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About the Archives

The State Archives collections record the actions of government agencies, as well as the fundamental events and conditions of our families and our communities. From handwritten entries in handsome leather-bound books to digitized electronic data, these documents reveal the dynamic history of the people and government of Washington State.

The State Archives preserves and provides public access to documents that provide primary source information for interpreting state, regional, community, family, and personal history. The records also provide information for analyzing government policy issues and for settling legal disputes.

Researchers can explore a vast array of legal and historical information, including architectural drawings, correspondence, ephemera, maps, meeting minutes, motion picture film, photographs, reports, sound recordings, and video.

Who uses the Archives?

  • The public
  • Genealogists
  • State and local governments
  • Historians
  • Lawyers and legal researchers
  • Teachers and students

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Contact information

Ask an Archivist

Steve Excell
Washington State Archivist
steve.excell@sos.wa.gov
PO Box 40238
Olympia, WA 98504