Resources for Researching Olympia’s History

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The following is a list of materials relating to Olympia area history that are available either on our website or elsewhere. 

  • Bibliographylisting of books, transcripts, and articles – many on-line
  • Visual Resources – photographs, films, and videos
  • Geographic Resources – maps, walking tours, and interactive maps
  • Where Are We? website project with interactive map and pages showing historic and heritage locations throughout Olympia, with photographs and links.
  • Residents website project listing early residents of Olympia and Thurston County from 1840s through 1930, with brief bios, photographs and links.
  • Easton collection: Legacy webpages from the late Roger Easton’s work as a Washington State History researcher, captured to this site by permission of Easton’s literary executor, Ed Echtle. Note that not all links on these pages are still active
  • Query: submit a query about a topic you are researching
  • Links to other useful websites


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