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National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The National Archives and Records Administration was established  in 1934 by the U.S. Congress. It preserves and makes accessible the records of enduring value of the United States government dating to 1775 and important records of its citizens. In addition to the main location in Washington, D.C., there are faciltities across the United States, including NARA's Pacific Alaska Region Facility in Seattle.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights
  • motion picture films
  • architectural drawings
  • maps
  • photographs

Check out a few cool things at the National Archives in the video below.

Locations of NARA Facilities in the United States (listed by state)

List of NARA Affiliated Archives

700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408


http://www.facebook.com/libraryofcongress Library of Congress Archives

The Library of Congress Research and Reference Services division provides access to an extensive collection of archival materials that document all aspects the United States and its peoples. In the Special Materials research centers, users will find resources such as the most extensive cartographic collectin in the world, an archive of American folk life, Americana from 1493 to present, and many other materials essential for research.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • manuscripts documenting political, military, and diplomatic history, cultural history, history of science, non-governmental organizations
  • maps including U.S. county and state maps, early ninteenth- and twentieth-century atlases, maps of colonial America, the Revolutionary War, topographic, geologic, mineral, and resource maps, the Sanborn fire insurance maps
  • music manuscripts, musical instruments, classified music collections, and other materials doumenting over 1,000 years of Western music history
  • sound recordings of music and the spoken word and radio  broadcasts including the Armed Forces radio and Television Service, National Public Radio, an archive of recorded poetry and literture, the Jerry Vaburn/Duke Ellington collection, the National Press Club collection, and others
  • films made for television from 1949 onwards, Copyright Collection, American Film Institute Collections, Black films, DeForest films, captured foreign collections, and more
  • prints and photographs numbering over 14 million  images that include posters, cartoons, fine prints, architecturaland engineering designs, and documentary drawings

Library of Congress Main Reading Room
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-3399


http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/277137_159608694063613_532637_n.jpg  Smithsonian Institution Archives
The Smithsonian Institution Archives preserves the records of the Smithsonian Institution and related materials. The Archives' collections document the cultural heritage of the United States, including the development of science, art, and technology, as well as the expansion of museums in the U.S.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • official records document SI staff, artifacts, benefactors, events, exhibits
  • historic images of the Smithsonian from the 1700s to the present
  • images documenting U.S. history
  • photos of animals from the National Zoological Park

Capital Gallery Building
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Suite 3000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2520

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Cool Things at the National Archives

Types of Archives

Traditionally, archives tended to be either governmental or academic archives. Their collections consisted of records of enduring value, such as the Constitution of the United States, and were stored in a physical location, such as the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Today, archives vary more widely in both content and form. There are archives for music, sports, and web pages and there are even personal archives. Technology has also made parts of archival collections available online. The lists below provides information about some main archive locations for local, state, and national archives and examples of other types of nongovernmental or nonacademic archives. Many of these archives have digital collections that can be accessed from their websites.

Local Archives

Tacoma Public Library  Tacoma Public Library Image Archives
The Image Archives comprises a collection of over one million photographic images that document the development agriculture, industry, commerce, and society in the Northwest. Represented in this collection are the images of many highly skilled, prominent photographers, including Tacoma's own Albert Henry Barnes (1876-ca. 1915) and Virna Haffer (1900-74).

What types of information can I find here? – Photographs that document:

  • agriculture and farming
  • buildings, churches, houses
  • schools, colleges, and universities
  • clubs and organizations
  • theater, music, parades, and events
  • sports
  • military and forts
  • transportation: ships, ship building, railroads, streetcars,
  • and more

Tacoma Public Library
1102 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98402


Pacific Lutheran University Archives  Pacific Lutheran University Archives   
The PLU Archives contains records and other materials important to the study of Pacific Lutheran University's history. They document its history, academic departments and administrative units, activities of its faculty, students, and alumni. These materials are of permanent administrative, legal, and historical value to PLU.

What types of information can I find here?

  • published items
  • photographs
  • audio-visual materials
  • artifacts

Archives and Special Collections
Robert A.L. Montverdt Library
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447



University of Washington Libraries  University of Washington Archives
The University Archives of the University of Washington contains records of permanent value for the University. They document the administrative, academic, legal, fiscal, social. and cultural aspects of the campus community dating from 1861.

What types of information can I find here?

  • University of Washington records – organization, operations, policies, functions, decisions
  • faculty taeching and research papers
  • Papers of the professinal staff
  • University of Washington publications produced by campus offices, depatment, and organizations
  • documents and materials pertaining to student activities and special events

Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
Contact by email via
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http://www.wshs.org/images/100px/logos/WSHRC.jpg  Washington Historical Society Research Center
The Research Center is a part of the Washington Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1891 to collect, preserve, and present Washington's history. The Research Center offers services and access to materials to researchers, scholars, historians, and those interested in learning about Washington's history.

What types of information can I find here?

  • maps of the early exploration of the Pacific Northwest, natural resources of Washngton, 20th-century highways
  • manuscripts - diaries, correspondence, records or businesses and organizations
  • photographs – images of Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, loggers, fishermen, farmworkers, portraits f notable Washington people
  • ephemera – business cards, posters, pamphlets, catalogs, etc. focusing on Washington territory and Washington state but also including the Pacific Northwest and West
  • and more

Washington Historical Society Research Center
315 Stadium Way
Tacoma, WA 98403



http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/images/sma_sealth.jpg Seattle Municipal Archives
SMA contains records that document Seattle's history, development, and activities of city agencies and elected officials. Its holdings are particularly strong for parks, engineering, legislative activities, and urban planning.

What types of information can I find here?

  • records from all city agencies
  • City legislative records
  • Seattle Municipal Code and City Charter
  • over one million photographs mostly from City of Seattle departments and agencies
  • films and outakes creates by Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Engineering, and some not created by city departments
  • audio recordings of public hearings, City Council meetings and Council committee
  • audio recordings from the Northwest Folklife Festival and similar events
  • and more

Seattle Municipal Archives
600 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98124



http://www.wrvmuseum.org/images/Map--Background.jpg White River Valley Museum
The Museum has a large archive of paper documents and ephemera that detail Japanese American life in the White River Valley. It also has a digital archive that contains over 6,000 photographs.

What types of information can I find here?

  • accounting records of local farmers
  • letters written by soldiers during wartime
  • journal and poetry of local women
  • local newspapers dating to the late 1800s
  • fashion and agriculture magazines
  • newsletters including the Muckleshoot Monthly and Kiwanis Kal
  • an extensive photograph collection
  • and more

918 H St. SE
Auburn Community Campus
Auburn, WA 98002

State Archives

http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/images/state_archives.jpg Washington State Archives
The Washington State Archives houses the state's permanent government records and is located in Olympia, WA.  In addition, local government records not transferred to the State Archives are held in  repositories divided by regions. Washington also has a digital archive that contains electronic records for both state and local agencies.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • Governors' papers
  • legislative records
  • court records
  • election results
  • laws that have been passed and signed
  • local government information
  • primary sources wth information about buildings, communities, education, land use, trade
  • and much more

Links to the Archives:

1129 Washington Street SE
PO Box 40238
Olympia, WA 98504-0238


http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/276989_123323171056036_2027030658_n.jpg Labor Archives of Washington State (LAWS)
The Labor Archives preserves materials that document the lives of working people and unions in Washington, highlighting the local, national, and international dimensions of the labor movement.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • photographs of workers, industrial settings, strikes
  • correspondence, minutes, reports, news clippings, ephemera
  • posters, fliers, and pamphlets relating to labor in the modern era
  • information and documents about anti-labor reactions

Allen Library South Basement
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98416-1021


http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1581964281/Archives-Seal-64_reasonably_small.png Oregon State Archives
The Oregon State Archives contains permanent, valuable records pertaining to state government in Oregon.

What kinds of information can I find here?

  • Documents related to the provisional and territorial governments of Oregon
  • Oregon Constitution
  • Governors' records
  • Oregon administrative rules
  • Legislative committee minutes
  • Genealogy records

800 Summer Street NE 
Salem, OR 97310 

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