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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pop-ups, Movables & Toy Books

| Photo by Mary Levin

UW Libraries Special Collections explores the colorful world of pop-up, movable and toy books in a new exhibit called "Merry Company" that will run through March 12, 2012. This is from the 1932 book, "The Pop-up Pinnocchio: Being the Life and Adventures of a Wooden Puppet Who Truly Became a Real Boy."

Read more in the UW Today article "Paper poetry: The colorful world of vintage pop-up, movable and toy books (with slide show)" by Peter Kelly.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

NEW - Ruth & Louis Kirk Moving Image Collection

The Ruth and Louis Kirk Moving Image Collection is a substantial body of regionally important work directly related to the history, the landscape, and the people of the Pacific Northwest.

The films document subjects including Native American communities, national parks, environmental issues, historic preservation and archaeological projects in the Northwest, including the Marmes Rockshelter, the Ozette Indian Village and the Manis Mastondon sites.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

NEW - Labor Archives Digital Resources Portal

The Labor Archives of Washington State has hundreds of photographs and digitized documents showing workers, industrial settings, strikes and union activities, civil rights campaigns, and more. This portal highlights items from those collections.

Office and Professional Workers protest, Seattle, 1946

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

UW Digital Collection first in US to use RISM metadata

17th century aria

The RISM Zentralredaktion which oversees an international project that centrally catalogs music manuscript materials has written an announcement on their web site about the University of Washington Libraries "Music Library Digital Scores Collection" project which harvested RISM metadata from their database.

The article can be viewed at:

RISM also hosts an online catalog and has made links from their catalog to our digital images (Some versions of the catalog will not reflect our images until their July updates).

For direct access to our project go to:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Don Wallen: An American Still Life

The University of Washington is proud to include the work of Don Wallen, a gifted and deeply passionate Northwest artist, in its online Modern Photographers Collection.

Man at Halloween Party 1978

Visit the collection and read a short biography of his life at

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

World Record Tuna fish

680 lb tuna

1913: The Largest Tuna Ever Taken with Rod and Line (680 lbs.)

2011: A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market.
Seattle Times article on 754 pound fish.