The Seattle Public Library has acquired a portion of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s digital historical archives, and, through an agreement with the vendor NewsBank, is able to offer access to the complete P-I archives online.

“This is a game-changer for our community’s and staff’s ability to more fully research local history,” Assistant Director for Collections and Access Andrew Harbison said in a press release. “From family wedding announcements, to obituaries, to photos and stories of historic news events, patrons can explore our region’s stories with greater breadth and depth either on their own, or with the assistance of our staff.”

The acquisition is made possible thanks to a grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

“Over the decades, coverage by the P-I and the Seattle Times ­— the city’s two competing daily newspapers — often varied radically in perspective and coverage,” Harbison said in the release. “Full digital access to both newspapers will greatly enhance the knowledge, awareness and understanding of our region’s history.” 

The Library acquired the Post-Intelligencer’s digital archives from 1901-35 and plans to eventually acquire the complete digital archives. Because of this acquisition, NewsBank is offering the Library full access to the Post-Intelligencer’s archives. 

Library patrons can access the Seattle Post-Intelligencer digital archives in the Magazines and Newspapers section of the Library website, spl.org.

To access the Post-Intelligencer’s digital archives, people will need a library card (apply for instant access at spl.org/card) or a Library Link account (spl.org/LibraryLink), available for Seattle Public Schools teachers and students. As with the Seattle Times archives, the P-I archives are fully searchable and allow users to read, magnify, print and save digital copies.

For questions and help accessing the archives, contact the Library’s AskUs service by email or chat at spl.org/ask or by phone at 206-386-4636.