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.
Dec. 7 marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy fleet stationed in Pearl Harbor and other American military installations nearby. A day after the attack in Hawaii, the United States declared war on Japan.
Starting just hours following the Pearl Harbor attack, Washington Gov. Arthur Langlie received a series of telegrams from the U.S. War Department. These telegrams are the second Archives treasure for December. Archives treasures is a monthly blog feature in which we highlight some of the rare, interesting or cool items or collections found in the State Archives. Readers are polled for their favorite “treasure.”
The first telegram was marked received at 5:11 p.m. on Dec. 7, 1941. It suggested that Langlie “consider preparing the State Guard or other forces at your disposal for cooperation with federal troops operating under the command of the corps area in which your state is located with a view to protecting all structures plants and facilities essential to national defense.”
The second telegram, marked received at 8:38 a.m. on Dec. 8, lists the types of installations vital to the national defense and asks that they be protected: port facilities, power plants, water plants including dams, munitions plants and important highway bridges.
The third telegram, marked received at 9:11 a.m. on Dec. 8, requested that “immediate steps be taken to assign properly authorized police officers to all known landing fields for aircraft for protection of field facilities and to hold such aircraft on the fields unless they are aircraft engaged in scheduled air transportation…”