What's New

  • Check out our new guide to legislative research.
  • Did you know that city employees had to sign loyalty oaths in the 1950s? Read about it in of our latest Find of the Month.
  • Times for renters have been tough before - read about the housing crunch of the late 1970s in our new exhibit.
  • The Fall 2016 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.

October is Archives Month in the United States, and archives across Washington are highlighting records related to parks. Check here throughout the month for a changing display of items from our collections illustrating the history of parks in our city.

Kids playing at Spruce Street Mini Park, circa 1970
Item 76170, Forward Thrust Photographs (Record Series 5804-04)

Archivists bring the past to the present, organizing unique historical materials for current and future use. Learn more about archives and archivists!

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).