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Access to Historic Congressional Information

March 7th, 2017 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Access to Historic Congressional Information

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Remember these?

  • The Administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter
  • Passage/ratification of the 26th Amendment (allowing 18-year-olds to vote)
  • Watergate
  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • The US Bicentennial
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
  • The Iran Hostage Crisis
  • OPEC and the Oil Crises of the 1970s
  • Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act

The 1970’s. Ugh! High gas prices, low mpg, and 55 mph speed limits! So what was going in Congress?

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) just announced that in partnership with the Library of Congress the have released the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1971-1980. You can search it on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 92nd through the 96th Congresses.

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873, and is still published today. Click here to learn more.

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Issues dating from 1995 (beginning with the 104th Congress) are available online. Many federal depository libraries (like us) will have issues available in print. Current issues become available on Congress.gov shortly after they are published on GPO’s FDsys.

Need more information or assistance in finding congressional information? We love to help! You can reach us by clicking here.

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Classics in Washington History: Remembering Japanese Internment

March 2nd, 2017 mschaff Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Classics in Washington History: Remembering Japanese Internment

From the desk of Kathryn Devine, from materials compiled in part by Judy Pitchford.

Have you seen the library’s Classics in Washington History page? It’s an online collection of full-text books on Washington History.

Topics include county and regional history, military history, women’s stories, and other special collections that “bring together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists, and historians.”

In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, we’d like to highlight several documents from the Washington State Library’s federal collection on the Japanese internment camps.

Some are contemporary studies of life in the camps, and others contain testimony from survivors about the experience.

Contemporary Reports and Analysis

Community analysis notes

War Relocation Authority, Documents Section, Office of Reports

[Washington, D.C.] : War Relocation Authority, c1944-1945

These reports were compiled by staff of the War Relocation Authority, a civilian agency responsible for the relocation of evacuees. It includes many interviews with internees and their attitudes toward the U. S. because of the internment.


Community analysis report

War Relocation Authority, Documents Section, Office of Reports

[Washington, D.C.] : War Relocation Authority, c1942-1946

These reports deal with issues of unrest in the camps, religion and labor unrest. It also explore attitudes in the surrounding communities on the possible return of the Japanese.


 Project analysis series

War Relocation Authority, Documents Section, Office of Reports

[Washington, D.C.] : War Relocation Authority, c-1946

These reports cover the Tule Lake incident, questions of repatriation and community government.


Trends in the relocation centers. III

War Relocation Authority, Community Analysis Section

[Washington, D.C.] : The Section, [1945]

This document addresses the concerns of evacuees about the closing of the relocation centers and how their needs were to be met re-entering society.



Later Reports from Congressional Hearings

Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians act : hearing before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, second session, on S. 1647, March 18, 1980

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs

Washington : U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1980

Testimony before a commission investigating the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.


Personal justice denied : report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians : report for the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs 

United States. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 1992

A congressional committee report based on personal testimony and written documentation from witnesses who lived through the Japanese internment.


Oral History from the Legacy Project

Robert Graham: Not-So-Simple Twists of Fate

An oral history from the Legacy Project, Office of the Secretary of State.


Mr. Graham relates his own experiences in World War II, including the fate of one of his Japanese-American friends, Perry Saito.

Looking for more information on the history of Executive Order 9066, Japanese internment, or any other aspect of Pacific Northwest history? Contact us through our Ask A Librarian service or make a research appointment to visit the Library.


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Where in the State is Cindy Aden?

February 24th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Where in the State is Cindy Aden?

Since taking the helm of the State Library on August 1, 2016 our new librarian Cindy Aden has been on the go!   While Cindy is a past president of WLA and has worked in Washington for many years, it’s been a while since she visited some of the more remote corners of the state.

Cindy set herself the ambitious goal of meeting every one of her employees before the year was out.  While most of the State Library staff is in the Olympia area, the institutional libraries are scattered all over the state, from Walla Walla to Clallam Bay and many spots between. Using this as a springboard, her travels began.  We thought it would be fun to document her journey around the state to give all of us a bit of a ringside seat and peek into the large and small, the public, academic, special and school libraries that provide service to all of Washington.  This Storymap captures the first few months, but we will continue to add tour points.  What interesting thing will Cindy learn when she visits your library?

Cue the Carmen Sandiego song…

Click the picture to go to the full, interactive map.

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Centralia Daily Hub

February 21st, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Centralia Daily Hub

From the desk of Nikki Chiampa

The Centralia Daily Hub began as an Independent newspaper on September 29, 1913 with editor George A. Dew and publisher Madison “Elsy” Ellsworth Cue at the helm. The other publisher of the paper was the Hub Printing Company, Inc., an enterprise of which Cue was president. The Daily Hub was issued every afternoon with the exception of Sundays, reporting on both international and local news. Within a year of its inception, circulation of the paper had risen to approximately 1,141 issues, with distribution in Centralia and surrounding towns. During this time, Dew left his post at the paper and was succeeded by Victor Jackson. When Jackson left the paper in 1915, Cue ended up taking on the editorial role as well.

Significant events, including WW1, Women’s Suffrage, and Prohibition initially appeared as headlines on the front page. As time wore on, however, the newspaper shifted its focus to cover more socially inclined news on a local scale. The Daily Hub often took on a moral stance and eschewed objective reporting in its articles. When referring to the “drys,” those fighting for Prohibition, the paper describes the group as the “better element of this city.” In contrast, it berates the “clique” of local bankers and businessmen, declaring that these men defrauded the city during Centralia’s financial crisis of 1914. The Daily Hub remained righteous even when the topic was not political, expressing outrage at provocative movie posters on display at a local theater. The paper claims that “those whose mission it is to uplift, protest, and help to a better living” were being careless and slothful with their duties.

By its third year of publication, The Daily Hub was boasting of its “clear conscience” and the enemies it has gained, labeling their opponents as the “lawless and predatory” populace of Centralia. However, staff of The Daily Hub were not immune to the consequences of their antagonism. In one case, Vera Reynolds, a staff writer, was arraigned in court for libel. She alleged in one of her articles that prosecuting attorney Chester Alan Studebaker and Sheriff Thomas C. Foster were “laid out” by Frank Nehring, whom they were attempting to arrest. Even The Daily Hub’s publisher, M.E. Cue, was tried in court multiple times and charged in 1916 for throwing a pig of linotype metal at Joe Lucas, a local theater manager.

After only five years and with 2,228 papers in circulation, The Daily Hub officially ceased publication on March 30, 1918. It was succeeded by The Centralia Evening Hub, which ran for the month of April that same year. Immediately thereafter, it transformed into the Republican paper, The Centralia Daily Hub, which was issued from May 1, 1918 until publication was suspended on April 10, 1919. During these rapid changes, M.E. Cue and his company remained as publishers up to the final issue of the paper’s demise. Although the Centralia Daily Hub announced plans to return from its “sabbatical,” it had no successors.

The Centralia Daily Hub along with many other early Washington newspapers can be found on our Washington Digital Newspapers website.

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How does the State Library impact your community?

February 14th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on How does the State Library impact your community?

The Washington State Library (WSL) has compiled fact sheets to illustrate funding and support from WSL to libraries across the state. We do this annually organized by legislative and congressional district. Our Congressional District fact sheets are now available online and we expect to have Legislative District fact sheets posted on our website by the end of February.

The Washington State Library is the only agency in Washington that is specifically designated by law to assist libraries and to ensure that residents of the entire state have access to library and information services. WSL achieves these goals using federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We offer numerous projects supporting the enhancement of library services. We provide consulting services on a variety of topics, and provide grants, subsidies and training to libraries.

Local libraries support the educational and lifelong learning needs of the people in their communities. Their staff participate in statewide projects sponsored by the Washington State Library.  While the Congressional Fact Sheets reflect the projects that are funded by LSTA, the State Library offers much more to Washington residents.

Our Central Library Service is a research library which specializes in Washington State and Pacific Northwest history, culture and government.  Historians and genealogists find our resources invaluable as we have information that is unavailable anywhere else. As mandated by State Law [(RCW) 40.06.010 (4)], the Washington State Library collects publications published by all Washington State agencies that are intended for distribution to the state government of the public in print and electronic format. State publications provide current and historical information about State government.  They are a resource for research into Washington’s past and they are a cornerstone for Washington’s future.

WSL is the only state library that has branch libraries in prisons.  There are libraries and librarians in nine prisons and two state hospitals.  These libraries are a lifeline for the patients and inmates providing a small island of normalcy in their lives.  Inmates find not only recreational materials at the library; many use their time to further their education.  The State Library is partnering with the Department of Corrections and local libraries to help prisoners achieve a successful re-entry.

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) provides a comprehensive, statewide library service for Washington residents unable to read standard print material due to blindness, a visual impairment, deaf-blindness, a physical disability that makes it difficult to hold a book or turn a page, or a reading disability. Books and magazines are available in audio and braille and sent free by mail or downloaded from the website or app. WTBBL offers materials in Spanish, a youth services program, local book production, and more.

WSL offers several digital collections from its many historical resources, including books, maps, newspapers and manuscripts. These collections will continue to grow as more of our resources are scanned, providing a multitude of information to students, teachers, historians and genealogists on Washington’s rich heritage.

All of these services are offered statewide, and each one impacts your community in both small and large ways. For a more detailed analysis of our work in your community return here in a few weeks to find the newly minted Legislative Fact Sheets.

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It all started with a training offered by the Washington State Library…

February 8th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on It all started with a training offered by the Washington State Library…

We received this message from Jamie Allwine, the Library Manager at Timberland’s Winlock Library.  It was such a great story that we asked her permission to share it.  Thanks Jamie, you’ve made our day.

The Winlock Library’s ascent into STEM really started with a WSL workshop that Joe Olayvar and Evelyn Lindberg put on at Timberland’s Service Center.  I had never touched a programmable robot but I left that day KNOWING that the kids (all ages) of Winlock would love them.  On my way out the door, I ran the idea by my supervisor and the director and they both gave me the green light to pursue robotics.  I contacted my Friends group and they enthusiastically funded the purchase of two Legos Mindstorms EV3 Core kits.  We now own four of the Core kits and three expansion sets.  Although we routinely hold formal “Robots Rock” programs, all of our equipment is available on demand.  Kids (often families) can come in any time and ask to use the “toys”, and we happily get them out.

Why am I so committed to STEM?  When I was a kid, we needed to learn the 3 R’s.  But kids today also need a strong foundation in a new language–coding.  As with all languages, the earlier that a child is exposed, the easier they pick it up.  Although there are many schools who provide STEM programs, most are still focused on the teaching and testing of the original 3 R’s.  I read a study that said only 10% of school aged kids have access to STEM programming, and that is often on a limited basis and sometimes not until high school.  For many kids, we are really missing that ideal window of opportunity to introduce coding, construction, robotics, etc.  I believe that through the public library system, we can help bridge that gap.

Winlock currently offers programming with the Legos EV3s, Dash & Dot, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, Code-a-pillars, Eggbots and a wide variety of building toys, such as Legos, Lincoln Logs, K’nex, and Erector sets.  We participated in the Hour of Code™ during Computer Science Education Week.  We have borrowed the Legos We-Do 2.0 kits from our service center and the Roominate kits from the Washington State Library.  Our kids have loved them all!

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The new Washington State Library Newsletter has been published

January 31st, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, News Comments Off on The new Washington State Library Newsletter has been published

Here’s a “tickler” from our new newsletter.  Intrigued?  Click here to read the entire issue.  Would you like to have the next issue show up in your inbox? You’ll find a subscribe button in the upper left corner of the newsletter’s page.

A letter from our State Librarian, Cindy Aden

Here at the Washington State Library, we’re excited about the New Year and what 2017 has in store! We’re also excited about the winter 2017 edition of For Your Information, the State Library’s newsletter. We’ve continued to receive helpful comments and constructive feedback on FYI since we published the first edition last July. Because of your feedback, we’ve made tweaks to the design and layout. We think this will make the newsletter easier and more enticing to read.

In this edition, we’ll give you the scoop on what’s new and what’s staying the same at the State Library. We’ll talk about the Office of Secretary of State’s proposal to the Legislature for a new building to house the State Library and State Archives. We’ll share the latest news about the Washington Digital Newspapers and Washington Rural Heritage programs. And we’ll let you know about the Teen Video Challenge contest deadline. Thanks for your interest in the Washington State Library!

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Russian Interference with 2016 Elections

January 12th, 2017 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For the Public, Public Services Comments Off on Russian Interference with 2016 Elections

2016 Presidential ElectionIn the year 2017 “Fake News” is on everyone’s lips and lately the news has been dominated by speculation that Russia intervened in the US election.  As librarians we know to look for a reputable source and to verify information. Federal publications help keep the public informed. The Washington State Library is a federal depository library (Federal Depository Library Program, Government Publishing Office) and serves as the Regional Depository Library for the states of Washington and Alaska.

The latest from National Public Radio: “CIA Concludes Russian Interference Aimed To Elect Trump. The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR. … Now they [the CIA] have come to the conclusion that Russia was trying to tip the election to Trump.” (Kelly, Mary Louise. “CIA Concludes Russian Interference Aimed to Elect Trump.” NPR – the two-way, 10 Dec. 2016, http://n.pr/2j20Ygk. Accessed 10 Jan. 2017.)  

The media — television, radio, newspapers and social media — have been rife with stories like these. As the calendar rolls toward the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th the focus on Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election remains hot.

President Obama directed the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency to prepare a report on their findings regarding Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 election cycle. A highly redacted version was made public on January 6, 2017. If you would like to read the report you will find it at https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf.

For information assistance contact our Ask A Librarian staff.

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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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Digital Projects: Year in Review 2016

December 29th, 2016 Nikki Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on Digital Projects: Year in Review 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we here at Washington Rural Heritage are at a crossroads. We’re steadily working with our grantees on this past year’s collections, and at the same time, we’re looking forward to the new projects that we will be helping with next year. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take the time to stop and reflect on what our community has accomplished from 2015 to 2016 in their efforts to preserve Washington’s cultural heritage.

Highlights of these collections include:

  • Asotin County Library’s collection now has images by the photographer, Asahel Curtis, providing a glimpse at everyday life during the turn of the century in eastern Washington, as well as a collection of postcards, which span the first half of the 20th century.
  • The Ellensburg Public Library has digitized various items in City of Ellensburg’s art collection. Included in this selection are works by local artist, muralist, and author, Ernest R. Norling.

  • Continuing the theme of Washington based artists, the La Conner Regional Library collaborated with the Museum of Northwest Art and Western Washington University to create a collection that highlights the works, ephemera, and personal letters of three members of the Northwest School art movement.
  • The Port Angeles Public Library of the North Olympic Library System has expanded upon its already sizable collection of photographs and negatives donated by Bert Kellogg. Notable additions include images of Olympic Peninsula tribes, as well as maritime photos of the Northwest.
  • Kettle Falls Public Library has added to its collection of local history. Included in this year’s project are images of local residents, Kettle Falls, and a “bunny”
  • The Whitman County Library has collaborated with a number of institutions this year, combining items from the Staley Museum, the City of Colfax, and the Colfax Fire Department, as well as private holdings, which were all added to Whitman County’s 2015 collection. The diversity of items in this year’s project is reflected in the cultural artifacts, which include women’s clothing, farm equipment, uniforms, and badges.





Digitization of these collections in 2015-2016 was accomplished with a grant award from the Washington State Library, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Washington public and tribal libraries will be eligible for our next round of digitization grants to be announced in early 2017. Questions about the grant opportunity should be directed to Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, evan.robb@sos.wa.gov, (360) 704-5228.


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