On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Washington State Archives branches in Olympia and Ellensburg will open to researchers by appointment only. All branches will be closed every Friday through August 7. For more information, please visit our page regarding closures, re-openings, and making a research appointment.
To provide guidance on the retention requirements for records related to the pandemic, we have created an advice sheet for state and local government agencies. More information
There will be a State Records Committee meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday October 7, 2020. This open, public meeting will take place online. More information
There will be a Local Records Committee meeting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday October 7, 2020. This open, public meeting will take place online. More information
Washington State Archives offers a variety of records management training videos online. More information
Records retention schedules for state government agencies are available online. More information
The Archives has received several requests for more information about the sudden decision to close and sell NARA's Seattle building. Please visit here to see all information we have at this point.
To help local governments make better use of technology to improve their retention, management and disclosure of public records.
Started in October 2013, the newsletter provides readers with helpful information on how to access and best use the collections of the Archives as well as stories of interest regarding what staff is working on and discovering.
Search for your ancestors in our collection of Washington Census and Naturalization Records at the Digital Archives.
Free workshops are available on a variety of records management topics including records management basics, electronic records, disaster preparedness and more.