What's New

  • Listen to testimony about redlining in Seattle in our latest Seattle Voices entry.
  • The Winter 2014 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Our newest online exhibit commemorates the 20th anniversary of Seattle's domestic partnership program.
  • The latest Find of the Month highlights the longstanding Seattle charity The Millionair Club.

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!


Alaskan Way asphalt paving, 1952
Item 43593, 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).