The Suzanne Hittman Collection of the Pike Place Market is a valuable resource for researchers and historians seeking information about the principle figures behind Pike Place Market and its business history. As a child, Suzanne lived in south Seattle with her grandparents, Giuseppe (Joe) and Assunta Desimone. Her grandfather, Joe Desimone, began as a farmer selling his produce at the market and grew to become a prominent businessman, eventually taking control of the Pike Place Market properties from Arthur Goodwin in 1941. Suzanne's uncle, Richard Desimone, was the last owner of Pike Place Public Markets, Inc.
This collection includes 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, The Pike Place Public Markets, Inc., and the Fulton Petroleum Corporation. The bulk of the digitized materials offer insight into the daily mechanisms of business at Pike Place Market and life in Seattle in the 1920's and 1930's. Only the materials relating to Pike Place Market have been digitized at this time.