Find primary documents, reference books, journal articles, and scholarly analysis on periods and events in our history.
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Explore the native cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. Learn about daily life, where they lived, what they ate, how they survived, and even their religions.
Search the digital US Census records from 1790-1940 or the full-text of 25,000 family and local history books in Heritage Quest.
Search or browse the full text of The New York Times from 1851 to 2011. Research world events, find obituaries, or read editorials and classified ads from years gone by.
Browse articles, explore topics, and find images. All the National Geographic resources are at your command, without the big stacks of yellow magazines.
Chart the growth and development of cities and towns in Washington with fire insurance maps (including Sanborn maps), plat books, real estate atlases, and other historical maps. Use the information to supplement your historical or genealogical research.
Search full-text reference eBooks on a variety of topics or read entire travel guidebooks without leaving your computer. (Formerly called Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Washington Rural Heritage is a collection of historic photos and other scanned materials documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of rural Washington.The collection includes materials obtained by FVRLibraries in Skamania, Klickitat, and North Clark/South Cowlitz counties, funded by a grant from the Washington State Library.
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Look up historical newspaper articles or county and state records such as marriage, frontier justice, birth, and death records. You can even find historical photographs.
Seek out the news of yesterday in an ever-growing collection of old newspapers--including the Chronicle of Vancouver--digitized by the Washington State Library. Search them all, browse a particular title, or view by location.Dates range from as early as 1860, depending upon the newspaper.
View scanned U.S. newspapers in multiple languages spanning the years 1789–1963. Read about major world events or seek out local news about ancestors.