Research & Resources

Part of our mission is to preserve and disseminate our history. To that end we welcome inquires to research information regarding families, events, local history and other related data. We also extend our sharing with presentations that are scheduled and can be viewed on our calendar. We also provide a variety of photos and documents available for download. If you need assistance, please contact our Archivist. Email: Our volunteer day is Thursday when we are open from 9 am to 3 pm. Our Archivist is generally on site that day as well. Our office phone is 360-886-2142 and our general email is

Museum Newsletters

Since 1976 we continue to publish newsletters. Dive into our history by searching or viewing these documents that cover our history and our happenings. Click Learn More to get your search started.

Photo & Video Gallery

This section of our website contains a vast array of photos and videos of historical Black Diamond, the museum and grounds and neighboring areas like Franklin. Click Learn More to have fun viewing!

Educational Resources

It is our goal to provide the public with an array of resources to help you learn more about our town, both in the past and what is happening today. Click Learn More to learn more!

Historical Information

For those history buffs out there this page and its subsets provide extensive information on the history of Black Diamond, Franklin, surrounding towns, our cemetery, and our mines and railroads. Click Learn More for fascinating historical information.

Family Research

Some of the most frequent requests we receive is to provide assistance with a family research. Click Learn More to check out the types of information and resources we have available to help with your quest.

Research Request

Click Learn More to go directly to a Research Request form where you can specify any information you are trying to locate. The form will be submitted directly to our Archivist. Please note that our volunteers are primarily there on Thursdays but will respond as soon as possible to your request. Thank you.

Get Railroad & Mines Maps

Railroads Map

Our new Railroads Map outlines the routes, railroad companies, and provides a detailed timeline from 1873 – 1991. Grab the map and start exploring the history and impact railroads had on the coal industry, businesses and families living in Black Diamond, WA.

Mines Map

Stop by the museum or download our new Black Diamond WA Mines Map. This detailed map features Mines Pre-1945 and Post 1945. Over 45 mines scattered Black Diamond providing families with work, business with customers and the country with coal.