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Classics in Washington History

The State Library is delighted to present Classics in Washington History. This digital collection of full-text books brings together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington's early years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington Territory and State.

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      You may search all the Classics in Washington History publications using the form below. Boolean searches are supported. Note that handwritten portions of publications are not included in the search results.

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      Historical Note

      The attitudes represented in some of these books do not necessarily reflect the Office of the Secretary of State, but are part of the historical record of Washington's past.