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Kimble Northwest History Database



The core of the Northwest History Database is composed of roughly 80,000 newspaper clippings from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Clippings Collection. These newspaper articles were collected and organized in the 30's and 40's by dedicated historians working for the Works Progress Administration. The office was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in may of 1935 to help provide work and relief to an impoverished economy. Before it was closed down in 1943, it was one of the largest employers in the country and, generally, the largest employer in most states. The process of organizing the mountain of newspaper clippings was supervised by Dr. Deutsch, a WSU professor.


There are estimated between 300,000 and 400,000 newspaper clippings stored in roughly 400 shoe-sized boxes down in WSU's Holland Library's Compact Storage. Out of the multitude of clippings that were catalogued by Dr. Deutsch, only clippings that contain historically interesting subject matter or are relevant to the area are scanned into the database due to the sheer number of clippings. The database has grown so much since its creation in 2001, that the original database was filled to the point of breaking and a second database was needed to be created to help store the information.

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