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1. Select a source from which to transcribe biographies (a list of Recommended Sources is below).

2. Email the biography to the WABios editor at . Please be sure to include the following information:

You will be notified as soon as the biography is posted.

Thank you for contributing to the Biographies project!

Recommended Sources

The following sources are all works containing Washington biographies that are no longer copyrighted. This list is certainly by no means exhaustive; if you have other sources that meet the criteria of the project, you are welcome to use them. Most of these sources are available at the Seattle Public Library, and may be available in other libraries as well.

An Illustrated History of the Big Bend Country; Embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin Counties; State of Washington. Spokane, Western Historical Publishing Company, Publishers, 1904.

Boswell, Harry James, Ed.. American Blue Book Western Washington. Seattle, Lowman and Hanford Co., 1922. Dewey # B.3 B6572A.
[*This book was completely transcribed by Judy Bivens.*]

Durham, Nelson Wayne. History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington, From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Spokane, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912. Dewey # 979.76 D934H

Gilbert, Frank T. Historic sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory. Portland, OR, Printing house of A.G. Walling, 1882. Dewey # 979.7 G373

Hawthorne, Julian, ed. History of Washington, the Evergreen State, from Early Dawn to Daylight. With portraits and biographies. New York, American Historical Publishing Co., 1893. Dewey #: 979.7 H318 2v.

Hines, Harvey K. An illustrated history of the State of Washington : containing a history of the State of Washington from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago, Lewis Pub. Co., 1893. Dewey # 979.7 H589i
[*Jeffrey Elmer has contributed the bios from pages 284-600, but the remaining pages are still available for transcriptions.*]

Hunt, Herbert and Floyd C. Kaylor. Washington, West of the Cascades; Historical and Descriptive; the Explorers, the Indians, the Pioneers, the Modern. Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1917. Dewey #: 979.7 H912W

Meany, Edmond S. Governors of Washington, territorial and state. Seattle, Department of Printing, University of Washington, 1915. Dewey # B.3 M462G

Notable men of Washington. Tacoma, WA, Perkins Press, 1912. Dewey # RB.0 N843.

Prosser, William Farrand. A history of the Puget Sound country, its resources, its commerce and its people; with some reference to discoveries and explorations in North America from the time of Christopher Columbus down to that of George Vancouver in 1792. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903. Dewey # 979.7 P9453H

Renfro, Alfred T. The fourteenth session; a brief history of the men who represented the million and half people of the State of Washington in the legislature of 1915. Seattle?, WA, House of Sherman, 1915. Dewey # B.0 R293 v.3

Renfro, Alfred T. The fifteenth session; a brief history of the men who represented the million and half people of the State of Washington in the legislature of 1917. Seattle?, WA, House of Sherman, 1917. Dewey # B.0 R293 v.4

Sketches of Washingtonians; containing brief histories of men of the state of Washington engaged in professional and political life, in manufacture, commerce, finance and religion; with a summary of the cities of the state containing upwards of 5,000 population. Seattle, WA, W. C. Wolfe, 1906. Dewey # B.0 Sk29W

Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement. Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.)
[*This book was completely transcribed by Nancy Pratt Melton.*]

Washington State Historical Society. History of the Washington State Historical Society, 1907-1914 Olympia, 1915. Dewey # 979.7 W2793

I am in the process of transcribing biographies from the histories written by Hawthorne and Hunt & Kaylor. I've made only a small dent in these books, having transcribed all of the biographies pertaining to Lewis Co. and Cowlitz Co. residents. If you would like to transcribe biographies from these or any other books, feel free! Just check the Surname Index first to ensure that a biography has not already been transcribed. Then email me ( ) and let me know the source and page numbers you wish to transcribe from.

Updated on 3 Feb 2004.

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