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.
  • 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!
  • Our new finding aid platform is live! Search record series, folder titles, and more; see the help page for search tips.
  • The Spring 2020 edition of the Archives Gazette is now available, with news about SMA programs and projects, highlights from the collection, and more.
  • The City of Seattle is 150 years old! Visit this page to see how we're continuing to celebrate the City's sesquicentennial.
  • Our crowdsourcing project for transcribing early City records was featured on KING 5 Evening Magazine. Learn more about how you can help us make original records more accessible at our Volunteering page!
  • Read a complaint about behavior at the ballpark in our latest Find of the Month.
  • Seattle Channel's CityStream features SMA in History of Homelessness in Seattle.