We house artifacts (three-dimensional objects), archives (original paper documents), a research library, oral histories and more than 10,000 photographic prints and negatives.  

Use of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s photo collection is by permission only.  Commercial and personal photo use, other than educational use, additionally requires a fee based on the intended use.  For more information or to make a research appointment, email  the Log House Museum at We will reply to your request during museum hours, Thursday through Sunday from 12-4pm.


SWSHS cares for artifacts and archives that help tell the stories of the people and communities of the Duwamish Peninsula.  Because these are items held in the public trust in perpetuity, it is important for us to carefully curate objects within our limited resources of space, time, and staffing.

Once an item becomes a part of a museum collection, it is considered beyond value and requires regular monitoring to make sure it is properly preserved.  If you think you have an item that contributes to the local heritage of the Duwamish Peninsula, we’d like to hear from you.

Please help us grow our collections sustainably by only donating an item through prior arrangement with our collections staff.  We take our responsibility for collections care and our legal obligations to collect within our means seriously.  To do so, we need to have your written transfer of title; without your proper signature, these objects go into limbo and cannot be exhibited or researched further.  Help us to minimize processing backlogs by calling or making an appointment with the museum manager before bringing an item for donation.

Collections appointments can be made by emailing

Items are managed in accordance with the Collection Policy of SWSHS 2003.