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Many of the sources available on Seattle neighborhood history research can be found by navigating to the individual neighborhood pages on this site. To access these pages, visit the Neighborhood History home page. For further assistance, please ask a librarian.

Neighborhood history (general)

List of general sources particularly useful for neighborhood history research. To find other materials, search the Library's online catalog for your neighborhood name as well as people, places, and events.

Online encyclopedia of Seattle/King County and Washington State history. Start with this overview article about the history of Seattle's neighborhoods, or use the map search to find articles related to a specific neighborhood.

List of digitized historical newspapers and newspaper indexes, including the Seattle Times from 1900 to the present. (Some resources require a Seattle Public Library card for remote access.)

Oral histories, digitized documents, and research reports related to the history of civil rights in Seattle, including historical segregation maps and information about racial restrictive covenants.

Visual representations of U.S. Census data, including census tract-level data from 1940 to the present.

Large collection of Pacific Northwest photographs, pamphlets, posters, maps, and textual material, including many photographs of Seattle neighborhoods.

Buildings, businesses, and organizations

List of links to other useful sources for researching Seattle buildings.

A 55-page guide with links to online resources, a directory of local agencies, worksheets and checklists (PDF).

Chronological history of Seattle restaurants written by Hattie Graham Horrocks, a Seattle pioneer.

List of books about cemeteries at The Seattle Public Library.

Individual histories of Seattle-area churches, arranged by denomination. Written by Ida Grace Corey in 1938.

Digitized city directories from The Seattle Public Library's collection. Additional city directories are available in print at the Central Library.

Individual histories of Seattle parks. Other materials on the history of parks and municipal government can be found at the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Digitized copy of the book "Building for Learning, including histories of every Seattle public school, 1862-2000. Other public school history materials, including high school yearbooks, are available at the Seattle Public Schools Archives and the Central Library.

Neighborhood infrastructure and services

Seattle City Council bills, ordinances, and other municipal legislative records.

List of books about public works in Seattle at The Seattle Public Library.

History of public transportation in Seattle from the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Information about installation and maintentance of side sewers, including names of property owners and contractors.

List of books about the history of street railroads in Seattle at The Seattle Public Library.

View northeast from 21st Avenue and Alder Street, 1959.
Seattle Public Library, Green Lake branch, 1910.
12th Avenue and James Street, 1890.
Dixon Hotel, Fremont, 1901.
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