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Summary of Archival and Media Collections at the Eastside Heritage Center
The collections of printed and recorded media at the Eastside Heritage Center can be divided into three categories:
Note: Click on the category titles below to view more information about each collection.

Archives and Manuscripts

The Archives and Manuscripts Collection of the EHC contains both published and unpublished material.

Lake Washington Reflector Cover from 1923

Published material includes newspapers, school annuals, books, films and articles covering the history of the Eastside. The Eastside Heritage Center has a particularly extensive collection of issues of the Lake Washington Reflector, a local gazetteer which ran from 1918 through 1934 and On the Ways, a newsletter printed by the Lake Washington Shipyards during and after WWII. We have a near complete collection of Bellevue High School Annuals, as well as a substantial number of Sammamish High School yearbooks.

Belfry Playhouse Tickets

Unpublished material refers generally to the documents generated by people and businesses during their normal, day-to-day activities: diaries and journals, correspondence, scrapbooks, and business and administrative records. A few of the organizations that have donated records to the EHC are:

  • Springwood and Hunt's Point Garden Clubs
  • Bellevue Elementary School PTA
  • Nokomis Club (Friends of the Redmond Library)
  • T. R. U. S. T. (Tolls Represent Unfair State Taxation)

The Colman Diaries

The Colman Diaries, written by Clarissa Colman and her daughter-in-law Margarete Mitchell Colman between the years 1886 and 1910, are among the most highly prized documents in our collections. These diaries have been photocopied and are available for research. However, due to their size (some 1100 pages), we suggest that researchers focus their attention on a particular topic, for example: Native Americans, a specific family, a year.
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Photo Collection
The Eastside Heritage Center's Photo Collection numbers in the thousands and contains images from the 1880s through the present day. Subjects are numerous: families, roads, homes, businesses, and vocational and recreational activities. The bulk of the images come from Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland, but the collection also contains material from other local communities such as Sammamish, Issaquah, Monohan, and many other towns that no longer exist or have been annexed by larger communities.

For a good introduction to our photo collection, you can view 800 of these images on the web at King County Snapshots.

To purchase an image, contact the Collections Manager at 425-450-1049 or email

Oral History
Balatico Family The Oral History Collection contains almost 200 sound and video recordings of interviews with citizens who lived and worked on the Eastside. Many of these interviews were collected as part of research projects dedicated to preserving the history of a particular topic, region, or business. Examples include the Eastside Women Project, the Lake Hills Project, and the Lake Washington Shipyards Project. Many interviews are available in transcribed (printed) form.

Interested in doing research in our collections?

In preparation for the construction of Sound Transit’s East Link light rail line, the City of Bellevue has closed the Winters House for approximately four years.
Eastside Heritage Center’s archive and research center are currently located within the Winters House, but will be relocated for the duration of the closure. In addition, all furnishings in the House will be put into secure, climate-controlled storage, until the site re-opens to the public after the construction of East Link. For research inquiries and public access to Eastside Heritage Center’s archive and artifact collection, please call (425) 450-1049 or email

Are you interested in donating something to the EHC archives?
We welcome your donations. Please check out our Donations page.

Looking for more archives and manuscript collections around the area?
Please view our Links Page, which lists all the local historical societies.

If you are looking for vital records (including birth and death registers and marriage licenses), please visit the Washington State Archives website.

Other Questions? Please contact the Collections Manager at

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2009 Oral History Catalogue



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