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Newly received federal publications, September — December 2016

January 4th, 2017 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Newly received federal publications, September — December 2016

The following are publications received during September – December 2016. The purpose of this list is two-fold: one, to create an awareness of the breadth and depth of the Washington State Library’s federal documents collection and two, to alert readers to specific titles available to them either online or in print (or other tangible mediums such as microfiche).
The titles included in this document represent the many valuable publications produced by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and distributed to federal depository libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The Washington State Library is the Regional Federal Depository Library for the states of Washington and Alaska.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (2012). The naturalization test: Overview of requirements and available resources. Washington, D.C.?: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Double-sided poster. Available at WSL: HS 8.2:T 28/2016; Also online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo22600/M-685.pdf.

United States. (2016) Intelligence community legal reference book. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of General Counsel. Available at WSL: PREX 28.20:2016/SUM. Request ahead of visit.

 Health and NutritionPhoto of cover of Healthy Eating Made Easy.

U.S. Army Public Health Center (Provisional),. (2016). Healthy eating made easy: Save time and money in the kitchen. Available at WSL: D 101.6/5:H 34. Download the publication at: http://bit.ly/2fBcJa8

Photo of cover of Virginia campaigns, March-August, 1862

History and Culture

Kolakowski, C. L., & Center of Military History,. (2016). The Virginia camp[a]igns, March-August, 1862. Available at WSL: D 114.2:C 49/2/V 81; online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo72995/cmhPub_75-5.pdf.

Cover of the Magazine featuring article of Making of the Modern MapLibrary of Congress Magazine: Lcm. , 2012. Print. At WSL: LC 1.18:2016/5; online:  http://www.loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2016_0910.pdf.

September/October 2016 issue features “Making of the Modern Map.”

United States. (2016). Legacy of the Banner Creek Railroad Station. Available at WSL: I 20.2:B 22.

White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Photo of cover of More Than Mascots resource guideNative Education (U.S.),. (2016). More than mascots: A resource guide for ensuring native youth experience safe and welcoming school environments. Available at the Washington State Library: ED 1.8:N21. Order free copies and find a link to a pdf version on the web at: http://bit.ly/2hY9Ioz.


Photograph of the cover of Armor in BattleCameron, Robert S. Armor in Battle: Special Edition for the Armored Force 75th Anniversary. , 2015. Print. Available at WSL: D 101.2:AR 5/105. Available online at: bit.ly/2hSAXAS

Lowrey, Nathan S. The Chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1949-2016. 2016. At WSL: D 5.2C 34/2/2016

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum,. (2016). The birth of Camp Jackson: A collection of photographs, maps and papers documenting the development of Camp Jackson near Columbia, South Carolina. Including a discussion of the need for training camps and soldiers in World War I, the offer presented by the city of Columbia to the Army to help fill that need, the construction of Camp Jackson and the structures built there, the units and people who populated the camp, and the training that converted [the] average American citizens into the world’s greatest soldiers. At WSL: WSL Fed Doc Oversize (Call ahead) OVERRSIZ D 101.2:J 13/2

Nefëdkin, A. K., Bland, R. L., & Shared Beringian Heritage Program (U.S.),. (2014). Warfare of the Chukchi: (mid-17th to early 20th century).  Available at WSL: I 29.2:C47



Lunularia_cruciata. Public Domain, http://bit.ly/2icbYoi

Exeter, Ronald L, Judith Harpel, and David H. Wagner. Rare Bryophytes of Oregon. , 2016. Print. Includes CD-ROM. Available at WSL: I 53.2:B 84

Mazza, Rhonda. “Volcano Ecology: Flourishing on the flanks of Mount St. Helens.” Science Findings, no. 190, Oct. 2016, pp. 1-6. Photo of cover of Rare Lichens or Oregon Available at WSL: A 13.66/19:190; also available online at: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi190.pdf.

Exeter, Ronald L, Charity Glade, and Scot Loring. Rare Lichens of Oregon., 2016. Print. Available at WSL:  53.2:L 61

Social Issues

Photo of cover of Identity theft: A recovery plan.United States. Federal Trade Commission, issuing body. Identity Theft: a Recovery Plan. 2016. Available at WSL: FT 1.2:ID 2/10; online at: http://bit.ly/2iR4c3A.

Photo of older person reading braille text

The Social Security Administration issues as series of informative publications. Many are written in braille, or are online, or both.

Recent issues include:

  • If you’re blind or have low vision — How we can help
  • What you need to know when you get supplemental security income (SSI)
  • What you need to know when you get retirement or survivors benefits
  • Working while disabled: How we can help
  • Working while disabled — A guide to plans for achieving self-support
  • Please contact our Ask-a-Librarian staff for assistance. Contact information is at the end of this publication.

Travel and Recreation

Photo of a mossy woods in Olympic National ParkOlympic: Olympic National Park, Washington. , 2016.  map. Available at WSL: I 29.6:OL 9/3/2016

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Here comes Santa Claus … There goes Santa Claus

December 21st, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Here comes Santa Claus … There goes Santa Claus

NORAD's official 2016 photographFrom the desk of Rand Simmons

For those of us, yes even the most mature of adults, and those who through deductive reasoning have ruled out the possibility of a jolly old elf in a sleigh packed with toys pulled by flying reindeer traveling faster than possible delivering a gift to every boy and girl in the world in just one night, the child within each of us listens to hear the tinkling of bells on the roof top …

Trudy Hawkins in Government Book Talk tells an amusing story:

Illustration of a blue snowflake.

‘Twas Christmas eve 1955 when a misprinted Sears Roebuck & Co. newspaper ad directed kids to a Soviet alert hotline instead of Santa’s direct dial. The top secret hotline that was used only in national emergencies to alert the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) if the USSR attacked. Wrong red phone!

On the receiving end, U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, CONAD’s director of operations, grabbed the red emergency phone and braced for an imminent attack. Instead, a little 6 year-old boy’s voice trembled over the phone, “Are you really Santa Claus?” Shoup, thinking it was a prank, barked, “Would you repeat that?” The little voice started to cry, then hesitantly asked, “Is this one of Santa’s elves, then?”

Soon the phone began ringing off the hook with kids wanting to gab with Santa. Col. Shoup played along. He even turned his team of Cold War-era radar operators into North Pole elves—they scanned monitors for indications of Santa on the move. And that’s how the U.S. Government got into the business of Santa tracking.

Illustration of a blue snowflake.

Today, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD, CONAD’s successor) is a bi-national U.S. and Canadian organization tasked with aerospace warning and control. As a frontline in homeland defense, its slogan is “Deter, Detect, Defend.” But its most famous and favorite mission is watching the winter skies for the “big red one,” much as it has done since Col. Shoup answered the phone over 60 years ago.

For young and old alike, even for those hardened skeptics, and those who simply cannot contain the excitement in anticipating Santa’s arrival, and those who must be in the know, there is the NORAD Santa tracker.

NORAD’s web site features a Santa tracker countdown, Santa music, information in eight languages, games, music and movies.

Cell phone cartoon character in green shoesYou can also track Santa on your mobile phone!

Find the NORAD Santa Tracker here and enjoy!

Want more information? Try NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight.

Hats off to the men and women of the The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America. Aerospace warning includes the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.



From all of us at the Washington State Library we wish you the happiness of this holiday season and the best for the new year.






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Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

December 15th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

billrightscloudFrom the desk of Rand Simmons

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

You probably recognize the quote as the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Perhaps you memorized it in school. The Constitution laid out the system of government and the rights of the Americans. The Constitution became law in 1788 when two-thirds of the states ratified it.

There are twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution and the first ten are called the Bill of Rights. They are changes to the Constitution that specify specific freedoms and rights.

Would you believe that today, December 15, 2016 is the 225 anniversary of the Bill of Rights?

How many rights or freedoms named by the Bill of Rights can you name? You can find the answers at Bill of Rights: 1789-91.


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Pearl Harbor at 75

December 7th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Pearl Harbor at 75

Pearl Harbor turns seventy-five

USS Arizona Pearl Harbor

Photo of the USS Arizona which fully sank and was never recovered after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons.

From the desk of Rand Simmons

Only five men are still alive that experienced the Japanese attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All five are in their mid-nineties. One of them, 96-year-old Lauren Bruner, lives in Washington State.

Yesterday all but one gathered in Hawaii to celebrate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Moments before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, the United States was ‘suddenly and deliberately attacked.’ Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes and bombers launched a surprise assault on American soil at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The volley on the U.S. naval base was swift and devastating: 2,403 Americans were killed, and another 1,178 were wounded; American battleships sunk; other ships were irreparably damaged; and almost 200 U.S. aircraft were destroyed.

President Roosevelt delivers his "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941. (Image source: archives.gov)

The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to formally declare war against Imperial Japan. It was then that Roosevelt spoke those famous words, proclaiming December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.” America had finally joined WWII. That momentous week of loss and defiance took place seventy-five years ago this month. (Text from Government Book Talk, Dec. 7, 2015)

Based on data collected by the Veterans Affairs the WWII Veterans Museum in New Orleans estimates that only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans — men and women — who fought in World War II remain alive. They are now in their late 80s and 90s. Many, like my father, who served in the Philippines, have died.

While it is true that the Japanese military planned and carried out the attack on Pearl Harbor many Japanese Americans fought for their country, the United States. A favorite of mine is a small federal publication, When the Akimotos Went to War: An Untold Story of Family, Patriotism, and Sacrifice During World War II. The citation is at the end of this article.

The Government Publishing Office makes available a variety of government publications that reference the historic Pearl Harbor attack. You will find many or these listed in the Washington State Library catalog dating from 1946.


Ching, Shawn. “Last Remaining USS Arizona Survivors Recall Pearl Harbor Attack – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL.” Home – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL, www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33967105/last-remaining-uss-arizona-survivors-recall-pearl-harbor-attack.

Elms, Matthew. When the Akimotos Went to War: An Untold Story of Family, Patriotism, and Sacrifice During World War II. 2015. Available at WSL: Y 3.AM 3:2 AK 5 and online at http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo67846.

Hawkins, Trudy. “‘A Date Which Will Live in Infamy’: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Government Book Talk | Talking About Some of the Best Publications from the Federal Government, Past and Present, 7 Dec. 2015, govbooktalk.gpo.gov/tag/pearl-harbor/. Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.

Milko, Chelsea. “Pearl Harbor at 75 & Three Pacific Battles That Shaped WWII.” Government Book Talk, 6 Dec. 2016, govbooktalk.gpo.gov/2016/12/06/pearl-harbor-at-75-three-pacific-battles-that-shaped-wwii/. Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.

Shute, Megan. “14 Rare Photos From The Attack On Pearl Harbor.” OnlyInYourState, www.onlyinyourstate.com/hawaii/pearl-harbor-hawaii/.


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2016 World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on 2016 World AIDS Day

Photo of 2016 World AIDS Day logoFrom the desk of Rand Simmons

Each year December 1 is designated World AIDS Day. Beginning in 1988 World AIDS Day has raised awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS.gov reports there are 36.7 million individuals worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. 1.8 million are children who were infected by their HIV mothers during pregnancy, child birth or breast feeding.  By far the majority of individuals who have HIV/AIDS live in low- to middle-income countries.

In addition to AIDS.gov, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, nine other units of federal government address HIV/AIDS. The
President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) identifies six lead agencies charged to implement the strategy. Watch President Obama: Updated National HIV AIDS Strategy.

Federal funding for HIV/AIDS in FY 2016 was $27,465,300 based on a report by the Henry J. 2016 World AIDS Day posterKaiser Family Foundation.

Learn more about HIV/AIDS. You can find federal resources at https://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/. Or ask you Federal Depository Library staff, like us. We serve as the Regional
Federal Depository Library for the states of Washington and Alaska. We want to help you so please contact us.

Locate your nearest Federal Depository Library.

Find graphics and resources.


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Government resources for the Washington State tribal libraries – Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November 22nd, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Tribal Comments Off on Government resources for the Washington State tribal libraries – Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

basketsKey Federal Agencies

  • Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Department of the Interior (DOI).
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
  • Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).

Washington State Agencies

Portals and Search Engines

General portals to federal publications.

USA.Gov http://usa.gov/.

Official multi-topic portal to U.S. government information, linking to various federal government agencies and commissions.

“Indian Tribes and Resources for Native Americans | USAGov https://www.usa.gov/tribes.

A gateway to resources about Federally Recognized Indian Tribes; Cultural Resources for Native Americans including historic preservation, and archeology; Housing help; Legal resources including laws, crime prevention, and money and laws.

GobiernoUSA.Gov in Spanish http://gobierno.usa.gov/.

FDsys https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ Now GovInfo https://www.govinfo.gov/.

FDsys is GPO’s Federal Digital System. Provides free online access to official federal government publications.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications http://catalog.gpo.gov/.

CGP is GPO’s finding tool for federal publications.

MetaLib http://metalib.gpo.gov/.

Retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across multiple federal government databases.

Kids.gov  https://kids.usa.gov/.

Government Information for Kids, Parents and Teachers. This information can also be found through USA.gov. Kids.gov has a fun interface that will appeal to kids.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Governmenthttp://bensguide.gpo.gov/.

Teaches kids from kindergarten through 12th grade about the federal government.

Catalogs and Databases

WorldCat.org: The World’s Largest Library Catalog. http://www.worldcat.org/.

Find publications (all formats) in libraries all over the world.

“Search the Library Catalog – Washington State Library – WA Secretary of State https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx.

Note: Don’t assume that because a publication is not listed in WSL’s catalog or listed as one of our holdings in WorldCat that WSL does not own it. Like most federal depository libraries WSL does not have every item cataloged or inventoried. Regional libraries should have “everything.” So, call and ask if we have the publication even though it is not listed in the catalog.

Resource Guides

Many academic and research libraries publish “libguides.” These “library guides” are created using the Libguides software from Springshare. To find libguides I do a simple search such as libguides “American Indians” or libguides “American Indians” health care.

If you can locate a libguide or other resource guide on a given topic it may help you identify major resources, related topics, and other search terms. Libguides are great springboards to finding resources.

Here are examples of resource guides:

Government Documents – Native American Studies Research Guide – LibGuides at Michigan State University Libraries. http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=95603&p=624350.

Indian & Tribal Law Research — Gallagher Law Library.Gallagher Law Library, Univ. of Wash. School of Law.https://lib.law.washington.edu/content/guides/indian.

Indian Law Research Guide, National Indian Law Library, Native American Rights Fund (NARF).Native American Rights Fund (NARF): Nonprofit Indian Law Firm: Native American Rights Fund. http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/index.html.)

Native American Law – Research Guides at Washington State Law LibraryResearch Guides at Washington State Law Library. http://courts.wa.libguides.com/nativeamericanlaw.

This guide points to online and print library materials covering many areas of Native American law. Treaties, constitutions, codes and topical resources are included, as well as database help. Note: the beginning page includes ways to reach a librarian for assistance: phone, Ask a Librarian, live chat, email.

Native Americans – Government Sources by Subject – Library Guides at University of Washington Libraries. http://guides.lib.uw.edu/research/govpubs-quick-links?p=2304215.

Tribal Codes – American Indian Law – LibGuides at Gonzaga University School of Law. http://libguides.law.gonzaga.edu/c.php?g=302056&p=2014506.

Selected Resources and Information Locators

General Information

Federal Websites For/About Native Americans – OK Dept. of Libraries.  http://libraries.ok.gov/us-gov/native-fed

Useful guide to federal resources with information on Native Americans.

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. http://archive.org/web/.

Under Construction A Directory of Data on American Indians and Alaska Natives Available for Research Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. http://bit.ly/2bigH4r.

List of Federally Recognized Tribes Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federally_recognized_tribes.

List of Unrecognized Tribes in the United States” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unrecognized_tribes_in_the_United_States.

Sturtevant, William C. Handbook of North American Indians. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1978. Print. WSL has most volumes (missing v.1 and v.16 of the 17 volumes). SuDoc: SI 1.20/2: vol.no.

An encyclopedia summarizing knowledge about all Native peoples north of Mesoamerica, including cultures, languages, history, prehistory, and human biology, is a standard reference work for anthropologists, historians, students, and the general reader. (Smithsonian) Many of the volumes are available through the Government Publishing Office although some are out of print. See http://anthropology.si.edu/handbook.htm.

TOP 50 QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES Frequently Asked Questions Native Americans California Indian Education Calie Educational Tribal Website of Calif Native American Indians Families Reservation and Urban Communities of North America USA Southern CA. http://www.californiaindianeducation.org/tribes/faq/.

Tribal Genealogy Research for Native American Indians How to Trace Indian Ancestry and Get Enrolled in Indian Tribes Kumeyaay Information Village Website Educational & Cultural Resources about Native American Indian Southern California Tribes. http://www.kumeyaay.info/california_indian_peoples/native_american_genealogy.html.

Washington State Tribal Directory Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs.http://goia.wa.gov/Tribal-Directory/TribalDirectory.pdf.


American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections. http://content.lib.washington.edu/aipnw/index.html.

Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: G.P.O, 1895-1964. At WSL: SI 2.1 check the catalog.

Some volumes are cataloged separately. Some volumes are on microfiche.

Anthropological Papers. Washington: U.S. G.P.O, 1938-1966. Print. Some volumes available at WSL, SuDoc Number is SI 2.3:.

Bulletins. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins. Washington: Gov. Print. Office, 1907. Print. Available at WSL, SuDoc Number is SI 2.3:. Volumes are cataloged individually. Examples:

The native brotherhoods: modern intertribal organizations of the Northwest coast. SI 2.3: no.168.

Index to Schoolcraft’s “Indian tribes of the United States” SI 2.3:152.

Nootka and Quileute music. SI 2.3:no124 in print and microfiche.

Chinook: an illustrative sketch. Rare SI 2.3:40/ pt.1.

Kathlamet texts. SI 2.3: no.26 in print and microfiche; also online at https://archive.org/details/kathlamettexts01boas.

Note: Some series will publish lists or indexes that will help identify individual publications such as: Bulletin 200: List of Publications of the American Bureau of Ethnology, with Index to Authors and Titles. , 1971. Print. Available at WSL: SI 2.3:200; also online at http://bit.ly/2gkWj8C.

Dobkins, Rebecca J., author. Cultural Plant Harvests on Federal Lands: Perspectives from Members of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. United States Department of Agriculture, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! SuDoc No. A 13.78:PNW-RP-608.


American FactFinder. American FactFinder. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.

Population, housing, economic and geographic data.

Indian Country in Judicial Districts. https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/indian-country-in-judicial-districts.pdf/view.

FBI — Uniform Crime Reporting http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.

FBI Uniform crime statistics for the nation.

 FedStats – Your Window Into U.S. Federal Statistics. https://fedstats.sites.usa.gov/.

Portal to federal statistics by state, agency, and topic area.

Health Check Tools: MedlinePlus National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthchecktools.html.

Find a variety of calculators, quizzes, and assessment tools presented in an A to Z list of topics.

Healthfinder.gov Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion http://healthfinder.gov/.

Find health information from government and nonprofit sources, including calculators to help with assessing and tracking health and fitness.

 Statistical Abstracts Series http://bit.ly/2aN9qJ4 .

National database of social and economic conditions in U.S. Published from 1878 to 2012.

United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/.

U.S. Census Bureau information on population and the economy.

VitalStats Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/VitalStats.htm.

Find national birth and mortality statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.


Environmental Protection in Indian Country | US EPA US Environmental Protection Agency. https://www.epa.gov/tribal.

Federal Caucus – Ten Federal Agencies Working for Endangered Salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. http://www.salmonrecovery.gov/.

Columbia River Basin Federal Caucus information about what the federal agencies and their partners are doing to restore habitat, improve hatcheries, manage predators and improve dam passage for Columbia Basin fish.

National Weather Service – Western Region Headquarters.  http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/.

Weather forecasts for the Western United States.

Window to My Environment Environmental Health Risk Assessment. http://serc.carleton.edu/research_education/healthrisk/window.html.

Environmental Protection Agency’s federal, state, and local information about environmental conditions and features in an area of your choice.

Federal Government

C-SPAN.org | National Politics | History | Nonfiction Books C-SPAN.org http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/.

Find all C-SPAN footage of Congressional and Presidential events from 1987 forward — television, radio and video.

Federal Register. http://www.federalregister.gov/.

Provides access to the official text of federal regulatory material, federal laws, and presidential documents.

Code of Federal Regulations., 1938.

Check with a depository library if you want to use the CFR in print. Go to this link to see which volumes are online: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR.

Govpulse. http://www.govpulse.us/.

Search and browse Federal Register entries with this user-friendly interface.

Native One Stop Welcome to Native One Stop | Native One Stop. http://www.nativeonestop.gov/content/overview.

NativeOneStop.gov was launched in an effort to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with easy, online access to Federal resources and programs. It is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision – to provide improved, personalized access to Federal resources and programs.


Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Ipl2: Information You Can Trust. http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/.

Presidents USA. http://www.presidentsusa.net/. Resource guide to U.S. Presidents.

Whitehouse.gov. http://www.whitehouse.gov/. President, news, history and tours.


Congress.gov | Library of Congress. https://www.congress.gov/.

Replaced Thomas on July 5, 2016.

Federal Legislative History Research: A Practitioner’s Guide to Compiling … Legislative Intent LLSDC Home. http://www.llsdc.org/federal-legislative-history-guide.

Use this comprehensive guide from the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. to conduct legislative history research.

Serial Set Links: U.S. Congressional Documents American Memory from the Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsslink.html.

Serial Set. Selected documents and reports.

Statutes at Large Home Page: U.S. Congressional Documents American Memory from the Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html.

U.S. Laws and Resolutions, online 1789-1875.  The official compilation of the laws of each session of Congress (Library of Congress). Contact your federal depository library for assistance in finding other years.

United States Code U.S. Government Publishing Office. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE.

“The Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States” (Office of the Law Revision Counsel). It provides access to the U.S. Code. Code is available in PDF and Text. If you wish to use the Code at the State Library please call ahead so that we can have the volumes reading when you arrive.

The United States House of Representatives · House.gov. http://www.house.gov/.

House news, committee and floor schedules, legislative information.

The United States Senate – Senate.gov. http://www.senate.gov/.

Senate news, committee and floor schedules, tours.

Washington State Legislature District finderhttp://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

Set district type to congressional and find your U.S. senators and representatives. Provides links to congressional member websites.


Court Websites Links United State Courts. http://bit.ly/2bmh4wt.

Listed by U.S. Region.

Constitution Annotated Congress.gov | Library of Congress. https://www.congress.gov/constitution-annotated/.

Annotated Analysis and Interpretation.

Literal Prints – Constitution of the United States http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CONAN-REV-2014/pdf/GPO-CONAN-REV-2014-6.pdf.

Amendments to the Constitution http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CONAN-REV-2014/pdf/GPO-CONAN-REV-2014-6.pdf.

Supreme Court of the United States. https://www.supremecourt.gov/.

United States Courts. http://www.uscourts.gov/.

Federal Courts.

United States Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1754. Print.

Print volumes at the Washington State Law Library. For online, full-text volumes see

National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund Native American Rights Fund (NARF): Nonprofit Indian Law Firm: Native American Rights Fund. http://www.narf.org/nill/.

Public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law. Also blog at nilllibrary.blogspot.com.

Health and Human Services

Benefits and Service U.S. Department of the Interior.  https://www.doi.gov/tribes/benefits.

Division of Diabetes – Programs – Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Indian Health Service (IHS). https://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPI.

Health Topics – Eating Healthy and Nutrition American Indian Health. https://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/eating.html.

National Library of Medicine. An information portal to issues affecting the health and well being of American Indians.

MedlinePlus – Health Information from the National Library of Medicine. http://medlineplus.gov/.

Health information from the National Library of Medicine.

PubMed – NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed.

Access to over 12 million medical citations. Some full text.


Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year. Washington, D.C: G.P.O, 1868- . Print. At WSL: I 20.1: vol. 872-898.

Annual Reports of the Secretary of War. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O, 18uu- . At WSL: W 1.1:.


Public and Indian Housing / Equal Opportunity/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HUD/U.S. http://bit.ly/2bgGXkq .

“Northwest ONAP (NWONAP) – HUD HUD/U.S. http://bit.ly/2bdvodc.

Legal and Justice

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873 American Memory from the Library of Congress.

Links to Statutes at Large, 1789-1875, volumes 1 to 18. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsllink.html. Volumes 7, 9-16 include treaties. Click on the appropriate treaty link within a volume to find page numbers.

American Indian Publication – Department of Justice Search Results U.S. Department of Justice. http://bit.ly/2bgNQAq.

American Indian Treaties Portal. http://treatiesportal.unl.edu/.

FDsys – Browse USCODE U.S. Government Publishing Office. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE.

Provides access to the U.S. Code. Code is available in PDF and Text.

Indigenous Law Portal | Law Library of Congress Home | Library of Congress. http://bit.ly/2aTtZD4.

Indigenous Law Portal: Pacific Northwest | Law Library of Congress Home | Library of Congress. http://bit.ly/2b9YKop.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse Tribal Court Clearinghouse. http://www.tribal-institute.org/index.htm.

Tribal law, Federal law, State law, topics, program resources, native resources.

If you have comments on this list of resources or wish to add a resource please contact Rand Simmons, [email protected].

Need assistance finding state or federal publications? Contact our Ask a Librarian service.

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Washington State Library honors Hispanic heritage / Biblioteca del Estado de Washington rinde homenaje a la herencia hispana

October 14th, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Public Services, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library Comments Off on Washington State Library honors Hispanic heritage / Biblioteca del Estado de Washington rinde homenaje a la herencia hispana


Información en español

From the desk of Rand Simmons

Need assistance finding information? Why don’t you Ask WA?

“Ask WA,” you say.

Ask-WA is a cooperative of more than 60 libraries throughout Washington State, both public and academic, that provide online reference services through chat, email, and instant messaging (IM). This statewide network is tied to a global network that provides access to online reference service, 24/7.

So, when you enter the Ask-WA portal, no matter the day or time, you should readily find help.

If you are a Spanish speaker there is a Spanish portal for you.

Ask-WA es un servicio de chat en línea que lo pone en contacto con un bibliotecario, tanto a nivel local como mundial. En inglés, éste servicio es disponible 24/7 utilizando una red mundial de bibliotecarios profesionales. En español, el servicio no es 24/7, a pesar de una extensa red de bibliotecarios de habla hispana que ofrece asistencia durante la mayor parte del tiempo, especialmente durante la semana.

Para saber si un bibliotecario está disponible para chatear en vivo, por favor, llene el formulario de chat en español de Ask-WA.

Si un bibliotecario no está disponible, usted puede enviar su pregunta por correo electrónico, usted recibirá una respuesta dentro de 48 horas (probablemente mucho antes).

Fiestas Patrias 2016

Fiestas Patrias

Recently staff of the State Library’s Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) staffed a table at this year’s Fiestas Patrias  held at the Seattle Center. State Librarian Cindy Aden was on hand to greet people.

The festival celebrates the independence of  Latin American countries. Belizeans, Brazilians, Chileans, Costa Ricans, Salvadoreans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexicans, and Nicaraguans from all over the Pacific Northwest to gather and enjoy great food, dance, and music.

Fiesta Patrias was a wonderful opportunity for people to become acquainted with the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. We, in turn, learned more about the communities we want to serve — individuals needing reading and information in non-English languages.

State Librarian Cindy Aden stated, “We take the motto of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, “That All May Read,” seriously. We know that having reading material and information in multiple languages is crucial in our diverse society. I am proud of the efforts of  Washington Talking Book & Braille Library to reach out to the Hispanic community and to have published its first Spanish-language audio book. The State Library has also provides Spanish language support for our AskWA virtual reference service. We are always looking for more ways to make a difference, and we support and  encourage other Washington libraries to do the same”.

WTBBL services are available to all Washington State residents who are unable to read standard print due to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Legal blindness
  • Visual impairment
  • Physical disability causing an inability to turn pages or comfortably hold a book for extended periods of time
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Reading disability due to organic dysfunction

Read more about the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.

Las bibliotecas de prisiones

Our branch libraries in nine state prisons provide library and information services to inmates many of whom are non-English speakers. In 2014 the Prison Policy Initiative reported that Hispanics made up 14% of the inmates in Washington State prisons and jails. The State Library provides Spanish language material for those for whom English is not their native language. Our branch libraries are “public libraries” for the incarcerated.


Publicaciones federales en español

Federal and state publications are published in Spanish and other languages although the majority are published in English. For example, many of the tax materials published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are published in Spanish and material for kids such as El Club de los Dos Bocados (Two Bite Plate) published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.

Sigue a Will y Anna a probar dos bocados de cada grupo alimenticio y de como se convierten en el Club de los Dos Bocados! Este libro muy colorido introduce los cinco grupos de alimentos de MiPlato a niños pequeños y los motiva a probar alimentos de cada grupo alimenticio. El libro que tiene actividades interactivas tales como narración optional, realce de texto, juegos y activades interactivas, cetificados y páginas para colorear ayudaran a los niños a aprender acerca de MiPlato y una alimentación sana al mismo tiempo que mejora sus abilidades de lectura.

You can borrow the book from the State Library or other federal depository libraries, read it on line, or download it.

Need assistance finding state or federal publications in Spanish? Contact our Ask a Librarian service. We can help you find resources such as these: America’s PrepareAthon! Materials in Spanish from FEMA.

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Newly Received Federal Publications — April – August 2016

September 2nd, 2016 Rand Simmons Posted in Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Newly Received Federal Publications — April – August 2016

Photo of the federal documents staff at the Washington State Library

Federal documents staff at the Washington State Library

The following are publications received during April – August 2016. The purpose of this list is two-fold: one, to create an awareness of the breadth and depth of the Washington State Library’s federal documents collection and two, to alert readers to specific titles available to them either online or through a local federal depository library.


Mineral Commodity Summaries 2016.” USGS Mineral Resources Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 July 2016. at At WSL: I 19.166:(1998-). Ask about format. Online at: http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/2016/mcs2016.pdf. This publication is part of a continuing series and is targeted to all persons in the commodity trades profession.


Dobkins, Rebecca J., author. Cultural Plant Harvests on Federal Lands: Perspectives from Members of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. United States Department of Agriculture, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! Call No. A 13.78:PNW-RP-608. Also available online at http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo68755/pnw_rp608.pdf and http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rp608.pdf.

Photo of cover of Cultural Plant Harvests on Federal Lands.

Pavel, D M, Ella Inglebret, and Stephanie G. Wood. Honoring Tribal Legacies: An Epic Journey of Healing. , 2014. Print. Available at WSL: I 29.2:t 73/2/V.1-2. Also available online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo69495/ and http://honoringtriballegacies.com/

United States. National Park Service, issuing body. White House Historical Assocation. The White House Garden Tour. Washington: National Park Service, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! Call no. I 29.2:W 58/12

United States. National Park Service. Office of Communications. United States. National Park Service. Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.) United States. National Park Service. Office of Public Affairs. United States. National Park Service. Division of Publications. The National Parks, Index. Washington: The Office of Public Affairs, and the Division of Publications, National Park Service, 1985. Print. This is the 2012-1026 Index.  At WSL: I 29.103:2012-2016. Online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps125182/2012-2016/NPIndex2012-2016.pdf.


The Budget and Economic Outlook. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Budget Office, 2010. Print. Available at WSL: Y 10.13:  2016-2026. Online: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/51129. This is the yearly update provided by the CBO for the media and general public understanding and forecasting applications.


Photo of the cover to FBI Story 2015United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation, author. The FBI Story 2015. FBI Office of Public Affairs, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! Call No. J 1.14/2:F 31/6/2015. Online: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/the-fbi-story-2015.pdf/view.

United States. Office of the Federal Register. Barack Obama: 2011 (in Two Books). Office of the Federal Register National Archives and Records Administration, 2014. Print. Available at WSL: AE 2.114:2011/BK.2.  Part of the Public Papers of the Presidents series.

United States. Congress. House., and United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration. “Telephone Directory.” (1uuu): n. pag. Print. Available at WSL:  MICRO Y 1.2/7:  (Call ahead). Online: https://directory.house.gov/#/. Published for constituencies, public, media and others in need of direct Congressional contact.


United States. Veterans Health Administration,. “Health Care Benefits Overview.” Health Care Benefits Overview. N.p., n.d. Web., 2016 Edition, Vol. 1. Online: www.va.gov/​healthbenefits/​resources/​publications/​hbco.  Focus is upon Veteran health and hygiene.


Chapman, Charles W. Letters of Second Lieutenant Charles Wesley Chapman, Jr., December 19, 1894-May 3, 1918. , 2016. Print. Available at WSL: D 301.26/6:C 36; Online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo69486/b_0141_chapman_letters.pdf and http://www.au.af.mil/au/aupress/digital/pdf/book/b_0141_chapman_letters.pdf.

Photo of cover of Letters of Second Lieutenant Charles Wesley Chapman, Jr.Dolitsky, Alexander B., editor, author. Hagedorn, Dan, author of introduction, etc. Cloe, John Haile, author of introduction, etc. Glazkov, Victor D., author. Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970, author, illustrator. Pipeline to Russia: The Alaska-Siberia Air Route in World War Ii. N.p., 2016. Available at WSL! Call No. I 29.2:R 92.

Howard, Adam M. Galpern, Steven G. (1969- ). Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1969-1972. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 2015. Available at WSL: 1.1:969-76/V23. Part of the ongoing series Foreign Relations of the United States, Department of State.

Jones, Marcus O. New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Seventeenth Mcmullen Naval History Symposium Held at the United States Naval Academy 15-16 September 2011. , 2016. Print. Available at WSL: D 208.210:N22.

Mobley, Richard A., 1952- author. Knowing the Enemy: Naval Intelligence in Southeast Asia. Department of the Navy, 2015. Print. Available at WSL! D 221.2:V 67/6. Online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo66132/KnowingtheEnemy_508.pdf.

United States. Army Material Command,. The 75th Anniversary of Redstone Arsenal, 1941-2016. N.p.: n.p., 2016. Print.. Available at WSL: D 101.2:R 24/9.


Hildreth, Wes, and Judy Fierstein. Geologic Map of the Simcoe Mountains Volcanic Field, Main Central Segment, Yakama Nation, Washington., 2015. Internet resource. Available at WSL: I 19.91/3:3315.

United States. Forest Service, cartographer. Motor vehicle use map, Colville National Forest, southeast area, Washington / Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture. [Washington, D.C.] : United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 2012- Available at WSL:  A 13.28:C 72/8/SOUTHE./ Latest received 2016.


Davis, Raymond J. Northwest Forest Plan, the First 20 Years (1994-2013): Status and Trends of Northern Spotted Owl Habitats. Portland, OR: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2016. Print. Available at WSL: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-929. Also online: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr929.pdf.

Falxa, Gary A, and Martin G. Raphael. Northwest Forest Plan, the First 20 Years (1994-2013): Status and Trend of Marbled Murrelet Populations and Nesting Habitat. , 2016. Print. Available at WSL: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-933. Also online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo70599/pnw_gtr933.pdf and http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr933.pdf.

Photo of cover of 2015 Science

Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, Or.). “Science Accomplishments of the Pacific Northwest Research Station.” (2001): n. pag. Print. Available at WSL: A 13.66/1:2015. Also online: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/2015-science-accomplishments.pdf.

Science Findings. Portland, Or: Pacific Northwest Research Station, 1998- .  Available at WSL: A 13.66/19:186. Online: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/scifi.shtml. The June 2016 issue is titled “Big changes in cold places: The future of wildlife habitat in Northwest Alaska.”

U.S. Nautical Almanac Office. Nautical Almanac 2017. S.l.: U S Nautical Almanac Offi, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! Call no D 213.11:2017

Social Issues

Photo of cover of Within Our Reach publicationU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, issuing body. Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test. Department of Homeland Security, 2016. Print. Available at WSL! Call no. HS 8.2:F61/2/2016. Also available online at http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo68376/M-623_red_slides.pdf.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, issuing body. Tarjetas De Educación Cívica Para El Examen De Naturalizacíon. N.p., 2016. Print.  Available at WSL! HS 8.2:F 61/2/2016/SPAN. Also available online at http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo68377/M-623-S_red_slides.pdf.

United States. Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, author. Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, 2016. Print. Availble at WSL: Y 3.2:C43/5/ST 8. HS 8.2:F 61/2/2016/SPAN. Also available online at http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo66588/PDF%20version/cecanf_final_report.pdf.

Photo of cover of Spinoff 2016Space

Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance (U.S.), author. National reconnaissance almanac / Center for the Study of National
Reconnaissance. Second edition. Chantilly, Virginia : National Reconnaissance Office, 2016. Available at WSL: WSL Federal Documents D 1.2:AL 6/2016.

National, Aeronautics A. S. A. Spinoff Report 2016. S.l.: Natl Aeronautics & Space, 2016. Online http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2016/toc_2016.html (read online or download as a pdf )

A yearly ongoing publication. Spinoff features dozens of commercial products derived from NASA technology that are improving everything from medical care and software tools to agricultural production and vehicle efficiency. The companies featured in this year’s publication span a broad range of industries and geographic locations, showing the diverse benefits our Nation enjoys from its investment in aeronautics and space missions. (GPO New Business Publication June 2016)

Tanaka, Kenneth L., cartographer. Geologic Map of Mars. US Department of the Interior; US Geological Survey, 2014. Print.
Available at WSL! Call No- I 19.91/3:3292


United States. National Park Service,, and Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.),.Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington. N.p.: n.p., 2012. Print. At WSL: I 29.155:R 67. Visitor Information Brochure.

United States. National Park Service,, and Harpers Ferry Center (U.S.),. Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. N.p.: n.p., 2015. Print. Available at WSL: I 29.155:N 49  Visitor Information Brochure.

Online Only Publications

Bringing the Future Within Reach: Celebrating 75 Years of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, 1941-2016. Available online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo67387/20160004991.pdf. 

United States,. “An Act to Adopt the Bison as the National Mammal of the United States.” An Act to Adopt the Bison as the National Mammal of the United States. N.p., n.d. Web. Online: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-114publ152/pdf/PLAW-114publ152.pdf and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-114publ152/html/PLAW-114publ152.htm.

United States., Smith, W. A., & Rayner, I. (1912). Titanic” disaster: Report of the Committee on commerce, United States Senate, pursuant to S. res. 283, directing the Committee on commerce to investigate the causes leading to the wreck of the White star liner “Titanic,”. Washington: Govt. Print. Off. Available online: http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo66899.

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Mount Rainier National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

August 23rd, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Mount Rainier National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Skiing at Mount Rainier National Park

For many people when they think of Washington State the first thing that comes to mind is Mount Rainier. The tallest peak in the state, at 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier dominates the landscape on both the east and west side of the state and all Washingtonians feel that it is “their mountain.”

On March 2, 1899, Mount Rainier was established as the fifth national park, named so by William McKinley.  The park is a veritable year round wonderland for those who love the outdoors. Possibilities range from fishing, bike riding, hiking, camping, and climbing in the summer, to skiing, tubing and snowshoeing in the winter. For those who like to just sit and admire the scenery, Longmire and Paradise each has a beautiful old inn. Also within the park boundaries are 228,480 acres of wilderness.

But before Mount Rainier became a national park there was of course a long history to the area including Native American legend.  One of the missions of the State Library, that we take very seriously, is to preserve the history of our state. We have many books in our catalog but for this blog post the focus is on our Digital Collections.  In order to make our materials easily accessible, we’ve been working for many years to digitize public domain books and journals in our collection.

When it comes to Mount Rainier, one of the best historic resources is Edmond Meany’s “Mount Rainier: a record of exploration”. This book is a collection of essays about the mountain including its discovery by George Vancouver, the story of the first accent by Hazard Stevens, the natural history of the mountain and an essay on the creation of the park.

Another source for history is our digital newspapers collection.  In the early days of our state Mount Rainier was often called “Mt. Tacoma” or “Mt. Tahoma”, the Native American name. This fact is acknowledged in Meany’s book and born out in the controversy over the name of the new national park.
In the March 7th Seattle Post Intelligencer an article titled “An insult to Tacoma” heatedly defends the name Rainier. “Some foolish people, including the Ledger, past and present, have tried to change the name of Rainier to Tacoma, but they have failed… If Mount Rainier is worthy of the distinction of a national park, the park should bear the name of the mountain.”Mount Rainier ad

Over the years Mount Rainier remained newsworthy, with articles such as the May 12, 1916 Washington Standard’s “Mt. Rainier’s Flowers – Unequaled in Beauty, Number and Luxuriance, says Uncle Sam” .  In 1910 The Walla Walla Evening Statesman proposed regulating automobiles in the park, however by December 7, 1920 an article in the Seattle Star instead proposed new roads to increase access and travel to the park.

As a Federal Depository the State Library also holds electronic federal documents for the state.  A search of our catalog unearthed “WONDERLAND: An Administrative History of Mount Rainier National Park” by Theodore Catton. This book records the history of the park from the days before it’s designation as a national park  through the end of the 20th century.

Having a national park in Washington also generated a lot of tourist interest and tourist dollars.  The early newspapers show evidence of efforts to take advantage of this.  You find advertisements for tours and postcards, even gasoline to get you there.  Today Mount Rainier continues to be a centerpiece of our state with an average of 1-2 million people visiting each year.  Have you visited lately?

Image sources:

“Gorgeous Mt. Rainier.” Pullman Herald 10 June 1921. Web. 14 July 2016.

Skiing at Mount Rainier National Park

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Olympic National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

August 16th, 2016 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections Comments Off on Olympic National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

a red canoe on the shores of Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park. Mountains in the distance.Washington is home to three National Parks (aren’t we lucky?)  Each park has its own unique features and opportunities for exploration and discovery.  As the state library we have a mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible to Washingtonians materials on the government, history, culture, and natural resources of the state.  As the national parks are one of our state unique treasures we have a variety of items in our collection that focus on Olympic, Rainier and the North Cascades National Parks.

Olympic National Park is on the Olympic Peninsula on the far western part of our state.  The park contains such a variety of landscapes, mountains, a temperate rain forest and wild coastlines. Activities include hiking, backpacking, beachcombing, fishing even a hot spring, your choices are endless. Olympic National Park is also home to several beautiful old lodges, Kalaloch and Lake Crescent lodges were built in the early 1900s and have all the beauty and character you would expect from this era.

If you choose to make a trip to the park what materials do we have at the state library to enhance your visit? A small handful are highlighted below, but if you check our catalog you will find a wide array of materials, from books, to maps, to state and federal documents.

Natural Wonders

Blau, S F, and Keith L. Hoofnagle. Exploring the Olympic Seashore. , 1980. Print.

Hanify, Mary L, and Craig Blencowe. Guide to the Hoh Rain Forest: An Interpretive Handbook. Port Angeles: PenPrint, 1975. Print.

Kirk, Ruth, Jerry F. Franklin, and Louis Kirk. The Olympic Rain Forest: An Ecological Web. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992. Print.

McNulty, Tim. Olympic National Park: A Natural History Guide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1996. Print.

Stewart, Charles. Wildflowers of the Olympics: 100 Wildflowers of Olympic National Park. San Francisco: Nature Education Enterprises, 1972. Print.

Tabor, R W. Guide to the Geology of Olympic National Park. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975. Print.

History & Literature

Beres, Nancy, Mitzi Chandler, and Russell Dalton. Island of Rivers: An Anthology Celebrating 50 Years of Olympic National Park. Seattle, WA: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Forests Association, 1988. Print.

Brant, Irving. The Olympic Forests for a National Park. New York: Emergency Conservation Committee, 1938. Print.

Wray, Jacilee. River Near the Sea: An Ethnohistory of the Queets River Valley. Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified, 2014. Print.


Camp Lightly Please: Backcountry Guide to Olympic National Park. Washington, D.C.?: U.S. Dept. of the Interior?, 1979. Print.

Molvar, Erik. Hiking Olympic National Park. Helena, Mont: Falcon, 1996. Print

Parratt, Smitty. Gods & Goblins: A Field Guide to Place Names of Olympic National Park. Port Angeles, WA: CP Publications, 1984. Print.

Steelquist, Robert, Pat O’Hara, Cindy McIntyre, and Keith D. Lazelle. Olympic National Park & the Olympic Peninsula: A Traveler’s Companion. Del Mar, Calif: Published by Woodlands Press in conjunction with Pacific Northwest National Parks and Forests Association, 1985. Print.

Perhaps you are a smartphone hiker?  Our Federal collection contains a lot of electronic information that could help you on your travels.  How about Forest Service Topo Maps for the Olympic National Forest?  Maybe you like to go off road the Motor Vehicle Use Maps show the roads, trails and areas that you can use.  Are you a birder?  The Great Washington State Birding Trail – Olympic Loop would be a wonderful companion on your trip.

And last but very much not least the Port Angeles Public Library located right at the foot of the Olympic National Park created a collection of oral histories from their patrons about their experiences visiting, living in and working at national parks throughout the U.S.  These recordings were funded with a grant from the WSL and hosted on the Washington Rural Heritage site. Have a listen and then go on out and create your own personal story at one of our state and country’s incredible jewels.

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