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A City at Work: Images from the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection
A wide-ranging display of images from the Photograph Collection, highlighting the history, work, and accomplishments of Seattle city government.

Strength & Stamina: Women in the Fire Department
The story of the courage, hard work, and perseverance it took for women to enter the all-male world of firefighting in Seattle.

AYPE: A Memorable Enterprise
A behind-the-scenes look at Seattle city government's role in preparing the city for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.
AYPE logo

Pike Place Market Centennial
A brief history of the market's first hundred years, including its founding and development, its farmers and shoppers, and the citizen initiative that saved it from urban renewal in the 1970s.
Pike Place Market

The Seattle Open Housing Campaign, 1959-1968
The story of the long struggle for fair housing legislation in Seattle, as told through photographs, documents, and audio clips.

Annexed Cities
Eight small towns were annexed to Seattle between 1905 and 1910, some enthusiastically and some reluctantly. This exhibit takes a look at the history of four of those towns and how they became part of the city.
Columbia Fire Dept.

Seattle's City Halls
A look at city halls throughout Seattle's history, from the first building constructed for city government offices to the new city hall that opened in 2003.
Katzenjammer Castle

Women in City Government
An exhibit illustrating women's employment and involvement in Seattle city government and their stories and struggles in finding their "places" in the City.
woman construction worker

Historical Postcards
A small collection of postcards provides a flavor of Seattle's charm during the early years of the 20th Century. Parks, buildings, and other Seattle sites are represented in this collection.
Volunteer Park

Upper Skagit Watershed
Photography documenting Seattle City Light activities over more than half a century. These images illustrate the changing landscape, human activities, natural history, and wildlife of the Skagit River and its tributary watersheds.
Skagit watershed

Also see our Flickr page for a selection of photos, documents, maps, and other materials from our collections.