Special Collections of the Washington State Library


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Special Collections Hours 12 PM - 4:30 PM


The Special Collections of the Washington State Library collect and preserve rare and archival materials that enrich research in the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest. 

The geographical region comprises the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in their entirety; the province of British Columbia; and western portions of the State of Montana.  Alaska and Yukon Territory materials are also acquired selectively when they relate to the Pacific Northwest region. 

These non-circulating collections are comprised of historic and unique books, pamphlets, maps and manuscripts that are made available for research in our reading room. 



Rare Publications

Territorial Collection

Tweney '89 Collection

Ye Galleon Press Collection

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