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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 Regrade Photograph Collection

Starting in 1897 and continuing through 1930, Seattle undertook a series of regrades to flatten the city’s terrain. Many of these regrades focused on the Denny Hill. City officials, including City Engineer R.H. Thompson, reasoned that Denny Hill’s steep slope prevented Seattle’s northern expansion from the business core downtown. …

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Seattle Regrade Photograph Collection

George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection

From the first concrete pour in May 1961 to the opening of the World's Fair in 1962, the Gulacsik Collection offers a comprehensive view of the Space Needle’s construction. With over 2,400 images and a notebook detailing day by day construction details, the collection offers a fascinating and thorough view of the Needle’s …

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George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection

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

Werner Lenggenhager Photograph Collection

Werner Lenggenhager (1899-1988) was a Swiss immigrant, a Boeing employee, and a hobby photographer who made it his life's work to create a photographic record of Seattle's architecture, monuments, and scenery. Over the course of his life, Lenggenhager gave nearly 30,000 prints of his photographs to The Seattle Public Library. …

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Werner Lenggenhager Photograph 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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