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Digital Collections A-Z


Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection

Collection featuring books, pamphlets, invitations, reports, speeches, maps, articles and more related to the 1909 AYP Exposition that took place on the University of Washington Campus. It includes items from the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) collection.


Century 21 Digital Collection

Collection containing materials for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, also known as the Century 21 Exposition, which took place in Seattle from April 21 to October 21, 1962. Materials include over 1,200 photographs of the fair taken by Werner Lenggenhager and others along with books, brochures, reports and ephemera from the Seattle Collection.


Edward S. Curtis Digital Collection

Collection including letters exchanged between 1948 and 1951 by photographer Edward S. Curtis and Harriet Leitch, a former librarian at the Seattle Public Library. In his letters to Leitch, Curtis discusses many topics including climbing Mount Rainier, participating in the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska, photographing Princess Angeline and creating The North American Indian.


George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection

Collection of over 2,400 photos taken by photographer George Gulacsik documenting the construction of the Seattle Space Needle. The collection includes photos ranging from the digging of the foundation in April 1961 to the opening of the World's Fair in April 1962.


Jewish Transcript

Collection featuring issues of The Jewish Transcript from the 1920s to the 1970s. The Transcript documents the daily life of the Jewish community in Seattle as well as local and international events.


Northwest Art Collection

Collection containing prints, drawings, and paintings from The Seattle Public Library’s art collection featuring important Northwest artists like Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Helmi Juvonen, Robert Cranston Lee, and Guy Anderson, as well as many others.


Parker McAllister Collection

Collection featuring 37 of Parker McAllister's original watercolors from the Discovery of the Pacific Northwest series, a feature written by Lucille McDonald and illustrated by McAllister that ran in the Seattle Times Sunday Magazine beginning on December 12, 1954 and ending on September 30, 1956

Peter Steinbrueck Pike Place Market Collection

Collection including architectural plans, posters, newspaper articles and ephemera related to the Market Initiative and other efforts undertaken by the Friends of the Market to protect Pike Place Market and its unique character and history.

Pike Place Market Digital Collection

Collection which gathers together materials related to the history of the Pike Place Market from all of our online collections, specifically the Peter Steinbrueck, Suzanne Hittman and Werner Lenggenhager collections. Materials span over 70 years of the market's history and include photographs, correspondence, architectural plans and more.


Researching the History of Seattle and King County Buildings

Research guide compiled by The Seattle Public Library's Special Collections Department in collaboration with the King County Archives which provides countless resources for researching the history of houses, commercial buildings, parks and gardens, roads, bridges, churches and clubs.


Seattle City Directories

Collection featuring several early Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, and Pacific Coast directories beginning in 1867. Also included are the 1928 Seattle House and Street Directory and the 1940 City Directory.

Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin

Collection containing the first fifty volumes of the SGS Bulletin published from 1952 to 2001. The Bulletin includes transcriptions of genealogical records from the Seattle area and beyond, along with articles about genealogy research and methodology.

Seattle Historical Photograph Collection

Collection featuring over 1,900 photographs documenting Seattle's history including images of the city before and after the 1889 fire, notable buildings, pioneers, and neighborhoods.

Seattle Historic Postcard Collection

Collection including postcards of iconic Seattle buildings, attractions and events from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Some postcards include correspondence from Seattle residents and visitors discussing their time in Seattle and other personal affairs.

Seattle Maps and Atlases

Collection presenting maps and atlases from 1840 to present day depicting land parcels, historic businesses, residences, and other places of note. In addition to maps of Seattle which form the bulk of the materials, the collection also includes maps from the United States Exploring Expedition led by Charles Wilkes in the 1840s.

Seattle Municipal News

Collection of nearly 100 years of Municipal News issues covering important civic issues in Seattle from political elections, to housing to desegregation.

Seattle Neighborbood History Project

Collection providing a starting point for accessing historical information about Seattle neighborhoods from the Library's special collections and elsewhere. Allows users to search for photographs, postcards, menus, maps and more items related to specific neighborhoods.

Seattle Subject Index Collection

Collection of citations for selected Seattle subjects from newspapers, books, magazines and archival collections in the Seattle Room.

Seattle Room Finding Aids

Collection including finding aids for selected archival collections in the Seattle Room including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Library Collection, Seattle World's Fair Collection, and the Werner Lenggenhager Photograph Collection.

Seattle Room Menu Collection

Collection featuring hundreds of menus from Seattle area restaurants, each reflecting the tastes (and prices) of their time period. Most of the items represented are from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Seattle Sawdust Collection

Collection containing books, documents, ephemera and more relating to Seattle’s history from the early 1890s to present day.

Suzanne Hittman Collection of the Pike Place Market

Collection including correspondence, business ledgers, receipts, plans, rental agreements and other significant documents produced by Pike Place Market farmers and vendors, Frank Goodwin, Arthur E. Goodwin, Giuseppe (Joe) Desimone, Richard L. Desimone, and The Pike Place Public Markets, Inc.


University District Oral History Project

Collection presenting oral history interviews conducted by students in the University of Washington Museology Graduate Program. The narrators of all included interviews live and/or work in the University District and reflect upon issues relating to the community: its people, development, and history.


Werner Lenggenhager Photograph Collection

Collection including photographs taken by Werner Lenggenhager (1899-1988). Lenggenhager was a Swiss immigrant, a Boeing employee, and a hobby photographer who made it his life's work to create a photographic record of Seattle's architecture, monuments, and scenery. Over the course of his life, Lenggenhager gave nearly 30,000 prints of his photographs to The Seattle Public Library.

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