From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • We’ve shown off the three Library Jewels for June, so it’s time for you to choose your favorite. Your  choices are an 1867 map of the northern U.S. from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean, 1890 state legislators’ signatures, and the J.W. Thompson photo collection of Washington. You can select your fave by going to […]
  • Three Indian princesses examine a camera. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) Our third and final Library Jewel for June is a collection of photographs and slides of Washington, taken by J. W. Thompson between 1950 and 1968. The collection includes 115 photos and about 1,500 slides of a wide variety of subjects of the […]
  • As House and Senate negotiators try to reach a compromise on the next two-year state operating budget, our second Library Jewel for June has a nice legislative tie-in from yesteryear: an autograph album that contains the signatures of the members of the 1st Legislature of Washington, 1890. The image above shows signatures of (top to […]
  • (Image courtesy of Washington State Library) If you’re into maps, the State Library is for you. It has a collection of Metsker maps of each Washington county, topographical maps, national forest, park and trail maps, nautical charts, and an outstanding rare maps collection. One is this 1867 map of the country from Lake Superior to […]
  • Seatco Prison, near present-day Bucoda. (Photo courtesy Washington State Archives) Nowadays, it seems like anything about prison is hot. First, there’s the TV series “Orange Is the New Black.” And, OK, now you have documents about Washington’s first territorial prison capturing the June edition of the Archives Treasures poll. Is that a trend or what? […]