What's New

  • Listen to testimony about condo conversions in Seattle in our latest Seattle Voices entry.
  • The Summer 2015 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Read about the controversial 1967 "loitering law" in our latest Find of the Month.

What do archivists do?

"Archivists bring the past to the present. They're records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research." (Lisa Lewis) The Seattle Municipal Archives is featured on Seattle Channel's City Stream - watch it now!


City Light float in Seafair parade, 1954
Item 78634, City Light Photographic Negatives (Record Series 1204-01)

How do I find a photograph of my house?

There are several resources you can use to locate a photograph of your house. The best place to start is the Puget Sound Regional Branch of the State Archives (phone: 425-564-3940).