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portal already provides remote access to thousands of photographs, documents, ephemera, oral history interviews, and unpublished manuscripts that are of interest to researchers of all levels of experience in a broad array of academic disciplines.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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