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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Public Exhibit: Art & Artists' Books by Margery Hellmann

There is No Frigate Like a Book: Art & Artists' Books by Margery Hellmann 

This exhibition features the lengthy career of Seattle artist Margery Hellmann as a marbler, collage artist, papermaker, printmaker and creator of letterpress printed artists╩╝ books and broadsides.  Margery, known for her love of literature, quiet insight and many creative talents, was a founding member of the Book Arts Guild. The diversity of her work is amazing, spanning decades and culminating in her artists╩╝ books begun in 1993. Margery worked tirelessly to create a melding of text and structure to complement and expand meaning.  Her work is held in collections around the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Britain. The UW Libraries contains the best single collection  of her work.
Special Collections Reading Room, Allen Library South Basement | through November 19

Thursday, May 24, 2012

150 Years of UW and Seattle History

Would Washington be a state if it wasn't for UW? We'll find out as University of Washington celebrates 150 years.
by KIM HOLCOMB / Evening Magazine
Men's dormitory, 1905

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pacific Fisherman

Pacific Fisherman Journal, 1903-1911

The first half of the twentieth century saw critical events in the fishing industry. Questions of natural resource utilization and conservation, relationships with the Federal government, Indian tribes and other countries, marine engineering, and marketing are all discussed in Pacific Fisherman. The journal has a broad base of appeal; scientists looking for long-term salmon population data, genealogists and regional historians will all find something to intrigue them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hot day at 1932

Crowds of people in the water and on the shore at Greenlake beach, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1929-1932.
Photographed by Vern C. Gorst.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gairola Indian Art & Architecture Collection

New additions to the International Collection - Gairola Indian Art & Arhcitecture images!

Two friezes, Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid, Karnataka, India, ca. 12th century A.D.

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On this day in History

1819 - The first Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established. In Seattle, the Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows Temple stood at 915 East Pine Street. The building dates from 1908 and was designed by architect Carl Alfred Breitung. At this time, it also housed a dancing academy and a funeral parlor.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Seattle Camera Club

In the mid-1920s a group of immigrant Japanese-American Pictorialist photographers in Seattle came together to form the Seattle Camera Club in order to share their love of photography. While the club only lasted from 1924-1929, it was amazingly successful. Members exhibited their work all over the world and their photographs were widely published and won many awards. Sadly, most of their work was lost over time for various reasons, including the internment of the Japanese during WWII.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vintage View: 1920s Pacific Northwest In Color

When Johnson and Ellen Sheriff Curtis moved their family from Minnesota to Seattle in 1887, two of their teenage sons developed a burgeoning interest in photography.

One of them, Edward Curtis, would go on to become famous for his photographs of Native Americans. But his brother, Asahel Curtis, who worked to less acclaim as a commercial photographer in Seattle, also left behind a remarkable body of work.

Read the full NPR article, which mentions the University of Washington Digital Collections, at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Newsfilm of Grays Harbor County, ca. 1925-1933

Newsfilm of Grays Harbor County, ca. 1925-1933 is a collection of short clips taken from original 35mm nitrate film that may have been made by Anderson Photo Art and Commercial Photography of Aberdeen, Washington. The films were probably made to supplement national newsreels that were shown in local theatres, bringing the community activities of Grays Harbor County to life on the big screen.

Topics in the films include the wreck of the S. S. Halco, the opening of the Aberdeen-Willapa Highway, the annual training cruise of the U.S. Naval Reserve, and community events such as football games, parades, log rolling contests, speeches by local dignitaries, ice cream socials and picnics providing a rare view into life in Grays Harbor County, in the 1920s.

Dream, Design, Build

Dream, Design, Build: The UW Architecture Student Drawing Collection, 1914-1947

Approximately 1100 drawings dating from 1914-1947, and some from the 1950s were transferred from the Department of Architecture to the Libraries' Special Collections. This exhibit is an opportunity to appreciate examples from the Architecture Student Drawing Collection and the teaching and design legacy they represent.

Roland Terry