Northwest Digital Heritage

A project of the Oregon Heritage Commission, the State Library of Oregon, and the Washington State Library.

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Supporting digital heritage efforts in the Northwest

A partnership between the Washington State Library, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the State Library of Oregon, Northwest Digital Heritage leverages existing infrastructure and best practices to enhance access to libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations throughout Oregon and Washington. Services and support include:

  • Digitization training and digital asset management guidance
  • Best practices for metadata creation and remediation
  • Digital collections hosting and consultation
  • Grants and funding opportunities for community digital projects
  • On-site digtization services

Northwest Digital Heritage also operates a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which helps bring these unique and local Northwest collections to a wider audience. Funding provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dysart School, class photo, Kittitas County, Washington, circa 1900-1909; Ellensburg Heritage, BBS454ADysart School, class photo, Kittitas County, Washington, circa 1900-1909. From the Ellensburg Heritage Collection.


Whether you already have robust digital collections available online or you are starting from scratch, Northwest Digital Heritage invites any Oregon or Washington-based museum, public library, tribe, or organization with cultural heritage materials. Academic institutions that are members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (OCA) should contact OCA's Unique & Local Content Program for more details about their own DPLA service hub.

A complete list of current Northwest Digital Heritage partnering organizations can be found below.

Corn Variety trial, Roza, Washington, 1955;  Prosser Heritage, WSUP280Corn Variety trial, Roza, Washington, 1955. From Prosser Heritage Collection.

Policies, Guidelines, & Best Practices

Organizations wishing to partipate should consult our new Northwest Digital Heritage Metadata Requirements (v1.0, July 2021) for basic information about what we will need for DPLA participation.

The NWDH Content Policy & Collection Readiness Checklist also provides some additional context on eligibility, rights & permissions, and other collections-related information.

For more guidance on creating well-formed, item-level metadata records, please see the latest version (v3.1 from August 2018) of the Washington Rural Heritage Project Metadata Guidelines. Existing collections may need some metadata cleanup in order to meet NWDH standards and DPLA requirements.

Your selection process and metadata creation and remediation activities should also be informed by the DPLA’s Membership IDEAS statement (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) and the DPLA's Statement on Potentially Harmful Content.

Partnering Agencies

State Library of Oregon, Library Support and Development Services logo Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon State Parks logo Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State logo

With support from:

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With funding, in part, from:

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

Contributing Organizations & Content Providers

  • Ancestry
  • Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Asotin County Fair Board
  • Asotin County Library
  • Asotin County Museum
  • Asotin County Public Utility District
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
  • Baker County Library District
  • Battle Days Museum
  • Benton County Museum and Historical Society
  • Blue Sky Gallery
  • Canyon Birders
  • City of Clarkston, Washington
  • City of Colfax, Washington
  • City of Ellensburg
  • City of North Bonneville
  • City of Portland Archives
  • City of Sumas, Washington
  • Colfax Fire Department
  • Colfax High School
  • Colville National Forest (Wash.)
  • Connell Downtown Development Association
  • Connell Heritage Museum
  • Denny Ashby Library
  • Densho
  • Eastern California Museum
  • Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum
  • Elijah Hasan
  • Ellensburg Public Library
  • Ferry County Historical Society
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Goldendale Community Library
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Ridgefield Community Library
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Stevenson Community Library
  • Franklin County Graphic
  • Friends of Minidoka
  • Garfield County Museum
  • Grandview Library
  • Grandview Museum
  • Grant County Museum
  • Guy Albion Historical Society & Museum
  • Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
  • Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, Washington
  • Hooper Store, The McGregor Company
  • Hoover Institution
  • Inyo County Free Library
  • Japanese American Film Preservation Project
  • Japanese American Museum of Oregon
  • Japanese American Museum of San Jose
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Kiona Benton City Historical Society
  • Klickitat County Historical Society, Presby Museum
  • La Center Historical Museum
  • Lake Chelan Historical Society
  • Library of Congress
  • Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, WSU Libraries
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • McCoy Valley Museum, Oakesdale Historical Society
  • Medical Lake Historical Society

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries, Benton City Branch
  • Mid-Columbia Libraries, Connell Library
  • Mid-Columbia Libraries, Prosser Branch
  • Moran Prairie Washington State Grange #161
  • Multnomah County Archives
  • Multnomah County Library
  • Museum of Flight
  • Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Japanese American Historical Society
  • National Park Service, Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Nooksack Valley Nostalgia
  • North Central Washington Libraries
  • Okanogan County Historical Society
  • Oregon Historical Society Research Library
  • Oregon State University, Oregon Multicultural Archives
  • Pacific Citizen
  • Palouse Empire Fair
  • Pend Oreille County Library District
  • Pine City Historical Society
  • Port Angeles Public Library
  • Portland State University
  • Ridgefield Heritage Society
  • Rockford Area Museum and Historical Society
  • Rosalia Visitors Resource and Interpretive Center
  • Roy Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum
  • San Juan Historical Museum
  • San Juan Island Library District
  • San Juan Island National Historic Park
  • Seattle Buddhist Temple Archives
  • Seattle Japanese Language School
  • Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee
  • Seattle Public Library
  • South Bay Japanese American Citizens League
  • Spokane Public Library
  • Staley Museum
  • State Library of Oregon
  • Stevens County Historical Society
  • Sumas Historical Society Museum
  • Sumas Senior Center, Sumas, Washington
  • Sumas, Washington City Hall
  • Tekoa Museum
  • Town of Farmington
  • United States. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Washington
  • UW Nikkei Alumni Association (UWNAA)
  • Vineland Cemetery (Clarkston, Washington)
  • Washington State Department of Transportation Library
  • Washington State Library
  • Washington State University. Extension
  • Whatcom County Library System
  • Whitman County Historical Society
  • Whitman County Library
  • Whitman Hospital and Medical Center
  • Wing Luke Asian Museum
  • Woodland Historical Museum Society
  • Yakima Valley Libraries
  • Yakima Valley Museum

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Reach out directly

We're excited to work with you, but please note that as Oregon and Washington state employees, our schedules and ability to travel are still currently impacted by COVID-19. We plan to provide limited, on-site digitization services and in-person consulting as soon as guidelines allow.

For Oregon libraries:


State Library of Oregon
250 Winter St NE, Salem, OR 97301


Ross Fuqua
Data & Digital Projects Consultant


(503) 378-2525

For Oregon museums & heritage organizations:


Oregon Heritage Commission
725 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301


Katie Henry
Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator


For Washington organizations:


Washington State Library
6880 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501


Evan Robb
Digital Repository Librarian