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!
  • Did you know Ballard's waterfront was once full of sawmills? Check out our exhibit to see a map and photos.
  • 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.
  • Read about the Earwig Menace 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!


Aurora Avenue near Mercer, 1956
Item 53798, 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).