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 about a group of Filipinos stranded in Seattle in 1899 in our latest Find of the Month.
  • Listen to John Scannell, representing the Intermittent Workers Federation, speak at a 1977 Human Resources and Operations meeting regarding the City's grievance process 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!


Ivar Haglund with unidentified woman, 1960, Item 77349,
Don Sherwood Parks History Collection (Record Series 5801-01)

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).