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Produce stand at Pike Place Market, 1939 (Seattle Municipal Archives image no. 32306)

The Seattle Municipal Archives is located on the third floor of Seattle's City Hall at 600 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle. The building is between Fourth and Fifth Avenues and James and Cherry Streets. The Archives is co-located with the Office of the City Clerk.

The Archives is an agency of City government and is open during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). The research room closes at 4:45 p.m. each day. The Archives is closed for all City holidays.

Access Policy
The records held by the Seattle Municipal Archives are open to the public and available for research use during business hours. To ensure the most efficient use of the records and staff time, researchers are encouraged to make appointments when requesting access to the Archives. Please see
Visiting the Archives for more information about doing research on-site at the SMA.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Archives is to support the goals of the City of Seattle and the citizens of the City by identifying, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and making accessible - for the use of City agencies, scholars, students, and the general public - the records of enduring value created or received by City agencies and elected officials.

Archives Staff
Scott Cline, City Archivist
Anne Frantilla, Deputy City Archivist
Julie Irick, Assistant City Archivist, Photo Archives
Julie Kerssen, Assistant City Archivist
Sarah Shipley, Digital Asset Manager