Downtown Seattle Development Association Photograph Collection, 1962-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Downtown Seattle Development Association (Seattle, Wash.)
Downtown Seattle Development Association Photograph Collection
1962-1986 (inclusive)
10 boxes and 3 oversize folders of photographs, negatives, and slides
Collection Number
Photographs, negatives, slides, and contact sheets documenting the activities of the Downtown Seattle Development Association, which coordinates private and public planning activities in downtown Seattle, Washington, in order to create an accessible and vibrant downtown area
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The organization was established as the Central Association of Seattle to coordinate private and public planning activities and to give a new impetus to the consolidation of regional headquarter functions in a compact, accessible downtown. A joint effort of the City and the Central Association resulted in a comprehensive plan for the central business district published in 1963. In 1973 the name changed to the Downtown Seattle Development Association, and the name of the Promotion Division is now the Business Promotion Division. This change was made for easier public recognition and a more accurate description of the role the organization plays in the community. In 1989 the name changed again to the Downtown Seattle Association.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs, negatives, slides, and contact sheets documenting the activities of the Downtown Seattle Development Association. Subjects include buildings, construction, events and promotions, people, roads and highways, skylines, street scenes, transportation, conferences and meetings, and more. Also included are photographs, brochures, and publicity materials featuring floorplans and sketches of condominiums, apartment buildings, and other housing and commercial buildings located in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Aircraft 1960s-1980s
1 Aquarium 1960s-1980s
1 Art and Murals 1960s-1980s
1 Haas Mural Dedication 1981
1 Annual Report photographs of buildings 1980, 1985-1986
1 CBD Plan: Seattle Planning Commission 1960s-1980s
1 Ferry Terminal Design Study 1960s-1980s
1 Harbor Square architectural drawings 1960s-1980s
1 Kingdome 1960s-1980s
1 Longacres 1960s-1980s
1 Identified Buildings
Includes Swedish Hospital, Jackson Federal Building, 1417 4th Ave Building, Daon Building, Morrison Hotel, 2nd and Union Parking Garage, PNW Bell Equipment Building, King County Parking Garage, Washington Mutual Savings and Loan, Virginia Mason Clinic, Cascade Building, Nordstrom's, War Memorial, Seattle Opera House, First Methodist Church, Washington Building, Rainier Club, Parking Garage B, Times Square Building, KIRO, 1 Yesler Way, CL Building, Olympic Hotel, Royal Inn, KIRO Broadcast House, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, P. I. Building, Copper Kitchen Restaurant, Pioneer Building, Washington Athletic Club, King County Administrative Building, and Pacific Building
1 Building Renderings, Plans, and Models
Includes Hilton Hotel, Pike Place Development, Pioneer Square, Royal Inn Hotel, First National Bank, Pacific Building, Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Denny Building, Joseph Vance Building, IBM Building, Commerce House, Bank of California, Nordstrom, Kingdome, Pike Place and Virginia Building, Central Waterfront Park, Pike Place Urban Renewal Project, 2nd and Wall, Bell Street Plaza, Washington Convention and Trade Center, Pier 66/Uplands Building, Metropolitan Park, Century Square, 83 King Street, Peoples National Bank, and PNW Bell Building
1 Unidentified Buildings 1960s-1980s
2 Central Area Plan 1960s-1980s
2 Central Business District 1960s-1980s
2 Other Cities
Includes Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver
2 Construction
Includes negatives
2 Unidentified Buildings 1960s-1980s
2-3 Events
Includes Anything Goes, auto show, bed race, bike race, bike tour, boat show, Century 21, Encore, Farmer's Day, food drive, Hostess Pie Ladies, Imagination Celebration, International Festival, Lippizan Horses at Longacres, outdoor concerts, Out to Lunch concerts, performers, Pioneer Square, Reilly and Moloney, Richard Nixon, skateboard demonstration, Sea Fair, Seattle Symphony in the Park, Sonics parades, Toys for Tots, and unidentified events and musical performances.
3 Forward Thrust
Includes negatives
3 Fountains 1960s-1980s
3 Freeways, Highways, and Roads 1960s-1980s
3 Housing (Downtown) 1960s-1980s
3 Interiors: Offices, Buildings, and Stores 1960s-1980s
3 Parks: Freeway Park 1960s-1980s
3-4 People
Includes Debbie Armstrong, unidentified people, board photographs, and portraits
4 Pike Place Market
Includes negatives
4 Pioneer Square 1960s-1980s
4-5 Promotions
Includes Back to School, Christmas, Christmas City, Easter, King Tut in the Mall, News Stand, Spring Festival of Fun, Washington's Birthday, and Westlake Mall. Includes negatives.
5 Public Safety 1960s-1980s
5 Seattle Center events and performances 1960s-1980s
5 Skyline and aerial photographs 1960s-1980s
5 Street scenes 1960s-1980s
5 Site visits 1960s-1980s
5-6 Transportation
Includes public buses, public ferries and jetfoils, monorail, transit tunnels, and waterfront trolley
6 Waterfront 1960s-1980s
6 Westlake Mall 1960s-1980s
6 Conferences
Includes Downtown Housing Conference, IDEA Conference, In-City Living, and Shoplifting Clinic
6 Lunches and Receptions
Includes Block Captains Luncheon, Central Lions Luncheon, Downtown Day at Rotary, Kissinger Reception, Rotary Luncheon, Rotary Luncheon with N. Goldschmidt, and Volpe Breakfast
1976-1983, undated
6 Meetings
Includes "All the Comforts of Home," and Annual Meetings
6 Board Meeting 1986
6 Speakers
Includes Governor Ray, Governor Spellman, Henry Jackson, Mayor Royer, and other unidentified speakers
7 Unidentified meetings 1960s-1980s
7 Publications: Graphics, Logotypes, Slide Titles, and Report Text Negatives 1960s-1980s
7 Promotions slides
Includes All Star Display, Christmas, Back to School, Easter, President's Day Sale, Klondike Days, and other promotional materials
7-8 Event slides
Includes AEA Art Show, Folk Life Festival, bed race, bike tour, camper and boat show, Bounce for Beats, International Festival, Fun Run, and Sea Fair
8 Promotions slides 1960s-1980s
8 People slides 1960s-1980s
8 Slides 1960s-1980s
8 Negatives 1960s-1980s
8 Skyline and aerial photographs slides 1960s-1980s
8 Parks slides 1960s-1980s
8 Events slides 1960s-1980s
8 Freeways, highways, and roads slides 1960s-1980s
8-9 Slides 1960s-1980s
9 Entertainment photographs 1960s-1980s
9 Waterfront sketches 1960s-1980s
10 Annual report materials 1971
10 Downtown building floorplans, sketches, and brochures 1960s-1980s
10 Graphics, logos, and advertising art 1960s-1980s
10 Entertainment photographs 1960s-1980s
10 Building sketches (including camera-ready art) 1960s-1980s
10 Building brochures for Washington Plaza, Daon, and Thirty-O-Five 1960s-1980s
10 Orientation slide presentation lists, scripts, and correspondence 1984
10 Easy Streets Parking and Transit Validation Service report and photograph copies 1960s-1980s
Oversize Folders 1-3 Oversize building photographs and sketches 1960s-1980s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--Washington (State)--Seattle--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Business enterprises--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Dwellings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Entertainment events--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Streets--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Transportation--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Downtown Seattle Development Association (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Negatives (photographs)
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs