Richard Hobbs

Richard Hobbs

Historian and Archivist


Winthrop Highlights

  • Historian and Archivist, 2008-Present


  • University of Washington, Seattle, Ph.D. History
  • Washington State University, M.A. History
  • Certificate in Archives and Records Administration

Notable Clients

  • Laird Norton Tyee Trust
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • The Broughton Family

Memberships & Certifications

  • Society of American Archivists
  • Northwest Archivists
  • Seattle Area Archivists

Notable Projects

  • Author: The Broughtons of Dayton: Family and Business in the Northwest Heartland
  • Co-author: Frontier Bank: The First 25 Years, 1978-2003
  • Editor: Charles J. Broughton: Letters to Family, 1873-1919

About Richard

Member, Board of Directors, Whidbey Childrens Theater

Related Work

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton Woolen Mills

A Winthrop client since 1990, Pendleton finds new ways to leverage its archival resources.


April 2016

Reinterpreting Corporate Identity

The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills provides a case study of how an understanding of a company’s history, culture, and ownership has contributed to the firm’s survival

June 2014

Profiting From The Past: Heritage Branding

For many CEOs, the past is a powerful tool in public relations, marketing, and branding, where heritage resources become points of leverage over the competition. Historical materials are the building blocks; especially valuable are historical photographs, slogans, and logos.

July 2013

Bridging the Preservation Gap: Documenting Our Historic Infrastructure, Part II

In part one of this series, we discussed the critical need for preservation of our historical bridges and the records that document them. Today, we look at who keeps these records and how the documentation is changing.

May 2013

Bridging the Preservation Gap: Documenting Our Historic Infrastructure

Bridges are at once thoroughly practical structures and icons of the American landscape. As a unique part of our infrastructure, they play a special role in transportation and history, and often have immense local historical importance.