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Washington State Constitution History

U.S. State Constitutions—History & Interpretation

Ronald K. L. Collins, Foreword: Reliance on State Constitutions—Beyond the "New Federalism," 8 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. vi (1985) (foreword to a symposium on the Washington State constitution)

Ronald K. L. Collins, Bills and Declarations of Rights Digest, in The American Bench: Judges of the Nation 2483-2655 (3d ed. 1985/86)(includes text of all states' bills and declarations of rights, as well as notes and comparative tables) (posted ith permission of the author and the publisher, Forster-Long, LLC)

The Constitutionalism of American States (George E. Connor & Christopher W. Hammons eds., 2008). Catalog record.

Thomas M. Cooley, A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union (1868) (Google Books). HeinOnline (UW restricted)

Thomas M. Cooley, A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union (5th ed. 1883), Google Books, HeinOnline (UW restricted), catalog record (This is the latest edition before the Washington constitutional convention.)

James Quayle Dealey, Growth of American State Constitutions from 1776 to the End of the Year 1914 (1915). JK2408.D5 at Classified Stacks. Digitized copy (from Google Books). LLMC Digital link.

Christian G. Fritz, The American Constitutional Tradition Revisited: Preliminary Observations on State Constitution-Making in the Nineteenth-Century West, 25 Rutgers L. J. 945 (1994), HeinOnline (UW restricted) (author's "definition of the American West includes the Far West, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain states, and even some of the Great Plains states. The greatest attention has been given to seven state constitutional conventions between 1849 and 1889 for which reports of the convention debates exist. These states are: California (1849 and 1878 conventions), Oregon (1857), Nevada (1864), South Dakota (1885 and 1889 conventions), Wyoming (1889), Idaho (1889), and North Dakota (1889)." p. 947).

Henry Hitchcock, American Constitutions: A Study of Their Growth (1887)

Johanna Kalb, Evaluating International State Constitutionalism, 91 Wash. L. Rev. Online 141-56 (2016)

Hans A. Linde, What Is a Constitution, What Is Not, and Why Does It Matter?, 87 Or. L. Rev. 717 (2008)

Jeffrey A. Parness, American State Constitutional Equalities, 45 Gonz. L. Rev. 773 (2010)

Pierre Schlag, Framers Intent: The Illegitimate Uses of History, 8 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 283 (1985)

James Schouler, Constitutional Studies: State and Federal (1897)

Hugh D. Spitzer and Charles W. Johnson, Theme and Variations, 21 Seattle U. L. Rev . 997 (1998) (reviewing Robert F. Williams, State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (2d ed. 1993))

G. Alan Tarr, Popular Consitutionalism and Its Enemies, 91 Wash. L. Rev. Online 57-90 (2016)

Mary Whisner, Fifty More Constitutions, 104 Law Libr. J. 331 (2012)

See also Oregon State Constitution guide.

Washington State History

Don Brazier, History of the Washington Legislature, 1854-1963 (2000)

Elwood Evans, History of the Pacific Northwest: Oregon and Washington; Embracing an Account of the Original Discoveries on the Pacific Coast of North America, and a Description of the Conquest, Settlement and Subjugation of the Original Territory of Oregon; Also Interesting Biographies of the Earliest Settlers and More Prominent Men and Women of the Pacific Northwest, Including a Description of the Climate, Soil, Productions of Oregon and Washington (1889) (2 vol.), Vol. 1 (Google Books), catalog record

Julian Hawthorne & George Douglas Brewerton, History of Washington: The Evergreen State, from Early Dawn to Daylight; With Portraits and Biographies (1893), Vol. 1 (Google Books), Vol. 2 (Google Books), catalog record

H. K. Hines, An Illustrated History of the State of Washington: Containing a History of the State of Washington from the Earliest Period of Its Discovery to the Present Time Together with Glimpses of Its Auspicious Future, Illustrations and Full-Page Portraits of Some of Its Eminent Men and Biographical Mention of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Citizens of To-day (1894)

Edmond S. Meany, History of the State of Washington (1909), catalog record

The State of Washington: A Brief History of the Discovery, Settlement and Organization of Washington, the "Evergreen State" as Well as a Compilation of Official Statistics Showing the Material Development of the State Up to Date (Elwood Evans & Edmond S. Meany eds., 1893) (prepared for distribution at the World's Columbian Exposition (the Chicago World's Fair))

Joseph Marion Taylor, History and Government of Washington: To Which Are Appended the Constitution of the State of Washington and Lists of Territorial and State Officers (1898) (textbook "for the youths of Washington")

The Washington State Library's Classics of Washington History collection offers an eclectic assortment, from pioneer memoirs to territorial session laws.

Washington Supreme Court

Charles H. Sheldon, A Century of Judging: A Political History of the Washington Supreme Court (1988), catalog record

Charles H. Sheldon, The Washington High Bench: A Biographical History of the State Supreme Court, 1889-1991 (1992), catalog record. Profiles are posted on the Temple of Justice website.