What's New

  • To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our staff and patrons, the research room for the Seattle Municipal Archives will be closed until further notice. We will continue to serve patrons remotely. Please email archives@seattle.gov with questions or research requests.
  • Read about the creation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and the Native American activism that brought it about in our new online exhibit.
  • The Fall 2020 edition of the Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • Looking for things to do at home? Check out SMA's Virtual Vault page to find jigsaw puzzles, Zoom backgrounds, coloring pages, archival films, downloadable postcards, homeschool tools, and more!
  • See the new Seattle Voices about attempts in the 1970s to evaluate the city's approach to criminal justice and policing.
  • Our new finding aid platform is live! Search record series, folder titles, and more; see the help page for search tips.
  • Read about city staff impounding cows in our latest Find of the Month.