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January 20, 2018

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Special Collections

Special Collections at the Central Library

  • The Aviation History Collection focuses on the early days of aviation, especially relating to the design, manufacturing and marketing of airplanes from 1930 to 1950.
  • The Genealogy Collection houses more than 40,000 items dealing primarily with records and families of North America - including those from the original 13 colonies, the Old Northwest Territory and from states referred to as "Gateways to the West."
  • The Seattle Collection contains items about Seattle's history and includes published materials, Seattle city documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps and atlases, high school yearbooks and oral histories, artwork and an autograph collection.


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Special Collections at the Douglass-Truth Branch

  • The African-American Collection includes material on the African-American experience in the United States, especially in the Northwest.
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