What’s New in the ‘Hood: Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive
425 SW 153rd Street
Burien, WA 98166
Ph: 206.349.6242
Email: info@PNRA Archive.comcastbiz.net
Hours: The archive is open by appointment.

If you have been a regular reader of this blog you may remember that in 2014 Historic Seattle organized a series of tours of repositories in the Seattle area as part of a “Digging Deeper” series organized by Luci Baker Johnson. Due to popular demand, the program was again offered in 2015 with a completely new set of archive tours. With growing popularity of the program it is again being offered in 2016 with a couple of new features noted at the end of this article.

Because I am on a writing sabbatical, I was unable to attend this tour and so Luci Baker Johnson was kind enough to contribute as a guest blogger!  Thanks, Luci.


 

RRM groupHistoric Seattle’s “Digging Deeper” 2016 series was kicked off on Saturday, February 6th in Burien. A group of ardent individuals visited the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) to learn about the unique records that are archived and managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. PNRA preserves the heritage of the classic railroads that have shaped our region since the 1880s, then makes that information available to everyone over the internet.

Executive Director Gary Tarbox welcomed attendees and explained that PNRA was formed by a consortium of non-profit Railroad Heritage Organizations (RHOs) to own and operate an archive facility in Burien. The RHOs use affordable space and services to preserve the histories of their railroads. He went to explain that the facility is not a museum, but an archive that provides internet access to the collections from the following RHOs:

  • Boeing Employee Model Railroad Club – bemrrc.com
  • Cascade Rail Foundation, representing the Milwaukee Road in Washington state milwelectric.org
  • Great Northern Railway Historical Society – gnrhs.org
  • Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association – nprha.org
  • Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society – spshs.org

HISTORY

RRM boxA little history and background about the railroad operations. The Burlington Northern Railroad was the product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads—the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad—as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four. When this occurred materials (ephemera) was saved by railroad employees, rail historians and fail fans. These items were stored in basements, lockers, barns, etc. By now these ambitious individuals are in their 70s and 80s. The need to preserve was and is prevalent!

PRESENT DAY

So, in 2009 the PNWA was created by a group of Railroad History Organizations (RHO) who pooled their resources to create a World-Class Railroad Archive in the Seattle area. In 2010 their dream became a reality. Through generous donations and loans they were able to purchase a 7,500 sq. ft. building in Burien. They were able to build-out the building to accommodate the vast amount of archive materials that had been previously stored by individuals. These materials include

  • Photographs
  • Station Plats
  • Authority for Expenditure (AFE)
  • Valuation Maps
  • Architectural drawings
  • Track Profiles
  • Time Tables
  • Special Instructions
  • Equipment Diagrams
  • Dispatcher’s Train Sheets
  • Yard Diagrams
  • Property Change Records
  • Annual Reports
  • Manufacturer’s Catalogs
  • Railroad History books
  • Geographic Maps
  • City Guides
  • Newspaper articles
  • and First Hand Accounts

RRM plansFollowing the presentation, Bob Kelly outlined three case scenarios to demonstrate how they assist researchers in their quest for information. There were many questions, all of them answered. 🙂

The bottom line that the archive folks told us was – just ask! That is, if you come across anything that may involve a railroads, which were plentiful in the Pacific Northwest history, send them an email with your inquiry. These expert volunteers – yes, ALL volunteers – will guide you to materials that you may have never dreamed existed!

THE REST OF THE STORY

We have added a couple of new features to the program. Specifically we are offering two hands-on-workshops that will assist researchers in techniques in record searching.

The first 3-hour workshop will take place on Saturday, July 9th and will be conducted by Carol Shenk and Greg Lange from the King County Archives. It’s an expansion on what they introduced in 2014 and was blogged about here: What’s New in the Hood: King County Archives.

The second 3-hour workshop will be the last one of the 2016 year and will take place4 on Saturday, September 24th. “Analyze Your Built Environment, an Observational Approach” will be led by non-other than professional genealogist and licensed Architect, Jill Morelli – the author of this blog.

You can sign up for any or all of these programs by going to Digging Deeper 2016.

Guest blogger,

Luci Baker Johnson

What’s New in the ‘Hood: Eastside Heritage Center

Eastside Heritage Center
2105 Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA
Ph: 425.450.1049
Hours:
Tuesday (10:00 am-4:00 pm), Thursday, Friday and Saturday (10:00 am-2:00 pm)
Tuesday is usually research day, but you can also make an appointment

As part of Historic Seattle’s “Digging Deeper” series of tours of locally available repositories, a group of ardent individuals visited the Eastside Heritage Center (EHC) to learn about the Center’s holdings, and archival and access policies.

First of all, you need to know that this was SeaFair weekend. That’s when the Blue Angels perform and cigarette boats race, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people along the banks of Lake Washington. To give you an idea of how big this is, they close down a section of I-90 for this event!

You also need to know that I live on the west side of Lake Washington and EHC, as it’s name implies, is on the east side of Lake Washington! A recipe for disaster, if not in the going to the Center then certainly for the return trip. That’s the bad news.

The good news was that I left for the east side prior to the closing of the interstate and, since most Seattle-ites sleep in on the weekends, I beat even the most rabid of the SeaFair fans. It was just the usual bad traffic on the alternate route home coming back home! Whew!

EHC exterior Winters houseThe EHC houses their collection in three different locations but their most publicly accessible is the Winters House, a 1929 Mission Revival and former home of Fredrick and Cecilia Winters, flower growers. Twisted columns mark the front entry to the house and decorative tile is  under foot and around important features of the house such as the fireplace. Attendees commented about how the house was not so grand as to not feel like a home.

EHC interior collectionIf you have any connection to the near east side communities of the Puget Sound area of Washington, I recommend you give Sarah Fredrick, Collection Manager of EHC, a call and discuss what the EHC has which might help you.

Here are some of the items that you might find of interest:

  • The John Way collection: EHC has the papers and artifacts from Dr. Way’s long career as a medical practitioner and civic citizen in Redmond. This is a new addition to their collection.
  • Textiles: Broadly defined, this collection includes linens and women’s and children’s clothing.
  • Quilts: Many came into the collection in the 1970s and 1980s when the need for provenance was not as well documented.
  • Photographs of the area: Many are located on King County Snapshot page hosted by UW but some are also located on their own website. If you are on the UW site and looking for east side photos, you can improve your chances by selecting the collection from EHC.
  • Lake Washington/Bellevue Reflector: EHC has the only known complete set of this paper that was published until the 1930s.
  • Oral Histories: EHC has over 300 and is still actively collecting these.
  • Lakehill community: Lorraine McConaghy donated her research materials to the center after the completion of her academic work.
  • The Colman Diaries (1886-1900). Check out Historylink for more information on the Colman murder and then check out the diary itself, which led to a renewed effort to attempt to resolve the murder. The diary when transcribed by EHC volunteers yielded clues that had not been revealed before.
  • Organizational Archives: Included in the collection are a number of groups from the area including Bellevue Schools (some), Overlake Service League, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce (1954 — early 1980s), etc.

Sarah recommended researchers wishing to access the collections should call her first to discuss what the collection might contain. You then schedule an appointment to come in and review. Sarah and her volunteers will have the time between your call and your visit to pull relevant documents. Drop-ins, although possible, risk not getting the information that is stored in other locations and, therefore, are discouraged.

EHC interior collection 2The research is conducted and the accessible collection is mostly stored at the Winters House; however, EHC also stores parts of their collection at the McDowell House and in storage. The Center does have scanning and copying capabilities. The house is not fully handicapped accessible; however, I am sure the staff will attempt to assist in any way they can to accommodate your particular request.

If you have ancestors who lived in the communities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and even as far north at Bothell, I recommend a call to Sarah to find out what she might have.

My BIG take-away: there are thousands of small repositories like Eastside Heritage Center all over the US. Their collections are not accessible through Ancestry, Family Search. or even NUCMC, a national catalog for manuscript collections.  Each of these little known repositories are cared for by passionate volunteers and staff people like Sarah. Each also holds a number of manuscript collections which we can only discover by calling and talking to a knowledgeable person. I want to thank Historic Seattle for bringing all of these important collections to our attention through their “Digging Deeper” series.

And, why don’t you make a call today to a historical society or repository in the town of your ancestors and have a chat!  You never know what you might find! This is my guarantee: If you are not making site visits to the areas where your ancestors lived, you are missing significant numbers and types of records.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting: I have been consumed by my Fire Insurance Map presentation I am giving at the end of August and again in September. While I am developing that presentation, the use of maps for house histories becomes more apparent. I am adding more sources for my House Histories presentation, which I give on the 15th of August at the Northwest Genealogical Conference. I also worked on my webpage a bit. It is getting closer but for some reason it is not “playing well in the sandbox,” and I need a little assistance from my nephew who put it together.

What’s New in the ‘Hood: UW College of the Built Environments’ Library

This is “my” college library!  This is the college where they teach architecture and planning at the University of Washington, my profession presently and for many decades in the past.  On Saturday, 5 April 2015 about 25 of us arrived at Gould Hall on the university campus for a tour of the library of the College of the Built Environments.1  The tour, like the others was sponsored by Historic Seattle and was one of their “Digging Deeper” series. Our Historic Seattle host was Luci Baker Johnson; our Archives host was Alan R. Michelson, Head of the Built Environments Library.

This library is a treasure trove for those of us who love house histories, architects and their work product or neighborhood context, particularly if it relates to Seattle or the Northwest.

DD CoBE audAlan gave us a brief introduction to the collection of this library, one of 16 in the University of Washington system of libraries.  His overview pointed out some of the unique library holdings which include local, national and foreign architectural periodicals, academic books, historic preservation style guides and theses.  Alan also pointed out some of the online resources that would be of value.

A couple of collections or individual holdings caught my eye which I wish to investigate again.

DD CoBE Seattle collAlan and his team have identified all the Seattle resources and placed them in a single area (see left).  This includes a number of books and resources on individual neighborhoods.  I want to come back to see what they have about my neighborhood, Queen Anne. In the collection, the library holds the Folke Nyberg and Victor Steinbrueck’s visual assessment of the neighborhoods of Seattle–in fact, they have many copies.2  Sixteen neighborhoods were assessed by the authors.  I learned that I have an incomplete book on Queen Anne because the maps were published on very fragile paper which falls apart at the creases.  It is a comfort to know that Alan has a stack of these books in his office so the book can be rescued whenever the present copy wears out.  The set is on line at the Historic Seattle website in a downloadable PDF form.

DD CoBE slidesIf anyone ever wanted to know what 130,000 slides looked like here is a picture (left) of only about a 1/4 of the collection housed in the adjacent but independent Visual Resources Collection.  The staff video tapes all the lecturers that come to the College to speak and put them on line.  They are also aggressively digitizing the slide collection.

An online resource Alan started at a previous institution and continued here at UW is the Pacific Coast Architects database,  a record of architects who worked on the west coast with links to their projects, their firm and other individuals connected with their work.  Check it out.

Another resource I found interesting was the Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle 1876-1959 and Beyond.3  The author, Duane Dietz extracted the names of every architect and landscape architect from Seattle city directories for that time period.  That had to be a labor of love to complete that arduous task but what a wonderful resource to have today!

The library has large tables and chairs near natural light for serious study and casual seating for more relaxed reading in furniture designed by famous designers (ex: Alvar Aalto).  There is a scanner and a color copier which can do large scale prints; there is a charge for printing but not for scanning.

This library should be a stop on your list of repositories if you are researching a particular style of architecture, architect or builder, especially if they were active in the Seattle area.  The library is located on the third floor of Gould Hall at 3949 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.  Call ahead for hours at 206.543.7091 (this is especially true for all university libraries due to their keeping “interim hours”) or email Alan with your questions at alanmich@uw.edu.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

1We toured UW Special Collections last year. You can read that blog by clicking here.
2Folke Nyberg & Victor Steinbrueck, A Visual Inventory of Buildings and Urban design Resources for Seattle, Washington : commenced in 1975 (Seattle: Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, n.d.).
3Duane Dietz, Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876 to 1959 and Beyond (Seattle: n.p., n.d.).

What’s New in the ‘Hood: Seattle Public Schools’ Archive

If you have been a regular reader of this blog you may remember that in 2014 Historic Seattle organized a series of tours of repositories in the Seattle area as part of a “Digging Deeper” series.  I was lucky enough to tour and blog about a few of the stops.  Here are the blog links for the ones I could attend:

This year Luci Baker Johnson, a genealogist and program chair for Historic Seattle, organized a second set of tours for the Digging Deeper Research Series with the inaugaral tour of the Seattle Public Schools Archives by Aaren Purcell, Archivist.  these tours are usually a presentation of the type of materials held and how to access them, followed by a tour of the “back rooms” including storage stacks and work rooms.

SPS student recordsThe approximately 25 attendees saw the school records of over a million students of the Seattle Public Schools, records that are of particular interest to the genealogists with ancestors from the area. These records are on microfiche and stored in the metal cabinet you see in the photo on the left. (Aaren is behind the cabinet.)

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SPS artAlso, a part of the collection are art works by famous and not so famous local artists.

Or, how about the 1964 Garfield High School annual with a picture of Jimi Hendrix in it?

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SPS Bruce LeeOr, the grade record of Bruce Lee.

Also included are trophies of inter-school (between Seattle schools only) rivalries, banners, annuals, school newspapers, School Board minutes, annual reports (earliest 1885), photographs, historic register applications, aerial photos (did you live near a school, perhaps the house was captured?) and school planning documents.

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SPS brown boxesAaren then showed us the work rooms where they are presently cataloging and preserving school newspapers.  We then went into the stacks.  Note the percentage of brown boxes in the photo on the left–those are the materials that are not yet cataloged and therefore are inaccessible.  Aaren has volunteers to help (contact her if you would like to help.) but can only take a few at a time.

If you would like to access the archive material, Aaren recommends you email her first with your request at least 24 hours in advance (weekends don’t count) so she can better respond to your specific need.

Luci was a great facilitator and Aaren a  terrific host. Thanks to both!

The next session is at the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) on March 5.  I have been here several times and accessed the archives for the plans of my house, remodeled in 1997-1998.  It will be fun getting into the back room.  You can still sign up for this tour and others of the series; just use the Digging Deeper link in the second paragraph above.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting:  presented “House Histories Wherever You Live” to SGS which was enthusiastically received.  I rolled out my presentation website for them which contains reference materials, copies of the syllabus and links to articles about house histories.  It will be interesting to see if this works. While giving the presentation, I found things I wanted to improve, which I am now correcting because I give it again in mid-March.  I continue to refine the “Overview of Scandinavian Resources” which has been a bear-cat to get under control.  This last weekend I finally felt like it was settling down.  Attended a special SGS Board meeting, but I am behind in getting the next newsletter out (must be mailed by 24 February.)

What’s New in the ‘Hood: King County Archives

2014 0913 KCA LuciOn Saturday, 13 September, Historic Seattle hosted another of their “Digging Deeper” series of tours of archives/repositories in the Seattle area.  The King County Archives staff opened up the archives off-hours to a group of 15 of us for the last tour of the series and a spectacular one it was.  This was a stellar presentation, tour and handouts!  We even had cookies!

Luci Baker Johnson of the program staff of Historic Seattle introduced us to the archives staff—see photo at left (Luci, Kelley Gradey and Carol Shenk, Director of the Archives) . Carol gave an overview of the holdings of this archive and how to access the documents.  I was one of three attendees who had used this repository prior to the tour (when I was pulling the documents for the house history of my home.)  I had no idea the extent of the other documents that can add even more depth to place-based research.

Seattle does not make this easy! The title company does not hand you a nice packet of all of the deeds etc. of a property when you purchase it as we received when we purchased our home in Oklahoma.  Instead, you have to research in at least three different archives and online to gather the requisite documents to get to the equivalent.  It consumes a lot of time for just the document pulling.  And this does not include the architectural assessment of the house, its construction and the neighborhood which is a critical element of a house history.

2014 0913 KCA GregAfter Carol completed her overview, Greg Lange, also on staff and formerly of the Puget Sound Regional Archives,(see photo no.2) used a house in West Seattle as a case study to illustrate the extent of the holdings.

Greg “walked us through” the variety of documents which are available at the Archives and of help to the house historian in King County. The following were included in our packet:

  1. Cadastral Survey Map (1862)
  2. Deed granter/grantor index showing a sale (1922)
  3. a Deed (1871)
  4. map of incorporations (the property my house sits on was incorporated in 1891)
  5. Plat maps (2, one of which was a revision to accommodate the topography) (1909)
  6. Statutory Warranty Deed (you can count the tax stamps and if you know the tax rate and the conversion rate you can calculate the appraised value of the improvements)  (1962)
  7. Real estate Tax Receipt (1962)
  8. List of building permits (latest entry 1919)
  9. Building Permit Street Ledger (1910)
  10. Map by Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys (1912).  Comparable to Sanborn Insurance Maps but compiled for the real estate industry
  11. Property cards (OK, everyone in the country can now be envious–each card has a photo of the improvement on the property taken in 1936 conducted by  the WPA.)
  12. Marriage certificate (1913) (see photo no. 3: the first recorded marriage of early settlers in Seattle, David Denney and Louisa Boren in 1853)
  13. Death certificate (1924)
  14. Bill of Sale (1915)
  15. Honorable Military Discharge (1919)

2014 0913 KCA 1st marriageAll these documents reside at the King County Archives! These were just the documents they showed us.  They gave us numerous finding aids and how to guides to make research at the King County Archives easier.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting: made some progress on my BCG Case Study; committed to attending SLIG 2015 (Advanced Practicum) and Professional Management Conference (PMC) sponsored by Association of Professional Genealogists (APG); decided to submit a poster session proposal “Gender Balance in Authorship in Genealogical Publications,” finalized arrangements with Jefferson County Genealogical Society for an all-day presentation in March; finalized arrangements with Whatcom County GS for an all day presentation in early October.  Was accepted to make 3 presentations at the local LDS Family History Expo 2014 and received my rejection on my presentation proposals from Ohio GS.  Busy time ahead.

What’s new in the ‘Hood: Seattle Municipal Archives

SMA LuciApproximately 25 people attended the tour of the Seattle Municipal Archives (SMA) on June 5th, the fifth in a series of eight tours of repositories in the Seattle area sponsored by Historic Seattle.  The tour is part of Historic Seattle’s “Digging Deeper – Built Heritage” series. I have signed up for the series but there are several of the series that I could not attend.

The SMA is located at 600 4th Ave. on the 3rd floor and contains the archives of the City of Seattle.  This includes City Council proceedings, past budgets, committees and their activities.  Their holdings on the parks of Seattle are particularly extensive. As Luci Baker Johnson, organizer for Historic Seattle (seen on the left), stated in her reminder to us, “Holdings include over 12,000 cubic feet of textual records; 3,000 maps and drawings, 3,000 audiotapes; hundreds of hours of motion picture film; and over 1.5 million photographic images of City projects and personnel.”

Holdings are cataloged by record groups.  House historians and genealogists may find the project photos of infrastructure improvements of interest.  Often these projects are located in the neighborhoods and our homes are captured in their project photos. You never know when a fire hydrant project photo might include your house!  Plans of these infrastructure improvements might also be in their holdings.

SMA internetThere were three parts to the tour.  Julie Kerssen gave an overview of the website.  Like many governmental agencies their site is a wealth of information and digitized documents.  The site is the portal to over 16,000 images and is little used by house historians and genealogists– and should be used much more.  It has some fascinating information about their collection and is available on line.

You can find them at http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/

SMA city charterWhen we were in the Frequently Requested Items vault, Steve Cline, City Archivist noted that Denny Park, Seattle’s first park used to be the cemetery.  The City recorded all the graves which were relocated to other locations by name and final resting place. This document is in SMA.  Also, at the archives is the original charter for the City.  (see photo left with Steve)  A thick red leather bound book  with beautiful calligraphy contains the governmental outline of we what we Seattleites wanted to become.

Before you visit, the staff has some recommendations:

  1. Search their website for what might be pertinent to your search.
  2. Call the office to discuss your research with a staff member who can offer deeper assistance
  3. Let them know when you are planning on visiting so they can pull the documents for you and save you some time.

If you wish to read about the others repositories I have attended:

Patsy McKay Library, Historic Seattle: What’s New in the ‘Hood–House History Style.

Special Collections Division, University of Washington:  What’s New in the ‘Hood–House History Style.

Next up (but sadly, not for me!): Thursday, June 26,
Seattle Room, Seattle Public Library, Downtown Seattle

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting:  Worked on my certification– I will have some comments about that in the near future.  I am reading Donald Lines Jacobus’s Genealogy: as Pastime and Profession.  A very well written genealogy classic written in 1930 and still fresh today (if a little Colonial NE centric!)

Donald Lines Jacobus, Genealogy: as Pastime and Profession (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, Co., 1986) First published in 1930.

What’s New in the ‘Hood?–House History Style

This “education thing”–does it ever end?  After the fun time I had today, I hope not!

I signed up recently for a “Digging Deeper:Built Heritage Research” series sponsored by Historic Seattle. [1]  This is a once a month tour of 8 repositories in the Seattle, King County area.  Each tour is conducted by experts from the library or archive and includes a “back of the house” tour of the facility.

So you can all be envious, here is a list of the repositories we will be touring:

  • Patsy MacKay Library, 1117 Minor Ave.
  • Special Collections, University of Washington
  • Sophie Frye Bass Library, MOHAI
  • National Archives (NARA) of Seattle
  • Seattle Municipal Archives, City of Seattle
  • Seattle Room, Seattle Public Library
  • Puget Sound Regional Archives, Bellevue Community College
  • King County Archives

2014 0208 HS MacKay libOur first visit was to the Patsy MacKay Library of Historic Seattle and is the newest of all the libraries we will visit.  Its collection, assembled in the past few years and only now open to the public, is not necessarily unique but it is a “one-stop shop” for journals and books related to historic preservation, neighborhood development and architecture, both residential and commercial.  In the photo to the left is Steve Walsh and me looking for his home on Lake Washington in the 1908 Baist’s Map of Seattle (a competitor of Sanborn).  Because of MacKay Library’s singularity of purpose it is a very browseable collection in a lovely setting. The house itself was built in 1907 for Henry H. Dearborn (1844-1909) and now serves as the headquarters for Historic Seattle (http://www.historicseattle.org). [2]

Having done a locality guide for the ProGen course on conducting House Histories in Seattle I had low expectations of any new information from the presentation, but I didn’t want to miss this library.

Well, as usual….I was wrong.

Eugenia Woo and Luci Baker Johnson of the staff of Historic Seattle presented the online resources available for document retrieval and social history related to doing “house histories.”  Luci was quick to note that the efforts of Historic Seattle and this presentation was to improve the research skills of everyone whether they focused on residential or other aspects of our built environment.  I particularly appreciated the balanced presentation between the document retrieval and social history, the latter usually receiving short shrift.  Lawrence “Larry” Kreisman and others intimately familiar with preservation of our built environment provided additional comments.  The importance of citing your work was also stressed…always a good reminder.

If you are doing commercial or residential histories in Seattle, you should attend this series.  If you do house histories outside of the Northwest, you will find some of these websites have information of interest to you for your research.  You also might have a similar website in your area.  Some of the sites that were new to me included:

  • Seattle Department of Neighborhood Historic Properties database
    If your building or the neighborhood has been researched before, even if it is not on the register, you might find it here.
    http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/historicresources.htm
  • Pacific Coast Architecture Database
    A professor at the UW College of Built Environment has collected the biographies of North West architects and other built environment professionals and their work in this database.
    http://digital.lib.washington.edu/architect
  • Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
    This online GIS map tool identifies and locates historical sites for the state and the nation. It also has biographies of regional architects.
    http://www.dahp.wa.gov
  • HistoryLInk
    HistoryLink is a peer-reviewed online series of short articles on the people and places of Seattle and Washington.  This site is my “go to” site for regional historical information of all kinds–a sophisticated “Wikipedia”.
    http://www.historylink.org
  • Docomomo WEWA (love the name!)
    If the modernist movement is your thing, this is the site for you.
    http://www.docomomo-wewa.org
  • UW Special Collections architectural records
    I did not know that my own library had such a comprehensive collection of architectural plans and papers for architecture of the North West.
    http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/research/how-do-i-find…#architect

It was great fun meeting new people and even more fun to know that there is always something new to learn.

Thanks Eugenia, Luci and the entire Historic Seattle staff for developing such a great series and launching the series so successfully.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last post: recouped from SLIG; signed up for SVAR, the Swedish document site (unfortunately I have yet to get the plug in to work so I can read the documents but my hubby said he is working on it…hmmm, looks like he is watching the Olympics to me!); worked on my ProGen assignment; attended a Women’s Business Center orientation for business start-ups; worked on my business plan and marketing plan (have enlisted MBA daughter to review both); did the brochure for the Spring Seminar (can’t wait for Jeanne Bloom to visit); and am ready to go “on the clock” when SVAR is up and running.  Whew!  Busy month.

[1] Historic Seattle, “Digging Deeper: Built Heritage Research,” syllabus (Seattle: 8 February 2014).
[2] Historic Seattle, “Dearborn House,” brochure (Seattle: undated, but received 8 February 2014).