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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

History 490: Environmental History

Multidisciplinary resources available to students studying Environmental History

Find Books, Videos

Having problems requesting items via Summit? Please contact the JFK Circulation Department at 509.359.7888, or, or in person on the Main Level.

Useful Words for Finding Primary Sources in Databases/Catalogs

To find books that reproduce primary sources on your topic, you need to enter the topic (or person) you are researching and one of the following subjects:

Archives, correspondence, diaries, interviews, letters, manuscripts, maps, memoirs, narratives (personal, slave, etc.), photographs, propaganda, sources, speeches.

If you want to find reproductions of important primary sources from U.S. history, then you can do a subject search for United States History Sources in the EWU catalog.

Databases Containing Primary Sources

Local Resources


EWU Digital Collections []: Publicly available archival photographs highlighting the history of people and places of Eastern Washington University and the Eastern Washington region.  Location of the EWU Libraries Archives & Special Collections: Lower level of the JFK Library (Tel.# 509-359-2475).

Museum of Arts & Culture: Archives & Collections []

Northwest Digital Archives []: NWDA provides access to descriptions of primary sources in the Northwestern United States, including correspondence, diaries, or photographs. Digital reproductions of primary sources are available in some cases.

Spokane Historical []: Spokane Historical is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of Spokane and Eastern Washington. It is a free app available on your Android or iPhone smart phone or tablet.  Spokane Historical is a project of the Public History program at Eastern Washington University.

Washington State Archives []: For the Spokane area, contact the Eastern Regional Branch located on the EWU campus (960 Washington Street, Tel.# (509)235-7508).  Collections span the years from the territorial period to the present and include school census records, tax assessment rolls, court dockets and case files, photographs, maps, plats, and engineering drawings.  For historical newspapers, see this link [].