News and announcements pertaining to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections and the Digital Initiatives Program.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We've Moved

We are now on the University of Washington Blog Network!! 

Our new URL is

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mountains & Mountaineerig Digital Resources

Visit the portal for digital resources about mountains and mountaineering in Special Collections at the University of Washington. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Digital Collections Changes

On Tuesday, March 25 the Libraries Digital Collections site moved from CONTENTdm 5.4 to CONTENTdm 6.7. Our Digital Collections will look and behave differently with this move. Our end-users will see many improvements including:
  • improved search capabilities including faceted searching,
  • modern social features of commenting, rating, and social media integration,
  • improved page navigation in compound documents including a page-flip feature,
  • intuitive zooming and panning of large images
As of March 25th the official URL will be however, all of our previous URLs will forward to the new site so people with bookmarks and such should still be able to access the collections via these old links.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Medieval and Historical Manuscripts Collection

Our small collection of medieval books and fragments includes pages ("leaves") 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.) Most of our manuscripts were produced in the great centers of manuscript production in France, Flanders, and Italy. A few others come from Germany, Spain, and England. Some are text-only pages, some filled with music, others with splendid decorations.

Detail from Antiphonary fragment, late 14th/15th cent.
Detail from Antiphonary fragment, late 14th/15th cent.

Visit the online collection at

Monday, August 12, 2013

Photographs and drawings of folk costumes from former Yugoslavia and surrounding regions.

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.

Blanche Payne's travel photographs capture a time between World War I and II where regional folk costume was being replaced by Western fashions for everyday wear and became relegated to use in festivals and dances. 

Through studying Yugoslav museum collections, travelling to remote villages, markets, and festivals, and studying and collecting regional costume, Payne was able to record the distinct differences in costume that arose from both regional differences and cultural symbolism. 

Her pattern drawings are a resource to anyone who wants to study and recreate these regional costumes, while her collected postcards and paintings allow the viewer to view these costumes in vibrant color. 

Some of the photographs depict Blanche Payne’s costume design students modeling the costumes she brought back from her trips.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More Photo Albums added to Mountaineers Collection

The Mountaineers is an outdoor club, founded in 1906, to promote the discovery, conservation and documentation of the "mountains, forests and watercourses of the Pacific Northwest". There were 151 initial charter members, one of whom was the renowned photographer, Asahel Curtis.

These albums depict some of the first major expeditions of the Mountaineers including the first major outing to Mt. Olympus in 1907. Other areas represented in the collection include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker/Glacier Peak, Mt. Stuart/Mt. Daniel, Mt. Adams, Canada, Montana and various locations in the western United States.

Climbers on top of Cowlitz Chimneys

Visit the digital collection to see what albums are available online!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

J. Willis Sayre Photographic Collection – now online

The J. Willis Sayre Photograph collection documents the performing arts in the United States from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The collection of more than 24,000 images is especially rich in photographs of vaudeville performers and their acts.

J. Willis Sayre donated the collection to the UW Libraries in the 1940s. He amassed a significant collection of photographs through his work as a drama critic and show business promoter. This notable figure in Seattle history actively promoted and documented almost every aspect of the performing arts in the city as a critic, historian, and participant.

Visit the online collection at