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.
  • Did you know Ballard's waterfront was once full of sawmills? Check out our exhibit to see a map and photos.

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.

Seattle park map, 1958
From Document 4496, Published Documents Collection (Record Series 1801-92)

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).