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This guide describes the special collections of Brooks Library at Central Washington University.

Kittitas County

Kittitas County

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Subject Guide to Kittitas County and Ellensburg
Central Washington University
Special Collections
July 2006
Prepared by Anne Taylor

Kittitas County (General Works)

  • Glauert, Earl T., ed. Kittitas Frontiersmen. Ellensburg: Ellensburg Public Library, 1976. F897.K53 K5.
  • Hill, Lindley M. A History of Central Washington. Spokane: Shaw and Borden, 1929. F897.C7. 
  • Jakubek, Otto. An Overall Plan of Economic Development, Kittitas County. Ellensburg: Kittitas County Port District, 1962, 1963. HC107.W2 J33. 
  • McGiffen, Joy, ed. Hometown Heritage: A Remembered History of 1910 in Kittitas County, Washington. Ellensburg: The Daily Record, 1980. F897.K53 M3. 
  • An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Chicago: Interstate Publishing, 1904. F897.K613.
  • History of Kittitas County, Washington. Ellensburg: Kittitas County Centennial Committee, 1989. F897.K53 H57 1989.
  • Kittitas County Historic Photo Album. Ellensburg: The Daily Record, 1999. F897.K53 K498 1999. 
  • Kittitas County Memories. Ellensburg: The Daily Record, 2003. F897.K53 K499 2003.
  • Songs of Kittitas History. Ellensburg: Edison Training School, 1920. F897.K53 W23.
  • Steppe into the Sagebrush: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of the Shrub-Steppe Ecosystem. Ellensburg: Kittitas Environmental Education Network, 2000. QK941.W2 S84 2000.  


  • Bennett, John. Rodeo Town . Ellensburg: Vagabond Press, 1997. F899.E4 B462 1997.
  • Des Voigne, Merritt. Being Small Wasn't Bad at All. Seattle: Littleman Press, 1982. F897.K53 D47.
  • Eberhart, Cory. The Building of Ellensburg. S. l.: the author, 1976. F899.E44 E24.
  • Lineham, Thomas J. Jimmy Hayes and the Rattlesnake Whiskey Company: The Events Leading to the Great Ellensburg Shootout. Ellensburg: The Quest for Community, 1982. F899.E5 L56 1982.
  • Ludtka, John. The Tradition Lives: A Seventy-Five Year History of the Ellensburg Rodeo. Ellensburg: Ellensburg Rodeo, 1997. GV1834.55.W22 E43 1997. 
  • Merriam, John C. and John P. Buwalda. The Age of Strata Referred to the Ellensburg Formation in the White Bluffs of the Columbia River . Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1917. QE1.C15 v. 10, no. 15.
  • Munsell, Kenneth. The Homefront in World War II: The Effects of the Conflict in Ellensburg, Washington. Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1981. LD5771.32.M8.
  • Schmith, Robin. An index to the newspapers of the Olmstead-Smith Collection. Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1989. AN2.W2 E4218 1987
  • Schmith, Robin. An index to the populist newspapers of Ellensburg. Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1989. AN2.W2 E422 1989.
  • Smiley, Charles J. The Ellensburg Flora of Washington. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963. QE1.C15 v.35, no. 3.
  • Smith, Clareta Olmstead. Campfires in the Valley. Wenatchee: Wenatchee World Press, 1986. F897.K53 S46.
  • Smith, Clareta Olmstead. The Trail Leads West. Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company, 1946. F881.S64. 
  • Smith, Leta May. The End of the Trail. Hicksville, N.C.: Exposition Press, 1976. F897.K53 S54.  
  • Thompson, John Prentiss. Ellensburg Blue. Seattle: Acme Printing Company, 1961. QE391.Q2 T4.
  • Austin Mires: an Indexed Register of His Papers, 1872-1936. Pullman: Washington State University, 1968. Z6616.M62 W35 1968.
  • Exhibit of Facts Concerning Ellensburg: In Support of Ellensburg's Need for Air Service. Ellensburg: Chamber of Commerce, 1944. F899.E4 E8.
  • The Ellensburg Dawn Souvenir. Ellensburg: The Ellensburg Dawn, 1901. F899.E4 1901.
  • Historical and Descriptive History of the City of Ellensburg. Ellensburg: The Ellensburg Dawn, 1900. F899.E4.
  • Report of an Evaluation of the Ellensburg Senior High School. Ellensburg: Ellensburg High School, 1964. LB2822.25.W2 R46 1964.
  • R. L. Polk and Co.'s Ellensburg and Kittitas County Directory. Kansas City, M.O.: R. L. Polk, 1904-1997. F899.E5 A18.
  • “The Metropolis of Kittitas.” The West Shore Magazine, September 1887. Portland: L. Samuel. 697-702. F852.W53.

Cle Elum

  • Drinkwater, John. Cle Elum: The Generation Gap. Cle Elum: the author? 1968? F899.C5 D75 1968. 
  • Hill, Larry, ed. Coal Town Heritage. Lake Forest Park, WA: Hillcraft Publishing, 2002. F899.R68 C63 2002.  
  • Janssen, Lawrence. Greater Parish of the Cascades: Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Easton Washington. American Baptist Home Mission Societies, 1963. BV625.C3 A5.
  • “Cle Elum and the Mines.” The West Shore Magazine, September 1887. Portland: L. Samuel. 703-705. F852.W53.


  • Fleming, Edna M. Ah Kittitas! Yakima: Franklin Press, 1969. F897.K53 F5. 
  • Paul, Virginia. Standing by the Side of Your Arm. Ellensburg: Record Printing, 1996. F899.K63 P38 1996.


  • Jordan, Josee. You're At Liberty Here: Mines and Miners of the Swauk. Yakima: Franklin Press, 1967. TN413.W2 J6.
  • Mayo, Roy F. Give Me Liberty! S. l.: the author, 1975. TN423.W2 M39.
  • Smith, Jerry. Boom Towns and Relic Hunters of Northeastern Washington: A Comprehensive Guide to Ghost Towns in Six Historic Counties. Bellevue: Elfin Cove Press, 2002. F891.S65 2002.
  • Tozer, Warren Wilson. History of Gold Mining in the Swauk. Pullman: Washington State University, 1995. TN413.W2 T6. 


  • Chambers, Eric Karl. Overexposed: The Perceived Social Impact of Tourism in Roslyn. Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1994. G155.A1 C43 1994.
  • Morris, Jerry. Before the Last Storyteller is Gone. Fairfield, WA: Fireside Press, 1994. F899.R68 M67 1992.
  • Prater, Yvonne. Cascade Mountain Colliery Explosion at Roslyn . Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1994. F899.R68 P73 1994. 
  • Service Book of Men and Women of Roslyn and Community. Roslyn: Roslyn V. F. W. Post 4125, 1949?
  • Spawn of Coal Dust. Roslyn: Operation Uplift, 1955. F899.R6.


  • Fields, William. History of Thorp, Kittitas County, State of Washington, to 1901. Ellensburg: Central Washington University, 1973. LD5771.36.F5.