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Seattle City Light Annual Reports, 1910-1985

Overview of the Collection

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
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Seattle City Light Annual Reports, 1910-1985Return to Top

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