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Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Index to 700 biographical dictionaries.

Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.






American Journeys
Contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in A. D. 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.

American Memory
Audio and sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.

America's Historical Documents
The U.S. Government's collection of documents that record important events in American history.

AtoZ the World

Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.

Background Notes
Country and regional reports from the U.S. Department of State.

An online reference guide to  African American history including the Black West and global African history.

Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.

CIA - The World Factbook
Country information from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Country Studies
The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Digital History

The University of Washington's selection of books (electronic and print), articles and blogposts that provide overviews to the major issues related to digital history & digital humanities.

History Study Center

History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.

LGBTQ History & Culture

A collection of primary sources covering local, national, and international LGBTQ history since 1940. 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.

New York Times Historical (1851 - 2011)

A ProQuest database that includes the entire historical run of The New York Times from 1851-2011. Digital page and article images.

Seattle Neighborhood History Project

Images and other historical materials related to Seattle neighborhoods, from the Library's special collections.






City of Seattle Maps
Includes various community maps, property maps, zoning maps, GIS maps, and park maps.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Detailed historic maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.

King County GIS Center
Online property maps and static maps on various topics, as well as information of ordering custom GIS maps.

Map History/History of Cartography
A directory with comments and guidance to thousands of historic map Web sites.

Map Libraries and Related Organizations
The University of Minnesota Libraries' directory to map libraries and organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.

Washington State Geospatial Portal

Interactive mapping applictions from the State of Washington.


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