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Don’t be a Grinch! Vote in Archives treasures poll!

For many, the past week already has been busy and memorable, thanks to holiday-related shopping and family get-togethers, and, of course, the Seahawks pummeling the 49ers on national TV to clinch a playoff spot. And, depending on whether you cheer for the UW or WSU, you either were bummed or delighted that the Huskies lost a nail-biter to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

If all of the recent pigskin and yuletide action hasn’t worn you out, here is something else to keep you busy, at least for a moment. It’s our monthly Archives treasures online poll in which we feature three rare, interesting or cool items found in the State Archives.

The December contenders are:
The first Territorial Supreme Court case Supreme_Court_Case1

Telegrams sent by the U.S. War Department to Gov. Langlie soon after the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941 Pearl Harbor telegram to Gov. Langlie
Washington railroad maps from the 1880s to 1980s  1910RRC

Take a moment to review the three candidates and then vote for your favorite. The online poll closes Jan. 4, so make sure to vote!

What is your favorite December Archives treasure?

  • Pearl Harbor attack telegrams to Gov. Langlie (52%)
  • Washington railroad maps, 1880s to 1980s (30%)
  • First Territorial Supreme Court case (18%)

Total Voters: 67

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December Archives treasure #1: First Territorial Supreme Court case ?>

December Archives treasure #1: First Territorial Supreme Court case

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Going back, back, back to our territorial days, Washington’s Supreme Court has heard hundreds of cases. So what was the first case ever heard by the Washington territorial high court?

It was George Palmer v. United States, filed Dec. 14, 1854.

The case involved the conviction of Palmer, who was charged with “selling and giving spirituous liquor to an Indian.”  He was sentenced to pay a fine of $500 to the feds and spend three months in the County Jail. Due to a number of errors committed by the District Court, the judgment was reversed and  Palmer was released.

This case is the first Archives treasure for December. Palmer is one of 634 case files for the Territorial Supreme Court (1854-1889) that our State Archives preserves.

We’re talking 32 cubic feet for all cases appearing before the Territorial Supreme Court, including briefs, depositions, cost and fee documents, and other filings.  All told, the State Archives has more than 4,100 cubic feet of records that document the opinions and decisions of every case decided by the territory and later the state’s highest court.

Go here to learn more about the Washington Supreme Court.