In honor of election day, SAA-UW is highlighting government archives this month!  Join us for two tours of national and county-level archives and don’t forget to vote!

Election Day
Tuesday, November 4

MOHAI Pub Trivia
Tuesday, November 4, 7 pm
The Wurst Place, 510 Westlake Avenue North
MOHAI hosts pub trivia in South Lake Union.  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

Free First Thursday
Thursday, November 6
Participating Seattle museums, including MOHAI and SAM, are free every first Thursday of the month.  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

SPL Lecture: A Reflection on Lyndon B. Johnson’s Legacy in the Pacific Northwest
Thursday, November 6, 7-8:30 pm
Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Central Library
This panel discussion will feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds discussing the lasting effects LBJ had on the Pacific Northwest region.  For more information, see the SPL calendar listing.

Carlos Bulosan exhibit
Ongoing, begins November 7
Special Collections, UW Library
Exhibit by the Labor Archives of Washington in Special Collections.  From UW Library’s website: “In commemoration of the centennial of poet and author Carlos Bulosan’s birth, the exhibit draws on the papers of Bulosan, the cannery workers union, and various Filipino American labor leaders and community members within the broader context of Seattle’s Filipino American community, the progressive political culture in which he participated.”  For more information, see the UW Library’s calendar.

King County Archives Tour
Friday, November 14, 4-5 pm
King County Archives, 1215 E Fir St
County Archivist Carol Shenk will be providing SAA-UW with a behind-the-scenes tour of the King County Archives.  We’ll walk to Cherry Street Coffee Shop after the tour for drinks and conversation.

History Cafe: A Park System for All – the Olmsted Vision
Thursday, November 20, 6:30-7:30 pm
History discussion group sponsored by MOHAI, SPL, and  This month’s topic is the Olmsted Brothers, who are responsible for many of the great Seattle parks.  For more information, visit MOHAI’s website.

NARA Puget Sound Branch Archives Tour
Friday, November 21, 2-3:30 pm
Puget Sound Regional Archives, 6125 Sand Point Way NE
Join us for part 2 of our look at government archives with a tour of the National Archives at Seattle!  We’ll bus to Teddy’s Tavern after the tour for drinks.

Lecture: “Traces in the Stacks”
Friday, November 21, 3:30 pm
HUB 340, University of Washington
Can’t come to our NARA tour?  There’s also a rare books lecture on campus, “Traces in the Stacks: the Troubled Archive of Nineteenth-Century Literature” (description from iMLIS News email):  This lecture is based on Andrew Stauffer’s Book Traces project (, which aims to get people into libraries to crowd-source the discovery of nineteenth-century books that have been marked and modified by their original owners. Stauffer presents examples of such evidence of use and also considers the changing nature of academic research libraries in the wake of Google. Out of copyright, non-rare, and often fragile due to poor paper quality, nineteenth-century printed books are both richly served and particularly imperiled in the new media ecosystem. As scenes of evidence, they are at once exposed and occluded by the digitization of our library collections. Stauffer demonstrates the importance of individual copies to our understanding of nineteenth-century books as media objects, and as crucial touchstones in the history and future of reading.


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