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Seattle Neighborhood History Project

The Seattle Neighborhood History Project provides a starting point for accessing historical information about Seattle neighborhoods from the Library's special collections and elsewhere.

Seattle Neighborhood History Project

Seattle Historical Photograph Collection

The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection contains more than 1,900 images that illuminate the early history of Seattle. These images were taken by the pioneering photographers of their time and depict Seattle scenes and people from before, during and after Seattle's Great Fire in 1889. Waterfront photographs document …

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Seattle Historical Photograph Collection

Lake Washington Ship Canal Digital Collection

This collection includes a variety of materials related to the history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal such as maps, photographs, postcards, correspondence, tourism ephemera, and more. Discussion of the canal dates back to 1854 when Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer proposed the idea of Lake Union serving as a connection point between the …

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Lake Washington Ship Canal Digital Collection

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection

A century ago, Seattle hosted its first world’s fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Held on the campus of the University of Washington, the event drew almost 4 million visitors and put Seattle on the map as a gateway to the Pacific Rim.

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection features books, pamphlets, invitations, …

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Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection

Century 21 Digital Collection

The Century 21 Exposition took place in Seattle from April 21 to October 21, 1962. It presented an optimistic vision of a future improved through science and technology and promoted Seattle to the world as a space-age city.

Ten million people attended the fair, which gave Seattle the Space Needle, the Monorail, and the Seattle Center. …

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Century 21 Digital Collection

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The Seattle Public Library's digital collections include digitized materials selected from the Library's special collections. Use the search box at the top of this page to search across all collections, or click the links on the left to view individual collections.

 

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