Seattle Municipal Archives

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The Seattle Municipal Archives are the official archive of the city of Seattle. The organization is housed in Seattle City Hall.

The organization was formally established in 1985.[1] The city of Seattle stores its city records here.[2]

The Seattle Municipal Archive accepted a US$100,000 from the National Archives and Records Administration to process records.[3]

By 2002 many of the archives photographs from before the 1930s had begun to deteriorate and the archival budget did not allow for all of them to be digitized to contemporary quality standards for archives.[4] At this time, the archival collection had at least been scanned, but many of the pieces were low quality, and the decision was made to prioritize 3000 of the 1,500,000 pieces in the collection for high quality digital preservation.[4] Most of the archive's pictures from this time period were taken by city workers and document civil engineering.[4]

From its founding until the present, Scott Cline has served as director of the archives.[5] Cline studied history at Portland State University.[4]


  1. ^ Dorpat, Paul (20 March 2010). "Revived Seattle Municipal Archives celebrate 25 years". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. ^ Banel, Feliks (3 October 2013). "CityStream: City Clerk's Collection". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ no author listed (n.d.). "Washington". Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Murakami, Kery (7 April 2002). "City's old photographs literally fading with time -". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ Yandel, Jeannie (20 February 2009). "The Seattle Municipal Archives". KUOW-FM. Retrieved 18 February 2015.

External links

  • Official website
  • video archives, kept on YouTube

Coordinates: 47°36′18″N 122°19′47″W / 47.605061°N 122.329820°W / 47.605061; -122.329820

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