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.
  • Read arguments for and against a Ballard-University "highway" in our latest Find of the Month.
  • Did you know Ballard's waterfront was once full of sawmills? Check out our exhibit to see a map and photos.


Medic One aid unit, circa 1970
Item 178855, Seattle Fire Department Slides (Record Series 2801-09)

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).