Want to explore Seattle headlines from over 100 years ago? Take a look at our new Seattle Mail and Herald digital collection. The Mail and Herald was a weekly paper discussing the city’s news, politics, society events, entertainment and more. The paper included articles on topics such as Seattle’s regrades, the Alaskan Gold Rush, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and the proliferation of crime and vice under Seattle’s “Open Town” policy. Issues often include portraits of prominent Seattleites and visiting entertainers along with photographs of buildings and scenery in Seattle, Washington State and Alaska.
The paper was owned and at times edited by Edgar L. Hampton who originally ran the Saturday Mail beginning ca. 1896 and merged the paper with the Herald in 1899 to create the Seattle Mail and Herald. The last issues of the Mail and Herald were published in 1907. Our digital collection contains full-text searchable issues from January 5, 1901 to May 25, 1907. You can explore the collection on your own or by using our suggested topics to get started.
Want to see more periodicals in Special Collections Online? Check out the Seattle Municipal News discussing the city’s civic issues from 1910-2010 or the Jewish Transcript, discussing news and events from Seattle’s Jewish community. What to see more photos of Seattle’s history? Take a look at our Seattle Historical Photograph Collection and Denny Regrade Photograph Collection.
~ posted by Jade D.