Research Resources

The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society has more than 400 books available for public use in its research library. Topics range from the history of Edmonds to seamanship to the early days of the railroad. Books must be used during museum hours, and cannot be checked out. The public is encouraged to use the research library with an advance appointment. Please email edmondsmuseum118@gmail.com to request an appointment.

 

A complete listing of our holdings is available by PDF, or at the museum. A sampling of our collection is listed below:

Local History

  • Centennial Structures
  • Mukilteo - Pictures and Memories
  • Mill Town (x2)
  • Memory Lanes of Old Everett and its East Riverside
  • Lynnwood The Land the People the City
  • With Angels to the Rear - An Informal Portrait of Early Meadowdale
  • Picnic Point Pathways
  • More Than Four Walls: Edmonds High School
  • Snohomish County in the War
  • River Reflections
  • Mukilteo Historical Building Survey
  • A History of Whidbey Island
  • A Pictoral History of Bainbridge island
  • History of Snohomish County, Washington Vol. 1 & 2 (x2)
  • "Our Pioneer Ancestors" Of the Stillaguamish Valley and of Snohomish County
  • Poulsbo - Its First Hundred Years
  • Centennial Churches of Washington's "Fourth Corner"
  • An Illustrated Inventory of Historic Bellingham Buildings 1825~1915
  • Kitsap County - A History
  • A Hidden Past - An Exploration of Eastside History
  • The History of Waterman
  • Kitsap - A Centennial History
  • Little City by the Sea (x3)
  • Port Blakely - The Community Captain Renton Built
  • Indianola: A Community Memoir
  • Port Madison
  • Growing Up With Lake Forest Park - Early Decades in "North Seattle"
  • Everett - Past and Present
  • Shoreline or Steamers, Stumps and Strawberries
  • Shoreline Memories
  • Northwest Gateway(x2)
  • Willowmoor - The story of Marymoor Park
  • The "HB" Story and Seattle's Yesterdays
  • Seattle and King County Timeline
  • Seattle
  • School Log and Dog Tales
  • The Steamboat Landing on Elliot Bay
  • The Day Seattle Burned
  • Early Gig Harbor Steamboats
  • Passport to Ballard - The Centennial Story
  • The Sound and the Mountain
  • The Untamed Olympics
  • Port Townsend: Years That Are Gone
  • Four Wagons West - The History of Seattle
  • Echoes of Puget Sound (x2)
  • Homestead in the Foothills
  • The Green Years
  • Still to the West
  • The Everett Massacre
  • HarborView Hospital… Seattle Washington
  • Renton - The first 100 years
  • Holy Rosary - 100 years, a Community of Love
  • Skagit Settlers - Trials and Triumphs, 1890-1920
  • Pacific Coast
  • A Spanish Expedition to Northwest America in 1792
  • Columbia's River - The Voyages of Robert Gray
  • March of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen to Oregon in 1849
  • Time Tide and Timber
  • Vancouver's Discovery of Puget Sound
  • The Northwest Coast
  • A Small World of Our Own
  • The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail
  • Story of the Lost Trail to Oregon
  • McLoughlin and Old Oregon
  • Life in the Oregon County Before the Emigration
  • Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest
  • Pioneer Stories
  • Steamer to Tacoma (x2)
  • The Wide Northwest
  • History of Oregon
  • The James Francis Tulloch Diary
  • Vancouver - A life
  • Tolls from Pacific Northwest Collections
  • Washington - Images of a state's Heritage
  • It happened In Washington
  • Told By the Pioneers Volumes 1 - 3
  • Washington The Evergreen State - yesterday-Today-Tomorrow
  • A History of the Pacific Northwest
  • Chief Seattle Land (x2)
  • The Tragedy of Leschi
  • History of Central Washington
  • History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties (x2)
  • Where Mountains Meet the Sea - an Illustrated History of Puget Sound
  • Blazing the Way
  • Everett and Snohomish County
  • Washington's Centennial Farms
  • The Indians of Puget Sound
  • Bishop's Journal and letters
  • Voyages of the Columbia
  • Explorers of the Pacific
  • Snohomish County - An Illustrated History
  • Squak Slough 1870 - 1920
  • Inventory of The County Archives of Washington
  • The Lowell Story
  • Straw Hats, Sandals and Steel - The Chinese in Washington State
  • The Pig War
  • Washington State
  • History of Washington
  • Seattle's Historical markers
  • Northwest Disaster
  • The West Side of the Mountains
  • Washington State - A literary Chronicle
  • Washington State Historical Society Publications
  • Built in Washington
  • A Child's History of Washington
  • History of Washington - The Rise and Progress of an American State Vol. I by Juan de Fuca's Strait
  • Nothing in Life is Free
  • Leschi of the Nisqualies
  • The Birth of a State - The Journal of the Washington State Constitutional Convention
  • History of Seattle Washington Vol. I, II, III
  • The Dry Years - Prohibition and Social Change in Washington
  • Utopias on Puget Sound 1885-1915
  • Washington At a Glance
  • Island in the Sound
  • Puget Sound and Western Washington - Cities, Towns, Scenery
 
 

U.S. History

Washington Present and Future

  • The Illuminated Declaration of Independence
  • The Path Between the Seas - The Creation of the Panama Canal
  • The Historians' History of the United States
  • New Lands, New Men - America and the Second Great Age of Discovery
  • Prelude to the Century
  • The Jazz Age - the 20s
  • Hard Times - the 30s
  • Rock & Roll Generation
  • Following the Indian Wars
  • Dawn of the Century 1900 - 1910
  • Decade of the Triumph - the 40s
  • The American Dream - the 50s
  • Turbulent Years - the 60s
  • Time of Transition - the 70s
  • Pride and Prosperity - the 80s
  • The Digital Decade - the 90s
  • Immigrants - The New Americans
  • Typhoon: The Other Enemy
  • Destroyer Operations in World War II
  • The Phantom War in the Northwest
 
 

Maritime Resources

The History of American Sailing Ships

  • Disaster Log of Ships
  • The Voyage of the New Hazard to the Northwest Coast, Hawaii, and China
  • SOS North Pacific
  • The Privateers
  • Focs'le Days
  • Light Off the Starboard Bow (x2
  • The Unusual Side of the Sea
  • Peril at Sea
  • Men Ships and the Sea
  • Anchor Watch
  • Pacific Graveyard
  • Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast
  • The Coral Sea
  • Brotherhood of the Sea - A History of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific
  • Maritime Memories of Puget Sound (x2)
  • The Liberty Ships
  • Stern Wheels on the Yukon
  • Ships of the Inland Sea
  • Immortal Sails
  • Pictoral History of American Ships
  • The Seaman
  • This Was Seafaring (x2)
  • Ships - Through the Ages
  • Pacific Square Riggers
  • Warship Under Sail - The USS Decatur in the Pacific Northwest
  • Steamboat
  • A Careless World… A Needless Sinking
  • Sail - The Romance of Clipper Ships Vol. I-III
  • The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1976
  • The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest Vol. I & II
  • The Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860
  • Pacific Lumber Ships
  • Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893
  • Glory of the Seas
  • Ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine
  • Pictoral History of Ships
  • Ocean Liners of the 20th Century
  • Ship Benjamin Sweall - The Seagoing Story of an American Square Rigger in the Great Days of Sail
  • Towboats to the Orient
  • Alaska Steam
  • Ships that Sail No More
  • The American President Lines and its Forbears
  • Ships
  • The Black Ball Line
  • Manual of Sea-Training Bureau
  • Merchant Steam Vessel of the United States
  • The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Color Treasury of Model Ships
  • Watch Officer's Manual
  • The Bluejacket's Manual - 1940, 43, 44,
  • The Naval Artificer's Handbook - 1908
  • The Naval Artificer's Manual
  • Ship and Gun Drills - 1914
  • Landing Force Manual
  • Bairnson's Ex-Meridian Tables
  • Ex-Meridian Altitude Tables
  • Distances Between Ports
  • Useful Tables For the Maritime Navigator
  • List of Merchant Vessels of the United States 1894, 1947, 49, 58, 63, 68, 69, 72
  • Record of American Bureau of Shipping 1942, 46, 74(x2)
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Merchant Marine Officers' Handbook
  • Practical Astronomy Applied to Geodesy and Navigation
  • Azimuths of the Sun - and Other Celestial Bodies
  • Practical Compass Adjustment and Compass Deviation
  • Altitude Azimuth and Line of Position
  • Elements of Navigation
  • Hydrographic Manual
  • United States Coast Pilot - The Hawaiian Islands
  • United States Coast Pilot - Alaska
  • United States Coast Pilot - Southeast Alaska: Dixon Entrance to Yakutat Bay(x4)
  • United States Coast Pilot - Alaska Part II: Yakutat Bay to Arctic Ocean
  • United States Coast Pilot - Pacific Ocean (x2)
  • Sailing Directions for the Pacific Islands
  • Sailing Directions for the West Coasts of Mexico and Central America
  • Van Nostrand Nautical Manuals
  • Steam Turbine Principles and Practice
  • Hydrographic Manual - Publication 20-2
  • Hydrographic Manual
  • Manual of Seamanship
  • Knight's Modern Seamanship
  • Reed's Seamanship
  • International Code of Signals
  • A Mariner's Guide to the Rules of the Road
  • Ainsley's New Examiner in Steamship
  • I.C.S. Handbook
  • Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
  • North Pacific Ocean Directory
  • Dutton's Navigation and Piloting
  • Maneuvering Board Manual
  • Pacific Coast Pilot - California, Oregon and Washington
  • Steamboats Today
  • Seamanship - A Practical Manual
  • Gipsy Moth Circles the World
  • The Cruise of the Dream Ship
  • Two Against Cape Horn
  • The Voyage of the Herman
  • Longboat to Hawaii
  • Sailing Directions for The West Indies
  • Northwest Passages
  • FOSS - Ninety Years of Towboating
  • Steamer's Wake
  • Pacific Tugboats
  • Pacific Coastal Liners (x2)

 
 

Railroads

  • The Science of Railways - The Engineer's and Fireman's Handbook
  • The Science of Railways - Air brake
  • The Science of Railways - Locomotive Appliances
  • The Science of Railways - Hops and Shoe Practice Vol. I & II
  • The Locomotive Up to Date
  • American Railroads
  • The Great Northern Railway - A Pictoral Study
  • Highball- A Pageant of Trains
  • American Steam Locomotives
  • To Seattle by Trolley (x2)
  • To Tacoma By Trolley
  • A Northwest Rail Pictorial
  • Trains
  • A Hoghead's Random Railroad Reminiscences
  • American Streamliners
  • Railways of Canada
 
 

Logging Industry

  • Timber!
  • This was Logging!
  • Glory Days of Logging
  • Lumber and Shingle Business Index - 1853 to 2008
  • Timber Country - Logging in the Great Northwest
  • This Was Sawmilling