Seattle Archives branch of National Archives U.S.

Seattle Archives

Seattle Archives is headquarters for The National Archives' Pacific Alaska Region is Records located here are for genealogical and general historical interest. There is an archival research room and a microfilm research room at this facility.

This facility is also a Records Center, for storing records from Federal agencies and courts in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State. These records can be retrieved as needed and the records management staff provides assistance to Federal Government agencies.

Genealogy Research

The Seattle facility has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:

Federal Population censuses for all States, 1790-1940 (including indext for 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920).
Military service records.
Pension and Bounty land warrant applications.
Some passenger arrival and naturalization records.
Records relating to the Five Civilized Tribes.

This microfilm is not available on loan.

Microfilm readers and reader-printers are available without appointment. A 2 hour limit is imposed when researchers are waiting. Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.

Hours open: Monday thru Friday 7:45 P.M. to 4:15 P.M.

Also open on the second Saturday of each month. Call or check the web page
before going to the archives. Web page:


Location: National Archives Seattle
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115-7999.

Telephone: 1 (206) 336-5115 for general assistance and genealogy.

Fax: 1 (206) 336-5112


Also check the above web page for public transportation and other information.

Note: Please call or e-mail the branch that you plan to visit before leaving, so you have all the necessary open and closing dates. Also any other important changes.

NOTE: Additional Information for National Archives in Seattle.

1. Staff Contacts
2. Volunteer Opportunities
3. Online Exhibit
4.General Information Leaflet

For the Public:

1. Genealogy and Historical Research
2. Bankruptcy Court and Cour Records
3. FAQs
4. Workshops
5. Public Programs
6. Research Guides and Resources
7. New Accessions
8. Photo copying
9. Suggestions

For Students and Edcators:
Overview and more

Volunteer Program: Requirements
If you are fascinated by history, enjoy working with the public, and want a challenging, meaningful volunteer position, you can be an Archives Volunteer. Equally important is enthusiasm, flexbility, and an interest in sharing an appeciation for our American Heritage.

Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page for the Profiles of Volunteers and How to Apply for much more information.

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