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Repository and Museum Tours

Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting

April 28-30, 2016

While at the conference, you will have to opportunity to tour some of local repositories and museums on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. 

All tours are FREE but reservations are REQUIRED. Please contact Anne Jenner ( to reserve your spot(s) before April 27.

University District Attractions | Seattle Attractions such as the architectural marvel that is the Seattle Public Library.

MOHAI Resource Center
5933 6th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98108
Carpooling recommended – Local Arrangements Committee will help arrange
Thursday, April 28th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour limit: 15 people (reserve a spot by emailing Anne Jenner

Jody Hendrickson, Archivist and Betsy Bruemmer, Collections Manager of the Museum of History and Industry, will offer a tour of the Sophie Frye Bass Library, the Collections Office, and Conservation Lab.  The Library has a cold room for nitrate negative storage, a stand-alone unit that was installed as part of the renovation of the building.  Howard Giske, Photo Curator, will speak to the details. 

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)
Easy access by city bus or light rail
Thursday, April 28th, , 3:00 pm
Tour limit: 20 people (reserve a spot by emailing Anne Jenner

The Historic Hotel Immersion Tour from The Wing takes visitors back in time to learn about the history of the neighborhood and the building the museum currently resides in. The tour is an hour long and allows visitors a guided immersive experience through the historically preserved spaces of the old Freeman Hotel. Visitors will have a chance to visit the very first Chinese import/export shop ever established in 1913, Yick Fung, walk through the halls of the old hotel to see how our Asian Pacific immigrant pioneers called home in the early 1900s, and step inside a Family Association hall to explore the way the communities organized themselves. The tour is a great introduction to the museum and provides early Asian Pacific history to Seattle as a precursor to our many exhibits that highlight more stories from the Asian Pacific Islander American communities. 

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144
Easily accessible by bus 48 or carpooling can be arranged
Saturday, April 30th, 2:30 pm
Tour limit: 20 people (reserve a spot by emailing Anne Jenner

Join us for a guided tour of two exhibits, The Journey Gallery and Posing Beauty in African American Culture The Journey Gallery shares and celebrates the many journeys people of African descent have taken to get to the Pacific Northwest. It is a hand shake into the multifaceted history of our region and how these communities have shaped it.

Opening that very day (!) Posing Beauty in African American Culture features a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty and highlight how we see ourselves and are seen by others.  Among the many distinguished photographers represented in this group exhibition organized by Dr. Deborah Willis are Anthony Barboza, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russell Lee, Jamel Shabazz, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ernest C. Withers.

University of Washington Special Collections
Allen Library South, lower level
An easy 15 minute walk from the hotel
Saturday, April 30th, 2:00 pm
Tour limit: 15 people (reserve a spot by emailing Anne Jenner

UW archivists and curators will guide a tour of the Special Collections reading room, workrooms, and closed stacks.  Special attention will be given to the film preservation and processing area.  Special Collections has one of the only active film archiving programs in Washington and is a founding member of MIPOPs (Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound  A prime example of fine archiving work is documented in Grays Harbor Happenings: The Newsreels of C.D. Anderson, a prize winning documentary on the preservation of early news footage.

Living Computer Museum
2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134 
Light rail from Husky Stadium, leaving at 1:49 to SODO station at 2:08
Saturday, April 30th, 2:30 pm
Tour limit: 25 people (reserve a spot by emailing Anne Jenner

Archivist Cynde Moya will lead a 45 minute back-of-the-house tour of the 15,000 square feet archival storage on the third floor, the engineering lab, and the big computer equipment in the basement. An exciting tour for archivists, highlighting the unusual challenges of managing a collection of computers, documentation, and software.   After the tour, you can optionally attend the 3:15 guided tour of the museum led by a talented tour guide, or, enjoy the museum hall with working vintage computers to see, read about, and try out on your own.  

Please contact Colleen Needham (Communications Chair) with any questions. 

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