Office of the Comptroller Annual Financial Reports, 1890-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Office of the Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
Dates
1890-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.8 cubic ft., ((10 boxes))
Collection Number
1802-J7
Summary
Annual financial reports from the Office of the Comptroller, Seattle, Washington, 1890-1988.
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Comptroller was responsible for supervising the City's financial affairs, including administration of the accounting system, payroll system, investments, and borrowing. The position of Comptroller was established by Charter in 1890 and was appointed by the Mayor. The 1896 City Charter designated the Comptroller the ex-officio City Clerk and made the position elective. A 1992 City Charter amendment abolished the positions of City Comptroller and City Treasurer, merging the two offices to create the Department of Finance.

After 1978, annual reports on the financial condition of the City were known as Comprehensive Annual Financial reports. This change reflected the implementation of a computer program, the Central Financial Management System. The position of City Clerk was made a separate position within the Legislative Department as of 1993.

The Comptrollers who have served the City include: Chauncey W. Ferris (1890-1892), J.M. Carson (1892-1894), Will H. Parry (1894-1900), Frank H. Paul (1900-1902), John Riplinger (1902-1906), Harry W. Carroll (1906-1910 and 1912-1938), William Bothwell (1910-1912), W.C. Thomas (1938-1958), Carl G. Erlandson (1958-1976), Edward L. Kidd (1976-1979), Tim Hill (1980-1985), and Norward J. Brooks (1986-1993).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Annual reports for the Comptroller date from 1890 to 1992; after 1978, annual reports on the financial condition of the City were known as Comprehensive Annual Reports. This change reflected, in part, the implementation of a computer program, the Central Financial Management System. Researchers should note that there is a separate record group for the Department of Finance. The earliest reports contain disbursements and receipts by fund and department. Beginning in 1895, some reports include more narrative. The 1896 report of the License Department is included, as it was part of the Comptroller's Office. Reports in the early 1900s include lists of City property and real estate. Published and unpublished reports appear for some years; in these cases the published report has the more complete financial statement. In 1932, annual reports for the Weights and Measures Division begin to be a part of the Comptroller's report because the Department of Public Utilities was discontinued and the Weights and Measures Division, which had been a part of that Department, was transferred to the Comptroller's. Reports in the late 1950s through the 1970s include organization charts for City governmen.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Office of the Comptroller Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, Record Series 1802-J7. 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.

Office of the Comptroller Annual Financial Reports, 1890-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1890-1892
1/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1895-1898
1/3
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1899-1901
1/4
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1902-1903
1/5
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1904-1905
1/6
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1904-1906
1/7
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1906-1907
2/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1908-1909
2/2
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1910-1911
2/3
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1912-1913
2/4
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1914-1915
2/5
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1916
2/6
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1918-1921
2/7
Comptroller, Biennial Financial Report
1922-1923
2/8
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1924
3/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1925-1927
3/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1928-1929
3/3
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1930-1931
3/4
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1932-1933
3/5
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1934-1935
3/6
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1936-1937
4/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1938-1939
4/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1940-1941
4/3
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1942-1943
4/4
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1944-1945
4/5
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1946-1947
5/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1948-1949
5/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1950
5/3
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1951-1952
5/4
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1953
5/5
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1954
5/6
Comptroller, Comparative Budget Statement
1954
6/1
Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
1955-1958
6/2
Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
1955-1958
6/3
Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
1959-1960
6/4
Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
1961
7/1
Comptroller Annual Financial Reports
1962
7/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1964-1966
7/3
Comptroller Annual Financial Report
1967
7/4
Comptroller Annual Financial Report
1968-1969
7/5
Comptroller Annual Financial Report
1970
7/6
Comptroller Annual Financial Report
1971
7/7
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1972
8/1
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1973
8/2
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1974
8/3
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1975
8/4
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1977
8/5
Comptroller, Annual Financial Report
1978
8/6
Comptroller, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1979
9/1
Comptroller, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1980
9/2
Comptroller, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1981
9/3
Comptroller, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1982
9/4
Comptroller, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1983
9/5
Comptroller, Annual Financial Review
1983
9/6
Comptroller, Annual Report on General Fund
1983
9/7
Comptroller Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1984
10/1
Comptroller Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1985
10/2
Comptroller Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
1988

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Controllership--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Finance, Public--Washington (State)--Seattle--Accounting
  • Real property--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Economic conditions
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Occupations :
  • Comptrollers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Comptroller's Office (creator)