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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New additions to Ethnomusicology Collection

Lots of new additions to the Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection: Geographical region of Zimbabwe added, ensemble type list added to browsing, new videos added, and much more to come...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918

Over 450 print advertisements published in local magazines, city directories, and theater pamphlets from 1867 to 1918. Themed groupings include health care and hygiene products, liquor, tobacco, machinery, manufacturing, transportation, fashion, food and household goods and local tourism.

This is a very interesting and fun collection - check it out at

The collection was publicly featured on December 1.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Charles Pearson Added To Modern Photographers Collection

Charles Pearson was born in Pecos, Texas in 1920. He is mainly a self-taught photographer except for a short apprenticeship with his uncle, Alfred Knight, a photographer in Vancouver, British Columbia. He worked as a freelance photographer in Vancouver, B.C. then enlisted in the Army Signal Corps for three years during World War II where he served as a photography lab supervisor and combat photographer. Starting in 1946, he specialized in food and architectural photography. He documented work of many of the major northwest architects. His work has been shown in a number of group and one-man exhibitions and published in many magazines and books. He also taught classes at Edmonds Community College and North Seattle Community College.

The quality and high level of his work was noted by a number of architects in a 1980 AIA nomination for "Recorder of Architectural Accomplishments." He was noted as "investing countless hours on site waiting for just the 'right sun angles' to describe a building 'architecturally' and then make flawless prints with the architectural sense of space. This, Mr. Pearson has been most successful in accomplishing." "His photographs have warmth, interest, and the magic of capturing your eye. Charles is one of the few real talents."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Northwest Historical Annual Reports Collection Goes Online

Corporate annual reports are a unique historical document that not only
chronicles the life of the company but changes in industrial and graphic
design and the evolution of the economic structure of a region. The
Northwest Historical Annual Reports Collection is a growing digital
collection of annual financial reports of companies currently or
historically based in the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes annual
reports dating from the 1930s and provides a continuous run of annual
reports for most of the companies up to the 1990s.

The companies and annual reports presented here are just a small part of
Foster Business Library annual reports collection that includes reports from
over 800 U.S. and international companies.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Civil Rights Web Site features Media from UWL Collections

The recently developed Civil Rights Digital Library ( features two collections from the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections. The Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative represents one of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web.

The initiative promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement through its three principal components: 1) a digital video archive of historical news film allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale, and 3) a learning objects component delivering secondary Web-based resources - such as contextual stories, encyclopedia articles, lesson plans, and activities--to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process.

The initiative receives support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Direct link to UW contribution