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Research Guides

Photo of Seattle waterfront circa 1917.

Seattle waterfront c. 1917. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

HistoryLink is a good starting place for finding information about Seattle History. It includes entries on events, people, significant buildings and more. You may also find the printed HistoryLink's Seattle & King County Timeline useful. 

Waterfront Neighborhoods

The Seattle Public Library's Neighborhood History Project brings together digitized primary sources from SPL's collection and links to other resources including HistoryLink's thumbnail histories. The following neighborhoods touch on the waterfront.


Information about a specific property in King County is available online. For more tips on researching property history see Seattle Public Library's guide, Researching the History of Seattle Buildings.