Research Collections

Artifact and Research Library Collections


The WA National Guard Museum dedicated the new REED JARVIS RESEARCH LIBRARY on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

It’s our honor to dedicate our Research Library in the name of the late CSM (Ret) Reed Jarvis for his many years of service to the Museum, the WA Army National Guard, the WA State Guard, the United States Navy, the National Parks Service, and to his State and Nation.

The Library is well on its way to our first level of completion, with over 500 volumes already on the shelves. In the future, we plan to add computers and access to our digital photo collection, as well as hundreds of additional books, manuscripts and historical documents.

The Washington National Guard Museum has built a unique collection of rare documents, artifacts and photographs detailing the role of the Washington National Guard and Washingtonians’ military contributions to state, national and world history. The collection contains more than 10,000 artifacts including weapons, equipment, uniforms, personal diaries, and rare photographs, some of which are one of a kind and cannot be seen elsewhere. Each tells its own historically significant story. The research library collection holds over 8,000 volumes dating back to the 1850s, and will soon be available for on-site research projects. Dedicated volunteers are currently working to bring the entire document, volumes, and photo collections on-line.

To coordinate a time to view the research library, please contact us.

We greatly appreciate the effort of the WNGSHS Librarian Ann Kennedy for leading the charge in cataloging and organizing our library so that others may appreciate the resources we have to offer.