Guide to the City of West Seattle Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: West Seattle (Wash.)
Title: Records
Dates: 1902-1910 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.4 cubic ft. ((4 boxes and 3 volumes))
Collection Number: 9190
Summary: Records of the City of West Seattle, including City Council minutes, ordinances, and City Clerk's files.
Repository: Seattle Municipal Archives
Contact Information: Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
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

Incorporated in April 1902, the Town of West Seattle established a five-member Town Council, with annual elections held on the first Tuesday in December. West Seattle's population grew rapidly, and in June 1904, the town advanced to city of the third class status. In 1904, 1905, and 1907, West Seattle annexed large portions of the surrounding territory, including the districts of Spring Hill, Riverside, Alki Point, and Youngstown.

West Seattle granted franchises to independent, private companies for the extension of vital services to the city including electric lights and power, street railways, telephone services, and water supply. The need for improved public services led to the movement for annexation to the City of Seattle. In June 1907, the voters of West Seattle voted 325 in favor and 8 opposed for annexation. West Seattle was physically the largest of the cities and towns to be annexed by the City of Seattle, encompassing an area of 16.24 square miles.

Other Descriptive Information

Mayors of West Seattle

George B. Nicoll, 1902-1905

Emil de Neuf, 1906

Lewis C. Erven, 1907

Content Description

City of West Seattle records, 1902-1910, include City Council minutes, ordinances, and City Clerk's files. The latter records include bids and proposals, correspondence, claims, contracts, petitions, resolutions, and reports of City officials.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Records are open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item and date], City of West Seattle Records, Record Series 9190-[xx]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Records are arranged in three series:

Series I: Council Minutes (9190-01)

Series II: Ordinances (9190-02)

Series III: City Clerk's Files (9190-03)

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series I (9190-01):  City Council Minutes, 1902-1907
2 volumes

Proceedings of the West Seattle City Council.

1 Minutes 1902-1904
2 Minutes 1905-1907

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Series II (9190-02):  Ordinances, 1902-1907
1 volume

Ordinances passed by the West Seattle City Council.

1 Ordinances 1-201 1902-1907

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Series III (9190-03):  City Clerk's Files, 1902-1907
1.4 cubic ft.

Administrative records of West Seattle filed with the City Clerk. Includes contracts, bonds, correspondence, city officials' reports, franchises, oaths of office, petitions, resolutions, and bids and proposals.

Filed alphabetically by subject or record type.
1/1 Bids and Proposals 1904-1906
1/2 Bills and Claims 1905-1906
1/3 Bills and Claims 1906
1/4 Bills and Claims 1906
1/5 Bills and Claims 1906-1907
1/6 Bills and Claims 1907
1/7 Bills and Claims 1907
1/8 Bills and Claims 1907
1/9 Bonds, Contract 1904
1/10 Bonds, Official 1902-1907
1/11 City Attorney Communications 1907
1/12 City Marshall's Reports 1902-1907
1/13 Clerk's Reports 1902-1906
1/14 Contracts 1904-1905
1/15 Correspondence, A-J 1902-1907
1/16 Correspondence, K-Z 1902-1907
1/17 Elections 1902-1907
1/18 Fire Department 1905-1907
1/19 Franchise, Street Railway 1903
1/20 Insurance Policies 1906
1/21 King County Auditor and Treasurer Statements 1902-1907
1/22 Land Improvement Districts: Bonds, Certificates, Reports 1906-1910
1/23 Mayor's Calls for Special Town Council Sessions 1902-1907
1/24 Notices of Special Elections 1904
1/25 Oaths of Office 1902-1907
1/26 Payroll 1905-1907
1/27 Petitions, Alterations of City Boundaries 1904-1906
1/28 Petitions, General 1903-1905
1/29 Petitions, Liquor and Saloons 1902-1903
1/30 Petitions, Protests/Demonstrations 1903-1906
1/31 Petitions, Street Improvements 1903-1907
1/32 Petitions, Street Railway 1906
1/33 Petitions, Telephone Service 1902-1907
1/34 Police Judge Reports 1907
1/35 Protests Against Street Improvements 1906
1/36 Resolutions and Ordinances 1902-1905
1/37 Street Improvement Estimates 1906
1/38 Superior Court Cases 1905-1907
1/39 Town Council Committee Reports and Recommendations 1904-1905
1/40 Town Council Committee Reports and Recommendations 1906-1907
1/41 Treasurer's Reports 1902-1907

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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.

  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • West Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Subject Terms :
  • Annexation (Municipal government)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • City councils--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Civic improvement--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Minutes
    • Ordinances

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