What's New

  • 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.
  • Listen to Councilmember Michael Hildt discuss bicycle registration in our latest Seattle Voices entry.
  • The latest Find of the Month highlights controversy over the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a school holiday in Seattle.

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!


Crowd on half-built Fremont Bridge, circa 1916
Item 170923, Engineering Department Damage Case Records (Record Series 2608-03)

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).