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The Digital Archives Website will be offline for scheduled maintenance from Wednesday, March 3rd from 11:59PM to Thursday, March 4th at 3:30AM.

Spokane City Public Works Photographic Collection

The Spokane City Public Works Photographic Collection includes 454 black and white photographs of nearly all Spokane city bridges built between 1907 and 1935.  The photos capture the bridges at various stages of construction.  Photographers were contracted through the Public Works Department and included local notables Charles Libby and T.M. Tolman.  The majority of the collection consists of 8 X 10 B/W prints, all of which were transferred from leather bound scrapbooks into archival sleeves and Hollenger storage boxes.  The Eastern Region of the Washington State Archives retains all original prints/negatives.  You can search the photographic records by clicking the Keyword Search tab, or by clicking Detailed Search.

Celebrate Archives Month

Washingtonians will celebrate their rich documentary heritage at a range of events throughout the state during Archives Month October 2007 with the theme, "Waters of Washington." This first statewide celebration of Archives Month is coordinated by a committee of representatives from archival and manuscript repositories throughout the state. The purpose of Archives Month is to celebrate the value of Washington's historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities' historical records and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical records in archives, historical societies, museums, libraries, and other repositories across the state. If you would like a tour of the local branches, please view Archives Repositories by clicking Archives Repositories.  For more information on Archives Month, click here.

Photograph Collections from the Washington State Archives

Washington State Archives Photograph Collections are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in these records are nearly 3,000 photographs from various collections, dating from 1860-2001. Images currently online include photos of Washington State governors, officials, and legislators, historic photos of state buildings and grounds, and promotional photos from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s of Washingtons scenic wonders (many by Asahel Curtis). Images will continue to be added to the online database, as they are scanned and cataloged. You can search the photographic records by clicking the Keyword Search tab, or by clicking Detailed Search.

Kitsap County Marriage Records

Kitsap County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are Marriage Certificates from 18601990. Marriage certificates from Kitsap County will be ingested over the next several weeks as they are completed. The Kitsap County Marriage Certificates were transcribed from the original Kitsap County Marriage Certificates. After completion of the imaging project these and other original Kitsap marriage records will be located at the Puget Sound Regional Branch Archives located in Bellevue, WA. Kitsap County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Walla Walla County Marriage Records

Walla Walla County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 4,000 marriage records of couples married in Walla Walla County from 1927 to 2007. Typical information collected includes: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage. Walla Walla County Death Records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Whitman County Death Records

Whitman County Death Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 800 death records from 1891 to 1907. Typical information collected includes: Name of Decedent, Date of Death, Place of Death, Cause of Death, Physician in Attendance and in some cases place of burial. Whitman County Death Records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Lincoln County Marriage Records

Lincoln County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 10,000 marriage records of couples married in Lincoln County from 1883 to 2004. These records include both Marriage Returns (1890-1916) and Marriage Certificates (1883-2004). Typical information collected includes: Name of Bride, Name of Groom,  Date of Marriage, Names of Parents, Occupations, and in some cases, place of residence. Lincoln County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Pierce County Marriage Records

Pierce County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 170,000 marriage records of couples married in Pierce County from 1900 to present. Typical information collected includes: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage. Pierce County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Adams County Birth Records

Adams County Birth Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives.  Contained in this collection are over 560 names of people who were born in Adams County from 1893-1907, 1910-1915 (a few copies of state returns), (several delayed birth returns: 1942). Returns of birth were recorded by each county auditor prior to 1907 when the functions were transferred to the state. With a few exceptions, before 1891 births were not recorded by any level of government in Washington. Birth returns contain the names of parents, name of child, date, and birthplace. The Adams County Birth Records were transcribed from the original Adams County Birth Returns which are located at the Washington State Archives, Eastern Regional Branch. For further details on the information contained within the indexes and the original records, go to the Birth Records page and select a county.  The indexes can also be examined through a simple search or detailed search.

Marriage Records from Seven Central Washington Counties

Indexes and images for pre-1930 marriage records from seven Central Washington counties are now available online through the Washington State Digital Archives. Currently, information for the following records series and date ranges may be accessed: Benton County Marriage Record (1905-1920); Chelan County Marriage Returns (1900-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1911-1920); Franklin County Marriage Certificates (1910-1920); Grant County Marriage Returns (1909-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1909-1920); Kittitas County Marriage Returns (1891-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1910-1920); Klickitat County Marriage Record (1867-1893) and Marriage Certificates (1893-1930); and Yakima County Marriage Returns (1896-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1910-1920). In all, 19,894 records have been indexed and scanned, with more to be added later. For further details on the information contained within the indexes and the original records, go to the simple search or Marriage Records in detailed search.

Ferry County Marriage Records

Ferry County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 4,000 marriage records of couples married in Ferry County from 1900 to 1999. There are two records series within the marriage records: Marriage Returns and Marriage Certificates. Typically, information collected on return forms include: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage, Name of Father, Name of Mother, Occupations and names/signatures of witnesses. Certificates include Name of Bride, Name of Groom, Date of Marriage, Place of Marriage and signatures of witnesses and officiating clergy. Ferry County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or Marriage Records in detailed search.

Garfield County Marriage Records

Garfield County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 1,500 marriage records of couples married in Garfield County from 1907 to 1939. At present, only Marriage Returns are available online; Marriage Certificates (1882-2000) will follow within the next 60 days. Typically, information collected on return forms include: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage, Name of Father, Name of Mother, Occupations and names/signatures of witnesses and officiating clergy. Garfield County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or Marriage Records in detailed search.