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History Resources

Spokane Regional 
Washington State

Pacific Northwest 

National and World

Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room 

This page has links to information about history from local to the world. Some sites include primary source materials.

Spokane History

Civil Rights Oral History - Spokane - In February of 2001, the Spokesman-Review produced a month long series of articles on black history titled "Through Spokane's Eyes Moments in Black History," focusing in particular on the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As part of that series, Rebecca Nappi conducted a series of interviews with individuals with ties to both the civil rights movement and to Spokane.

Earth Station 9 - Expo74 - This World's Fair trivia site include facts and statistics about Spokane's World's Fair.

Google News Archives - has scanned non-indexed copies of the Spokesman Review and the Spokane Daily Chronicle .

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture - Spokane's own regional museum houses an excellent archives on the social history of the region.

Spokane History - Nice timeline for early Spokane from Discovery School.  It's a little sparse on 20th century events.

World War I Soldiers Remembered -This collection is a partnership between the Spokane Public Library and the Office of the Secretary of State provides a glimpse into the lives of those enlisted in Spokane County.


Washington State History

Digital Archives - The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.

Governors of  Washington State - This has searchable biographical information with photos.

Governor's Office of Indian Affairs - This site has the Washington State Tribal Directory.  It also includes the Centennial Accord/Millennial Agreement and other treaties.


Historical Newspapers in Washington - Includes the Spokane Falls Review 5/19/1883 through 3/6/1886.

HistoryLink - The online encyclopedia of Washington State history.

Lawrence Denny Lindsley Photographs - During his career as a photographer, woodsman, wilderness guide, and miner, Lindsley took thousands of photographs of Washington State including scenes around Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains, Eastern Washington, and the Pacific Ocean beaches on the Olympic Peninsula.

Washington History - Here you will find resources from the Secretary of State.

Washington State Historical Society / Museum


Pacific Northwest History

Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest - The University of Washington's home page for Pacific Northwest history, makes accessible a myriad of resources in regional history. The site includes course packets designed to help teach both Spokane and State history, bibliographies, and information about the journal, the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.

Idaho State Historical Society

Latah County Historical Society

Journal of the West - Illustrated quarterly journal devoted to the history, culture, and other facets of the development of the West.

Journals of Lewis & Clark - The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online makes available the text of the celebrated Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals, edited by Gary E. Moulton.

Oregon Historical Society

Montana Historical Society

Northwest Digital Archives - The Northwest Digital Archives provides information about archival collections at nineteen archives in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Pacific Northwest Garden History - This site explores 200 years of gardening in the Northwest. Includes links to people, plants from the past and historic gardens.

Women of the West Museum 


National & World History

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers  - Produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program this site contains more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910.

Early Recognized Treaties with American Indian Nations - Provides access to the nine federally recognized Indian treaties that are absent from volume 2 of Charles J. Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties (see below).

Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties - Compiled and edited by Charles Kappler. An historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S.Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S.Government Printing Office.

Library of Congress - American Memory Project

National Archives & Records Administration - NARA preserves and provides access to records of the United States.

Repositories of Primary Sources - A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.


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