Eastern Regional Branch
The Eastern Regional Branch is closed to the public until further notice and will allow only state and local government agency staff to research records on an emergency basis. We are currently accepting and fulfilling research requests by email and telephone.
The Eastern Regional Branch provides archival and records management services to local government agencies throughout Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties.
Eastern Region Collections Overview
Local government records include those from county offices such as the Auditor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, the Board of Commissioners, and from municipalities, school districts, and other service districts. Only a small percentage of the records created by these offices are transferred to the State Archives as archival records. They are selected as archival for their value as legal and historical evidence of policy development, implementation, and effect. The transfer of records to the State Archives is an ongoing process. Some historical records remain with their originating office pending future transfer to the Archives.
Collections span the years from the territorial period to the present and include school census records, tax assessment rolls, court dockets and case files, photographs, maps, plats, and engineering drawings.
Records Management Services
The Eastern Regional Branch also acts as a regional resource to local governments in the area of public records and information management. These services include consultation, workshops, and the coordination of additional services.
Consultation - Branch staff can provide consultation on a variety of records and information management topics, including the implementation of authorized records retention schedules, establishing a records management program, records destruction, files management, essential records protection, and disaster preparedness. Consultation occurs both by telephone and by scheduled on-site visits.
Workshops - Branch staff also participate in workshops concentrating on various records management topics. Workshops typically are designed for specific client groups with similar records management concerns, and are intended to provide attendees with the basic tools for managing public records according to approved retention schedules. Workshops are offered both to statewide organizations and to individual local groups.
Coordination of additional services - Branch staff can also assist local agencies in coordinating services not provided by the Regional Branch. This includes consultation in the areas of document imaging, conversion of CD-ROM to microfilm, document destruction, and off-site records storage.
Contact the Eastern Regional Branch
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Closed 12 to 1pm, Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays)
The Eastern Regional Branch is closed for in-person research Mondays and Tuesdays, although we welcome phone and email requests those days. The branch is open for in-person research Wednesdays through Fridays by appointment only. Please contact the branch to schedule a research appointment.
||960 Washington Street on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
||Washington State Archives:
Eastern Washington Regional Archives
960 Washington Street
Cheney, Washington 99004
Research & Copy Fee Schedule:
There is no charge to request and to view these public archival documents; however, certain fees do exist for document copies, photographic reproductions, and for special research services by Archives staff.
Research Policy & Fee Schedule