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

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

South Asian Oral History Project interviews now part of a long term exhibit at Ellis Island

The University of Washington Libraries' South Asian Oral History Project interviews accessible from are now being used for a long term exhibit at Ellis Island.

The History Channel is producing an audio installation for a long-term exhibit at Ellis Island National Immigration History Museum. The audio installation will play short, spoken comments from migrants about their journeys to America including the stories of South Asian Immigrants. The excerpts will be read by a voice over actor, in both the native language and in English. This audio will stream continuously out of speakers embedded in the wall.

The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2011.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The rates for student housing and expenses at the UW were once $2.75 per week for young men and $4.50 per week for young ladies.

Fact. Those were the charges, in 1889. See the actual advertisement in
the UW Libraries Digital Collections.

Why did ladies have to pay more?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crooked by Mountain Weather

We've added our monthly Flickr image set = Fantastic Nature.

Striking imagery of natural scenes in Washington State. What is unique about these photographs is that they were all taken in the first half of the 20th century (or earlier)!!