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Treasures of the Archives: What Treasures Have You Found in the Digital Archives?

This 1913 marriage certificate for “King Corn” and “Queen Alfalfa” is just one unexpected find in the archives. Spokane County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1880-Present, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Dear Friends and Researchers,

Help us out. What buried treasures have you uncovered here on the Digital Archives?

For three years now, the staff of the Washington State Archives, Digital Archives has used this space to highlight some of the treasures we have in our digital collections. From early photographs of the state parks to escaped prisoners from the penitentiary, we have shared some of our favorite discoveries. With over 60 million searchable items online, however, we don’t pretend that we have uncovered every interesting item in our collections. So we turn to you--what have you found? Is there some chilling death certificate, unique photograph, or fascinating record series that you have come across?

Send us your favorite finds and we will feature your discovery in this space or on the Digital Archives Twitter feed. Email a link and a brief note about what you find interesting to the Assistant Digital Archivist, Larry Cebula, at larry.cebula@sos.wa.gov. We look forward to seeing what you have found!

Cordially,

The Digital Archives Team

Treasures of the Archives: “Living in the Space Age: The Century 21 Exposition and the Space Needle”

The Space Needle and the Alweg Monorail were symbols of modernity and “the Space Age.” Seattle Monorail and the Seattle Space Needle, 1964, General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

The Space Needle and the Alweg Monorail were symbols of modernity and “the Space Age.” Seattle Monorail and the Seattle Space Needle, 1964, General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Since 1962, the Space Needle has been a towering presence looking over Washington State’s largest city. In the late 1950’s, the city of Seattle realized how a world’s fair could bring infrastructure development and economic benefits to the city. City Councilman Al Rochester pioneered the idea and quickly gained support from lawmakers and the people of Seattle. Named the Century 21 Exposition, the fair was conceived as an international exhibition on the ways that humans were “living in the space age.”

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