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Digital Archives[edit | edit source]

The nation's first archives dedicated to the preservation of electronic records from both state and local agencies. Located in Cheney, Washington on the Eastern Washington University Campus. It is the storehouse for very important electronic records found thoughout the state and to provide simple access to researchers. Over 3.7 million records are available for research online, including marriage, naturalization, census, death, birth, and military.

Digital Archives

Collections[edit | edit source]

• Audio Records 
• Auditor Misc Records
• Birth Records
• Cemetery Records
• Census Records
• Corporation Records
• Death Records
• E-Publications
• Frontier Justice
• Indian Census
• Institution Records
• Land Records
• Map Records
• Marriage Records
• Military Records
• Minutes and Meeting Records
• Miscellaneous Family History
• Naturalization Records
• Oaths of Office
• Ordinance Records
• Photographs
• Plats and Surveys Records
• Power of Attorney Records
• Professional License Records
• Real Property Record Cards
• Recorded Agreements and Contracts
• Resolution Records
• Superior Court Cases
• Trademark Records
• Uniform Commercial Code Recordings

There are three types of searches available. [edit | edit source]

People Search[edit | edit source]

Researchers can search ALL records in the collections that have index fields that are name based.

Keyword Search[edit | edit source]

Researchers can search on all other records that are NOT name based records.  Also a search can be done by selecting one of the records series from the drop down box to limit a search.

Detailed Search[edit | edit source]

Researchers can select one record series and search on additional fields that are pertinent only to that records series.

State Archives[edit | edit source]

Washington State Archives

The State Records Collections provide records of the government of Washington State beginning with the Washington Territory in 1853 and continues to the present.

The collection contains an array of documents from the governor, legislature, courts, state agencies, and the "official records" of the state. From accounting, maps, to natural resources including case files of the Washington Territorial District Court for 1853 to 1889 which include civil, criminal and probate records.

A state-wide guide to all of the manuscript collections in museums, libraries, universities, historical societies, churches, etc. in the state (the Washington State Archives collections were published in a separate volume, now up to date and searchable on-line).

Washington State Historical Records Guide

Northwest Region[edit | edit source]

Northwest Region Archives

Northwest Regional Branch
Western Washington University, MS-9123
Bellingham, WA 98225-9123

Telephone: (360) 650-3125


Covers the following counties:

  • Clallam
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Whatcom

Southwest Region[edit | edit source]

Southwest Region Archives

Washington State Archives
Southwest Regional Branch
1129 Washington Street SE
PO Box 40238
Olympia, Washington 98504-0238 Telephone:  (360) 753-1684 Email:

Covers the following counties:

  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Skamania
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

 Central Region [edit | edit source]

Central Region Archives

State Archives Central Branch
Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building
400 E. University Way
Mail Stop 7547
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547

Telephone:  (509) 963-2136


Covers the following counties:

  •  Benton
  •  Chelan
  •  Douglas
  •  Franklin
  •  Grant
  •  Kittitas
  •  Klickitat
  •  Okanogan
  •  Yakima 

 Eastern Region [edit | edit source]

Eastern Region Archives

Washington State Archives:
Eastern Washington Regional Archives
960 Washington Street
Cheney, Washington 99004

Telephone:  (509)235-7508


Covers the following counties:

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Columbia
  • Ferry
  • Garfield
  • Lincoln
  • Pend Oreille
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman 


 Sound Region [edit | edit source]

Sound Region Archives

Puget Sound Regional Archives
Pritchard-Fleming Building
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS-N100
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484

Research Telephone:   (425) 564-3940


Covers the following counties:

  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Pierce 

Collections at the Puget Sound Regional Archives include primary sources containing historical information on:
• Buildings
• Businesses
• Communities
• Economic Development
• Education
• Genealogy
• Land Use
• Local Government Policies and Actions
• Pioneers
• Ports
• Property ownership
• Social Issues
• Trade
• Transportation (Roads, Highways, Street Railways, Bus Systems)