From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Now that we’ve finished showing the world the three State Library Jewels for May, it’s up to you and others to choose your fave. Your choices: aerial and satellite photos of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption, a collection of Captain Robert Fay’s correspondence in the mid-19th century, and official records of Union and Confederate armies. […]
  • Emily Cain and Secretary Wyman (right) hold up a poster of Emily’s winning artwork in her class. With them (from left) are Emily’s teacher, Kevin Plough, and her mother, Amanda Cain. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Pryor) Emily Cain began Wednesday morning at Burien’s Cedarhurst Elementary School like she has many times before it. But what […]
  • (Image courtesy of Washington State Library) The third and final State Library Jewel for May is timely since the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War was recognized this spring: official records of the Union and Confederate armies, as found in the United States Congressional Serial Set. Here is an excerpt regarding the […]
  •   The second Library Jewel for May is a collection of correspondence, records and a journal of one of Seattle’s first settlers. On Nov. 13, 1851, Captain Robert Colburn Fay was among the first settlers to land at Alki Point in what is now West Seattle. Fay remained in the Puget Sound area for another […]
  • (Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) Days after documents related to the unforgettable 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption topped this month’s Archives Treasures online poll, we’re kicking off the May edition of State Library Jewels with a collection of aerial photos of the world-famous mountain during and after it literally blew its top and knocked […]