Interested in Mughal Architecture?

Mughal archi­tec­ture was a far reach­ing and highly influ­en­tial style of Indian archi­tec­ture through­out the 16th, 17th, and 18th cen­turies, with roots in Islamic and Per­sian mon­u­ments. The Libraries Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions recently added over 2,000 images taken by Pro­fes­sor R. Nath between 1965 and 2000. Check them out!

Conjectural restoration of the Chauburj, Agra's trans-Jamuna region, India

New Primary Sources in Labor History, Ethnic Studies, Economic History now Online!

Joe Badaua 1952

Mel Kirk­wood

Joe Badaua (left) and another man look­ing at paper­work, Can­nery Work­ers and Farm Labor­ers Union, Local 7, office, Seat­tle, ca. 1952

The Labor Archives of Wash­ing­ton, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with UW Libraries Dig­i­tal Ini­tia­tives, has posted two new impor­tant col­lec­tions of pri­mary sources online:

  • Dig­i­tized sources on the life of Fil­ipino Amer­i­can author, poet, and can­nery work­ers union mem­ber Car­los Bulosan. The col­lec­tion con­sists mainly of pho­tographs and cor­re­spon­dence. It joins another top­i­cal sec­tion on Fil­ipino Amer­i­can can­nery worker unionism
  • Oral his­to­ries done by Howard Kimel­dorf for his book Reds or Rack­ets: a com­par­a­tive study of dock­work­ers on the East and West coasts. These impor­tant inter­views are now avail­able in their entirety online for the first time!

The Labor Archives con­tin­ues to add to their Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions. The ded­i­cated Labor Col­lec­tions por­tal already pro­vides remote access to thou­sands of pho­tographs, doc­u­ments, ephemera, oral his­tory inter­views, and unpub­lished man­u­scripts that are of inter­est to researchers of all lev­els of expe­ri­ence in a broad array of aca­d­e­mic disciplines.

(author: Conor Casey)

New Online Exhibition

A few years ago the Henry Art Gallery, UW Libraries and UW Press teamed up to bring the beauty of the Seat­tle Cam­era Club to the pub­lic with the book Shad­ows of a Fleet­ing World and an accom­pa­ny­ing exhi­bi­tion at the Henry Art Gallery.

Spe­cial Col­lec­tions’ Visual Mate­ri­als Cura­tor, Nico­lette Bromberg, authored a chap­ter in the book enti­tled “Pre­serv­ing a Legacy of Light and Shadow: Iwao Mat­sushita, Kyo Koike, and the Seat­tle Cam­era Club”.

This piece is now avail­able as an online exhibit at



Picture #SeattleThenAndNow — a Community Photowalk and Photo Contest

Con­tact: Anne Jen­ner | Spe­cial Col­lec­tions | 206–685-2856 |

Timera photo: Seattle 3rd Avenue
From July 26 — August 31, the Seat­tle PI is team­ing up with UW Libraries,Grryo, and the mobile app timera to bring a time travel pho­tog­ra­phy event to our city.  Timera is a photo app for your mobile device like no other. It allows you to mix together old and new pho­tos in the same place.

All taken and edited on the mobile phone, these pic­tures give an insight to the his­tory that exists all around us. You can even step into his­tory and put your­self in the photo!


The best timeras (re–pho­tographs) tagged with #Seat­tleThenAnd­Now will be fea­tured in the Seat­tle PI

Meet Up Event

Grryo, the col­lec­tive of mobile pho­tog­ra­phers, will host a free event in Pio­neer Square. This is a fun way to meet peo­ple and explore the city’s his­tory with your cam­era phone. Com­mu­nity Pho­towalk on August 2 at 5PM

UW Libraries Spe­cial Col­lec­tions has uploaded over 150 his­toric Seat­tle pho­tos to the timera data­base from the thou­sands of pho­tographs in the online Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions.

Spon­sors invite you to put together some amaz­ing timeras from Seat­tle and the sur­round­ing area. We will be mon­i­tor­ing the sub­mit­ted con­tent and fea­tur­ing your best photos.

Good luck and happy time travelling!

How to Participate

To enter, all you need to do is down­load the free app by vis­it­ing and choos­ing the link. Timera is avail­able for Android on Google Play and for iPhone on iTunes.

Once you have the app run­ning, select the map from the ini­tial screen.

Timera app: select map
Then select pho­tos in competition. 

After find­ing an old photo near you, you can select the photo from the map and when you click cre­ate timera, you look through the old photo to take a new pic­ture. The old photo can be resized, or moved to get a per­fect align­ment using nor­mal gestures.

Timera app: select contest

You are then pre­sented with an edit screen from which you can drag a time tun­nel around the screen, change soft­ness and trans­parency as well as a num­ber of other effects. To get a bet­ter idea of the func­tions you can watch this video.

Timera app: select photo and edit
After click­ing NEXT, you will be asked if you want this timera entered in the com­pe­ti­tion.  Press­ing “yes” will assign the hash­tag #Seat­tleThenAnd­Now. (You can also type addi­tional hashtags.)

Timera app: enter competition & hashtags

(source: UW Libraries News & Announce­ments)

Shaping Seattle Architecture

The recently updated book, Shap­ing Seat­tle Archi­tec­ture: A His­tor­i­cal Guide to the Archi­tects pro­vides a rich explo­ration of Seat­tle archi­tec­ture by show­cas­ing the works of archi­tects who were instru­men­tal in cre­at­ing the region’s built environment.

You can explore some of these online via two of our Dig­i­tal Collections:

Another of our col­lec­tions fea­tures draw­ings of grad­u­ates from the UW Depart­ment of Archi­tec­ture who went on to have influ­en­tial careers, region­ally and nationally:

Fred Bas­setti was a Pacific North­west archi­tect, teacher, and a prime con­trib­u­tor to the regional approach to Mod­ern archi­tec­ture dur­ing the 1940’s-1990’s. His work includes the Jack­son Fed­eral Build­ing, the Seat­tle Aquar­ium and the Seat­tle Munic­i­pal Tower. Before he passed away activist Gary Greaves inter­viewed him for an oral his­tory project. That record­ing  is also avail­able online.

Fred Bassetti, library reading room, ca. 1940-42

Fred Bas­setti, library read­ing room, ca. 1940–42

Grays Harbor Happenings Wins Multiple Awards

Players and Referees at Football Game, ca. 1926

Play­ers and Ref­er­ees at Foot­ball Game, ca. 1926

Mem­bers of the UW Libraries have been hon­ored for their work on Grays Har­bor Hap­pen­ings: The News­reels of C. D. Ander­son, a doc­u­men­tary film pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UW Libraries, UWTV, and the 7th Avenue The­atre in Hoquiam. The doc­u­men­tary, directed by Ann Cop­pel, traces the eight-year project to pre­serve and pro­vide access to the orphaned film col­lec­tion, News­film of Grays Har­bor County. The news­reels doc­u­ment local events such as parades, pic­nics, and sport­ing events, in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Grays Har­bor in the mid-1920s.

Spe­cial Col­lec­tions’ Nico­lette Bromberg, Visual Mate­ri­als Cura­tor, and Han­nah Palin, Film Archives Spe­cial­ist, always wanted to bring the films back to their com­mu­nity of ori­gin. Joyce Agee, Asso­ciate Direc­tor of Advance­ment, was able to obtain fund­ing and sup­port to make that dream a real­ity. On March 9, 2013, Grays Har­bor Hap­pen­ings: The News­reels of C. D. Ander­son was shown at two screen­ings at the 7th Avenue The­atre, a restored movie house con­tem­po­rary with Mr. Anderson’s news­reels, to an audi­ence of almost 1,000 peo­ple. The pro­gram included the doc­u­men­tary, a pre­sen­ta­tion dis­cussing the film preser­va­tion project, and a talk by local his­to­ri­ans Roy Vataja of the Aberdeen Museum of His­tory and John Lar­son of the Pol­son Museum, fea­tur­ing clips from the films.

The film and project have gone on to state-wide and national acclaim win­ning the Wash­ing­ton Museum Asso­ci­a­tion Project of Excel­lence Award, the David Dou­glas Award from the Wash­ing­ton State His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, and a bronze Telly award. The film was also shown at STIFF, Seattle’s True Inde­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val, ear­lier this year. If you’re inter­ested in view­ing Grays Har­bor Hap­pen­ings, it is avail­able for view­ing online or for pur­chase at the Pol­son Museum. The dig­i­tal col­lec­tion for the News­film of Grays Har­bor County, ca. 1925–1933 can be viewed at the UW Libraries Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions site and the find­ing aid is online at Spe­cial Col­lec­tions.

(arti­cle author - Han­nah Palin)

Digital collection of activist Gary Greaves’ interviews now available


Gary Greaves Oral History Digitization Project

Inter­view record­ings from the late 1980s and early 90s that relate to post-war Seat­tle his­tory and cover a diverse array of top­ics — such as trans­porta­tion, race rela­tions, hous­ing, city plan­ning and labor — nar­rated by an equally diverse group includ­ing well-known politi­cians such as Cheryl Chow, Martha Choe and Paul Schell; com­mu­nity activists such as Aaron Dixon and Hazel Wolf.

Visit col­lec­tion

UW Today arti­cle about collection


Digital Collections Changes

On Tues­day, March 25 the Libraries Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions site moved from CON­TENTdm 5.4 to CON­TENTdm 6.7. Our Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tions will look and behave dif­fer­ently with this move. Our end-users will see many improve­ments includ­ing:

  • improved search capa­bil­i­ties includ­ing faceted searching,
  • mod­ern social fea­tures of com­ment­ing, rat­ing, and social media integration,
  • improved page nav­i­ga­tion in com­pound doc­u­ments includ­ing a page-flip feature,
  • intu­itive zoom­ing and pan­ning of large images

As of March 25th the offi­cial URL will be how­ever, all of our pre­vi­ous URLs will for­ward to the new site so peo­ple with book­marks and such should still be able to access the col­lec­tions via these old links.

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