Seattle waterfront ca. 1900-1910. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Welcome to the library research guide for HSTAA 208 The City. This page brings together many of the sources that you will need to use for your site reports along with some explanatory information on various types of primary sources. Researching local history on the scale of a city block can be challenging, you will need to be creative in both finding and using sources.
Most of the material dealing with Seattle will be in Special Collections (basement Allen Library South). Many of the sources listed in this guide are located there. Keep in mind that they are closed on the weekend and have shorter opening hours during the week. Librarians there will be able to help you find additional material on local places.
The guide is organized by steps organized by the type of information source:
Keep in mind that some blocks (those with significant buildings or parks) will be easier to research than others and that you may not find all the various types of sources for your specific block.
Some of the databases on this page are restricted to UW students, staff and faculty. These are marked with a lock . You may be asked to login with your UWnetid. Additional resources can be found on the American History subject guide and on the Environment subject guide.
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
Historian's generally use the Chicago style format for footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. This one page guide provides examples for the most common type of sources. See the Citations and Writing page for more guides and information.