Guide to the Seattle City Light Annual Reports
1910-2000

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Creator: Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title: Seattle City Light Annual Reports
Dates: 1910-1985 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.2 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Number: 1802-F6
Summary: Annual reports for Municipal Light and Power Plant and System, Lighting Department, and Seattle City Light. Includes financial reports as well as comparative reports on highlights of years. Lighting Department annual reports contain historical reviews, illustrations, and statistical information. Also includes the 1977 and 1978 annual reports for the City Light Office of Conservation.
Repository: Seattle Municipal Archives

PO Box 94728
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 3
Seattle, WA 98124-4728
Phone: 206/233-7807
Email: archives@seattle.gov
http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Seattle City Light provides electricity and electrical and conservation services to its public and private customers. It is the largest public utility in the Pacific Northwest. Public responsibility for electrical energy dates to 1890 with creation of the Department of Lighting and Water Works. In 1902, Seattle voters passed a bond issue to develop hydroelectric power on the Cedar River under the administration of the Water Department. Electricity from this development began to serve Seattle in 1905. A City Charter amendment in 1910 created the Lighting Department. Under the leadership of Superintendent James D. Ross, the department developed the Skagit River hydroelectric project, which began supplying power in 1924. Both public and private power were supplied to Seattle until 1951 when the City purchased the private electrical power supply operations, making the Lighting Department the sole supplier. The Boundary Project in northern Washington began operation in 1967 and currently supplies over half of City Light's power generation. Approximately ten percent of City Light's income comes from the sale of surplus energy to customers in the Northwest and Southwest. The current name of the agency was adopted in 1978 when the Department was reorganized.

Content Description

Included in this series of annual reports are reports for the Municipal Light and Power Plant and System dating from 1913 to 1917; these are signed by J.D. Ross. Lighting Department or City Light annual reports exist from 1910 to 1985, although reports for some years are missing. In some cases there are two reports for one year; some of these are financial reports, while others are comparative or reports outlining highlights of the year addressed to the Mayor and City Council.

Beginning in 1911, the earliest Lighting Department annual reports are complete with a historical review, photographic illustrations, graphs, and statistical information. Many include maps and detail power plant development. The reports, although shorter, continue to be well illustrated and to supply statistical information through the 1970s and 1980s. They reflect issues such as conservation and droughts.

The 1977 and 1978 annual reports for the City Light Office of Conservation are also included in this series.

Records were originally filed with the City Clerk in the Comptroller/Clerk's Files (CFs) and were removed to create this record series.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Records are open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item and date], Seattle City Light Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-F6. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Reports are arranged chronologically by year.

Custodial History :  

Records were originally filed with the City Clerk in the Comptroller/Clerk's Files (CFs) and were removed to create this record series.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Seattle City Light Annual Reports, 1910-1985
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Lighting Department Annual Report 1910
1/1 Lighting Department Annual Report 1911
1/1 Lighting Department Annual Report 1912-1913
1/2 Municipal Light and Power System Annual Report 1913
1/2 Municipal Light and Power System Annual Report 1914
1/2 Municipal Light and Power System Annual Report 1916
1/2 Municipal Light and Power System Annual Report 1917
1/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1914-1915
1/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1915
1/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1919
1/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1921
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1922
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1923
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1924
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1925
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1926
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1926
1/4 Lighting Department Annual Report (Supplemental) 1926
1/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1927
1/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1927
1/5 Lighting Department (published) Annual Report 1928
1/5 Lighting Department (unpublished) Annual Report 1928
1/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1929
1/6 Lighting Department (published) Annual Report 1930
1/6 Lighting Department (unpublished) Annual Report 1930
1/6 Lighting Department Annual Report 1931
1/6 Lighting Department Annual Report 1932
1/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1933
1/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1934
1/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1935
2/1 Lighting Department Annual Report 1936
2/1 Lighting Department Annual Report 1937
2/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1938
2/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1939
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1940
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1941
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1942
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report (includes Financial Report) 1943
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1944
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1945
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1946
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1947
2/3 Lighting Department Annual Report 1948
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1949
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1950
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1951
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1952
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1953
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1954
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report - "Highlights" 1954
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1955
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1955
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1956
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1957
2/4 Lighting Department Annual Report 1957
2/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1958
2/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1959
2/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1961
2/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1962
2/5 Lighting Department Annual Report 1962
2/6 Lighting Department Annual Report 1963
2/6 Lighting Department Annual Report (includes separate Financial Report) 1964
2/6 Lighting Department Annual Report 1965
2/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1966
2/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1967
2/7 Lighting Department Annual Report 1969
2/8 Lighting Department Annual Report 1970
2/8 Lighting Department Annual Report 1971
2/8 Lighting Department Annual Report 1972
2/8 Lighting Department Annual Report (Financial) 1973
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1968
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1969
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1971
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1973
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1973
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1974
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1975
3/1 Underground Wiring Annual Report 1976
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1974
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1975
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report (Financial and "Highlights") 1975
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1976
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1977
3/2 Lighting Department Annual Report 1977
3/2 City Light Annual Report 1978
3/3 City Light Annual Report - Office of Conservation 1977
3/3 City Light Annual Report - Office of Conservation 1978
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1979
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1979
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1980
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1980
3/4 City Light Annual Report (Financial) 1980
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1981
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1982
3/4 City Light Annual Report 1982
3/5 City Light Annual Report 1983
3/5 City Light Annual Report 1983
3/5 City Light Annual Report 1984
3/5 City Light Annual Report 1985
3/6 City Light Annual Report 1986
3/6 City Light Annual Report 1987
3/6 City Light Annual Report (2 copies) 1988
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1990
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1991
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1992
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1993
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1994
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1996
3/7 City Light Annual Report 1997
3/7 City Light Annual Report 2000

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Ross, J. D. (James Delmage), 1872-1939
    • Geographical Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Droughts--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Electric power--Conservation--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Electric utilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Power-plants--Washington (State)--Seattle
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Annual reports
      • Other Creators :
      • Seattle City Light
      • Seattle (Wash.). Lighting Dept.
      • Seattle (Wash.). Municipal Light and Power Plant System
      • Seattle City Light. Office of Conservation

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