Vault Contents

Maps in the Records Vault include:

  • Engineering quarter section maps, new (GIS computer-generated) and old (mylar)
  • Aerial topography maps, new and old
  • Sewerage and drainage topography maps
  • Basemaps
  • Various City maps, including the 1:400 scale maps and the Vault Plan Index (VPI) original mylar

Publications in the Records Vault include:

  • City of Seattle Standard Specifications, current and previous editions
  • City of Seattle Standard Plans, current and previous editions
  • Geotechnical soil boring, piling and slide reports on microfilm
  • Henry Fitch / Works Progress Administration (WPA) drainage and landslide reports and associated field books
  • Published City of Seattle ordinances

Indexes in the Records Vault include:

  • Aerial photograph indexes
  • Basemap indexes, geographic and card file
  • Capital Improvement Plan and private contract construction plans
    • Inspector’s (Resident Engineer) notes
    • Reports notebooks
  • Geotechnical soil boring, piling and slide reports indexes on the VPI miscellaneous pages
  • King County plat books and condominium plat indexes, computer printout (showing the unrecorded plats) and card file
  • Offsite records storage notebook
  • Pre-1968 Capital Improvement Plan Construction plan card file
  • SEATRAN Roadway Structures listing for bridges, retaining walls and stairways
  • Survey field book index card files
  • Vault Plan Index (VPI), electronic and manual (Plan Register book and the ledger books)
  • Water books, including two computer printout indexes listing projects outside the City of Seattle limits or projects not found in the VPI

Survey information in the Records Vault includes:

  • Field books
  • Full section and 1/16th maps
  • Quarter section calculation sheets
  • Right-of-way files
  • King County plat books
  • Various shoreland and tideland maps

Plans in the Records Vault include:

  • Capital Improvement Plan construction plans
  • Private contact construction plans
  • METRO, King County, or State of Washington plans that impact City of Seattle public rights-of-way
  • Inspector’s (Resident Engineer) books
  • Plans for projects outside City of Seattle limits

Aerial Photographs in the Vault

The Records Vault contains aerial photographs of Seattle from the following years:

  • 1993
  • 1970
  • 1965
  • 1960
  • 1952
  • 1946
  • 1936
  • 1934 (incomplete)
  • 1929 (incomplete)