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National Archives — Pacific Northwest Region


The National Archives — Pacific Northwest Region
6125 Sand Point Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98115-7999
Telephone: (206) 526-6501
Fax: (206) 526-6575
Web site:

Hours   Monday through Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. (microfilm research only)
First Saturday each month: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays, all other Saturdays, and Federal holidays


In addition to selected national microfilm records, this branch includes original regional records from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This branch of the National Archives holds more than 28,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the Revolutionary War to the present. The original records include photographs, maps, and architectural drawings relating to regional history, and include subjects such as Native Americans of the area, regional court records, fishing, and the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Among their national records on microfilm are U.S. census records for all states from 1790-1920, excluding 1890; census records indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920; censuses of Native Americans; naturalization records for selected courts; and various military service records.

Access to Records

On Site

Researchers who plan to use the original records on-site should schedule visits in advance. All researchers using original records need to get a researcher ID card. Records may be photocopied unless the condition of the document prohibits it. Researchers who plan to use the microfilm records can do so in the self-service microfilm reader room. No appointment is necessary but there is a time limit for use of the readers when other researchers are waiting. Self-service microfilm to paper copies are available.

Through the Mail

The National Archives staff will not do genealogical research for you. However, they can look up and copy a particular record if you have detailed information about that record. Costs are usually less than $10. If you are looking for a specific type of record, call or write to find out what information is required before the staff will initiate a search.

Literature Available

A number of important pamphlets are available through the Archives. You may consider ordering the following pamphlets to help you in your search:

  • National Archives — Pacific Northwest Region
  • Microfilm Publications in the National Archives — Pacific Northwest Region
  • Guide to Records in the National Archives — Pacific Northwest Region
  • Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ordering Reproductions from the National Archives
  • Military Service Records in the National Archives of the United States
  • Using Records in the National Archives for Genealogical Research
  • Using Census Records
  • The National Archives Microfilm Rental Program
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