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Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History and Social Studies AND the State Archives 

Over the past few years educators throughout the nation have been developing "Common Core Standards" for the broad range of K-12 curricula, including History and Social Studies.  Mike Saunders, Regional Archivist at the Puget Sound Branch, shares information on how the Washington State Archives helps teachers utilize our resources to develop these skills.  
Read more here!

For more information about the wide variety of materials available for teachers and students, check out the educational resources portion of our website here!
Improvements in Accessibility to Popular Records

Property searches are among the most common types of reference requests fielded by the branch archivists.  Eastern Regional Branch Archivists are taking steps to preserve some of the most frequently handled pieces of their collection for future generations.  Read more about this project here!

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October 2013 
News from the OSOS Blog
Stories from the Archives...

The Office of the Secretary of State routinely updates a blog entitled "From Our Corner,"  in order to provide from-the-source information about important state news and public services.  Often, stories of note from the Archives are included on this page.

October is Archives Month!
History is not always recorded in textbooks, manuscripts and photographs.  Oral histories play an essential role in telling the stories that are unique to families, communities, and ways of life in Washington.  Seattle Civil Rights activists, Swedish immigrants in Tacoma, Spokane pioneers, Roslyn miners, Pacific County oyster farmers, concrete workers at the Grand Coulee Dam, women of the State Legislature, Lummi Island fisherman, and Grays Harbor millworkers have had their stories preserved in archives across the state. 

Listen to and share the stories they tell.
This year, Washington celebrates American Archives Month with the theme

"Hearing History: Preserving Washington Voices."

The seventh annual statewide celebration of Washington Archives Month is coordinated by a committee of representatives from archival and manuscript repositories throughout the state.  Co-sponsors are the Washington State Archives, The National Archives at Seattle, and the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board

The purpose of Archives Month is to celebrate the value of Washington's historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical records in archives, historical societies, museums, libraries, and other repositories across the state.

For more information, visit the Archives Month webpage or check us out on Facebook!

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Linda Burfield Hazzard:
Pioneering Healer or Serial Killer?

Explore this story through an exhibit in the lobby of the Washington State Archives in Olympia!

Using Supreme Court case files, letters, newspaper articles, and other documents from the collections of the Washington State Archives, an exhibit about Linda Burfield Hazzard, considered by many to be Washington's first female serial killer, will be featured during October at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.  Read more about this macabre case here  and be sure to stop by and explore this fascinating story! 
2021 Hay St.

"It started with a phone call concerning a structure in Mason County, Shelton, WA.  When I called back, the woman was looking for a house that had been razed in the 1990s..."  Find out what happened when Tracy Rebstock, Archivist with the Southwest Regional Branch, started out on this quest to help a researcher!  Click here for the touching results. 
Art Appreciation in the Washington State Archives Collections

Art is visual language, telling humanity's story in every corner of the world.  In our own modern times, safely stored within our vaults, are photographic collections.  They include images of fine art pieces, of times gone by, of ways of living that have changed and evolved with the growth of our state.  Angela Yoder, self proclaimed Art and Digital Nerd with the Washington State Archives, brings you an oil painting created by Carl Funseth of the Broadview Dairy in Spokane.  Check it out here!  It's a fun and different way of thinking about archival holdings!
We hope you've enjoyed this edition of
"Out of the Archives!"

Steve Excell, Washington State Archivist | |
Telephone: (360) 586-1492
1129 Washington Street
SE Olympia, WA 98504-0238
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