Research & Collections
Explore Our Online Collection
Search among select artifacts from the Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection.
Among the artifacts you’ll find are treasures from the people who lived and worked on the Puget Sound in the mid-1800s.
See the traveling trunk that belonged to Chief Factor William Fraser Tolmie or the bedstead handmade by Hudson Bay Company employee John McLeod. A small pewter spoon handed down as an heirloom, a powderhorn with amateur scrimshaw, and the brightly colored trade beads that were at the heart of the fur trade all have a story to tell.
This project made possible through the support of:
- The Cannon Family Fund and
- Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program
The Fort Nisqually Research Library is available for researchers Thursdays 1-4pm, or by appointment with the curator.
These non-circulating materials include transcribed copies of primary source materials related to Fort Nisqually, the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the Puget Sound Agricultural Company in addition to numerous secondary sources covering a broad range of topics related to this history.