Archives

Chronicling the history of the Seattle Public Schools:

The mission of the archives is to provide a repository of primary resources about Seattle schooling, schools and student voices.  Because the district is governed in part by local politics, the record of their discussions and activities is engaging history.  The school district serves researchers (current students and the public) in the development of educational and community history and practices.

Our collection consists of published printed materials, manuscripts and ephemera along with administrative records or files, photos, and artifacts such as scrapbooks, trophies, art, banners. A short 4 min. video of the collection is here

1) Search for Records
2) Search for Publications

The district has published several school histories over the years, and has preserved architectural drawings and other materials for its land-marked buildings. To find current essays, which buildings are land-marked or school photos - online Architecture and Buildings

3) Search Public Art in Seattle Public Schools

Julia E. Kennedy School Boards & Superintendents

School Board (1882 - present) minutes, indexes, correspondence, email, public hearings and administrative documents. More recent

Finding aids for paper:

School Board Working Files
School Board Correspondence
School Board Meeting Materials
School Board Minutes (digitized)
Superintendent's Administrative Working Files
Superintendent's Correspondence

Photo of Superintendent

Contact Us

Aaren Purcell
Archivist
alpurcell@seattleschools.org
206-252-0797

2445 3rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98124


Research Hours 

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays

Please arrange 24 hours in advance for appointment


Quick Links


Curriculum and Instruction:

Textbook selection, committee reports and other administrative records. It includes a small collection of historical school textbooks, including those published by the Seattle Public school district.

For more information on Establishing a School Archives

You can look at WAYBACK to see earlier versions of our website materials and social media links.

Further Collection Description


Reports:

Research studies, analysis, case studies, school histories, district annual reports and directories can be searched through our library database or browse by report titles.

School Reports and District Score Cards web page.


Photos:

The district has an extensive photo collection dating from the 1890's - to the present including class photos, athletic, club photos, building and grounds, music programs, special events, and school field trips. A few of the photos have been digitized and can be found on our flicker site Seattle Schools' Digital Photos.

An index of photos by school name or topic follows:

A - D  Adams - Duamish Bend
E - K  Eckstein - King/Harrison
L - Q  Lafayette - Queen Anne
R - Z  Rainier Beach - Youngstown

Student life is documented in the archives through school yearbooks, newspapers, journals, scrapbooks, audio tapes, art and artifacts.

We have a complete collection of Broadway, Lincoln and Queen Anne High School yearbooks


Current High Schools

School Photos Yearbooks Missing Yearbooks
Ballard 011 Shingle 2003, 2004, 2009
Chief Sealth 018 Cache 1980, 1986, 1999, 2010
Cleveland 012 Aquila 1980, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2008
Franklin 013 Tolo 1972, 1991, 2000
Garfield 014 Arrow Current
Hale 022 Heritage Current
Ingraham 020 Glacier 1970, 2010, 2012
Rainier Beach 021 Valhalla 1995, 2011, 2014, 2015
Roosevelt 017 Strenuous Life 2003, 2010
West Seattle 019 Kimtah 1999, 2000, 2002

Current Initiatives

The Archives is working on it's collection of administrative files focusing on the Superintendent's Office (1901 - present) administrative working files, reading files, news clippings, media collections, historic litigation case files, equity and race relations.


Resources

Photocopies: $0.15 per page
​Scanning: $5.00 per image 
Research Services provided for patrons: $30.00 per hour, pre-paid
​​Audio copies (includes tape): $5.00
​Artifact Loan Preparation: $30.00


Explanation of Charges:

Research Fees:

The Archives charges a fee for research services prorated on salary benefit and overhead costs with a half-hour minimum. (WAC 434-690-080, Section 4). Research services are defined as the collection, assembly or extraction of data or information from existing records, or the analysis of information to provide a report. The standard fee for research services is $30.00 per hour. Research services may be limited to one hour, depending on the staffing level and current workload of the Archives. In such cases, patrons will be referred to an independent researcher for assistance.


Paper and Magnetic Media Copies:

Archives may impose a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records, regardless of media, and for the use by any person of division equipment to copy public records. Charges shall not exceed the amount necessary to reimburse the Division for its actual costs incident to such copying. (WAC 434-690-080, Section 3)


Donations:

If you have memorabilia that you would like to donate use this form to Donate memorabilia to the archives. Our address is:

Seattle Public Schools Archive,
2445 3rd Ave South,
P.O. Box 34165,
Seattle WA 98124-1165
We are looking for volunteers to help us make our collection more accessible.

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