Seattle Sawdust: Bits and Pieces from the Seattle Collection
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. Seattle is literally built on sawdust. As pioneer mill owner Henry Yesler told historian Hubert Howe Bancroft, "We commenced sawing wood under a shed in March '53; the saw dust we filled swamps with, and the slabs we built a wharf with." This collection presents some of Seattle's historical "sawdust" - unique and interesting materials from The Seattle Public Library's Seattle Collection.
Souvenir of Rainier National Park, Washington, 1913
Collection of colored photographs of Mount Rainier National Park. Photographs taken by F. H. Nowell, Curtis & Miller, H. L. Toles, Asahel Curtis, and Romans Photographic Company. Booklet is undated; some photographs are copyrighted 1913.
Date: 1913View this item
The Story of Hooverville, in Seattle, 1935
Typescript of memoir written by Jesse Jackson, the "mayor" of Seattle's Hooverville, a homeless encampment which stood from 1931 to 1941 at the site of the former Skinner and Eddy Shipyard in Seattle's industrial district. This typescript was presented to The Seattle Public Library by the author.
Date: 1935View this item
Seward Park, the pride of Rainier Valley, 1915
"The queen of Rainier Valley parks, the largest and finest park in the city, and one of the finest in the world is Seward park, consisting of a heavily wooded peninsula jutting into Lake Washington from land contiguous to Columbia and Hillman. It is almost surrounded by water. So far, the park is in its wild state except for a picnic ground and many charming foot paths cut out by the City Park department. The plans which the Park Department have for its ultimate improvement will not mar its pristine glory, but will rather be designed to emphasize and enhance the beauty of the natural features. Its extent is so great that no charm of hill or vale, water or sky, wood or meadow is missing. It even has a beautiful little lake nestling in its bosom. The photograph shows a portion of the picnic ground at the entrance of the park, the slightly sloping beach and excellent opportunities for bathing and boating."
Date: 1915View this item
How Seattle Changed Its Face, 1975
A brief summary of the history of regrading projects in Seattle, written by the City Engineering Department.
Date: 1975View this item
The Insane in Washington Territory, 1914
A history of treatment for the mentally ill in Washington Territory.
Date: 1914View this item
Political Map of Seattle : Showing Precincts, Port and County Commissioner, State Representative and State Senatorial Districts, 1916
Map of Seattle showing boundaries of precincts and political districts.
Date: 1916View this item
The University Residential District of Seattle, Washington, 1951
A study of the effects of the University of Washington on the residential land uses of the nearby University District.
Date: 1951View this item
Mountain Moving in Seattle, 1930
Reprint of article from July, 1930 issue of Harvard Business Review discussing the Denny Regrade, one of several projects to level hills in Seattle. Includes maps of Denny Hill Regrades Number One and Two.
Date: 1930View this item
Seattle Since the Fire, December 1889
Article from Christmas Supplement 1889 issue of Washington Magazine, describing building construction in and economic growth of Seattle after the Great Fire of June 1889. Includes descriptions of several Seattle neighborhoods and suburbs, including the residential districts along Yesler Avenue and Madison Street, Ravenna Park, Queen Anne, Fremont, and West Seattle.
Date: 1889-12View this item
History of Ballard, 1937
Brief history of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, published by the West Coast Improvement Company, the primary real estate developer of early Ballard.
Date: 1937View this item