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Alaska and Western Canada Collection
Alaska, Western Canada and United States Collection
Images documenting Alaska and Western Canada, primarily the provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia depicting scenes of the Gold Rush of 1898, city street scenes, Eskimo and Native Americans of the region, hunting and fishing, and transportation.
Alaska-Yukon- Pacific Exposition
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Photographs
Photographs of the 1909 fair held on the grounds of the University of Washington, depicting buildings, grounds, entertainment and exotic attractions.
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
Introductory essays, 2300 original photographs and 1500 pages of textual sources about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures constitute an award-winning project developed for the Library of Congress' American Memory in partnership with the Museum of History and Industry and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.
Ancient Near East Photograph Collection
Ancient Near East Photograph Collection
Images of archaeological sites, artifacts and structures from the Middle East, specifically Egypt and Israel, dating from 3000 BCE to 200 CE.
Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
Selected architectural drawings representing regionally significant architects and designers spanning the period from the 1880’s into the 1980's. This collection showcases design and working drawings of important examples of both historic and more contemporary residential, commercial, and public buildings in the Puget Sound region.


Albert H. Barnes
Albert H. Barnes Photographs of Western Washington, ca. 1895-1920
Turn of the 20th century photographs documenting the landscape, people, and cities and towns of Western Washington.
Boyd and Braas
Boyd and Braas Photographs of Seattle and Washington State, 1888-1893
Photographs ca. 1888-1893 of early Seattle, especially the waterfront and street scenes, Madrona and Leschi parks, Native American hop pickers, portraits of Seattle pioneers, and the Great Seattle Fire.
William C Brumfield
Brumfield (William Craft) Russian Architecture Digital Collection
Over 29,000 images of Russian sites, mostly buildings constructed from the Middle Ages and the present. Photographs were taken between 1970 and 2008 by Professor William Craft Brumfield of Tulane University.


Central Eurasian Information Resource
Central Eurasian Image Database
A collection of images illustrating the geography, folkways, lifestyles and architecture of the vast regions of the Russian Federation and other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
Centralia Massacre and the Industrial Workers of the World Collection, 1912-1932
A selection of items drawn from the Seattle office of the Industrial Workers of the World labor organization. Includes pamphlets, leaflets and correspondence documenting the I.W.W.'s involvement in the Centralia Massacre of 1919 and general publications from the national I.W.W. organization.
Robert Henry Chandless Photographs of China, 1898-1908
Items from the Robert Henry Chandless Collection of images from China, 1898-1908. They depict images of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, glimpses of diplomatic and commercial life during that time period, and the early wool industry in Tientson.
Chernobyl, the destroyed Russian Nuclear Reactor
This collection tells the story of the Chernobyl reactor accident, seen through the eyes of Professor Willaim Zoller, an atmospheric chemist, invited by the United Nations to examine the site.
Cities and Buildings
Cities and Buildings Database
Images of buildings and city views drawn from across time and throughout the world.
Civil War
Civil War Letters Collection
A selection of original Civil War correspondence between soldiers from the battlefields and their family members and friends on the homefront. These letters describe firsthand accounts of battle, reflections on the nature of war and its profound effect on those involved - both on those at the front lines and loved ones who remained anxiously at home.
Civil Works Administration Photographs of King County, 1933-1934
Images showing work projects in King County, Washington established under the auspices of the Civil Works Administration in 1933-34. Through such relief programs, Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted to provide recovery for millions of Americans suffering from unemployment as a result of the Great Depression.
John N. Cobb Photographs of the Fishing Industry, ca. 1897-1917
Images ca. 1897-1917 of salmon and other local fisheries, whaling activities, clamming and oystering industries along the Pacific Coast and Alaska.
Asahel Curtis Photo Company Photographs
Photographs taken from the 1850s until 1940 depicting activities in Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska and the Klondike.


Darrington SR 530 Landslide Archive
Darrington Historical Society's SR 530 Landslide Collection
Digital collection of artifacts related to the landslide that occured near Darrington and Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014. This collection is presented by the Darrington Historical Society as a way to relay the experience, and tell the story from the perspective of the Darrington Community.
Dearborn Massar
Phyllis Dearborn and Robert Massar Photographs of Pacific Northwest Architecture, 1943-1963
images chosen from a group of approximately 6000 photographic prints representing the work of some of the most well known architects in the Pacific Northwest. Photographed by the partnership of Dearborn-Massar.
Decorated and Decorative Paper
Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection
Examples of decorated and decorative papers such as Western marbled paper, paste paper, and Dutch gilt paper produced between the 17th and 19th centuries, from Europe, primarily Germany, France and Italy.
Lauren Donaldson Collection
Lauren R. Donaldson Collection of South Pacific Radiological Surveys, 1946-1964
A sampling of personal logs, photo albums, ephemera, and papers from the radiological surveys undertaken after atmospheric nuclear weapons testing conducted by the United States in the South Pacific between 1946 and 1964.


Early Advertising of the West
Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918
Print advertisements published in local magazines, city directories, and theater pamphlets from 1867 to 1918. Themed groupings include health care and hygiene products, liquor, tobacco, machinery, manufacturing, transportation, fashion, food and household goods and local tourism.
Early Washington Maps
Early Washington Maps
Maps offering rich insight to 300 years of Pacific Northwest history. These items are hosted by Washington State University.
Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection
Photographs of musical instruments from around the world. The growing collection is housed in the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division which invites one or more international artists to campus each year to share their musical traditions through teaching and performance.
Everett Massacre
Everett Massacre of 1916 Collection
Items documenting labor's perspective on the events of the 1916 Everett Massacre. The materials are drawn from the Seattle Union Record and the writings of Anna Louise Strong, among others.


Fashion Plate Collection
Fashion plates from the 19th and early 20th centuries of women's and men's costume. Drawn from the some of the leading fashion journals of the time, they depict styles and dress from the Empire (1806-1813), Georgian (1806-1836), Regency (1811-1820), Romantic (1825-1850), Victorian (1837-1859), Late Victorian (1860-1900) and Edwardian (1901-1915) periods.
Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) Photographs of King County, 1933-1935
Images documenting the Federal Emergency Relief Administration program in King County, Washington, 1933-35. This was one of the first relief operations organized under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal designed to provide state assistance for the unemployed who suffered under the Great Depression.
Freshwater and Marine
Freshwater and Marine Image Bank
Over 21,000 historic images relating to freshwater and marine subjects including dams, fisheries, fish species, vessels and maps.


Gairola Indian Art & Architecture
Gairola Indian Art & Architecture Image Collection
Professor Gairola was an avid traveler who often led study tours to key art history/archaeological sites on the Indian subcontinent. It is believed that he made this slide collection for the classes he taught, during various trips to India and South Asia from 1950s to 2000. [Subset of International Collection.]
Grand Army of the Republic
Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits
After the Civil War, veterans who had fought for the Union formed the Grand Army of the Republic. Around 1915 local members put together an album of photographic portraits collected from members over the previous 25 years or so. The leather-bound book was donated to the Seattle Public Library in 1971. Only 106 portraits remain and some are unidentified but they all form a remarkable resource for Seattle history.
Gary Greaves Oral History Digitization Project
Gary Greaves Oral History Digitization Project
Interview recordings from the late 1980s and early 90s that relate to post-war Seattle history and cover a diverse array of topics -- such as transportation, race relations, housing, city planning and labor -- narrated by an equally diverse group including well-known politicians such as Cheryl Chow, Martha Choe and Paul Schell; community activists such as Aaron Dixon and Hazel Wolf. [Subset of Oral Histories Collection.]
Glaciers and Landforms Photograph Collection
Glaciers and Landforms Photograph Collection
Photograph collections on glaciers, landforms, geology, glaciology, and related subjects from the materials in Special Collections.
Grand Coulee Dam
Grand Coulee Dam Construction, 1933-1942
Documentation using photographs and pamphlets of the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, built during 1933 to 1942 as part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project for the development of the Columbia River for waterpower, irrigation, and flood control. Includes a look at the recommendations for and against building the dam, images of land clearing activities by the Public Works Administration, and the dam construction itself.


Harriman Alaska
Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899
Photographs from 1899 of Edward Harriman's scientific expedition to Alaska, including images of Alaskan Native Americans and their villages, scenic views of the coastline, glaciers and Alaskan towns.
Eric Hegg
Eric A. Hegg Photographs of Alaska and the Klondike, 1897-1901
Photographs from 1897-1901 documenting the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes, including depictions of frontier life in Skagway and Nome, Alaska and Dawson, Yukon Territory.
Wilhelm Hester
Wilhelm Hester Photographs
Photographs ca. 1893-1906 of Puget Sound sailing vessels and ships' crews, the Alaska Gold Rush in Nome and vicinity in 1900, images of logging activities in Washington state, and San Francisco's Chinatown.
Historical BookArts
Historical Book Arts Collection
A teaching tool featuring a sampling of materials held in the Special Collections Division focusing on the history of the book and medieval manuscripts from the 11th to the 19th century. The digital collection is comprised of images of binding, printing, papermaking and illustration examples and techniques.
Historical Children's Literature
Historical Children's Literature Collection
This database chronicles by example the history of educational practice and reading, and the changing perceptions of gender, race and class and the role of religion in teaching. Both European and American books from the 18th to the 20th c. are represented in this collection.


Industries and Occupations Photographs
Images, primarily from the 1880s to the 1940s, in an ever-growing digital collection of photographs documenting the workers of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
International Collections
International Collections
Images of views from Asia and South America with special emphasis on China, India, Japan and other southeast Asian countries. Included are photographs and photographic postcards taken between the 1870s- 1930s. Sub-collections include the Gairola Indian Art and Architecture Image Collection and the R. Nath Mughal Architecture Image Collection.


Henry M. Jackson Collection
Henry M. Jackson Collection
Photographs of the political career and personal life of Henry M. Jackson. He began his Congressional career in 1941, first as a representative and then as a senator during a period that spanned 43 years and nine presidents. Jackson was a strong player in foreign and defense policies, as well as domestic energy and environmental policies, serving as a member on the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, the Armed Services Committee, the Governmental Affairs Committee, and chairman of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
Jewish Archives Collection
Jewish Archives Collection
Photographs dating from the mid 1800s to present day, that relate to Jewish life and history in the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally. Represented here are only a selection of the thousands of images in the Washington State Jewish Archives Photograph Collection.


Milton Katims Audio Collection
Milton Katims Audio Collection
Milton Katims was the conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1954 to 1976. This collection contains digitized versions of the audio reels he donated to the University of Washington Music Library.
H. Ambrose Kiehl Photograph Collection
H. Ambrose Kiehl Photograph Collection
A selection of photographs from the H. Ambrose Kiehl Photograph Collection taken between 1890 and 1917. The photographs are typical of those found in many family albums of that period and illustrate everyday family life at the turn of the century.
King County Collects
King County Collects Heritage Collection
A selection of the best-of-the-best artifacts from the shared collection held by 61 historical societies, libraries and museums, members of the Association of King County Historical Organizations.
King County Snapshots
King County Snapshots
King County, Washington, through 12,000 historical 19th and 20th century images portraying people, places, and events in the county's urban, suburban, and rural communities. Items from Black Heritage Society, Eastside Heritage Center, Maple Valley Historical Society, Museum of History & Industry, Northwest Railway Museum, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Rainier Valley Historical Society, Renton Historical Museum, Shoreline Historical Museum, University of WA Libraries, White River Valley Museum, and Wing Luke Asian Museum
Kinsey Brothers
Kinsey Brothers Photographs of the Lumber Industry and the Pacific Northwest, 1890-1945
Images from the period 1890-1939, documenting the logging industry and other forest related activities in Washington State. Includes images of loggers and logging camps, skid roads, donkey engines, loading operations, logging trucks and railroads.
Korean Collection
Korean Literary Collection
Rare literary works for the Between Liberation Space and Time, 1945-1950 exhibition which featured items from the Korean collection of the University of Washington Libraries.


Frank La Roche Photographs, ca. 1888-1910
Photographs ca. 1888-1910 depicting scenes of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, Seattle, Washington state, Alaska, western United States, and Canada.
Labor Archives Portal
Labor Archives Digital Resources Portal
The Labor Archives of Washington State has hundreds of photographs and digitized documents showing workers, industrial settings, strikes and union activities, civil rights campaigns, and more. This portal highlights items from those collections.
James Patrick Lee Photographs of Seattle, ca. 1904-1940
Photographs of Seattle, ca. 1904-1940, depicting regrading projects, municipal services, and local neighborhood architecture, as well as scenes from the Great Depression including "Hooverville" and labor rallies of the unemployed.
Lawrence Denny Lindsley Photographs
Lawrence Denny Lindsley Photographs of Washington State, ca. 1875-1971
Images representing the landscape and nature photography of Lawrence Denny Lindsley, including photographs of scenes around Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains, the Pacific Ocean beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, Eastern Washington and the Grand Coulee region.


McKenny and Hall Indian Tribes
McKenney and Hall Indian Tribes of North America
Text and hand colored lithographs from: The history of the Indian tribes of North America, with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits, from the Indian gallery in the Department of war, at Washington. By Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall. Philadelphia, E. C. Biddle, 1836-1844.
McKenny and Hall Indian Tribes
Medieval and Historical Manuscripts
Medieval books and fragments from books typically found in medieval libraries during the periods known as the High Middle Ages (1000–1300 CE) and Late Middle Ages (1300-1500 CE.)
William E. Meed Photographs of the Yukon Territory, ca. 1898-1907
Photographs, ca. 1898-1907, of scenes in the Yukon Territory, Canada, and portions of Alaska and British Columbia during the Klondike gold rush.
Menus Collection
A selection of historical menus and other graphic materials from restaurants and dining facilities in the Pacific Northwest from 1889 to 2003 including the Space Needle Restaurant, Ivar's Acres of Clams, the Dog House, and cruises aboard the Alaska and Pacific Steam Ship Lines.
Modern Photographers Collection
Modern Photographers Collection
Images from the work of nationally and internationally renowned local photographers Art Hupy, Ernest Kassowitz, Kyo Koike, Frank Kunishige, Mary Randlett, Don Wallen and others. These photographers were active in the Pacific Northwest community from the late 1920's to the present.
Mount St. Helens Post-Eruption Chemistry Database
Mount St. Helens Post-Eruption Chemistry Database
Slides taken by Professor William Zoller, Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, over a period of three years during research trips with his team to study the chemistry and impacts of the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
Mount St. Helens Succession Collection
Mount St. Helens Succession Collection
Photographs in a study of plant habitats following the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Included are "permanent plot views", photos taken of the same site over a period of years, along with more general photos of impacted habitats and photos of some of the more common species of plants.
Mountaineers Collection
The Mountaineers Photographic Album Collection, 1907-1951
A selection of photographic albums and text documenting the Mountaineers official annual outings undertaken by club members from 1907-1951, primarily on the Olympic Peninsula, in Mount Rainier National Park and on Glacier Peak. The images depict camping and climbing activities, equipment and pack horses, portraits of members, and a variety of splendid scenic views of the Northwest.
Mountains and Mountaineering in the PNW
Mountains and Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest
Portal for digital resources about mountains and mountaineering in Special Collections at the University of Washington. This project has made textual and visual resources about the history of Pacific Northwest mountaineering available online through the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection.
Film Archive
Moving Image Collection
One to four minute film clips from home movies, industrial films, documentaries, news footage, art films, and photomicroscopy techniques. Sub-collections include the Richard J. Blandau Film Collection, Ruth and Louis Kirk Moving Image Collection, the Mountaineers Film Collection, and the Newsfilm of Grays Harbor County Collection.
Music Library Digital Scores
Music Library Digital Scores Collection
Musical scores dating from the 17th through 19th centuries comprised mainly of operas, opera excerpts, and other vocal music..


Napoleonic Period Collection of Political Caricatures
Satirical prints, or caricatures, from the Napoleonic Period, all giving political commentary on events of the period. Fifty of the prints were created by French artists, and thirty-three by English artists.
R. Nath Mughal Architecture Image Collection
Professor R. Nath's collection of Mughal architecture. Mughal architecture was a far reaching and highly influential style of Indian architecture throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, with roots in Islamic and Persian monuments. [Subset of International Collection.]
19th Century Actors
Nineteenth (19th) Century Actors and Theater Photographs
Over 600 photographs including cartes-de-visite and cabinet card studio portraits of entertainers, actors, and actresses who performed on the American stage in the mid- to late 1800s. Many are posed in costume and represent characters from popular theatrical productions of the time.
Annual Reports
Northwest Historical Annual Reports Collection
A growing collection of annual financial reports of companies currently or historically based in the Pacific Northwest.
Frank H. Nowell Photographs of Alaska, 1901-1909
Photographs by Frank Nowell documentating scenery, towns, businesses, mining activities, Native Americans, and Eskimos in the vicinity of Nome, Alaska from 1901-1909.


Olympic Peninsula Community Museum
Olympic Peninsula Community Museum
A web-based museum showcasing aspects of the rich history and culture of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula communities. Features cultural exhibits, curriculum packets and a searchable archive of over 12,000 items that includes historical photographs, audio recordings, videos, maps, diaries, reports and other documents.
Many Paths Many Voices
Oral History Collection (Many Paths, Many Voices)
An ever-growing collection of oral histories from the Libraries Special Collections documenting the history and culture of our region. Included are interviews with members of the Scandinavian American, African American, Japanese American, and Jewish communities along with the Northwest Arts community, the North Cascades History Project and the Gary Greaves Oral History Project


Pacific Coast Architecture Database
Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)
A separate database of buildings and designers of California, Oregon and Washington. Professionals in other fields related to architecture are also included, such as landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, urban planners, developers, and building contractors. You may also view only the items contained within our digital collection.
Pacific Fisherman Journal, 1903-1911
Pacific Fisherman Journal, 1903-1911
One of the most important publications for information about West Coast fisheries in the 20th century. This fishing industry journal was published from 1903 to 1966. The digital collection contains more than 5,000 pages dating from its earliest years.
Pioneer Life
Pacific Northwest Historical Documents Database
A collection of writings, diaries, letters, and reminiscences drawn from various sources within the Special Collections Division collections that recount the early settlement of Washington in the 19th century, the establishment of homesteads and towns and the hardships faced by many of the early pioneers.
Pacific Northwest Sheet Music Collection
Pacific Northwest Sheet Music Collection
The Pacific Northwest Sheet Music Collection contains music from and about Washington State, the Pacific Northwest and the University. This collection represents a fraction of the Ashford Sheet Music Collection which was built from a core collection donated by Paul Ashford to the University of Washington in 1959.
Pamphlets and Textual Documents Collection
Documents, pamphlets, booklets, flyers, and other original material drawn from the Pacific Northwest Collection of pamphlets and books, the Theater program collection, and various textual ephemeral collections.
Panorama Photographs
Panorama Photographs
Features images of Front St. Dawson around the time of the Klondike Gold Rush, sweeping city views of Seattle after the turn of the century and the memorable Mississippi flood of 1927. Other photographs feature group portraits, city scenes, and landscapes.
Blanche Payne Photographs
Blanche Payne Regional Costume Photograph and Drawing Collection
Photographic prints, pattern drawings, watercolor paintings, and postcards that former UW faculty-member Blanche Payne collected or created on her research trips to the former Yugoslavia and various other countries during 1930 and 1936-1937.
Theodore E. Peiser Photographs of Washington State, ca. 1864-1910
Iimages taken by the pioneer photographer, Theodore Peiser, in the later part of the 19th century to about 1907. Among his subjects were images of troops preparing to embark from Fort Lawton to China in 1900, the Territorial University and early Seattle scenes.
Lee Pickett
Lee Pickett Photographs of Washington State, 1909-1936
Photographs documenting scenes from Snohomish, King and Chelan Counties in Washington State from the early 1900s to the 1940s. These include the towns and people of Index, Gold Bar, Scenic, and Sultan. Contains images of local industries, such as the Heybrook Lumber Co. and Index Granite Works, as well as photos of the Great Northern Railway Company.
Plants of Western Washington
Plants of Western Washington Collection
Recent views of plants commonly found in Western Washington.
Portraits Collection
An ongoing database of historical portraits of men and women well known in the Pacific Northwest region and also nationwide. These include among others architects, artists and writers, government officials and politicians, and historians and educators.
Prior and Norris
Prior and Norris Vaudeville Troupe Photographs and Ephemera, 1886-1915
Photographs and ephemera relating to the career of Pat Prior and Effie Norris documenting their life on the road while performing on the American vaudeville circuits around the turn of the century, 1886-1915.
Prosch Seattle
Prosch Albums, ca. 1851-1906
Photographic albums containing images collected and annotated by Thomas Prosch, one of Seattle's earliest pioneers. Images document scenes in Eastern Washington especially Chelan and vicinity, and Seattle's early history including the Seattle Fire of 1889.
Puget Sound Chemist
Puget Sound Chemist
The bulletin of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical society which documents the history of chemistry in the Puget Sound region.



Rainier National Park
Rainier National Park Mountain-Glacier Wonderland Photograph Album, ca. 1925
Photographs from a ca. 1925 promotional album for Mount Rainier National Park depicting tourist facilities, scenic views of the mountain and surrounding parkland, and recreational activities including mountaineering.


Salmon in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Collection, 1890-1961
Several hundred photographs and 23 documents describing the place of salmon in the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the roots of the salmon crisis.
Henry M. Sarvant Photographs of Washington State and the Yukon, 1892-1912
Photographs by photographer Henry Mason Sarvant depicting his climbing expeditions to Mt. Rainier and scenes of the vicinity from 1892-1912. Also included are images of his trip to the Klondike gold fields in 1897 documenting his journey over the Chilkoot Pass and subsequent mining activities in the vicinity of Dawson, Yukon Territory.
Sayre Photographs
J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs
Images collected by drama critic and theater promoter J. Willis Sayre. They consist of autographed portraits of actors, vaudeville performers, movie stills, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and acrobats representing American theater history primarily from the 1890s and onward. Some are publicity stills from New York and East Coast photographers, others represent works by Pacific Northwest and West Coast artists.
SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage Project
SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage Project
This digital web archive documents the stories of those involved, as supporters and opponents, in or affected by the struggles over a $15 minimum wage at SeaTac and in Seattle as well as the broader, ongoing effects and efforts at a national level.
Seattle Photographs
Seattle Photographs
Ongoing database of historical photographs of Seattle with special emphasis on images depicting neighborhoods, recreational activities including baseball, "The Great Snow of 1916", theaters and transportation.
Seattle Power and Water Supply
Seattle Power and Water Supply Collection
Historical photographs and pamphlets documenting the construction of hydroelectric power and water supply facilities built in Washington State from the late 1890s to the 1950s including the Snoqualmie Falls Power Plant, the Electron Plant, the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, and the Cedar River water supply system.
Sephardic Studies Collection of the University of Washington
Sephardic Studies Collection of the University of Washington
The Sephardic Studies Digital Library and Museum has collected from members of the local Seattle Sephardic community more than 500 original Ladino books and thousands of documents composed in Ladino as well as other relevant languages, such as Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew and French.
G. William Skinner Map Collection
G. William Skinner Map Collection
Dr. Skinner was a leading proponent of the spatial approach to Chinese history and the use of maps as a key class of data in ethnography. This collection of over 600 maps comes from his personal collection and covers a variety of demographic and economic themes.
Social Issues
Society and Culture Collection
Historical images from Western United States and the Pacific Northwest region covering political and social topics such as women's issues, labor and government, and ethnic groups with special emphasis on the Japanese internment camps in the Northwest during World War II.
South Asian Oral History Project
South Asian Oral History Project
The project represents one of the first attempts in the U.S. to record pan-South Asian immigrant experiences in the Pacific Northwest using the medium of oral history. These interviews reflect religious, linguistic, occupational and gender diversity and provide rich insight into changing experiences of South Asians in the Pacific Northwest.
Stereocard Collection
A selection of stereographic views from our archival collections. They consist primarily of landscape and documentary views. In some cases, both front and verso views of a stereograph have been presented.
Student Papers on the Architecture of Puget Sound: 1959-1970s
Student Papers on the Architecture of Puget Sound: 1959-1970s
Over 100 papers written by students enrolled in the courses Architecture 360, "Introduction to Architectural Theory," and Architecture 452, "Characteristics of Puget Sound Architecture and Towns," from 1959 to the 1970s, chiefly taught by Victor Steinbrueck.
Sundberg Oral History Project
Sundberg Oral History Digitization Project
The Sundberg Nordic Oral History Collection was a project emphasizing Scandinavian emigration and settlement in the US. The interviews were taped by Edward and Gerda Sundberg during a sabbatical from Cabrillo College in 1976. [Subset of Oral Histories Collection.]


Tacoma Community History Project
Tacoma Community History Project
Images and text documenting the infamous collapse in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Also covers "Galloping Gertie's" creation, subsequent studies involving its aerodynamics, and finally the construction of a second bridge spanning the Narrows.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collection
Images and text documenting the infamous collapse in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Also covers "Galloping Gertie's" creation, subsequent studies involving its aerodynamics, and finally the construction of a second bridge spanning the Narrows.
Tacoma Then and Again
Tacoma Then and Again
"Then and Now" photography of buildings, streets, neighborhoods, and parks in Tacoma. High quality digital scans of historic photographs of Tacoma's urban core have been paired with contemporary digital photos shot from the same vantages.
Thai Journal
Thai Journal Index
Ongoing project indexing and abstracting Thai language academic journals.
John E. Thwaites
John E. Thwaites Photographs of Alaska, 1905-1920
Photographs by John E. Thwaites, an amateur photographer, who recorded scenes in Southeastern Alaska while working as a federal mail service clerk from 1905 to about 1920. Images include the aftermath of Aleutian chain volcanic eruptions; maritime disasters including the famous 1910 Farallon shipwreck; Aleutian Natives and Eskimos, Alaska industries and small town daily life.
Calvin F. Todd
Calvin F. Todd Photographs of Seattle, 1905-1930
Seattle images from 1905-1930, including the University of Washington campus, the waterfront, Denny Regrade activities, Pike Place Market, and apartment buildings.
Tollman and Canaris
Tollman and Canaris Photographs of the Salmon Industry in Washington State, 1893-1897
Photographs, ca. 1897 depicting salmon fishing activities and some of the first salmon canning companies in Washington State along the Columbia River and in Skamania and Pacific Counties. Includes images of horse seining, fishermen tarring nets, fish wheels, and crabbing.
Transportation Photographs
An ongoing database of over historical photographs of transportation in the Pacific Northwest region and Western United States including ships, railroads, aviation, automobiles and other motor vehicles.


Urban Archives
Urban Archives Database
Items in this collection focus on communication in public spaces. The database includes materials such as graffiti, public art, advertising, signage, and architectural design.
UW Campus
UW Campus Photographs
Photographs reflecting the early history of the University of Washington campus from its beginnings as the Territorial University through its establishment at its present site on the shores of Lake Washington. The database documents student activities, buildings, departments, and athletics.
UW Image Bank
UW Image Bank
The UW Image Bank is an extensive collection of high-quality images of art, architecture, and cultural and historical materials. The Image Bank includes images of cultural production from diverse world cultures, time periods, sites, and cultural institutions, and covers most major monuments of world art and architectural history. (UW-Restricted collection)
UW Libraries Art Collection
UW Libraries Art Collection
A visual survey of the art on display in public areas throughout the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle campus. Many of the pieces are on temporary, long-term loan to the Libraries from the Campus Art Collection or from University Departments, or they may be owned by the Libraries.
UW Campus
UW Student Newspapers Archive
A pilot project to provide access to digital facsimiles of the student newspapers published at the University of Washington's three campuses over time. These papers are the historical records of each campus as seen through the eyes of the students, faculty, and staff who contributed to each issue.
UW Yearbooks and Documents
This collection contains University of Washington student yearbooks from 1900 to 1994.


Van Olinda
Oliver S. Van Olinda Photographs of Puget Sound, 1880s-1930s
Photographs depicting early pioneer activities, industries and occupations, recreation, street scenes, Native Americans, and boat traffic on Vashon Island, Whidbey Island, and other Puget Sound communities from the 1880s to the 1930s. Photographed primarily by Oliver S. Van Olinda, a career newspaperman and resident of Vashon Island, Washington.
Vietnam War Era Ephemera
Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
This database contains leaflets, posters and newspapers that were distributed on the University of Washington campus during the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. They reflect the social environment and political activities of the youth movement in Seattle during that period.


Alvin Waite
Alvin H. Waite Photographs of Tacoma and Washington State, 1892-1907
Images by photographer Alvin H. Waite from the turn of the century depicting panoramic scenes of Tacoma and his travels in Washington especially his mountaineering expeditions to Mount Rainier and vicinity.
War Posters
War Poster Collection
A selection of images from the University of Washington Libraries' World War I and World II Poster Collection featuring propaganda posters and broadsides from the United States, Western Europe and the Axis powers.
Arthur Churchill Warner Photographs of Washington State and Alaska, ca. 1884-1945
Images by the pioneer photographer A.C. Warner from the late 1800s and early 1900s of Seattle conventional street scenes, waterfront activity, city parks and regrading of downtown.
Washington State Localities
Washington State Localities Photographs
Photographs in an ever-growing database of historical images from Washington State including cities and towns, fortifications, public works, and national parks.
Dwight Watson
Dwight Watson Photographs of Washington State, 1933-1943
Photographs taken by alpine enthusiast Dwight Watson of hiking and skiing expeditions in the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges of Washington State, ca. 1930s-1940s. Includes, among others, scenic images of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mt. Adams.
Dwight Watson
Western Waters Texts
Part of the Western Waters Digital Library which offers free public access to digital collections of significant primary and secondary resources on water in the western United States. (UW Partner Website)
Women Who Rock
Women Who Rock Oral History Collection
Women Who Rock brings together scholars, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas and beyond..
World and Regional Maps, 16th to 19th Centuries
World and Regional Maps, 16th to 19th Centuries
Color examples from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Division's Rare Map Collection dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries spanning: the world, Western and Eastern Hemispheres, continents, countries and cities. This collection emphasizes North America, the Pacific Northwest, and exploration in this region from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
WTO Seattle
WTO Seattle Collection
A collection of interviews and images depicting the protests of the WTO ministerial meeting held in Seattle on November 29 - December 3, 1999. The collection illustrates the efforts to bring activists to Seattle as well as the diversity of the protests.

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