As of Monday, July 20, 2020, the Washington State Archives branches in Olympia and Ellensburg are open to researchers by appointment only. For more information, please visit our page regarding the closure.
Ask an Archivist
Please fill in the form below to place a research request
with the Washington State Archives. Please observe the following guidelines while
placing a request:
- Please be as specific as possible in describing your request, including dates or
date ranges, locations, and/or names of individuals, if available.
- There is no charge to place a research request with the Archives. Additionally,
there is no charge for simple retrieval of documents. If a particular request appears
to warrant research fees, Archives staff will notify the researcher before proceeding.
There is no fee for individuals to conduct research in person at the archives. For
more information, please view our fees and research policies.
- The Archives makes every effort to respond to all requests within one business day.
- Users are required to provide an email address to enable us to respond to your
request. Additional contact information is requested, but not required. All address
and telephone information will be used only for the purpose of responding to your
research requests. Researchers may also submit research requests by contacting the
Archives branches by telephone, in person, or by postal mail.
If possible, please indicate the geographic and/or subject areas relevant to your
research. This will assist us in directing your request to the appropriate branch
or branches. If you are searching for "any information" on an individual or subject,
please give examples of the type(s) of information that you seek.