Finding Aids for Selected Collections

The SMA has created finding aids for over 150 record series. These documents provide background on the individual and/or agency that created the records, information about what topics and issues are covered by the materials, and a full folder listing. (For more information, see What is a Finding Aid?) The finding aids are hosted on the Northwest Digital Archives consortium's website; links to them are arranged below by creating department.

Note that certain types of documents are filed with the City Clerk by various City departments. If you're looking for all finding aids related to a particular department, be sure to check the listings in the City Clerk category as well as those under the department itself.

Finding Aids

Annexed Cities

Boards/Commissions/Task Forces/PDAs

City Auditor

Finding Aids - City Auditor

0300-02: Digital Photograph Collection

City Clerk

Finding Aids - City Clerk

City Light

Finding Aids - City Light

City-Wide Records

Finding Aids - City-Wide Records

0001-01: City of Seattle Harvested Websites

Office for Civil Rights

Dept. of Community Development

Finding Aids - Dept. of Community Development

Office of Economic Development

Engineering Dept.

Finding Aids - Engineering Department

Ethics & Elections

Dept. of Finance

Fire Dept.

Fleets and Facilities Dept.

Health Dept.

Hearing Examiner

Finding Aids - Hearing Examiner

3400: Hearing Examiner Records

Human Services Department

Finding Aids - Human Services Department

Office of Intergovernmental Relations

Office of International Affairs

Finding Aids - Office of International Affairs

4102-01: Citizens Commission on Central America Records

Law Dept.

Legislative Dept. (City Council)

Office of Management & Budget

Mayor's Office

Model City Program

Finding Aids - Model City Program

5400: Seattle Model City Program Records

Municipal Court

Dept. of Neighborhoods

Finding Aids - Department of Neighborhoods

Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Finding Aids - Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Personnel Dept.


Dept. of Planning & Development

Finding Aids - Department of Planning and Development

2001-01: Planning Division Digital Photograph Collection

Police Dept.

Finding Aids - Police Department

6400-01: Board of Police Commissioners Minutes

Seattle Arts Commission

Seattle Center

Seattle Public Library

Finding Aids - Seattle Public Library

7800-01: Communications Office Digital Photographs

Seattle Public Utilities

Dept. of Transportation

Office of the Treasurer

Finding Aids - Office of the Treasurer

8004-01: Tax Lists for the City of Seattle

Water Dept.

Office of Women's Rights

Woodland Park Zoo