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Digital Archives preserves 3.5 million critical, public records

America's first digital archives of its kind has rescued more than 3.5 million critical, public records and historic documents. The state-of-the-art facility, based in Cheney, Washington, works on behalf of the public to save the electronic history and important records.

Since its doors opened in October of 2004, the Digital Archives Program has made considerable progress.

Gov Lowry's Website brought back to life

Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today the preservation of former Governor Mike Lowry's website through the Agency's Digital Archives - a program that saves critical, electronic history from extinction.

Lowry, who served the State's citizens as Governor from 1993 to 1997, created a website at the end of his term.The site features the 1997 State of the State Address, 1997-1999 budget highlights, all 229 press releases, and legislation proposed for the 1997 session.This information is now available to researchers worldwide through the Digital Archives.

The Washington State Digital Archives preserves a wide range of original electronic records and digitized paper records from birth, marriage, death, census, military, institutional and naturalization records, to legal and historic records such as the State Constitution and the first election results in the Washington Territory. Click here for to search Governor Lowry's website.

The 1882 Grays Harbor County and 1887 Adams County Censuses are now available online

The 1882 Grays Harbor County and 1887 Adams County Censuses are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 1,290 people listed as having residence in Grays Harbor County in 1882 and 990 people in Adams County in 1887. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The 1882 Grays Harbor County and 1887 Adams County Censuses can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

The 1887 Whitman County and 1871 Pierce County Censuses are now available

The 1887 Whitman County and 1871 Pierce County Censuses are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 9,047 people listed as having residence in Whitman County in 1887 and 1045 people in Pierce County in 1871. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The 1887 Whitman County and 1871 Pierce County Censuses can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

The 1889 Adams County Census is now available online

The 1889 Adams County Census is now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 1,764 people listed as having residence in Adams County. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The 1889 Adams County Census can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

The 1885 Kitsap County Census is now available online

The 1885 Kitsap County Census is now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 2,638 people listed as having residence in Kitsap County. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The 1885 Kitsap County Census can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

The 1880 Grays Harbor County and 1885 Clallam County Censuses are now available online

The 1880 Grays Harbor County and 1885 Clallam County Censuses are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 900 people listed as having residence in Grays Harbor County and 698 names from Clallam County. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The Censuses can be here, or can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

The 1871 Clark County Census is now available online at the Washington State

The 1871 Clark County Census is now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are 2,710 people listed as having residence in Clark County. Census records contain demographic information collected by enumerators traveling door to door asking a series of pre-determined questions about each member of the household. Typical information collected includes: Name, Age, Profession and Race. The 1871 Clark County Census can be browsed here, or can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search

America's first Digital Archives attracts worldwide attention

Seven archivists from China toured the Secretary of State's Digital Archives on Tuesday, May 31 to learn how to rescue, preserve and make accessible China's critical, electronic records and historic documents dating back thousands of years. The delegation spent the day touring the Digital Archives and learning about the program: from initial planning and funding, through development and implementation. "The Washington State Digital Archives is truly honored to host fellow archivists who have traveled such a great distance in seek of knowledge and understanding" said Adam Jansen, Digital Archivist. "It was a wonderful opportunity for both groups to learn from each other."