From the desk of Steve Willis, Program Manager for Central Library Services
The Pacific Northwest Card File appears to have been started in the early 1950s as a finding aid for biographical and historical information in the Washington State Library. Information was indexed from newspapers across the state as well as many published local histories, creating a very unique point of access.
Comprised of hundreds of thousands of cards, the drawers are divided into a Name File and a Subject File. Work began in late 2012, chiefly with WSL volunteer David Lane, on the Name File. We are now up to the surname “C” and will continue to update the online index as progress is made. See the open drawer in the picture? That’s where we are currently working.
The Card File was closed in the early 1990s. Please remember however that this is a historical card file and not every item listed is still on the shelves of the library. A quick chat, email or phone call to the reference desk will help to ensure you get the proper resource.
To see a nice sampling, simply type in the name “Anderson” in the “Last Name” box.
Many thanks to Evelyn Lindberg for creating the utility that made this possible
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