From its origins as a small town on Elliott Bay, Seattle's transformation throughout the 19th and 20th centuries has mirrored that of other conurbations with a waterside orientation. The staff members at the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections have created this fine online database which documents this transformation, and it is available to all interested parties. The database contains over 2900 photographs which effectively tell the story of Seattle's neighborhoods through shots of businesses, street scenes, streetcars, movie palaces, and restaurants. Visitors to the site can browse the collection at their leisure, or they may also wish to browse a list of Library of Congress subject headings. The site also has a listing of sample searches, which include some of the city's most well-known neighborhoods, such as Ballard, Capital Hill, Eastlake, and Wallingford.


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Photography
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > State History
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:


    Social studies -- State history,Arts,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120928104703712T,NSDL_SetSpec_internetscout,Social studies -- United States history,Social studies,Social Sciences,Arts -- Photography,NSDL



    Access Privileges:

    Public - Available to anyone

    License Deed:

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


    This resource has not yet been aligned.
    Curriki Rating
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated

    This resource has not yet been reviewed.

    Not Rated Yet.

    Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467