“Columbia” The Magazine of NW History
Because our library is located in Wasco County our donations tend to be weighted toward the Oregon side of the Columbia. As we evaluate our collections, we are always looking for significant publications that reflect the Washington side. One such example is a quarterly magazine published since 1987 by the Washington State Historical Society. It is simply entitled Columbia, for the river that defines part of its southern border and for the name that was in the running when Washington gained statehood in 1889.
We have an index for the first ten years, and have created a finding aid with the table of contents for the full run of the magazine. In addition, we have magazine copies from 2001 through 2004, and a few other scattered dates. If you happen to be one of those “history buffs” who subscribe to this interesting and informative magazine and would like to find a home for your back copies, please let us know. We would appreciate the opportunity to fill out our collection and share the magazine with our patrons.
The accompanying illustration is the cover from the spring 2003 edition. It contains a lengthy article entitled “River of Memory – The Columbia, Wild & Free” by William D. Layman, which focuses on the upper river but tells a similar story to our part of the Columbia.
Another article in this edition is an interesting commentary on the naming and renaming of Washington Territory. The author notes that the residents chafed at the moniker “North Oregon.”
Stop by and see what The William G. Dick Library offers, including copies of Columbia and Lyman’s 2002 book Native River – The Columbia Remembered.