What's New

  • Check out our timeline of the history of the Seattle Municipal Archives, posted in honor of the retirement of the founding City Archivist, Scott Cline.
  • Times for renters have been tough before - read about the housing crunch of the late 1970s in our new exhibit.
  • We now have the Don Sherwood parks history sheets available in PDF on our website. If you're interested in the history of a park, this is a great place to start!
  • The Summer 2016 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Our latest Find of the Month highlights a special one-time holiday in July 1969.
  • Did you know Ballard's waterfront was once full of sawmills? Check out our exhibit to see a map and photos.

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!


Children playing in Freeway Park fountain, 1990
Item 102366, Water Department Slides (Record Series 8200-14)

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).