Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Database


Welcome to the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph database. Our photographs date from the 1880s to the present and include subjects such as public works, City events, City sites and facilities, and elected officials.

Photographs contained in this database are public record and do not require permission for use. We ask that photographs are cited Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives and that the item number is included. Many of the records in this catalog have a link to download the best available digital file. In cases where a link is not present a high resolution file can be created. There is an $8 fee per scan for this service per Rule 2017-01.

Please send inquiries to archives@seattle.gov

The photograph database has been added to our new Digital Collections website. Search below or to search only photographs use the Advanced Search page with type "Image" selected.



Click here to access the legacy photograph database. However, materials cataloged since March 2018 are only available in the new site.

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