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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Alaska Theatre of Sensations

Welcome to the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition!

Washington's first World's Fair was held on the campus of the University of Washington more than a century ago putting Seattle on the map as a gateway to the Pacific Rim. Nearly 4 million people attended.

You can go back in time to stroll down the Pay Streak, hop on a carnival ride, purchase a souvenir or refreshment, or take in an "educational" exhibit like the Igorrote village or the baby incubator.

View the collection in the Flickr Commons!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Little girls shooting rifles

What do little girls with guns, pet chickens and calvary tents have in common? They are all photographs from H. Ambrose Kiehl's family collection taken at the turn of the century. Check out the newest digital collection at

Monday, March 1, 2010

Looking Glass for the Mind: 350 Years of Books for Children

Volume 16 of the Internet Scout Report features our own Looking Glass for the Mind Exhibit. Here is what they said:

The University of Washington Digital Collection of children's books starts off with a wonderful piece that touches on the beloved memories children's books bring back for so many, but also on the reasons why a university library would collect children's books. Several of the reasons given regard what children's books can teach us: printing and book illustration history, the "study of the gradual changes in familiar tales to reflect changes in societal acceptance and sensibilities," social and ethnic history, the historical role of women, and shifting views on education.

After the homepage is the index to the exhibit with an introduction, a brief history of the first children's book publishers. To the left is the "Index" of topics that the books cover. Visitors will find a multitude, including "Fables", "Grammar, Spelling, Elocution & Rhetoric", "Math & Money", "Activity Books", and "Prejudice & Bigotry". Under the topic "Fables", visitors should check out The Baby's Own Aesop, illustrated by Walter Crane, who began an illustrating apprenticeship at the age of fourteen.