What's New

  • To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our staff and patrons, the research room for the Seattle Municipal Archives will be closed until further notice. We will continue to serve patrons remotely. Please email archives@seattle.gov with questions or research requests.
  • See the new Seattle Voices about attempts to establish a police review board in 1965.
  • Looking for things to do at home? Check out SMA's Virtual Vault page to find jigsaw puzzles, Zoom backgrounds, coloring pages, archival films, downloadable postcards, homeschool tools, and more!
  • Our new finding aid platform is live! Search record series, folder titles, and more; see the help page for search tips.
  • Learn about the rise and fall of the Teen Dance Ordinance and listen to audio from related public hearings.
  • A recent edition of KING 5 Evening featured vintage public service announcements in the SMA collection.
  • The Summer 2020 edition of the Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Read about the Anti-Japanese League's efforts to outlaw Japanese-owned businesses in our latest Find of the Month.