The Eastern Washington State Historical Society under the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture collects art, artifacts, and primary source material. Our collections include objects representing fine art and material culture from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Objects in our permanent collections are not always on display and rotate often depending upon exhibit content and themes. 

Regional History Collection

This object collection broadly represents regional themes of exploration, settlement,  economics, communications, domestic arts, and entertainment and community events. In addition it offers a major interpretive program for the museum with the 1898 historic Campbell House's collection of period and original furnishings.

Regional Textile Collection

This vast collection includes an extensive collection of quilts, clothing and accessories from mid-19th century to present.

American Indian Collection

This collection represents cultural groups throughout the Americas and includes one of the preeminent collections of Plateau material culture in the United States.

Art Collection

The Museum focuses its collection efforts on contemporary works and renowned artists from the region. Recent acquisitions include the work of: Doug Safranek, Kristen Capp, James Lavadour, Jim Hodges, and Patti Warashina, as well as a major installation piece by Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz.



  • The Joel E. Ferris Research Archives of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society houses primary and secondary source material that documents and interprets the history, art, and culture of the Inland and Pacific Northwest. It provides access to sources and materials not readily available at other institutions in the region. 

The Archive collections include:

  • photographs and negatives
  • manuscripts
  • ephemera
  • architectural drawings
  • reel-to-reel film
  • oral histories
  • maps
  • books and periodicals

Accessing the Archives


Recent Acquisitions

An early 20th century lantern slide projector and collection of glass lantern slides used to promote regional road improvements.

# 4362  - AAA/Spokane Area Good Roads Association Collection

4362.1, Spokane Area Good Roads Association Lantern Projector

4362.2AA, Auto Road Along Sherburne Lake, Glacier National Park

Frank Palmer traveled the region for the Good Roads Association, campaigning for better roads and road systems. He used an electric lantern slide projector to illustrate his presentations, showing his own photographs, as well as many taken by acclaimed photographer, Asahel Curtis.

“Before today’s power point arrived, lantern slide projectors (and then carousel slide projectors) made group presentations possible.  The museum collection needs such items to document technology and its use in entertainment and promotion of new ideas.”   - Curator of History, Marsha Rooney

The Spokane Area Good Roads Association Lantern Projector and accessories are currently on display in the Walther Gallery.  Lantern slide images from the Good Roads Association collection will soon be available on the museum’s website.