What's New

  • 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 Spring 2016 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Check out our newest online exhibit: Redlining.
  • Our latest Seattle Voices features a 1977 committee meeting on low income housing at the Pike Place Market.
  • In our latest Find of the Month, read about Seattle's plan for rail rapid transit - in the 1960s.

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!


Gardening in p-patch, 1990
Item 102163, 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).