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Washington State Constitution Research


Map of Washington Territory 1888

This guide begins with basic resources for researching the Washington State Constitution.

It goes on to present resources for studying the history and interpretation of the Washington State constitution. It includes links to documents hosted on the law library's website that are not available elsewhere, as well as links to other sites.

Graphic: Map of Washington Territory, Rand McNally & Co, 1888, from Washington Archives, AR270B-A32.

Introduction to the Constitution

Notes About the Digital Files

The files posted here are in PDF. The books and theses are very large files and may be slow to load.

The PDFs are searchable. For instance, you can search for occurrences of the word "railroads" in a document. The searching is dependent on optical character recognition which, because of the irregular fonts and imperfect scans, often mistranslates letters and words. Skimming a passage will often find terms that the search feature missed.

The print in the newspapers is very small. Zooming in makes it possible to read the text but the images are still not crisp, because of the age and quality of the originals.