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When the Akimotos Went to War

May 27th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and before time slips away here is a post about a Japanese-American family’s experience during World War II. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and author Matthew Elms retell the saga of three brothers who nobly fought alongside one another in World War II. (Thanks to the Government Publishing Office for the text of this post: Government Book Talk, Family, Patriotism & Sacrifice, Trudy Hawkins, May 4, 2016.)

When the Akimotos Went to War: An Untold Story of Family, Patriotism and Sacrifice During World War II







Hardworking and California-bred, brothers Victor, Johnny, and Ted Akimoto grew up with the sparkle of the American dream in their eyes. Then the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor happened. It got under their skin and into their heads. One by one, they joined the fight.

Victor, the eldest brother and first to enlist, reported to duty in frosty Fort Warren, Wyoming. He eschewed anti-Japanese hysteria and sent cheering letters to his devoted family. Despite stacked odds, Victor was eventually promoted to infantryman. Younger brothers Johnny and Ted soon joined him in the 100th Infantry Battalion, a mostly first generation Japanese-American, or Nisei, unit.

The Akimoto clan battled two enemies: the Axis Powers and racial tension. Suspicion of Japanese-Americans grew. When the government froze the family bank accounts, they lived off remittances from their soldier-sons. Then they were forcibly confined to internment camps around the country. The family was split up but not beaten. They remained resolute in the hope that if men like their Victor, Johnny, and Ted “could serve bravely in the armed forces, then perhaps America would finally move beyond seeing people of Asian descent as a different people, a different race, and just see them as patriotic Americans.”

On the fields of Europe and in military camps, three brothers gave themselves to “the greatest cause a man can give his life for,” as Victor wrote in a letter to his family. While their family sat in internment camps, the brothers ducked the whoosh of artillery. Pinned in by Germans on all sides, they steered their G.I. brethren to safety. In the face of crushing loss, as Ted wrote, “no matter what the cost, we have to make this world a better place.”

The Akimotos lived out the belief that there is no more important role than citizen, no more important act than service.

Young adult non-fiction literature
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Supercharged Storytimes: Let’s put this show on the road!

May 24th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

Saroj Ghoting, Diane Hutchins, Kendra Jones, and Greta Bergquist

Saroj Ghoting, Diane Hutchins, Kendra Jones, and Greta Bergquist

Washington State Library’s Diane Hutchins has has returned from the highly successful Supercharged Storytimes tour of Washington State.  Diane was joined by nationally renowned, early literacy consultant Saroj Ghoting.  Ghoting is co-author of the new book, Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide.  Also along on the tour was Kendra Jones, one of the Joint Chiefs of the Storytime Underground.   At each site they were joined by guest presenters who had participated in Project VIEWS2.  Workshops were held at 8 libraries (4 west of the mountains and 4 east of the mountains) resulting in the supercharging of 131 library staff.

The workshops were incredibly well received and generated renewed enthusiasm among seasoned IMG_1316storytelling practitioners as well as excitement among the newbies.  Skeptics who were prepared to be underwhelmed left as enthusiastic converts.  But, in addition, Diane came back with a wonderful story about the power of libraries for making connections.

In Richland, as shewas getting ready to check out of the hotel and go to the Richland Public Library for the first workshop held in Eastern Washington, Diane got into a conversation with the hotel desk clerk.  When learning that Diane was a librarian, the clerk talked about her great-grandmother, Doris Roberts, who had been very involved in the local library.  A few moments later, as Diane was looking for the room where the workshop was to be held at the Richland Public Library, she spotted the sign, “Doris Roberts Gallery.”  Wouldn’t you know – that’s where the Supercharged Storytimes workshop going to be held.  Small world, or library connection?  You tell me.

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Washington State Library Digital Collections: Historical Maps

May 16th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections No Comments »

From the desk of Jeff Martin:

Maps add a visual element to history. The State Archives and the State Library hold extensive map collections dealing with the Washington State and the surrounding region. Maps for these digital collections are drawn from state and territorial government records, historic books, federal documents and the Northwest collection. Here are two examples from this growing collection.


Author: Roberts, Henry, Lieut.

Title: Chart of the N.W. coast of America and the N.E. coast of Asia, explored in the years 1778 and 1779 [electronic resource] / prepared by Lieut[enan]t Hen[r]y Roberts, under the immediate inspection of Capt. Cook ; engraved by W. Palmer.

Imprint: London : Wm. Faden, geographer to the King, Charing Cross, 1784.

Note: Electronic data.

  “July 24, 1784.”

Relief shown pictorially. Depths shown by soundings.

“The unshaded parts of the Coast were taken from a Manuscript Chart which a Russian furnished us with …”

Includes notes.

Vertically fold-lined at center.

This link will take you to the online map.


Corporate Author: Illman & Pilbrow.

Title: Oregon Territory [electronic resource]

Imprint: [New York] : Illman & Pilbrow, [1833]

Description: 1 map : hand col. ; 25 x 31 cm.

Notes: Electronic data.

Shows locations of Native American tribal groups.

Relief shown by hachures.

Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington.

Probably drawn by David H. Burr.

“Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1833 by Illman & Pilbrow in the Clerk’s office of the District Court for the Southern District of New-York.”

Longitude coordinates given inaccurately.

“1837” and “48” handwritten at lower right corner in margin.

Would you like to see the map in all it’s glory?  Click here to go to the map of the Oregon Territory.


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Newly Received Federal Publications — January – March 2016

May 5th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, Public Services No Comments »

fdlp-emblem-colorA selected list of resources received at the Washington State Library through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The State Library is the Regional Depository Library for the states of Washington and Alaska and has a comprehensive collection of FDLP publications.

Did you know? Each year thousands of federal electronic publications are added to the Washington State Library’s comprehensive federal publications collection? During the first 3 months of 2016 2,136 electronic publications were listed in our online catalog and are available to you anytime you want them and anywhere you happen to be. Need to know more? Call our Ask a Librarian line, 1-360-704-5221 or set your browser to http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx. We are here to help.


 Allan, Chris, author. (2015). Gold, steel & ice: A history of mining machines in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Special history study. Available at WSL! Call No. I 29.88/5:G 56/2

Around tPhoto of Cover: Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrumhe World in 80 Documents, A Journey Through the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 2015. (2015). Available at WSL! GP 1.2:D 65/2

Butcher, Ginger, author. Tour of the electromagnetic spectrum / Ginger Butcher [and three others] Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2015. Available at WSL! CDROM NAS 1.86:SP 3/DVD/2015 (call ahead); NAS 1.83:NP-2015-06-1938-HQ.

You may also download this book at http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/TourOfEMS_Booklet_Web.pdf.

Army History: The professional Bulletin of Army History

Center of Military History. (1989). Army history: The professional bulletin of Army history. Washington, D.C: U.S. Army Center of Military History. Available at WSL! D 114.20:98; online http://www.history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH98(W).pdf.

Photo of cover of publication Covered Bridges and the Birth of American EngineeringChristianson, J., Marston, C. H., Barker, J., Bennett, L., Conwill, J. D., Duwadi, S. R., Gasparini, D. A., … Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,. (2015). Covered bridges and the birth of American engineering. Available at WSL!  I 29.2:B 76/5; Online at

List of lights, radio aids, and fog signals. Western Pacific and Indian Oceans including the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. (2015). Available at WSL! D5.317/2:112/ 2015

Nasa’s journey to Mars: Pioneering next steps in space exploration, NP-2015-08-2018-HQ, October 2015. Available at WSL!  NAS 1.83:2015-08-2018-HQ

The People’s Liberation Army and Contingency Planning in China, 2015. (2015). Available at WSL! D5.402:C 44/6

Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, Or.). (1998). Science findings. Portland, Or.

Issue 179, Predicting Douglas-Fir’s Response to a Warming Climate.  Available at WSL! A 13.66/19:179; online http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi179.pdf.

Cover photo of Emergency Planning (STEP) ProgramStudent Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program : curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, 2015. Available at WSL! HS 5.102:ST 9/2015/PACK  includes disc; Online at
http://1.usa.gov/1UzPvkk (link shortened)

Treasured landscapes : National Park Service art collections tell America’s stories. Washington, D.C. : National Park Service Museum Management Program, 2016. Available at WSL! I 29.2:AR 7/5

United States., & Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.),. (2014). Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington

One of a series of Braille transcriptions of visitor information brochures published by the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center. Available at WSL!  I 29.155:W 59

OSOS Logo - Library TIFThis document was compiled by Rand Simmons with the assistance of Staci Phillips.

For assistance finding these publications or publications on any other topic please contact our Ask a Librarian service. Real people answering your questions!

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, by Sunil Yapa.

April 21st, 2016 WSL NW & Special Collections Posted in Articles, Washington Reads No Comments »

your heart is muscle the size of a fistYour Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. By Sunil Yapa. (New York, NY: Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, 2016. 312 pp.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

This is not a nice book. This is not a pleasant book. But it may be an important one. Parts of it are quite horrific, just plain awful. The descriptions of police brutality will curdle your blood, at least they did mine. This novel tells the story of the protests that accompanied the World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings in Seattle in 1999, and the violent police efforts to clear the streets of what began, at least, as a peaceful demonstration.

Most of the reviews and blurbs I encountered prior to reading the book, tend to focus on one main character, a teen who gets caught up in the protest almost by accident. But the story is actually told from the perspective of several individuals, including two or three of the protesters, several of the cops, including the Chief of Police, who turns out to be the teenager’s father (!), and one of the diplomats, hailing from Sri Lanka, who plans to attend the meetings. We get right inside their heads, and experience what they were thinking and feeling as the events unfold.

The book is well-written–the prose is poetic, even beautiful in many instances. You have to admire the author’s skill and his dedication, and his willingness to tackle a topic of this kind, even if reading it was an effort, and not something I would willingly put myself through again. But for anyone who wants to really experience this important episode in Seattle history, and can tolerate graphic descriptions of violence to get there, it is a powerful read, and one you won’t soon forget.

ISBN: 978-0-316-38653-1

Not yet available at WSL Northwest Collections or Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.

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Leaves of Knowledge – Classics in Washington History

April 21st, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections No Comments »

2016-04-12_15-01-18Here is Jeff’s latest spy; a fascinating record of travels in Washington and Oregon at the turn of the 20th Century.

From the desk of Jeff Martin

Written by

Elma MacGibbon

Shaw & Borden Co., Printers and Publishers, Spokane, Washington

Publication date: 1904


I have had the opportunity, during the last few years, to travel very extensively throughout the West, and considerable in the East, with my husband, and finding people in general greatly interested in my oral description of the numerous places I have visited. I decided to give a history of the many cities and their surroundings as I saw them during my visits, at different seasons of the year.

Realizing that it will be of interest and information to the reading public, I now present to you Leaves of Knowledge.

Elma MacGibbon

Classics in Washington History – Leaves of Knowledge, Elma MacGibbon, 1904

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Springtime is grant time at WSL!

April 18th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding No Comments »

From the desk of Maura Walsh, WSL’s Grant Manager


Washington State Library has the task of helping distribute funds. We’re accepting applications for four different grants right now. We’d love to help your library share in this funding. Look at the programs below. Each title is a link to more information and applications. Please contact WSLgrants@sos.wa.gov if you have more questions.

Digital Literacy

Help your community find and use quality information. We support projects to help your library users get special skills. These can include projects for underserved populations, projects to introduce new technology and projects that can develop new skills. Public, academic, tribal, and school libraries can apply. Please apply by May 26, 2016.

Metadata Enhancement & Remediation Grant—Pilot Project 2016

This is a grant designed to help institutions prepare their collections for launching or placement on other platforms by meeting Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) requirements. Our goal is to help make your materials more accessible and to help use best practices for your digital collections. This is to support public, academic, and tribal libraries in remediating, re-cataloging, and/or enhancing digital collection records currently available to the public through digital library and digital repository systems. The applications are due by June 10, 2016.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

Today everyone needs technology just to apply for a job or stay competitive. We’re trying to help bridge the technology skills gap. If your college or library is an Imagine Academy Program Member, we have special funds available now. We can provide up to $3,000 for supporting materials. You can also use the funds for publicity. Or they can help with salaries. The opening for these funds is April 7, 2016.

Professional development (PD)

Would you like to send your library staff to a special conference? Would you like to bring a trainer to your library? WSL designed our PD grants to help. Every qualified library, system, or district can apply for up to 75% of what is spent. This can include transportation, lodging and registration. Apply for this grant year-round.

Refreshing School Libraries to Engage Students

Recent data showed the average copyright of many school collections is over 20 years old. WSL wants to help school libraries update nonfiction collections. WSL will provide grants of $1,000 to school libraries for buying nonfiction books. If awarded a grant, teacher librarians will be able to select the books they wish through their normal channels. They may choose to purchase processed, shelf-ready books if they want, but the grant limit is still $1,000. WSL will reimburse schools for their purchases. Applications for this grant are due by May 10, 2016.

Washington Rural Heritage

What’s interesting or unique about your area’s history? What do you want to be able to share easily today and tomorrow? This program helps public and tribal libraries create historical digital collections. You actually digitize your treasures locally with our expert help. These can be objects and documents. Then they become part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Your library can collaborate with other groups in your community.  Applications are due by May 25, 2016


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New Additions in Pacific Northwest Non-Fiction

April 13th, 2016 WSL NW & Special Collections Posted in Articles No Comments »

pnw new arrivalsIt’s a pretty long list, so we’ve placed these quick links that will jump you to the different subject matter areas:

200s: Religion

300s: Social Sciences

500s: Natural Sciences, Math

600s: Applied Sciences, Technology

700s: Arts

900s: Geography, History


A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church. By John A. McCoy. (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2015. 344 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 282.092 MCCOY 2015

No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World. By Cynthia Grant Tucker. (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.  344 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.) Includes information on Mrs. Margaret Hazard Stevens, spouse of first Washington Territorial Governor and United States Congressman, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, and her family.
NW 289.1092 TUCKER 2010

A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche. By David P. Jackson. (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2003. 767 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 294.3923 JACKSON 2003

Talking Back: Voices of Color. Edited and with an introduction by Nellie Wong. (Seattle: Red Letter Press, 2015. 239 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 305.8009 TALKING 2015

Han in the Upper Left: A Brief History of Korean Americans in the Pacific Northwest. By Korean American Historical Society. (Seattle, WA: Chin Music Press, 2015. 103 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index
NW 305.9 HAN IN 2015

Barnyards and Birkenstocks: Why Farmers and Environmentalists Need Each Other. By Don Stuart. (Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2014. 280 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 333.7609 STUART 2014

When Money Grew On Trees: A.B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron. By Greg Gordon. (Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2014) 482 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 338.1749 GORDON 2014

Higher: 100 Years of Boeing. By Russ Banham. (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2015. 192 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW OVERSIZ 338.4762 BANHAM 2015

Boots and Saddles: Military Leaders of the American West. By Thomas D. Phillips. (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press, 2015. 390 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 355.0092 PHILLIP 2015

A Different Battle: Stories of Asian Pacific American Veterans. Edited by Carina A. del Rosario, with a historical essay by Ken Mochizuki and Carina A. del Rosario; contemporary photographs by Dean Wong. (Seattle: University of Washington Press/Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1999. 127 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 355.1 DIFFERE 1999

Practice to Deceive. By Ann Rule. (New York: Gallery Books, 2013. 339 pp. Illustrations.) True-crime mystery by the late author set in Langley, WA and revolving around the murder of Russell Douglas and the three people are accused of murdering him: his widow Brenna, her guitar-teacher lover, and an aging beauty queen.
NW 364.1523 RULE 2013

Competitive Struggle: America’s Western Fur Trading Posts, 1764-1865. By R.G. Robertson; photos by Karen A. Robertson. (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press, 2012. 330 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.
NW 381.4397 ROBERTS 2012

Slabtown Streetcars (Arcadia Images of Rail). By Richard Thompson. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2015. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 388.46 THOMPSO 2015

Victorian Secrets: What A Corset Taught Me About the Past, the Present, and Myself. By Sarah A. Chrisman; foreword by Sue Lean. (New York: Skyhorse Pub., Inc., 2013. 240 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 391.42 CHRISMA 2013

Wolf Predation in the North Country. By Israel Putnam Callison. (Seattle. 1948. 89 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 599.7444 CALLISO 1948

The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous. By Paula Wild. (Madeira Park, BC, Canada : Douglas & McIntyre, 2013. 288 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 599.7524 WILD 2013

The Hidden Life of Wolves. By Jim and Jamie Dutcher, with James Manfull; foreword by Robert Redford. (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2013. 215 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.
NW 599.773 DUTCHER 2013

Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West. Michael J. Dax. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. 289 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.) Based on the author’s master’s thesis, University of Montana.
NW 599.784 DAX 2015

Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. By Michael Helquist. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2015. 310 pp. Bibliographical references and index.)
NW 610.92 HELQUIS 2015

Riding the High Wire: Aerial Mine Tramways in the West. By Robert A. Trennert. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2001. 140 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 622.66 TRENNER 2001

Tramway Titan: Byron Riblet, Wire Rope and Western Resource Towns. By Martin J. Wells. (Victoria, B.C.: Trafford, 2011. 338 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.
NW 622.66 WELLS 2011

The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859-62. By Paul D. McDermott, Ronald E. Grim, and Philip Mobley. (Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2015. 286 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 623.6209 MULLAN 2015

Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. By David B. Williams. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. 239 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 624.151 WILLIAM 2015

Alaska’s Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier. By Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. 267 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.
NW 629.1309 RINGSMU 2015

Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament (American Lives). By Evelyn I. Funda. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 297 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.
NW 636.084 FUNDA 2013

Becoming Salmon: Aquaculture and the Domestication of a Fish (California Studies in Food and Culture, No. 55). By Marianne Elisabeth Lien. (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015. 214 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 639.3755 LIEN 2015

The Guide to West Coast Cheese: More Than 300 Cheeses Handcrafted in California, Oregon, and Washington. By Sasha Davies. (Portland, Or.: Timber Press, 2010. 224 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 641.373 DAVIES 2010

A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society–The First 75 Years. By David F. Martin. (Bellevue, WA : Northwest Watercolor Society, 2015. 128 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW OVERSIZ 751.422 MARTIN 2015

Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff. (Pullman, Washington: Museum of Art/Washington State University, 2014. 63 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.) This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition, “Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff”presented at Museum of Art/Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, September-December, 2014; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, January-April 2015; and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington, May-August, 2015.
NW 759.13 ROGER S 2014

Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura. Curatorial essay by Stacey Uradomo-Barre. (Seattle, WA: Wing Luke Asian Museum, 2009. 88 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.) This catalogue was published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Wing Luke Asian Museum and co-curated by Dr. Stacey Uradomo-Barre and Roger Shimomura, September 11, 2009 through April 18, 2010.
NW 759.13 SHIMOMU 2009

I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana. By Nick Soulsby. (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015. 347 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.
NW 782.4216 SOULSBY 2015

100 Things Seahawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Updated Super Bowl Edition!) By John Morgan. (Chicago, IL.: Triumph Books, 2014. 336 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 796.3326 MORGAN 2014

The Thursday Speeches: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Football from Coach Don James. By Peter Tormey, Ph.D. (United States, 2014. 219 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 796.3326 TORMEY 2014

Seattle Kung-Fu Club 40 Year Anniversary. By Seattle Kung-Fu Club. (Seattle, WA: Seattle Kung-Fu Club, 2003. 128 pp. Illustrations.
NW OVERSIZ 796.8159 SEATTLE 2003

Seattle Kung-Fu Club 50 Year Anniversary. By Seattle Kung-Fu Club. (Seattle, WA: Seattle Kung-Fu Club, 2014. 167 pp. Illustrations
NW OVERSIZ 796.8159 SEATTLE 2014

Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Herald during The Years 1845-51 (Cambridge library collection. Polar exploration). By Berthold Seemann. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.         2 vols. Illustrations, map, index.) Originally published in 1853.
NW 910.41 SEEMANN 2012 v. 1 & 2

Gloomy Terrors and Hidden Fires: The Mystery of John Colter and Yellowstone. By Ronald M. Anglin and Larry E. Morris. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 243 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 910.92 ANGLIN 2014

Three Years in America: 1859-1862 (The Jacob R. Schiff library of Jewish Contributions to American Democracy). By I.J. Benjamin, translated from the German by Charles Reznikoff; with an introduction by Oscar Handlin. (Philadelphia, Pa.: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1956. 3 vols. in 2. Illustrations) Originally published in 1862 as Drei Jahre in Amerika.
NW 917.8 BENJAMI 1956 v.1, 2 & 3

Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu. By Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans; foreword by Frederick E. Hoxie. (Washburn, North Dakota: Dakota Institute Press of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, 2013. 299 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index
NW 917.8042 PINKHAM 2013

Soldiers in the Woods: The U.S. Army’s Spruce Production Division in World War One. By Rod Crossley; edited by Margaret L. Rice. (Portland, Oregon: TimberTimes Inc., 2014. 320 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW OVERSIZ 940.3797 CROSSLE 2014

An American Hero: Shiro Kashino. Lawrence Matsuda and Matt Sasaki. (Seattle, Washington: Seattle NVC Foundation: Wing Luke Museum, 2015. 42 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 940.5308 MATSUDA 2015

The Middle Columbia Salish (University of Washington Publications in Anthropology   v. 2, no. 4.). By James H. Teit; edited by Franz Boas. (Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1928. pp. 89-128.   Bibliographical references.) (Photocopy. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington, 1986. leaves 89-128.)
NW 970.6 TEIT 1928

Métis in Canada: History, Identity, Law & Politics. Edited by Christopher Adams, Gregg Dahl & Ian Peach. (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2013. 530 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)  Also issued also in electronic formats.
NW 971.0049 METIS I 2013

Cho’s Story: From the Eyes of a Nisei Son. By Choichi Shimizu. (Milton, Washington: Caring, 2014. 135 pp. Illustrations (some color), maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 973.0495 SHIMIZU 2014

Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa. By James Neff. (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015. 377 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.) In a book based on newly released documents, the author also includes significant amounts of material on Seattle Teamsters Union Leader Dave Beck and Kennedy’s mission to bring him to justice.
NW 973.922 NEFF 2015

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. By Rinker Buck. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2015. 450 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.) At once an American journey, a work of history, and a personal saga, this book tells the story of Buck’s 2,000-mile expedition across the plains. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an incurably filthy Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl.
NW 978 BUCK 2015

‘A Great Many of Us Have Good Farms’: Agent Peter Ronan Reports on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, 1877-1887. By Peter Ronan; edited by Robert J. Bigart. (Pablo, Mont.: Salish Kootenai College Press, 2014. 438 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 978.682 RONAN 2014a

‘Justice To Be Accorded To The Indians’: Agent Peter Ronan Reports On The Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, 1888-1893. By Peter Ronan; edited by Robert J. Bigart. (Pablo, Montana: Salish Kootenai College Press, 2014. 434 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references and index.)
NW 978.682 RONAN 2014

Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day. By Vine Deloria Jr.; foreword by Billy Frank Jr.; afterword by Steve Pavlik. (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Pub., 2012. 168 pp. Map, index.)
NW 979.5004 DELORIA 2012

Wood, Water & Grass: Meek Cutoff of 1845. By James H. and Theona J. Hambleton. (Baker City, Oregon: James H. Hambleton, 2014. 192 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)

The Chinese in Washington State. Art and Doug Chin. (Seattle, Wash.: OCA Greater Seattle, 2013. 144 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.7004 CHIN 2013

Reflections of the Kettle River Region. Produced by the Kettle River History Club; sponsored by the Curlew Senior Citizens in behalf of the Bicentennial Project of Ferry County. (Curlew, Wash.: Orris Press, 1976. 229 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.725 KETTLE 1976

Yakima, a Centennial Reflection, 1885-1985. By George M. Martin, Paul Schafer, William E. Scofield; Pat Brown, editorial consultant. (Yakima, Wash.: Yakima Centennial Commission, 1985. 233 pp. Illustrations, index.)   The second of two volumes of local history.
NW 979.755 MARTIN 1985

Historical Record of Teachers of the Grade and High School of La Conner, Washington and its Environs. By Carroll F. Anderson. (La Conner, Wash.: C.F. Anderson, 1960. 1 volume. Illustrations.   979.772ANDERSO 1960?

The Grand Lady of Mount Baker: A History of the Mount Baker Lodge from 1927-1931. By Michael G. Impero.    (Bellingham, Wash.: Michael Impero, 2015. 192 pp. Illustrations, maps.) Mount Baker Lodge opened in July of 1927 and was destroyed by fire in August of 1931.
NW 979.773 IMPERO 2015

Our Valley: The Yakima Valley through the Eyes of the Yakima Herald-Republic and Its Readers. Presented by Yakima Herald-Republic. (Battle Ground, Wash.: Pediment Pub., 2013. 144 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW OVERSIZ 979.775 OUR VAL 2013 VAL 2013

Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal. By Gabriel Campanario, the Seattle Times. (Battle Ground, Washington: Pediment Publishing, 2014. 112 pp. Illustrations.)
NW OVERSIZ 979.7772 CAMPANA 2014

Seattle’s International District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community. By Doug Chin. (Seattle, Wash.: International Examiner Press, 2009. 141 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.
NW 979.7772 CHIN 2009

Dim Sum: The Seattle ABC (American Born Chinese) Dream. By Vera Ing. (Seattle: International Examiner Press, 2010. 124 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.7772 ING 2010

Boats, Bread and Meat, a Century Ago. By Lilian Lindley. (Olympia, Wash.: The Daily Olympian, c1950. 72 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.779 LINDLEY 1950?

Pioneer Musings. By Kitty Wright Blair. (Toledo, Washington: Chapters of Life, 2014. 114 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.782 BLAIR 2014

The Toledo Community Story, 1776-1976. By Toledo History Committee. (Toledo, Wash.: Toledo Parent-Teacher Organization, c1976. 198 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 979.782 TOLEDO 1976

These Walls Talk: Lewis County’s 1927 Historic Courthouse. By Julie McDonald Zander. (Toledo, Washington : Chapters of Life, 2014. 131 pp. Illustrations, portraits.)
NW 979.782 ZANDER 2014a

Chehalis County Nationality Survey, 1848-1915. By Joe Randich, project director, Dorothea Parker, associate director. (Hoquiam, Wash.: Polson Museum, 1984 (1985 printing) ~ 300 leaves. Illustrations, bibliographical references.) Supported in part by the Washington Commission for the Humanities. Chehalis County was later renamed Grays Harbor County.


Kash [Videorecording]: The Legend and Legacy of Shiro Kashino. By Vince Matsudaira. (Los Angeles, Calif.: E-Shadow productions, 2011. 1 videodisc (68 min): sound, color with b&w sequences. 4-3/4 in. DVD, NTSC  16:9 widescreen.) Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011, this is the biography of Shiro Kashino, a nisei who volunteered to fight for the US during WWII, despite being interred at Minidoka. In the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, he became a decorated hero as he served as a platoon sergeant in Europe. He received a court-martial related to a dance hall brawl in southern France at the end of the war and was reduced to private. 40 years later, his fellow veterans in Hawaii and his wife Louise, feeling he was unfairly tried, begin the process of expunging the court-martial conviction from his Army records and restoring his rank.
NW DVD 940.5308 KASH TH 2011

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Portlandtown by Robb De Borde

April 13th, 2016 WSL NW & Special Collections Posted in Articles, Washington Reads No Comments »

PTWN_Movie Poster_815x1200Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes. By Robb De Borde. (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. 375 pp.)

Recommendation by Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development

What does a reader get when a writer combines gunfights, zombies, circus freaks, and a Portland pioneer family named the Wyldes?  The reader is rewarded with a crackling good read—if the reader’s brain is able to blend westerns, steampunk sci-fi and historical fiction.  This story begins in 19th century Astoria when Joseph Wylde goes to bring his father in law, the town sheriff, back to Portland with him.  Unfortunately the powers Joseph’s father in law had disturbed in Astoria by digging up their graves follow the Wyldes back to Portland—and all hell—well the zombie part of it anyway—break lose.  Hopefully this is the start of a series.

Available in the Washington State Library’s Pacific Northwest Collection at NW 813.6 DEBORDE 2012
Digital Book editions available for Washington residents unable to read standard print through WTBBL.
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History lovers take note: Washington State Library Electronic State Publications

April 1st, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections No Comments »

2016-03-17_9-37-32The latest state document discovery from Jeff Martin

The Fourteenth Session: A brief history of the men who represented the million and a half people of the state of Washington in the legislature of 1915

Prepared by
Alfred T. Renfro
Beaux Arts Village, Washington
Publication date: 1915

A brief history of the men who represented the million and a half people of the State of Washington in the Legislature of 1915.
It is not the purpose or object of this book to discuss the Legislature as a whole or the merits of the bills. Neither is it a manual. The acts of the Legislature are recorded in the Journal, the results in the Session Laws, and the pocket manual covers the field.

This work will endeavor to treat [sic] of the personnel of the Legislature. Devoting its pages to the personal side of the men who made the laws. In some cases where the author knew, there will be found an “intimate peep” [sic] into the lives and characters of the members.

Another gem from within the document… “Governor Lister will be remembered in political history as the ‘Veto Governor.’  Of all vetoes recorded since statehood there appears to be over 40 percent credited to his administration.”

Washington State Library Electronic State Publications – The Fourteenth Session

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