The Seattle Pacific University Archives exists to maintain a sustainable Archives program and to ensure that selected content generated in the operation of the university will be managed securely for legal, decision-making and historical purposes. The University Archives serves as the repository for the records documenting the history and activities of SPU and its predecessors: Seattle Seminary and Seattle Pacific College.


Seattle Pacific University is a member of Archives West. Descriptions of the SPU collections in the University Archives can be found on the Archives West website.

Historic images and publications from the Seattle Seminary and Seattle Pacific College eras can be viewed on Digital Commons.


Lower Level of the Ames Library 


Amanda Keithley


Telephone: (206)281-2412


In the Beginning

Alexander Hall, shown here in an undated photo from the early 20th century, is the oldest building on campus. Completed in 1893, it has housed students, classrooms, the campus dining hall, a chapel, and faculty offices. The building is on the Washington State Register of Historic Places.