History – Washington State

Finding historical research sources for local history can sometimes be particularly difficult. This guide is an attempt at highlighting some of those resources.

Background Research

Washington State seal - G. Washington's face surrounded by a yellow circular border.

Encyclopedia of Washington State History Full Text. HistoryLink.org. Over 8000 essays touching on all aspects of the State’s history. Most essays include images; some have audio and video exhibits.

Primary Sources

Washington Digital Newspapers Full Text. Scans of early newspapers printed in Washington State. From the Washington State Library.

Washington Rural Heritage Digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State.

Primarily Washington. Washington’s gateway to Pacific Northwest primary source materials

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