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Property and Building History: Published Resources

Resources for researching the history of property and buildings in and around Whatcom County, Washington.


A select list of titles to which we frequently refer researchers. Although this page provides electronic links to resources housed at Western Libraries and/or the Goltz-Murray Archives Building, please note that some of these (and additional) resources can also be accessed through Whatcom County Library system or at the Whatcom Museum. Please contact us or staff at other repositories if you are trying to find information about a particular location or topic.

Guides to Architectural Styles

Resources about Whatcom County

Archives & Special Collections


Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.