year academic institutions throughout the state.

Previous research projects include investigations into the early settlement of the Spokane area, focusing particularly on the experiences of travelers and tourists from 1870 through 1910. Originally the subject of a master's thesis, this research has been presented at professional conferences and a synopsis article was published in the regional history magazine Columbia.

Much of her scholarship has centered on the history of place and how it can be taught to children. She has produced five curriculum guides on specific local history topics. Each guide was designed to accompany a traveling history trunk of artifacts, photographs and historical
materials specifically collected to illustrate the particular time-period and/or subject. Four of these history trunks were funded by a LSCA grant.

In addition to several local history articles and books, she has produced a video history of Englewood, Colo., titled "Englewood: A History in the Oral Tradition." The video was based on research gathered through an oral history grant project and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She is involved in research for a biography of Rev. May C. Jones, one of the first ordained women pastors in the country.

Ongoing research interests include travel and tourism, resorts, amusement parks, sanatoriums, and rail travel connecting all these venues. Research concentration is on the 19th and early 20th centuries in the American West.

Served as four-year academic representative, Library Council of Washington (2008-14). Appointed chair of Instructional and Research Services Committee, American Library Association, Reference and User Services Division, History Section (2011-13). Also serves as History Section Executive Committee member (2011-13).

Current professional memberships include American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Western History Association, and Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.