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Seattle Newspapers

Newspapers on microfilm are located in cabinets arranged by microfilm number in the Microforms & Newspaper Collections located on the ground floor of Suzzallo Library. Microfilm readers, printers and scanners are available to use. Help is available there on using the equipment.

To identify articles published in local newspapers & magazines use the Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper & Periodical Index. The online version is incomplete; for the complete index use the card catalog in Special Collections.

Current coverage of the Seattle Times is available through Access World News.

Neighborhood/Ethnic Newspapers

Ethnic community newspapers are also available either online or on microfilm. Keep in mind that many community newspapers have shorter print runs and issues may be missing. Additional newspapers in the vernacular (Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese) can be found in the Microforms & Newspaper Collections in Suzzallo Library.

Newspapers as Historical Evidence


  • Coverage of local issues and events -- everything from high school sports to murders, from political controversies to obituaries
  • Commentary, cartoons and letters to the editor provide local public opinion information
  • Photographs and other graphics
  • Display and classified advertising provide Information about local prices, rents, jobs 

Keep in mind

  • A search for "Yesler Way" will mostly bring up advertisements for businesses located on the street. You may better results when searching for a name a business, school, or organization located on the street.
  • Newspapers do not provide in-depth analysis nor do they provide scholarly context for an issue. They really do focus on the who, what, where and when rather than the why of an issue or event.