The heart of research


I’ve spent hours and hours researching World War II history and it’s hard to find much about the Pacific Northwest during World War II, even though there is a TON of history there! That’s when I discovered the Portland Oregonian’s online archives. They have every issue online and accessible for a day fee or monthly fee.



The stories are unreal. There are the typical AP headlines and world news, but then you stumble over a headline like “Couple Strip Clothes to Save Hiking Pal” and just die. You can tell a lot about the area too by how the stories are arranged by “importance.”



I also found some old 1940s magazines – Flying Magazine, Women’s Home Companion, American Home, Better Homes and Gardens Magazines. Where did I discover these? A trade show at a convention center among all things. The old ads and articles are like a time capsule of information.


For the small town newspapers (since the town itself is about a five-hour drive away and further hindered by snow) I contacted the local library and they were able to email me scans of the dates I requested.



A HUGE thank you to the folks at the Baker County Library. They spent so much time searching for the dates and papers in their archives. I believe it is local color and detail that makes or breaks a novel, and I know the details in my latest manuscript were only possible with their assistance!


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  • Heidi

    Love reading about your research, Nicole!