What's New

  • The Summer 2014 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Read an an anonymous rant about hippies in Seattle in our September Find of the Month.
  • Listen to Nick Licata speak about opening the doors to government in our latest Seattle Voices entry.

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!

Railroad Avenue, 1934
Item 8924, Engineering Department Damage Case Records (Record Series 2608-03)

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).