What's New

  • Have questions about historical land use and zoning? Check out our new research guide for resources and tips.
  • Our latest Seattle Voices features discussions of a women's domestic violence shelter in 1975.
  • The Fall 2015 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Read about an ill-timed power outage in our 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!

Workers fixing sewer break at 6th & Union, 1923
Item 2039, Engineering Department Photographic Negatives (Record Series 2613-07)

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).