The photographic collection housed here is known as the Williamson Collection and it consists of more than 15,000 individual ship photos and 40,000 negatives. All images have been cataloged by ship’s name.
We also have other photograph collections, including the Lloyd Stadum Collection which contains photographs and histories of U.S. and foreign ships and shipping companies.
Some of PSM’s historic photographs are available for viewing at King County On Line. These photographs are protected under copyright laws and may not be used for any purpose without the express written permission of the Society. If you wish to order or use a copy of any copyrighted photograph, please contact PSM for conditions and fees, or find them here:
If you need us to find you a photo of a specific vessel, volunteers will conduct research of its materials. Research volunteers process requests are typically able to respond within 14 days. If you have a potential research project, please Contact us to see if we can assist you. Your are encouraged to use the this Research Inquiry Form that can be attached to an e-mail.
Most regular photographic orders will be completed within 10 working days. You will be notified when your photo order is ready. Ask a staff member for information regarding other photographic services.
Students, members of the Museum of History and Industry and members of PSM receive a 15% discount on photo lab fees. Not a member? Join today to get your 15% discount!