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The King County Archives holds over 25,000 photographic images in its collections: prints, negatives, slides, and digital images. Information about these images is maintained in the Archives' collection database.

Images in these collections were created by county agencies as part of their program or functional responsibilities. The King County Archives organizes photographs in relation to the agencies that created them or to the programs that they document.

Photographs can be used for purposes not intended by their creators. For instance, a series of bridge photographs can document the histories of bridges at specific county sites. The photographs can also incidentally show such subjects as people, animals, homes and businesses, land uses, the natural environment, advertising signs, railroads, agriculture, floods, and so on.

Historical House Photographs

Significant photograph series


The pages below link to selected scans from significant photograph series in the Archives holdings. Ask an archivist about other series or searching for other photographs.

County Executive
Series 413: County Executive John Spellman photograph files, 1968-1969

The Kingdome
Series 473: Department of Stadium Administration promotional materials, 1972-2000

Parks
Series 467: Park System photograph files, 1948-1998

Series 427: Design Commission--Seahurst Park project file, 1971-1979

Public Health
Series 275: Seattle-King County Department of Public Health photograph files, 1909-1970

Public Works
Series 400: Department of Public Works project photographs [Brittain Collection], 1900-2002

Series 412: Department of Public Works levee inspection files, 1988-1990

Series 415: Department of Public Works -- Community Relations and Communications photograph files

Series 441: Department of Public Works -- Solid Waste Division photograph files

Series 474: Road Engineer bridge files: photographs, 1904-1988

Series 375: Road Engineer wharf files, 1906-1979

TTY Relay 711

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 am-4 pm

Please note the Archives is closed Wednesdays.