Seattle Public Schools Archives
Chronicling the history of the Seattle Public Schools:Architecture and Buildings -
Building for Learning
Architectural drawings, renderings, building construction photographs and other administrative files related to facility planning, capacity management, school closure and environmental compliance. School Building Naming Report 2013
School Board (1882 - present) minutes, indexes, correspondence, email, public hearings and administrative documents. More recent School Board Agendas and Minutes
Historic School Board Correspondence
Curriculum and Instruction:
text book selection, committee reports and other administrative records. It includes a small collection of historical school text books, including those published by the Seattle Public school district.
Student Life from 1880's to today, and containing numerous collections related to individual school histories and student voices. contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of Materials - What we have
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.
We also have archived our website and social media.
Further Collection Description
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.
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 DSeattle 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
|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|
|Ingraham||020||Glacier||1970, 2010, 2012|
|Rainier Beach||021||Valhalla||1995, 2011|
|Roosevelt||017||Strenuous Life||2003, 2010|
|West Seattle||019||Kimtah||1999, 2000, 2002|
The district does not have extra copies of yearbooks to sell or loan.
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.
We can provide trained researchers to help you research the collections for $20.00 per hour. To connect with an archivist for more information about the collections and to make an appointment to do the research yourself, please email the archivist or phone (206) 252-0797
The cost for scanning photos or other materials that are currently not in a digital format is $5.00 per photo/page. You may photograph materials in the archives or order photocopies at a cost of 15 cents per page.
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