Pacific Northwest Features is a blog about PNW history, culture & people, featuring the collections of the University of Washington Libraries.  The Libraries’ Northwest Collection was begun in 1905.  Today, the Pacific Northwest Collection is part of Special Collections located on the UW Seattle campus in the lower level of Suzzallo/Allen Library. Our mandate is to document the historic and contemporary life and culture of the region. We actively collect rare books, maps, ephemera and other printed materials, as well as personal papers, digital records, and organizational archives, photographs, architectural drawings, recorded sound, and moving images.  Major primary source collections include the Labor Archives of Washington and the Washington State Jewish Archives.

This blog, however, goes beyond Special Collections and features PNW collections found throughout the Libraries, in all branches and on three campuses.  We invite librarians from all areas to join us in sharing and promoting Pacific Northwest library resources by becoming contributing authors.

Our Goal

The major purpose of Pacific Northwest Features is to share stories about our collections, events, exhibits, and other activities, and to connect with other efforts to focus on history in the Pacific Northwest.  We welcome researchers to learn about PNW resources in Special Collections and around the Libraries.

Anne Jenner, editor

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