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New Deal-era Art Digitization at the Ellensburg Public Library

February 11th, 2016 Evan Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

Washington Rural Heritage staff hit the road recently to help the Ellensburg Public Library digitize unique works by New Deal-era artist Ernest R. Norling.

Known most widely for his important 1939 book on drawing, “Perspective Made Easy,” Norling also made a significant contribution to documenting Washington’s industry and history in the wake of the Great Depression. His murals depicting early pioneers, agricultural workers, Northwest logging crews, or CCC men at work, grace a great many public and private schools, buildings, and businesses throughout Washington. [Read an oral history interview with Norling by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art here].

2016-01_ellensburgPL1_blogTo digitize oversize works like Norling’s, Washington State Library staff set up a mobile studio of sorts in the Ellensburg Public Library’s archives and local history collections space (the Library stores and preserves works owned by the City of Ellensburg and the Ellensburg Art Commission). We used a field camera along with a large format lens and digital “scan back,” tethered to a laptop, as shown in the photo at left. The result is a high-resolution, reproduction-quality image of Norling’s painting. It will be digitally preserved by the Washington State Library, and a lower-resolution “access” copy will be made viewable to the general public. The digital photography equipment used for this project has also been used extensively to digitize three-dimensional art work, as well as objects and artifacts held by cultural organizations throughout the state.

Norling’s work, along with a large portion of the City of Ellensburg’s art collection, will appear online this spring, as part of the larger Ellensburg Heritage Collection. Staff at the Ellensburg Public Library are performing the bulk of art digitization and description on their own, with a 2015-2016 Washington Rural Heritage grant.

Washington Rural Heritage is a statewide digitization program, serving Washington’s public and tribal libraries as well as their institutional partners (museums, historical societies, etc.). Library Services and Technology Act funding for the program comes from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. A new Washington Rural Heritage competitive grant opportunity will be available for libraries by early March. Those with questions or project proposal ideas are encouraged to contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, at 360-704-5228, or evan.robb@sos.wa.gov.

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The Washington State Library is a depository for state publications

February 9th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections No Comments »

Are you aware that the Washington State Library is not only a Federal Depository Library but also a Washington State Depository?  This means that we collect, preserve and provide access to all publications created by Washington State Agencies.

In 1963 the State Legislature created Washington State Depository Program and RCW Chapter 40.06 to ensure that our citizens have economical, convenient and permanent access to state publications. We have publications dating back to 1853, when Washington became a territory, which can be found in our online catalog, and are continually collecting new items as they are published.  We also distribute copies of state publications to libraries around the state, and capture and preserve electronic publications, so that citizens can more easily access them.

As you can imagine this is an enormous job but also one that is highly gratifying as we get to see all sorts of fascinating and often beautiful documents as they are published.  We decided to share some of our finds with you as they make their appearance.  So for the inaugural post we give you the Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan. 
















Prepared by

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

April 2015

In 2013, Washington State paid $100 million to acquire 50,241 acres in the Teanaway, First Creek and Cabin Creek river basins of Kittitas County from American Forest Holdings LLC. The purchase was the largest single land transaction by Washington State government in 45 years, resulting from more than a decade of collaboration by many people and organizations.

The Governor and Legislature authorized the acquisition to protect a key segment of the Yakima River Basin watershed under the provisions of the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (known as the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, or YBIP). Lawmakers directed the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to manage the property in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as the first state-run community forest under the terms of a 2011 law that emphasizes community participation in forest management.

This plan was developed to meet the requirements of the law and to reflect the priorities of the Washingtonians who cherish the Teanaway and view it as a special place.

Want to see the document?  Click on the links below.

Washington State Library Electronic State Publications – Teanaway Management Plan

Washington State Library Electronic State Publications – Teanaway Management Plan Appendices

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Black History Month 2016

February 3rd, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services No Comments »

Photo of publication cover - African Americans and WWII

African Americans and WW II. 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Issue 1941-1945 – 1991-1995

 Federal Publications

United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration. United States. Congress. House. Office of History and Preservation. (2008). Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.

The most comprehensive history available on the 121 African Americans who have served in Congress.Citation: United States., & United States. (2008). Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.

Available at WSL! (Call ahead) Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 14904;
Online http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS106070

African American history. Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program, compiler. (1990). Available at WSL! Sudoc LC 1.54/3:AF 8/; online http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?category=African%20American%20History

African American odyssey Library of Congress. (1998). Available at WSL! Sudoc LC 1.2:OD 9

African Americans and WW II. (1994). Washington, D.C: Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. Available at WSL! Sudoc D 1.2:Af 8

Afro-American life, history and culture. United States Information Agency. Library Programs Division. Collections Development Branch. (1985). Available at WSL!
Sudoc IA 1.27:Af 8

The Air Force integrates, 1945-1964. Gropman, Alan L., 1938-. (1978). Available at WSL! Sudoc D 301.2:IN 8/2/945-64/985

The Black experience in Natchez, 1720-1880: Natchez, National Historical Park, Mississippi. Davis, Ronald L. F. (1993).  Available at WSL! Sudoc I 29.88/5:B 56

Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial: Report (to accompany S.J. Res. 216). United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (1988). Available at WSL! Sudoc MICRO Y 1.1/5:100-288

Black soldier, white army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea. Bowers, William T., 1946-. (1996). . Available at WSL! Sudoc D 114.2:B 56

The employment of Negro troops. Lee, Ulysses. (1966). Available at WSL!  Sudoc D114.17:N 31; online http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/11-4/index.htm

 The invisible cryptologists: African Americans, WWII to 1956. Williams, Jeannette. (2001). Available at WSL! Call No. MICRO D 1.2:C 88/3; online http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS23465

Making it in 19th-century urban America: Another Philadelphia story. Brown, Bertram S. (1976) Available At WSL! Sudoc HE 20.8122/2:M 28

Pride, Progress, and Prospects. A History of the Marine Corps Efforts to Increase the Presence of African-American Officers (1970-1995). Davis, A. G. (1998).  Available at WSL! Sudoc D 214.13:AF 8

Promised land on the Solomon: Black settlement at Nicodemus, United States. National Park Service. Rocky Mountain Regional Office. (1986). Kansas. Available at WSL! Sudoc     I 29.2:So 4

Researching Black history at the National Archives: The Dr. Alexander T. Augusta Workshop. United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Volunteer and Tour Office. (1994). Available at WSL! (Request) Sudoc AE 1.102:H 62/4

The right to fight: African-American Marines in World War II. Nalty, Bernard C. (1995).  Available at WSL! Sudoc bD 214.14/4:AF 8

Separate and unequal: Race relations in the AAF during World War II. Osur, Alan M., 1941-. (2000) Available at WSL! Sudoc D 301.82/7:R 11

We shall overcome: historic places of the civil rights movement. (1998). Online but not at WSL: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/text.htm#intro

State Publications


African Americans in the Washington State Legislature. (n.d.). http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/africanamericans.aspx

Other Resources

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announces the 2016 National Black History Theme Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. https://asalh100.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/2016-executive-summary-hallowed-grounds.pdf.

Founders of Black History Month | Association for the Study of African American Life & History. (n.d.). http://asalh100.org/.


Vol 2 No 3

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Project Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Rand’s new position – Federal Collection Executive Manager

January 28th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

DSCN2084You have no doubt heard that Rand Simmons has moved to a new position in the State Library.  His new role is “Federal Collection Executive Manager” a job title certainly, but not really a job description.  So this intrepid reporter decided to dig a little deeper and learn just what exciting things are unfolding with this new State Library initiative.   Wow, Rand has his work cut out.

A little background.  The Washington State Library (WSL) is the Federal Regional Depository Library for Washington and Alaska.  This means we are obliged to collect and maintain ALL the federal documents distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program and allow all the libraries and citizens within our region to access them.

What is a federal document you ask? A working definition might be “a publication of a federal agency, congress, or the courts.”  Guess what, after years of collecting, even though many of the federal documents are housed off site, we are running out of space at the State Library.

In addition to WSL’s collection there are 25 Selective Depositories scattered around these two states, which house smaller collections chosen specifically for their users.  Some of the libraries also house pieces of the regional collection on behalf of the State Library.  Rand is working with the selective depositories, using a model developed at the Oregon State Library, to have them take increased responsibility for parts of the regional collection. The regional collection would be distributed among at least five selective depository libraries and the State Library. “This is a model we have wanted to put into place for at least five years,” Crystal Lentz, Regional Federal Depository Library Coordinator, observed.

To give an example of how the Shared Regional Collection would work, WSU has offered to be responsible for documents about Agriculture.  The WSL, as the regional depository, must comply with certain regulations regarding the regional collection and when libraries like WSU partner with us, they will agree to comply with the same regulations.  The regulations will mean less flexibility for the libraries to discard items from within their federal collection.  Regional collection items generally cannot be discarded, except under very specific circumstances, while items received as part of a selective depository collection can be discarded after 5 years.   As you can imagine this will be a slow process with many moving parts and many individuals involved but it is really a key for all of these libraries, including WSL, to have a well-managed, comprehensive federal documents collection for the people of Washington and Alaska. Rand and Crystal are working together with these libraries to develop housing agreements (contracts) that will identify the expectations and obligations to which all parties will comply.

Another piece of Rand’s job is to work towards providing online public access to all federal documents through digitization.  This is a complex project. While some of the State Library’s federal collection is cataloged many older documents are not.  Crystal noted that “many depository libraries are in the same situation of not knowing how many federal publications they have. Even the Government Publishing Office cannot tell us what is included in a comprehensive collection. We have well over a million items. How much more is the mystery.”

Rand describes the project as having two major steps: 1) inventory and catalog pieces of the collection that have been selected for digitization and 2) digitize publications that cannot be accessed online.  Two simple steps that equal a rather daunting project.

First we have to determine exactly what we have/don’t have. Because the Washington State Library was created as a federal territorial library we have been collecting federal publications for a long time. Documents are received in print (paper), on microfiche or other mediums such as DVD, and electronically.

Inventory, cataloging and digitization are parts of making the regional collection visible and available to our “virtual” customers – those who want and need these publications but who are not able to be walk-in customers or able to borrow items through interlibrary loan. The project is labor intensive and will require resources not currently available including a larger staff.  Rand stated, “We don’t want to catalog and digitize publications that other libraries have done.” Unfortunately there is no single place to search to learn which documents have already been digitized by other institutions.

You get the picture.  Before we can even begin the digitization of the documents there is a lot of leg work to be done. Despite hurdles to be jumped Secretary Wyman has stressed the importance of making our federal publications more available to a wider audience than they are now.  The Secretary of State’s office has the goal to become a national leader in the digitization of the Federal Documents collection.  The key is digitizing these publication so they are available to people through the Internet.  While the process will take time it has now become a priority for our leadership and we look forward to seeing the project unfold.

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The Arbuckle Scandal in the Seattle Star

January 20th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

From the desk of Marlys Rudeen – Former Deputy State Librarian

The scandal surrounding Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and the death of Virginia Rappe played into many of the anxieties of the general public in the early 1920’s.  Changing morals, the role of alcohol in American life, the growth of the movie industry and its effect on modern youth were all hot buttons that were pushed in the various inquiries and trials engendered by Miss Rappe’s death.  A movie actor beloved by all became one of the most excoriated men in America.  While many were genuinely scandalized by the glimpses of high life in the movie colony, they were also titillated by reading the sordid details, and enjoyed doing so in a proper morally indignant manner.  The Seattle Star joined in the circus with great enthusiasm. fatty 2

You can follow the story yourself at the Chronicling America web site at the Library of Congress.  Use the drop-down to choose 1921 or 1922 and then choose the issue using the calendar display.  I’ve tried to find citations to illustrate the growth of the story and have identified the issue dates and page numbers below.

Sept. 10, 1921

  1. p.14 “Movie Actress Dies Suddenly in Hotel!” The basic story is reported, and despite the exclamation point in the title, the tone is very civil, almost dry.  Arbuckle’s remarks are quoted straightforwardly, “At no time was I alone with Miss Rappe.  There were half a dozen people in the room all the time.”

Sept. 12, 1921

p. 1 By the 12th, the story has moved to the front page, as Arbuckle is charged with murder. A witness is named and we begin to see the common trappings of journalistic scandal as the witness, Mrs. Bambina Maude Delmont, collapses in court after swearing to the complaint.

Sept. 13, 1921

p.1 By the 13th, the case rates the main headline complete with a photo montage of Miss Rappe and Arbuckle captioned “Died after Wild Party”. The story reports the results of the inquest where the prosecutor refused to indict Arbuckle due to inconsistencies in witness testimony.

p. 14 Moral disapproval of movie people in general begins to come into the story as the article continues on the back page, with the news that “new evidence will be coming from Los Angeles where the public morals commission is said to be investigating alleged orgies in the motion picture community.”

Sept. 14, 1921

p.1 The 14th is a day of mixed messages. One the one hand the paper reports that Arbuckle is likely to be tried on the lesser charge of manslaughter though no firm decision has been reached.  On the other hand the paper can express its shock and dismay at the attention the case is getting and indulge in the rampant sentimentality of the time, “Women Pray, Drop Flowers by Coffin of Girl who dies in Orgy.”  It’s the traditional joining of titillation with finger wagging, and continues on p. 16 where it is reported, “The fact that two doctors were scheduled to give testimony of a nature which may be unprintable had not deterred probably a score of women and girls from taking seats among the spectators.”

Sept. 15, 1921

p. 16 “Women will aid prosecution” – In a puzzling move, the “San Francisco women’s vigilance committee has appointed a committee of 13 prominent club women to assist the district attorney in prosecuting Arbuckle.” The district attorney’s response is not reported.

Sept. 16, 1921

p.1 By the 16th the headline screams “Fatty Facing Murder Trial” and traces the steps in the legal process. Another article consists of an interview with his stepmother who remembers him as a lazy, irresponsible child who has never wanted any further contact with his family after leaving home. In yet another article, the comedian’s wife is described as speeding to his side to support him in proving his innocence.

p. 18 Articles begin to appear on the efforts to “clean up” Hollywood by refusing to employee actors who behave badly.

p.6 Also on the 16th, a popular feature writef, Fred Boalt weighs in with an opinion piece, mourning the fact that whatever happens to Arbuckle, he will never laugh at one of his pictures again – “It is much better that we – and the theatres – should consider Fatty Arbuckle actually and permanently dead.”

Sept. 17, 1921

p. 1 “Fatty’s Film Burned by Mob!” The Sept. 17th headline calls forth visions of mobs rampaging through Times Square perhaps. Actually a mob of “hundreds of persons” did attack a movie theatre and burn one of Arbuckle’s films – in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  No other mobs are reported.  There is also a photo montage of the “Women Witnesses in Arbuckle Case”, all looking mysterious and fashionable. fatty

The coverage continues on a daily basis with everyone putting forth a theory on Arbuckle’s actions:

Sept. 17, 1921

p. 14 “Liquor is to blame for it all.” Says comedian Charles Murphy.

Sept. 19, 1921

p. 1 “Arbuckle was poisoned by Freudian theory.” Theorizes Winona Wilcox (author of “Confessions of a War Bride”.)

Sept. 20, 1921

p. 5 “He’s just an overgrown boy,” from Minta Durfee, Arbuckle’s estranged wife who has rushed to his side in support.

The Arbuckle stories are bumped out of headlines for several days by the equally famous (in Seattle) Mahoney murder trial.  But they carry on reporting on the preliminary hearing.

Sept. 23, 1921

p.1 The committee of club women bent on assisting the district attorney have front-row seats reserved for them.

Sept. 27, 1921

p.1 Headlines are back on the 27th “Showgirl Hurls Charges at Arbuckle” as “pretty show girl,” Zey Pyvron accuses Fatty of torturing Miss Rappe with a piece of ice, saying “That will make her come to.”

Nov. 28, 1921

Arbuckle’s actual murder trial begins in Nov. 1921, and Arbuckle’s testimony is reported extensively.

Dec. 2, 1921

p. 1 “Arbuckle soon to hear fate!” The crowds continue to attend and the final arguments and one of the defense witnesses is poisoned by a middle-aged man thought to be a crank.

Dec. 5, 1921

p.1 The trial ends with a hung jury and charges of attempted jury intimidation will be investigated.

Roscoe Arbuckle will go through two more trials as a result of Miss Rappe’s death.  The second trial runs from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3, 1922 and again ends in a hung jury.  Coverage is fairly perfunctory.

Jan. 27, 1922

p.7 The defense has rested their case without calling Arbuckle to the stand, evidently feeling they had a strong case.

Feb. 3, 1922

p.1 But again the trial ends with a hung jury, with 10 jurors arguing for conviction.

The third trial runs from Mar. 13 through April 12, 1922 and it’s difficult to find much coverage at all.  There are mostly small articles on p. 7 or 8.

Mar. 22, 1922

p. 8 A brief article notes that Arbuckle’s attorney have adopted a much more aggressive stance in the courtroom.

Apr. 13, 1922

p. 7 The third trial ends in a definitive acquittal – “Edward Brown, foreman of the jury, issued a statement asserting that a great injustice had been done Arbuckle, and wishing him success.” Unfortunately the vindication comes much too late to salvage his film career.

Given that Seattle is an urban environment, I was curious to see if a rural community would demonstrate the same level of interest in the case.  I searched mightily thru the Pullman Herald for any comparable coverage – nothing.  Other than movie ads printed prior to the scandal, the only mention of Arbuckle was the reprinting of a small editorial from the Moscow Star-Mirror on Dec. 29, 1922 after Arbuckle’s acquittal in his third trial.  It basically took the stance that he might have been acquitted, but no one wanted him around anymore, and that his screen persona was too far removed from his personal life to be attractive to audiences. (Pullman herald., December 29, 1922, Page 6)

The Seattle Star was digitized through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the National Digital Newspaper Program.  The Star and many other American newspapers can be found online at Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.

Additional newspapers for Washington can be found at Historic Newspapers at the Washington State Library’s web site.  The State Library is a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


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Martin Luther King Day 2016

January 15th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services No Comments »

Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. as found on the Corporation for National and Community Service web site http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkda

A great place to start learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is at the Corporation for National & Community Service website. This organization oversees AmeriCorp and SeniorCorp.

You will find many resources at their MLK Day site including videos, lesson plans and photos.

Did you know that in addition to the focus on Dr. King there is also a focus on a day of service? For resources for kids and teens see kids.gov, a safe place for kids to learn and play.

Also visit:
King Institute Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Martin Luther King Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Includes a chronology, links to documents, quotes and most popular entries (some with audio), featured documents, speeches and sermons.

Federal Publications

Investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

United States. (2000). United States Department of Justice investigation of recent allegations regarding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, D.C.?: The Department. Available at WSL! J 1.2:K 58/2. Online

United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Assassinations. (1978).Compilation of the statements of James Earl Ray: Staff report of the Select Committee on Assassinations, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, second session. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off. Available at WSL! (Call ahead) Y 4.As 7:R 21


Blythe, Robert W. (1994). Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site: Historic resource study. Atlanta, Ga.?: Cultural Resources Planning Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior. Available at WSL! I 29.58/3:M 36

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Observed Monday, January 18, 2016
No legislative mandate

In January 2004, the Washington State House of Representatives passed House Resolution 4676 to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the importance of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The resolution calls on the people of the state of Washington to study, reflect on, and celebrate Dr. King’s life and ideals in order to fulfill his dream of civil and human rights for all people and urges “all the citizens of our state to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day of service—a day on, not a day off.” There is no state law or specific regulation that requires school districts to observe this day in any particular way. Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Washington State Civic Observances.


Vol 2 No 2

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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New books for Washington School Libraries

January 8th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

Physics of SuperheroesDid you know the average publication year of STEM books in many Washington school libraries is 1997?  While it’s true that “Trees haven’t changed much in the last 20 years.” formatting and the visual appeal of books have.  If we want to attract children to our collections it’s important that the material we provide is current and appealing.

With this thought in mind, last summer Youth Services Coordinator Carolyn Petersen solicited ideas from her Teacher Librarians advisory group. Out of this meeting of the minds came “The Future STEMS from Reading” grant cycle.  The Follett Book Publisher won the contract to supply three different collections of award winning books, Elementary, Middle and High School levels.Ruby Goldberg's bright idea

When the grant opened in the fall of 2015, the applications came pouring in.  Boy did this show how great the need truly was!  249 applications later we read about collections that were over 20 years old, books that were kept even though they were falling apart because there were no funds to replace them, and kids doing science projects with only the web as a resource because the school library had one or no up to date books on a topic.

In the end 230 collections are being sent out in January: 120 to elementary school libraries, 59 to middle school libraries and 51 to high school libraries. We can’t wait to see the pictures of the kids as they open the boxes and check out their new books.

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Malheur Wildlife Refuge

January 8th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services No Comments »


Steens Mountain, Oregon. Stueby’s Outdoor Journal: http://stuebysoutdoorjournal.blogspot.com/

The conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and protesters and ranchers has received widespread attention from the media. The site of the protest is the Malheur Nation Wildlife Reserve located in rural Oregon near the small town of Burns.

What do you know about this beautiful but remote area of Oregon? Want to know more? That’s where a library comes in handy. The Washington State Library is a great place to begin.

Because we are a Regional Library for the Federal Depository Library program we have a comprehensive collection of publications issued by government agencies and distributed by the Government Publishing Office. We also have the responsibility to collect and maintain publications of Washington state agencies. With the exception of older publications ours are listed in our catalog and many lead to digital copies online.

Many maps and other federal publication are published electronically. The State Library catalog points to the online version as well as a print version if one exists.

Federal Publications

Photograph of Malheur Wildlife Reserve Entrance

Entrance to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Burnside, C. D., & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur’s legacy: Celebrating a century of conservation, 1908-2008 : Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Southeast Oregon. Princeton, Or.: U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Available at WSL! WSL Federal Documents I 49.2:M 29/3

Many Federal Documents are available online:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (1995). Birds, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.
Available at WSL! Call No. I 49.44/2:M 29/2/995-2. This publication can also be found online where it can be downloaded as a .pdf file.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Blitzen Valley auto tourOnline and in print at WSL: I 49.44/2:M 29/11

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Agency : U.S.). (2012). Refuge waters in peril. Available online and in print at WSL: Sudoc No. I 49.44/2:W 31

Fish and Wildlife Service. (2008). Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Available online and in print at WSL: Map Sudoc No. I 49.44/2:M 29/8

Northwest Collection

Word Cloud describing key words for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Word Cloud describing key words for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

From the State Library’s Northwest Collection, two commercially published titles:

Langston, N. (2003). Where land & water meet: A Western landscape transformed. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Available at WSL!: NW 333.918 LANGSTO 2003.

Littlefield, C. D. (1990). Birds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon. Corvallis, Or: Oregon State University Press. Available at WSL!: NW 598.2979 LITTLEF 1990.

Search the State Library’s online catalog and you will find online resources on hunting, wildlife, hiking, biking, and fishing. Set search to subject and key in: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Need help locating information? Try our Ask a Librarian service. You can chat live with an information specialist.



Vol 2 No 1

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand, rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.

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Most Popular Federal Publications

January 4th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For the Public, Public Services No Comments »

What are you Reading in 2016?

Consider adding federal publications to your reading pallet. According to GPO Book Talk here are the  most popular topics of people seeking to purchase GPO publications.

Popular Popular Federal Publication Word Cloud 20151223

May we help you find a state or federal publication?

Contact Us by phone, email, chat or visit us. Details at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx 
Washington State Library/Washington Secretary of State

Washington State Library — Your Source for State and Federal Publications


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A Century of Stewardship — the Nesset Family Farm Collection

December 31st, 2015 Evan Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

aliceNessetThe Washington Rural Heritage Program is pleased to announce a new digital collection from the Deming Library (Whatcom County Library System). The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in 1902, and for decades worked tirelessly to coax a living from the land, raise five children, and run a small dairy. In the meantime, they documented the many pleasures of settler life in the South Fork, including hiking and skiing on Mount Baker, and fishing on the Nooksack River.

The collection, along with an interactive timeline, can be viewed at: http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/mtbaker

The Nesset homestead is no longer a working farm, but the land and many of its historical buildings have been preserved by successive generations of Nessets as well as the Nesset Farm Trust. Today, the farm is considered one of the best remaining examples of an intact agricultural homestead in Western Washington. Many of the original buildings, including the farmhouse and barn, are being renovated as of this writing (2015) and will be open to the public when Whatcom County’s newly established South Fork Park is completed.

Tom_Nesset_in_cedar_dugout_canoe_South_Fork_Nooksack_River_circa_1920The Nesset Family Farm Collection is just one part of the Deming Library’s Mount Baker Foothills Collection—a locally-managed digital initiative which promises to bring together a wealth of unique historical materials and make them freely available online.

Digitization in 2014-2015 was accomplished with a grant award from the Washington State Library, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Washington public and tribal libraries will be eligible for our next round of digitization grants to be announced in early 2016. Questions about the grant opportunity should be directed to Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, evan.robb@sos.wa.gov, (360) 704-5228.

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