This guide highlights archival and printed materials, photographs, and moving image collections available in Special Collections that relate to Black communities, political groups, and civil rights movements in the Pacific Northwest. Selections from collections have been digitized and linked from this website or the finding aids/collection guides we name. Use the tabs above to explore personal and family papers, organizational records, photographs, moving images, books, pamphlets and more.
This guide does not attempt to be an exhaustive list of resources held on this topic, and many other books and research materials are available. Search our Archives West database. If you need research assistance, contact Special Collections to explore ways to find materials for your research question.
The Long Shadows of Seattle is a podcast series that explores the stories of important people that made an impact on Seattle's history of racial justice and political activism. Using collections from the University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections, host Stellan Harris guides you through the lives of some of Seattle's hidden figures.
Special Collections is the UW Libraries' major resource for rare and archival materials covering a broad range of topics, formats, and periods. The Special Collections reading room, located on the lower level of Allen Library South, is open to the public on weekdays.
Major collecting areas are overseen by curators/archivists.
Pacific Northwest Collections
University of Washington Archives
Labor Archives of Washington
Washington State Jewish Archives
Book Arts & Rare Books
Historical Visual Materials
History of Science and Medicine
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