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

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?