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Release Date: 10/20/2014

New digital history collection about the Pike Place Market now available at The Seattle Public Library

farmers selling produce at Pike Place Market

The public now has access to historical documents about the Pike Place Market thanks to a new digital collection developed by The Seattle Public Library.

The Pike Place Market Digital Collection includes 481 items from the 1920s to the 1980s. This searchable database pulls together photographs, documents and ephemera from three collections, which are outlined below.


  • The Suzanne Hittman Collection - Correspondence, business ledgers, receipts, plans, rental agreements and other significant documents produced by Pike Place Market farmers and vendors along with key figures in the business history of the market, such as Frank Goodwin, Arthur E. Goodwin and Giuseppe (Joe) Desimone.


  • The Peter Steinbrueck Pike Place Market Collection - Architectural plans, posters, newspaper articles and ephemera related to the Market Initiative and other efforts undertaken by the Friends of the Market to protect Pike Place Market from proposed urban renewal plans in the 1960s and 1970s.


  • The Werner Lenggenhager Collection - Pictures of life at the market from the 1950s to the 1980s, such as photographs of market stalls, shoppers, farmers and street musicians.


"The Pike Place Market embodies so much of Seattle's history, including how food was distributed 100 years ago to the growing population of Seattle, to how the produce from immigrant farmers influenced local cuisine," said Jodee Fenton, manager of special collections. "The Pike Place Market stands as a definition of Seattle culture and history."


For more information on the Pike Place Market Digital Collection, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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