What's New

  • Check out our newest online exhibit: Redlining.
  • Our latest Seattle Voices features a 1977 public hearing on rent control.
  • The Winter 2015 edition of our Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Third graders celebrate Chinese New Year in our latest Find of the Month.

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!

City Light cafeteria, 1961
Item 177127, City Light Slides (Record Series 1204-04)

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).