News and announcements pertaining to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections and the Digital Initiatives Program.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The University of Washington Special Collections began collecting oral histories in the 1960s as part of an effort to document the history and culture of our regional ethnic communities. Oral historians recorded interviews with members of the Scandinavian American, African American, Japanese American, and Jewish communities in Seattle and Washington State. Later, this effort broadened to document the Northwest arts community and spawned new projects such as the North Cascades History Project. Today, these oral histories represent the bulk of an ever-growing collection and stand as a rich resource for researchers from a variety of fields.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Amy Bhatt, Assistant Professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Nalini Iyer, Professor of English at Seattle University, worked with the University of Washington Press on a manuscript based on the South Asian Oral History Project.
The book, entitled "Roots and Reflections: South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest," uses oral history to show how South Asian immigrant experiences were shaped by the region and how they differed over time and across generations. It includes the stories of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka who arrived from the end of World War II through the 1980s.
Media Coverage includes:
- International Examiner article - "Roots & Reflections" Adds Voices of South Asian Settlers to History of the Pacific Northwest
- UWTV 360 segment about the Oral History project and the book.
- University of Washington Press book release description and the "Roots and Reflection" video trailer.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
1914 Reconnaissance Survey for the Alaska Railroad
James L. McPherson's Kuskokwim Reconnaissance Collection
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Thursday, August 16, 2012
There is No Frigate Like a Book: Art & Artists' Books by Margery Hellmann
This exhibition features the lengthy career of Seattle artist Margery Hellmann as a marbler, collage artist, papermaker, printmaker and creator of letterpress printed artistsʼ books and broadsides. Margery, known for her love of literature, quiet insight and many creative talents, was a founding member of the Book Arts Guild. The diversity of her work is amazing, spanning decades and culminating in her artistsʼ books begun in 1993. Margery worked tirelessly to create a melding of text and structure to complement and expand meaning. Her work is held in collections around the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Britain. The UW Libraries contains the best single collection of her work.
Special Collections Reading Room, Allen Library South Basement | through November 19
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Would Washington be a state if it wasn't for UW? We'll find out as University of Washington celebrates 150 years.
by KIM HOLCOMB / Evening Magazine
|Men's dormitory, 1905|