“The best history doesn’t just sit

behind a glass case; it helps us to

understand what’s outside the case.”

Barack Obama

Please consider making your own contribution to the story of our past.

We are interested in expanding our collection of photographs, artifacts, and documents. Please let us know if you have items you would be interested in donating. All donation offers must be reviewed by our Collections Committee which meets monthly.

While we are grateful for all offers, our Collections Policy requires that items accessioned into the collection have relevance to the history of Rainier Valley.

Current priorities for collecting include

  • items that reflect the wider Rainier Valley community, beyond Columbia City
  • items that reflect cultural diversity and the post-WWII era

“My family is pleased and proud that some of our heirloom photographs have become part of the RVHS collection where they will be cared for and shared with the community.”

Please contact Katharine Anthony, Archives and Programs Manager if you would like to discuss a collections donation.

Rainier Valley Historical Society
3710 S Ferdinand St
Seattle, WA 98118

Mailing Address: P O Box 18143 Seattle, WA 98118