AYPE centennial exhibits throughout Suzzallo/Allen libraries

In celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held on the UW campus in 1909, there are three stunning exhibitions in Suzzallo and Allen Libraries.

Admission tickets for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Washington, 1909. Photograph by Frank H. Nowell.
Admission tickets for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Washington, 1909. Photograph by Frank H. Nowell.

The biggest display is The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: When the World Came to Campus, in the Suzzallo Exhibit Room, 102. This exhibit was curated by Carla Rickerson, Head of Public Services in Special Collections. The unique photographs, ephemera, and documents, as well as the blow-ups of AYPE buildings mounted on the walls give viewers a sense of the beauty and bombast of the 1909 event.

Another exhibition, Women’s Work at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, is located in the lobby outside Special Collections in the south Allen basement. Michelle Dent, a visiting curator from New York University, examines  the role of women at the exposition, and features items from the Burke Museum which were originally on display at the AYPE.

Finally, the third exhibition,  Capturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Frank H. Nowell, Exposition Photographer,  is located on the balcony above Allen North lobby. Nicolette Bromberg, visual materials curator in Special Collections, co-curated the exhibit with Rickerson.

Additional photographs of the AYPE by Nowell are mounted in Special Collections on the wall behind the reception desk. Also, soon to be on display in Special Collections is  a newly restored print of the AYPE bird’s-eye-view.

Come by and see the exhibitions! Feel welcome to ask Special Collections curators and staff about the AYPE. Challenge us!


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Blynne is a second year Master's degree student in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington. Blynne holds an M.A. in Art History, also from UW, specializing in art of the exploration and discovery of the Pacific Northwest. Since June 2006, Blynne has worked in a graduate student position at UW Libraries, Special Collections.

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