This collection principally consists of books and periodicals related to the history and government of the Pacific Northwest. All documents featured here are in the public domain, published by Eastern Washington University, or are posted under fair use protections or other exemptions within the United States Copyright code.
In addition to the documents featured here, Special Collections also holds the Ye Galleon Press Collection and the Almeron T. Perry Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection- a research collection of uncataloged books and periodicals representing this genre.
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Cheney, WA 99004-2453
John P. Esvelt II and Pete Esvelt
This document consists of a published history of the Esveldt family with the transcript of a presentation by Pete Esvelt about his family's history digitally appended to the end.
The Esveldt family immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands, eventually settling in northeastern Washington. The work consists largely of the memoir of John P. Esvelt II written in two parts. The first, labelled "Narrative 1", tells the family story from immigration through John's early childhood. "Narrative 2" continues the story through 1963. The history contains details of the family's life on farms in Dartford and Colville, with some details on their relation with area American Indians. The appended presentation by Pete Esvelt focuses more on the family's relationship with American Indians.
The family genealogy that appears at the end of the Esveldt family history has been removed from this version. A print copy with the genealogy is available at the Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collections.
Jay W. Rea
University Archivist Jay Rea gave this address at Eastern Washington University's Founders' Day in 1998. In it he discusses the University's history as a teacher's college and its role in the present day. This speech was given on the heels of a proposed merger between Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.
Paul L. Weis, William L. Newman, and U.S. Geological Survey
This booklet describes the formation of the Channeled Scablands by a series of glacial floods. It includes photographs of formations formed by the activity described in the text.
This work was originally published in 1947 by the Government Printing Office for the Department of the Interior with SuDoc number (I 19.2:W 27/6/974).
Cultural resources predictive land use model for the Okanogan highlands: an impact assessment for the Bonneville Power Administration's Chief Joseph Dam-Tonasket and Grand Coulee Keller transmission lines
Robert R. Mierendorf and Bonneville Cultural Resources Group
This report is about the impact on archaeological sites posed by the construction of power lines from Chief Joseph Dam to Tonasket, Washington and from Grand Coulee Dam to Keller, Washington.
Esvelt & Saxon and Bovay Engineers, inc.
This publication is a study of the City of Spokane's wastewater system commissioned by the City of Spokane.
Henry L. Reimers
The history of the Lloyd family of Waitsburg, Washington, who settled in the area in the mid-1800s.Reimers served as principal at a Waitsburg elementary school when he wrote the narrative.
It was collected by C.S. Kingston for addition to the Eastern Libraries in 1951.
George W. Sutherland
Reminiscences of an early Colfax, Washington, resident, chiefly about a company of volunteers formed to protect the Palouse country during the 1877 Nez Perce War, as recorded by Jerome Peltier.
Henry L. Reimers
The history of the Magers family, who settled near Deep Creek in Spokane County, Washington.
Reimers' narrative was collected by C.S. Kingston for addition to the EWU Libraries in 1940.
Otis W. Freeman
Freeman describes the history of Grand Coulee beginning with the geologic origin of the place followed by a short discussion of the Grand Coulee Dam and why the location is suitable for the project. This publication also includes several photographs of the region and the Grand Coulee Dam project.
This work is 20 pages.
Joseph G. McMacken
This work discusses the formation of the Grand Coulee and its major geologic features. The last section of the work is about the Grand Coulee Dam and the irrigation of the Columbia Basin. In addition to McMacken's description, it also contains photographs, maps, and data about the Columbia Basin Project.
This work is 31 pages.
This volume is the reminiscence of Susan Gregg Walton about her overland migration from Wisconsin to Oregon.
J Harlen Bretz
In this article, Bretz proposes the formation of the system of buttes and canyons known as the Chaneled Scablands are the result of a massive glacial flood. In Bretz's words, this region contains evidence of "vigorous subfluvial action."
This article is 32 pages.
J Harlen Bretz
In this article, Bretz describes two glaciers that reached then drained through the northern part of the Columbia basalt plateau. Based on the physical evidence, Bretz attempts to determine when the earlier Spokane glaciation occurred relative to the Wisconsin glaciation.
This publication is 7 pages long.
History of Kitsap County, Washington : its people, and its school districts : written with the co-operation of its children, 1915-1916
Kitsap County Superintendent's Office
This brief history of Kitsap County in Washington state includes a dedicatory poem to the children of Kitsap County, a map of the county and its school districts, a history of the county up to roughly 1915, and a paragraph on the history of each school district in the county as of 1915.
W. P. Winans
This typescript is a copy of an account by W. P. (William Parkhurst) Winans on the history of Stevens County. The account is prefaced by a letter to Grace G. Isaacs of the Women's Reading Club of Walla Walla, Washington. The typescript was created by C. S. (Ceylon Samuel) Kingston in 1950 for use in Eastern Washington College of Education's Northwest Room.
The date of creation is unknown but presumably before Winans' death in 1917. The typescript was created in 1950.
A publication of the Cheney city charter approved on November 28, 1883 and ordinances passed through 1889.
Washington (State). Legislative Assembly.
This is a transcription of the Cheney city Charter from 1883.