Seattle Photographs

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Advertisement for the Realty Associates of Seattle, ca. 1906
Realty Associates of Seattle, 1906

The Seattle Photograph Collection is an ongoing digital collection of photographs documenting the neighborhoods of Seattle. It features images from many of Seattle's well-known neighborhoods such as Fremont, Ballard, West Seattle and the Capitol Hill District. Included are images of recreation and entertainment, businesses, stores and restaurants, residential street scenes, and transportation. Because we will be on occasion adding new images to the digital collection, the database will be updated periodically. In addition, our cataloging staff will continue to supplement the metadata attached to each image as new research alters the descriptive records.

Included are images of recreation and entertainment, the Century 21 Exhibition, businesses, stores and restaurants, residential street scenes, and transportation.

About the Database

The information for the Seattle Photograph Collection was researched and prepared by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division and Cataloging staff in 2000. Not all the photographs from the collection were included in this database. The images were scanned in grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using the UW CONTENT program. The original collection resides in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Seattle Collection.

2nd Avenue from Yesler Way, 1903
2nd Ave. from Yesler Way, ca. 1903