The Romeo Community Archives was established in 2017, upon the donation of the Melvin E. and Joan D. Bleich Collection. This collection includes over 150 years of publications, photographs, and other related materials from The Romeo Observer newspaper. The Archives also houses the collections of the Romeo Monday Club, Romeo Peach Festival, the Romeo District Library and other materials relating to the history of Romeo, Washington and Bruce.

The Romeo Community Archives exists to:

1)  Collect and preserve materials which document the history of Romeo, Washington and Bruce, including individuals, families, organizations, businesses and events.

2)  Arrange and describe these materials according to archival principles and make them accessible to the general public.

3)  Provide and maintain appropriate conditions for the storage, protection, and preservation of archival material.

4)  Provide regular reference services to individuals, organizations, or other groups interested in the activities and holdings of the Archives.

5)  Provide educational and outreach programming to increase public awareness and appreciation of the history of Romeo, Washington and Bruce.


A fund has been established by the Friends of the Romeo District Library to ensure continuing access to this important historic resource. Donations can be made to the Romeo Community Archive fund through the Four County Community Foundation at

The fund supports the continued development of the collection and furthers advocacy efforts.

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