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. Includes Sanborn Map overlays that virtually lays historic fire insurance maps over current maps and images. 
  • Where Are We? resource with interactive map and pages showing historic and heritage locations throughout Olympia, with photographs and links. Toggle on theme buttons to view sites associated with themes such as diversity, women’s history, etc. 
  • Who Are We? resource listing early residents of Olympia and Thurston County from 1840s through 1930, with brief bios, photographs and links.
  • Many Voices, a resource for research on ethnic, ancestral, and cultural diversity in Olympia area. 
  • Sylvester’s Window, a “cityscape” project featuring a series of watercolors showing downtown Olympia throughout the years, with accompanying materials, reproduced by permission. 
  • Query: If you cannot find an answer to your question or research topic, feel free to submit a query and we will try to find an answer for you. 

 

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