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Treasures of the Archives: Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1889

Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1854-2009, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1854-2009, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

With another election year come and gone, it is good to reflect on the men and women who have taken up the reins of office in our state’s history. Elisha P. Ferry was sworn in on November 18th 1889 as the first Governor of the brand-new state of Washington, and above is his hand-written oath of office. A careful eye may notice subtle differences between the official constitutional oath of office and the one written by Ferry.

Treasures of the Archives: Archives Open House in Cheney!

Photograph image courtesy of Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

Photograph image courtesy of Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Did you know that the world's first built-from-the-ground-up digital archive is in Cheney? It is true, and this Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can get special behind-the-scenes tours to see where the magic happens.

Our facility is home to both the Digital Archives and the Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives. This state-of-the-art facility opened its doors in 2004. Downstairs, the Eastern Region Branch preserves precious physical historical records--everything from court transcripts of frontier-era divorces and murder trials to glass plate photographs of turn-of-the-century Spokane parks. We also have maps and marriage licenses and property record cards and naturalization papers and city council meeting minutes and--well, you get the picture. Archivist Lee Pierce will take visitors into the deep storage to show off some of the treasures that we protect.

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