What's New

  • ***Please note that SMA will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day.***
  • Check out our newest online exhibit: Redlining.
  • Our latest Seattle Voices features a 1977 public hearing on rent control.
  • The Winter 2015 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Third graders celebrate Chinese New Year 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!


Ranger Paul leading forest walk in Discovery Park, 1975
Item 172261, Discovery Park Photograph Collection (Record Series 5801-07)

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).