From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Early this week, we began our “State Library Jewels” blog series to show off some of the many interesting items and collections found in the State Library. The first jewel we presented was a  1924 Washington road map, followed by a list of motor vehicle owners in 1912. Our third piece to be showcased is […]
  • (Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) In mid-January we launched our “State Archives treasures” blog series, and now it’s the State Library’s turn to showcase some of their most interesting pieces! Our first “State Library jewels” post  featured a Washington road map from 1924; today we travel a little further back in time to 1912 […]
  • (Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) These days, a picture like this is more likely to come from the Olympic Rainforest than central Spokane. But in 1910, these elk were bathing in the middle of what is now Manito Park. Manito Park is an important part of Spokane history because it encouraged settlement in a […]
  • (Map courtesy of Washington State Library) We recently finished showcasing three special items housed in our State Archives. Now, it’s the State Library’s turn. Starting this week, we’ll do a monthly feature on three of the many rare, unique or interesting items, maps and collections found in the State Library. After we show them off, […]
  • The Kalakala during its glory days. (Photo courtesy Washington State Digital Archives)  Fans of the historic Kalakala are sad over the news that the sleek silver ferry boat has been taken this week to the Tacoma dry dock where it will be scrapped. The Kalakala was a Seattle icon before the Space Needle was built. […]