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Seattle Public Schools  Archives


Photo of the 2nd Central SchoolChronicling 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 voicescontact alpurcell@seattleschools.org
 
For more information on Establishing a School Archives

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

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 
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







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
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. 

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


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. 

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.

Contact Us

Archives Manager
Aaren Purcell
(206) 252-0797
2445 3rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98124

Research Hours:
9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursdays and Fridays

Please arrange 24 hours in advance for appointment

Donate School Memorabilia

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