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Don't forget your local university or college library although they are not usually set up for genealogy. Their focus is in assisting their students, staff and faculty. However, they do have a lot to offer. Some university or college libraries have amazing collections. Go to their website and take your time studying all that they have to offer. Be sure to check their website for closures between quarters and semesters. Many of them reduce their hours for holidays and breaks.

Here are a few highlights in our state:

1500 North Warner Street CMB 1021
Tacoma, WA 98416-1020
Phone: 253-879-3670
Information Desk: 253-879-3287
Hours recording: 253-879-3257
Archives: 253-879-3646

Their main page has library floor maps, frequently asked questions, and virtual tours of the library to help get you familiar with their collections. As a visitor you will have to use the collection at the library. Go to the Visitors section of their website for more information. If you are an alumnus, you graduated from UPS, you might get privileges that allow you access to their database in house, so check that out. They do have interlibrary loan limited for visitors.

They have an Archives website that gives general information about the archives and that they request you make an appointment for research.

Alumni Office: Don’t forget that universities usually have an Alumni Office where they keep copies of the yearbooks and have alumni records that you might be able to access. Some have forwarding services. At least check out the website page to see what is possible.

526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Phone: 509-359-6200
Cheney is southwest of Spokane, Washington.
Library: JFK Library at EWU
816 F Street, 100 Lib
Cheney, WA 99004
Reference: 509-359-2263
Email: ewuref@ewu.edu

Archive and Special Collections
Located on the lower level of the JFK Library. Phone: 509-359-2475
They have in their collection books and periodicals related to the history and government of the Pacific Northwest. They have rare books.

Research Room is on the lower floor of the JFK Library. Their collection contains reference works, periodicals. Only open during regular library hours and you will need the help of the research room staff to access the materials: 509-359-2475.

The EWU has a wonderful newspaper collection on the lower level. They are mostly on microfilm so you will have to use the library catalogue to determine the newspaper you want to look at. They only use film numbers and don’t put titles of the newspapers on the film box, so it is not as easy to locate the films you want. If you visit and get stuck, ask a librarian.

Research tip: Site indexes at University websites are very helpful. Have fun exploring.

Digital Collections
Their digital collection covers oral history interviews with a group of Cheney women, Eastern Washington University History, Pacific Northwest History, Pacific Railroad Survey prints, Historic Images of Cheney, WA, Communities of the Inland Northwest.

Alumni Office
They have yearbooks on the shelf in their office. Their website has a member search and you can request a search for other alumni. Be persistent but kind.

502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
Phone 800-986-9585

You will want to go to the Foley Library page. Seek out the Special Collections section, which is open Monday through Friday 9 to 12, and 1 to 4:30 pm. It is recommended that you make arrangements to do research at the Special Collections. If you email them in advance they will pull files for you and make your research easier. The Special Collections has the Bing Crosby Collection, the Gonzaga University Archives and more. Be advised that Gonzaga was a high school and a university at the same time back in the early part of the schools existence.

Park Ave & South 121st Street
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-535-7500

Mortvedt Library
It lists the databases they have, subjects to research on. Click at the top of the page on the menu Research a Subject. Then clicked on History. You will need to be a student, faculty or alumnus to access if you cannot visit in person.

Archives and Special Collections
They house an Oral History Collection for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and you can search by name. They also have a Guide to Collections SIE which is a listing of all personal and organizational histories held by the Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection. They have the ELCA Archives for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. ELCA stands for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Pacific NW. The Nisqually Plains Collection is a special collection in Pacific NW History. In addition they have their Digital Collection, the NW Digital Archives and a University Timeline. To access their collections you will need to visit them.

Alumni Office: 253-535-7415 or call Toll free: 800-ALUM-PLU. They have an alumni page and office which features a PLU Yellow pages. They have a complete collection of PLU yearbooks.

Newspapers: New York Times – Historical 1851-2001, Tacoma News Tribune 1993-present, Seattle PI 1990-Present, Times of London 1785-1985, Pittsburgh Courier 1911-2002.

15th Avenue NE & NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-0242 (Info Desk)

Main Catalogue: Search for books using this main catalog. The reference area located on the main floor has books that might be of help. The books stacks have books on the United States and the upper floor has periodicals like the William & Mary Quarterly. If you get stuck ask. They are very helpful. It is recommended that you search the catalog for you might be surprised at the genealogical titles available at the UW. They are also listed on WorldCat.

Microform and Newspaper Collections: This link gives the hours that the library is opened.

The UW has a wonderful newspaper collection located on the ground floor of the Suzzallo Library. Click on the current newspaper subscriptions and then you can choose by location, title or language. The Washington State collection includes Seattle with neighborhood papers like West Seattle or Beacon Hill and other areas through the state. They also have a card catalogue that gives more information on newspaper editions. The website then has links to Domestic and Foreign newspapers. The Seattle Public Library has the Seattle Times and PI only. They do have the New York Times. The collection at the UW is next to the Washington State Library in size and scope. Don’t forget to write down the Microfilm numbers which helps you to find the films in the stacks. If you get stuck just call them and the assistant at the desk will look up the newspaper for you and verify if they have it in their collection. They also have indexes to newspapers in book form that are housed on the book stacks in the Microfilm area.

Map Collection & Cartographic Information Service
Suzzallo Library, Basement 206-543-9392 They have a link using the collection, Map resources, Atlases, Early Washington Maps a Digital Collection. They have a link for the scope of the man collection. Take time to study this website it is amazing and plan a visit.

Special Collections
Allen Library South, Basement 206-543-1929
They have General Information at their website, reference services, their collections.

Book Collections: Authors collection, Historic Children’s literature, Hilen 19th Century Americana Collection. They have city directories but not as large as the Seattle Public Library collection.

Digital Collections: Some highlights Alaska, Western Canada & US Collection, Centralia Massacre and the Industrial Workers of the World Collection, Civil War Letters and much more.Manuscript collections: Personal papers and organizational records

Pacific Northwest Collection includes the regional index and pamphlets database and so much more.

University Archives which covers the history of the university which would include UW yearbooks, university records, faculty papers, and university publications.

Alumni Association
UW Alumni Association
1415 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
206-543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM
Email: uwalumni@u.washington.edu
As an alumnus you can have access to the some of the databases that the UW features like JSTOR. JSTOR is an online journal that you have to pay for if you find articles through Google. The UW and other libraries have this same database and you can get the information for the cost of the copies if you are an alumnus. As an alumnus you can check books out from the main collection. Most genealogical collections are non-circulating. This is a wonderful feature of the UW.

Other Libraries at the UW
There are other libraries on the UW campus that you can check out like the Gallagher Law Library, The Slavic & Easter European Section, and the Near East Section. These are only a few.

Pullman, WA 99164 (They have unique P.O. Boxes for each office, call first)

Digital Collection: This includes Photographs, WSU History, Early Washington maps, oral histories, documents NW History Documents, and individual texts.

University Archives 509-335-2739
To assist you they have a collection guide which is quite extensive, a University Publications list.

Alumni Association 800-258-6978 or 509-335-2586

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Click on the Libraries and Archives link on the left and you will find:

Western Libraries
University Archives & Records Center

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies: They have a link that explains the use of the materials, and their location and hours.

Special Collections page
They have a finding aid, oral history program, campus history, master thesis archive, a rare book collection and more. Click at the top on The Collections for more information about their holdings: Collection catalog, Photograph Catalog and the Map Catalog.

Huxley Map Library 360-650-3272
They have links for aerial photography, atlas, CD Rom collection, gazetteers, genealogy, maps, microfiche/microfilm, and miscellaneous.

Alumni: They have an alumni search page but you do have register to use it. I found their website hard to navigate. Try the main phone an ask for the Alumni Office if you have questions.