What's New

  • The Fall 2014 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Listen to Councilmember Michael Hildt discuss bicycle registration in our latest Seattle Voices entry.
  • An investigation of a 1917 fire at Seattle's Grand Opera House is the focus of the 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!

Fishing at Upper Ross Lake, 1975
Item 136839, City Light Slides (Record Series 1204-04)

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).