What's New

  • Did you know Ballard's waterfront was once full of sawmills? Check out our exhibit to see a map and photos.
  • 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.
  • Read concerns about a sanitorium for aged Germans 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!


Man in workshop, circa 1900
Item 104289, 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).