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November 23, 2014

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150 years: Seattle By and By
Newspaper articles on Seattle history from The Seattle Times including photographs, resource links, and audio files.

Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
Northwest history resources from the University of Washington.

Dorpat Sherrard Lomont

Local history blog that includes Paul Dorpat's Now and Then articles, digitized books on Seattle history, and the 1912 Baist Atlas of Seattle.

HistoryLink
Online encyclopedia of Seattle/King County and Washington State history with links to heritage organizations in King County.

Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room
The Library's Seattle history collection. Includes print items, city documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps and atlases, yearbooks, oral histories, archival, and other items.

Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects
History of labor and civil rights movements in the Northwest. Includes interviews, photographs, newspaper articles, and historical essays.

Seattle Neighborhood History Project

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

Seattle Parks & Recreation History Files (by D. Sherwood)
Historical information about most of Seattle's parks.

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection features books, pamphlets, invitations, reports, speeches, maps, articles and more. It includes items from the collection of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).

Washington History

Washington Territorial timeline, digitized "classic" works from Washington history, historical records database from Washington State Archives and State Library.

Washington History Day Topic Guide
Guide to finding primary sources on subjects in Pacific Northwest history. Partnership of Washington State Historical Society, Washington State Library, and Washington State Archives.

 

 

Historic Records

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King County Records & Certificates
Links to where to find King County records for genealogy and historical research.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Pacific Alaska Region -Seattle
Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Includes immigration lists and other genealogical resources.

Northwest Digital Archives
A search engine for the archival holdings of many institutions in the Northwest.

Seattle Municipal Archives
Repository for records of city agencies and elected officials. Along with indexes and guides to their holdings, online resources include Quick Facts about the City of Seattle.

Seattle Public Schools Archives
Historical records (including student records) and photographs of Seattle schools. Includes online histories of the school district.

University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections
Archival papers of prominent people and organizations of the Northwest. Other special collections include published material on the Pacific Northwest, labor history, architectural drawings, historical photographs, scrapbooks, and more.

Washington State Archives - Puget Sound Regional Branch

Local government records include those from county offices such as the Auditor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, the Board of Commissioners, and from municipalities, school districts, and other service districts.

Washington State Digital Archives

Electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. Includes Territorial censuses and naturalization records.

 

 

House and Building History

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Historic Resources Survey
Information and photographs of Seattle houses and commercial buildings built prior to 1906. Search by address, neighborhood, date, architect or architectural style.

Historic Seattle
Non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of Seattle's historic and architectural legacy.

King County Parcel Viewer
Search by property address, intersection, or parcel number. Links to property report with information on the building, including current taxpayer name, legal description, parcel description, historic and modern photographs, and year built.

Researching the History of Seattle Buildings

An updated 65-page guide with links to online resources, a directory of local agencies, worksheets and checklists.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Information about official Seattle landmarks, historic preservation and Seattle neighborhoods.

Washington State Archives - Puget Sound Regional Branch

Source for King County Property Record cards which contain photographs, construction, and ownership information on all buildings in King County, 1937-1972.

 

 

Images (Local History)

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King County Snapshots
Thousands of historical images from local historical organizations.

Museum of History and Industry
Large collection of photographs on Seattle and King County from 1859 to the present. Also includes digitized Audio/Video Archive.

Seattle Municipal Archives
A photographic collection of thousands of images from 1895-1980, created by City agencies.

Seattlepi.com Photo Gallery

Photos from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, including hundreds of historic images from their archive.

The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection
The Library's collection of more than 1000 images of early Seattle. View over 100 online photographs of the earliest images in the collection.

University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection
Large collection of Pacific Northwest photographs, pamphlets, posters, maps, and textual material.

Vintage Seattle

Local history blog featuring historic photographs and postcards of Seattle.

 

 

Maps (Local History)

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City of Seattle Maps
Includes various community maps, property maps, zoning maps, GIS maps, and park maps (with links to park histories).

Coast Salish villages of Puget Sound
Map of Seattle & Puget Sound native village sites circa 1800 plus native names and village descriptions.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Historic detailed maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.

Early Washington Maps: A Digital Collection
Over 900 maps searchable by subject or time period from the University of Washington and Washington State University libraries.

Historical Maps from the Washington State Archives and Library
Over 100 online maps from 1540 to the present drawn from government records, historic books, and the Northwest collection.

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

Seattle Municipal Archives Map Index
Records for over 1500 historic Seattle maps with many available online.

University of Washington Libraries' Map Collection and Cartographic Information Services
Digitized early Washington nautical charts and aerial photos 1944-present as well as a list of map holdings. Includes links to other online map collections. Large collection of Seattle area print maps available on site.

 

 

Newspaper and Other Indexes (Local History)

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America's GenealogyBank

Search national historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, obituaries and the complete American State Papers.

 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Digitized historic newspapers from the National Digital Newspaper Program. Includes several historic Seattle and Washington State newspapers.

East Side Journal Index
Citations to articles from 1918-1975.

Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index
Index covering 1850's to the present. Contains citations from newspapers, periodicals, monographs, scrapbooks, dissertations, pamphlets, and other ephemera dealing with all aspects of life in Seattle, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Times (1900 - Current)

Full-text articles from the Seattle Times newspaper - digitized, searchable, printable and downloadable. The Seattle Times Historical Archives resource (1900-1984) is made possible through a generous grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Tacoma Public Library - Tacoma Past & Present
Assorted indexes, including: Tacoma Area Obituaries, Tacoma Building Index, Washington Place Names, Ships and Shipping Index, and Unsettling Events.

Washington State Newsstand

Articles from Washington State newspapers including the Spokesman Review (Spokane), Wenatchee World, Herald (Everett), and Columbian (Vancouver, WA).

 

 

Oral Histories

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Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
First hand accounts, photographs and other resources related to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

WPA Life Histories from Washington

First-person accounts of life in Washington State during the Great Depression collected by the Library of Congress.

 

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