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The Seattle Public Library offers special collections both online and in person at the Library.


Special Collections Online

Online collections feature digitized materials selected from the Library's special collections, including historical photographs, documents, city directories, and much more.

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Special Collections at the Library


Central Library

Special collections at the Central Library include The Aviation History Collection, The Genealogy Collection, The Seattle Collection and The Albert Balch Autograph Collection.

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Explore The Seattle Room and get a peek at some of the yearbooks in our collection.


Get a preview of some of the materials from the Potlatch Festival.

Discover Special Collections

The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take a peek into the Library's Special Collections throughout the year. Join us for programs on local history, genealogy, tours of the art at the Central Library, and showings of volumes from Edward Curtis' "The North American Indian."



Douglass-Truth Branch

The African-American Collection includes material on the African-American experience in the United States, especially in the Northwest, and is located at the Douglass-Truth Branch.

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