First of Dan Evans scrapbooks digitized

The Washington State Archives received 40 scrapbooks of iconic Washington statesman Dan Evans in March. Now, the first scrapbook has successfully been digitized.

Dan Evans served as a state representative from 1957 to 1965. He served as governor for the next twelve years, the only Washington governor to serve three four-year consecutive terms, from 1965 to 1977. His administration founded the first state-level Department of Ecology and Washington’s community college system. He also established the Washington State Indian Affairs Commission and the Washington State Women’s Council.

In 1983, Evans became a United States Senator, a position he held until 1989. Evans left the Senate calling it, “a legislative body that had lost its focus and was in danger of losing its soul” in his New York Times editorial.

The digitized scrapbook follows Evan’s 1964 governor’s campaign and has 307 pages of newspaper clippings, photographs, and a copy of a campaign speech.

The rest of the scrapbooks are expected to be available online by the end of the year. The next is expected within the next few months.

Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives.