Northwest Digital Heritage
Sharing Our Common Heritage
Northwest Digital Heritage brings together unique historical collections from over 150 libraries, archives, and museums throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Explore photographs, maps, oral histories and more from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Content for this portal is provided by Northwest institutions in coordination with the Oregon Heritage Commission, State Library of Oregon, Washington State Library, Orbis Cascade Alliance, University of Washington Libraries, and Oregon Digital.
On Memorial Day, 1948 a rising Columbia River destroyed the community of Vanport, Oregon–then the largest public housing development in the United States.
SEE ALSO: Floods
A WWII-era segregated soldier camp in Seattle. The Marjorie Sotero Photograph Collection documents service club activities at Camp Jordan.
SEE: ALSO: Black History & Culture
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State caused local devastation and rained ash on communities hundreds of miles away.
SEE ALSO: Volcanoes
From Emily Olney to Emma Smith Devoe and Abigail Scott Duniway, the equal suffrage movement took early root in the Northwest.
SEE ALSO: Equity
A world’s fair in the summer of 1909 drew visitors from far and wide to Seattle to learn about the Northwest and Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush.
SEE ALSO: Washington Fairs & Festivals
A 1905 centennial celebration of the Lewis & Clark expedition showcased the Northwest’s industrial and cultural progress in Portland, Oregon.
SEE ALSO: Oregon Fairs & Festivals
Video interviews with Japanese Americans reveal their experiences during WWII incarceration and more.
SEE ALSO: Japanese American internment, WWII
The modern farm worker movement came to the Northwest in the 1960s, from Washington’s Yakima Valley to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
SEE ALSO: Labor, Unions & Strikes
A 1916 demonstration by the I.W.W. in Everett, Washington became the bloodiest day in Northwest labor history.
SEE ALSO: Industrial Workers of the World
An explosive eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago would create the deepest lake in the United States.
SEE ALSO: Oregon State Parks
A rugged expanse of glaciated peaks and temperate rainforests, dominated by Mount Olympus.
SEE ALSO: Mount Rainier & North Cascades
The “top crop” of the Pacific Northwest, wheat farming has evolved radically since the 1800s.
SEE ALSO: Agriculture
A bevy of beverage labels from Multnomah County Library.
SEE ALSO: Hops & Barley
The summer of 1889 saw fires consume parts of Spokane, Ellensburg, and Seattle, Washington–where the city’s entire central business district was destroyed.
SEE ALSO: Fires
Rights to traditional fisheries and fishing practices have been a crucial component of asserting Northwest tribal sovereignty.
SEE ALSO: Fishing & Fisheries
Depression-era Oregon artists found employment through the Federal Art Project, a program of the Works Progress Administration.
SEE ALSO: WPA & CCC
During WWI, the U.S. government created the Spruce Production Division in the Northwest to quickly obtain spruce trees necessary for airplane production.
SEE ALSO: Logging & Lumber Industry
Photographs documenting Rootworks, a lesbian commune in Southern Oregon founded during the 1960s-70s feminist and countercultural movements.
SEE ALSO: LGBTQ+ Pride Events
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.