Ask An Archivist

All branches of the Washington State Archives are now open to researchers by appointment only. For more information, please visit our page regarding the closure

Please fill in the form below and click "Submit Request" 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 the Archives' fees and research policies.
  • The Archives makes every effort to respond to all requests within one business day.
  • Users are required to provide an e-mail 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.
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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.

All Ask An Archivist requests submitted to the State Archives are public records. Submitters should not include confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, in the request.