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

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