• David Colwell Interview, December 4, 1985

    David Colwell Interview, December 4, 1985

    Reverend David G. Colwell (1916-2001) served as pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle from 1967 until his retirement in 1982.

    Identifier: spl_ds_dcolwell_01

    Date: 1985-12-04

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  • Eulalie Merrill Wagner Interview, July 14, 1986

    Eulalie Merrill Wagner Interview, July 14, 1986

    Eulalie Merrill Wagner (1904-1991) was a philanthropist well known for the gardens of her 10 acre Tacoma estate, Lakewold. She was born in Seattle and attended St. Nicholas School and the Masters School, a preparatory school in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She married George Corydon Wagner (1895-1979) in the 1920s. They moved to Lakewold in 1938. Both Wagner and her husband had family ties to the local lumber industries; through her husband’s side with the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company and through her side with the Merrill & Ring Lumber Company. She was an avid golfer and served as president of many organizations such as the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Garden Club and Tacoma Junior League. She also supported the University of Washington Arboretum, helped to develop the native plant garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and created the Wagner Endowment for Nursing Education at Tacoma General Hospital.

    Identifier: spl_ds_ewagner_01

    Date: 1986-07-14

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  • Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 19

    Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 19

    Baist, G. Wm

    Baist Real Estate atlases of Seattle were published in 1905, 1908, and 1912. The atlases show property ownership (for large tracts), plats, block and lot numbers, streets, buildings, sewers, water mains, electric railways, and steam railroads.

    Identifier: spl_maps_341191.19

    Date: 1905

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  • Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 14

    Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 14

    Baist, G. Wm

    Baist Real Estate atlases of Seattle were published in 1905, 1908, and 1912. The atlases show property ownership (for large tracts), plats, block and lot numbers, streets, buildings, sewers, water mains, electric railways, and steam railroads.

    Identifier: spl_maps_341191.14

    Date: 1905

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  • McKee's Correct Road Map of Seattle and Vicinity, Washington, U.S.A., 1894

    McKee's Correct Road Map of Seattle and Vicinity, Washington, U.S.A., 1894

    McKee, R. H.; Dehly, F. M.; Reynolds, Alexander M.

    ""Showing details of roads and graded streets and positions of principal dwellings and prominent buildings.""

    Identifier: spl_maps_2445404

    Date: 1894

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  • Alexander Bill Interview, January 19, 1988

    Alexander Bill Interview, January 19, 1988

    Dr. Alexander (Sandy) H. Bill Jr. (1914-1996) was a pediatric surgeon who worked at both Providence Hospital and Children's Orthopedic Hospital. Bill was born in Massachusetts and attended Harvard University where he received his medical degree. In his position at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bill became chief of surgery and led research endeavors studying childhood cancer. He and his wife, Sally, had six children together and often went sailing as a family. Bill also served as Board President of the Bush School. Alexander and Sally Bill also played important roles in land preservation in the San Juans, helping to establish the San Juan Preservation trust, and donating land in Lopez Village which now serves as the location of a community garden, children’s center and farmer’s market. The couple first bought land on Lopez Island in 1964 and moved there full time in 1980 after their retirement.

    Identifier: spl_ds_abill_01

    Date: 1988-01-19

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  • Bernice Stern Interview, August 18, 1987

    Bernice Stern Interview, August 18, 1987

    Bernice Stern (1916-2007) was a Seattle native, the first woman to be elected to the King County Council and a community leader involved in many fields. Stern attended Broadway High School and the University of Washington. Following her marriage to Edward Stern in 1935, she became involved with the Council of Jewish Women at local and national levels. She participated in the Seattle Open Housing Campaign in 1959 and advocated heavily for women’s rights issues throughout her career. She was elected to the King County Council in 1970 and served until 1979. In the interview she discusses her life and involvement with the Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters, and Planned Parenthood, as well as work with blind children, aid to European Jews after World War II, and the civil rights movement of the 1960's.

    Identifier: spl_ds_bstern_01

    Date: 1987-08-18

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  • Fred Bassetti Interview, January 24, 1987

    Fred Bassetti Interview, January 24, 1987

    Fred Bassetti (1917-2013) was a Seattle native and part of the “Northwest School” of architects. He attended Garfield High School and received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Washington in 1942. During the war, he worked for the Federal Public Housing Authority. In 1946, he graduated from Harvard with his masters degree in architecture. Upon his return to Seattle, he worked for Naramore Bain Brady Johanson from 1946 to 1947 before creating his own architectural firm. Bassetti was responsible for the design of projects such as the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, the Seattle Municipal Tower and Lakeside School among others.

    Identifier: spl_ds_fbassetti_01

    Date: 1987-01-24; 1987?

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  • Samuel McKinney Interview, August 17, 1987

    Samuel McKinney Interview, August 17, 1987

    Reverend Samuel McKinney (1926-2018) was pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 40 years and a major leader in Seattle’s civil rights movement. McKinney was born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the Air Force during World War II and in 1949 graduated from Morehouse College where one of his classmates was Martin Luther King Jr. In 1952 he graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and in 1953 married his wife Louise. Together the couple moved to Seattle in 1958 where McKinney became the pastor of Mt. Zion. McKinney was a tireless advocate for social and civil rights causes. He was one of the founders of the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center, an organization providing job training; helped start Seattle’s first black-owned bank to help community members obtain home loans after discirimation from other banks; advocated for Seattle’s fair housing act as a member of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and participated in civil rights marches and demonstrations nationwide.

    Identifier: spl_ds_smckinney_01

    Date: 1987-08-17

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  • Sam Smith Interview, April 28, 1988

    Sam Smith Interview, April 28, 1988

    Sam Smith (1922-1995) Smith was born in Gibsland, Louisiana. He was stationed in Seattle during World War II while serving in the Army. Following the war’s conclusion, he decided to stay in Seattle and attended Seattle University where he earned a degree in social science in 1951 and the University of Washington where he earned a degree in economics in 1952. After graduating, he began a career at Boeing. In 1958, Smith was elected to the Washington House of Representatives, becoming the third African-American to earn a seat in the State House. During his time there, he championed a bill banning discrimination in home sales and rentals based on race or religion. In 1967, Smith left the legislature to pursue a seat on the Seattle City Council. He became the first African-American to serve on the council and remained there until 1991. During this time on the city council he promoted an open housing initiative and ran for mayor four times.

    Identifier: spl_ds_ssmith_01_01

    Date: 1988-04-28

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