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Treasures of the Archives: Denny Hall is the oldest building of the University of Washington

Although Denny Hall has undergone major renovations as recently as 2015, the exterior remains virtually unchanged to this day.

Although Denny Hall has undergone major renovations as recently as 2015, the exterior remains virtually unchanged to this day, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/.

Built in 1895, Denny Hall is the oldest building of the University of Washington. It was designed by Charles Saunders in the style of the French Renaissance Revival and built with brick and sandstone. The University prioritized the building in their "Restore the Core" initiative, which aimed to restore fifteen historic buildings on the campus.

Treasures of the Archives: Spokane County Records Survey

Photographic Print of the Spokane County Courthouse where many of the records listed in the Spokane County Records Survey were held.

Spokane County Courthouse, 1895-1905, General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/.

The Great Depressions eliminated jobs across the country in every field from coal mining to journalism, leaving a quarter of the workforce unemployed. In an effort to rebuild the economy, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration, a part of the New Deal, to put folks back to work. One WPA initiative was the Federal Writers Project, which employed researchers and writers to collect oral histories, write travel guides, and inventory archival repositories.

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