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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Images Added to Social Issues Collection

Blanche Morgan (1912-1981) was a set and costume designer for the Seattle Negro Repertory Company, a subsidiary of the WPA's Federal Theater Project which put on plays with African-American actors. She was also a watercolor artist and interior designer for Frederick & Nelson. She studied at the University of Washington and was a member of Women Painters of Washington, Northwest Watercolor Society, and the National Association of Women Artists. Her art departed from the traditional attitudes of loose, whimsical images done with watercolor, concentrating more on crisp, precise form and design. She exhibited in New York as well as the Oakland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum and other regional venues.

View her items here.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tacoma Then and Again

"Then and Now" photography of buildings, streets, neighborhoods, and parks in Tacoma. High quality digital scans of historic photographs of Tacoma’s urban core have been paired with contemporary digital photos shot from the same vantages. The goal of this project is to demonstrate through photography the ways that the landscape, environment, and architecture of Tacoma have both changed and remained the same.

Monday, November 16, 2009

South Asian Oral History Project

The SAOHP represents one of the first attempts in the U.S. to record pan-South Asian immigrant experiences in the Pacific Northwest using the medium of oral history.

South Asian Oral History Project

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Collection of Rare Maps

Explore the latest addition to the UW Libraries Digital Collections: World and Regional Maps from the 16th -19th c.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Last building from 1909 moves

Cunningham Hall - one of the last remaining buildings from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition that took place on the UW campus was moved yesterday. How often do you get to see a 100 year old building move? Actually, how often do you see any building move? Two of Digital Initiatives' student workers were interviewed while they watched.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Freshwater and Marine Image Bank

Digital Initiatives wants to acknowledge the fabulous work that Wayne Gloege accomplished over the years while creating the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank. Wayne digitized over 20,000 items including maps, photographs and engravings of freshwater and marine fish, shellfish and mammals and their habitats. This comprehensive resource also includes items on sport fishing, the Panama Canal, polar exploration, commercial fisheries and dams.

This database is accessed by people around the world and many of his images have been included on blogs and other social networking sites to illustrate ideas or because the images are interesting; in addition, hundreds of libraries around the world link directly to this database. The Freshwater and Marine Image Bank is an amazing resource. Thank you Wayne for all your hard work!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Collection: UW Student Newspapers Archive

This is a pilot project to provide access to digital facsimiles of the student newspapers published at the University of Washington's three campuses over time. These papers are the historical records of each campus as seen through the eyes of the students, faculty, and staff who contributed to each issue.

At this time we have digitized:

* Independent— November 1993 to February 1996
* Ledger— November 1996 to December 2005
* Daily— September 1967 to February 1968
* Commons— October 1995 to April 1997

Browse the newspapers by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements, and photo captions.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lost and found films at the Library

The UW Audio Visual Services Materials Library has more than 1,200 reels of film from the late 1940s through the early 1970s, documenting life at the University through telecourses, commercial films and original productions. Some of the short films are easily identifiable, but many more remain mysteries. Who shot these films and why? Can you help answer those questions?

Read the full UWeek article at

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Three AYPE exhibits open June 1 at Suzzallo/Allen Library

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: When the World Came to Campus will be in the Suzzallo Exhibit Room, 102, Women's Work at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in the lobby outside Special Collections in the south Allen basement and Capturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Frank H. Nowell, Exposition Photographer in the balcony above the north Allen lobby. All three will open June 1.

UWeek has more information about the exhibits at You can also view many of the featured images in the Libraries Digital Collections at

Monday, May 11, 2009


Smith Family Day prize winners at the AYP Expo for Fattest Smith, Thinnest Smith, Prettiest Smith, Homliest Smith. Can you imagine such a contest today?

Smith Family Day prize winners 1909,1254

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ResearchWorks at Washington

Colleges, Schools, Departments and Research Centers can easily present their scholarly work to prospective students, faculty, granting institutions, as well as colleagues and other interested individuals around the world resulting in higher visibility for their work.

Monday, March 23, 2009

250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives

We are on this list in several places: 250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives.

We are part of #139 King County Snapshots and #166's American Memory Project under American Indians of the PNW.

We are also under #174 Northwest Digital Archive, #180 Western Waters Digital Library, and of course #228.

You can also get to our collections via #269 OAIster. WOW!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Goodbye Seattle PI: 1863-2009

Actors looking at Seattle Post-Intelligencer comics, Seattle, 1934
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its final edition today, becoming the nation's largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital news product. Take a look at MOHAI's collection of archival photographs at

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Explore by Topic

A great way to discover what we have in Digital Collections is to browse through our topic lists. Here you will find subject categories, essays, curriculum packets and more. Go to

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jewish Archives Collection goes live

Washington State has a large and active Jewish community that has been part of its history for over 150 years. It is notable for its large Sephardic component (Jews who trace their ancestry back to Spain and Portugal) that enjoys a culture distinct from that of Ashkenazic Jews (those from Central and Eastern Europe).

The University of Washington Libraries has placed online a growing collection of photographs dating from the mid 1800s to present day, that relate to Jewish life and history in the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally. Represented are only a selection of the thousands of images in the Washington State Jewish Archives Photograph Collection.

Visit the online collection

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Centennial Celebration

In 1909, the A-Y-P put Seattle on the map, celebrating the culture, industry and innovation that still define our region today. Visit the UW Libraries portal to view many images, maps and documents from this city's first world's fair.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

More press for Early Advertising Collection

Windows in time: Advertisements of the old West on display in new digital collection
By Peter Kelley
University Week

Beer as a healthful family tonic? Cigarettes you can "smoke all day" long with no ill effects? Asbestos that does triple duty as a furniture polish, insect repellent and carpet cleaner?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Another Digital Library collection featured in the Internet Scout Report

The UW Libraries Digital Collection - Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918 -
was featured in the January 9th issue of the Internet Scout Report