Division of Purchases Annual Reports, 1922-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Division of Purchases Annual Reports
Dates
1922-1972 (inclusive)
1937-1950 (bulk)
Quantity
.2 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
1802-I1
Summary
Annual reports of the Division of Purchases, a division of the Department of Finance, dating 1922 to 1972.
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 Division of Purchases within the Department of Finance was established in 1936 by Charter amendment, and the position of City Purchasing Agent was established in 1937 through Ordinance 67976 to act as the central purchasing agent for the City. (A Purchasing Department had formerly existed within the Department of Public Works.) The City Purchasing Agent, appointed by the Comptroller, dealt with purchase of and contracts for materials and equipment required by the various City departments. Depending on the price of the item required, the Purchasing Agent received bids from vendors (for purchases of more than $1000) or purchased items in the open market. The Division of Purchases was also responsible for inspection of the purchased goods.

The division was transferred to and established as a division of the Executive Department in 1973 with Ordinance 102151.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the annual reports date from 1937 to 1950; there is a report for 1972. The 1922 report, which appears to be a draft, is from the Department of Public Works' Purchasing Department. The reports provide a narrative summary of the year's activities and include information about savings, lists of requisitions and purchase amounts by department, and sales from surplus, junk, or obsolete material. Information about inspections is included in some reports. Annual reports from 1941 to 1946 (many in the form of brief letters, due to the necessity of saving paper) discuss the division's wartime difficulties. The 1972 report is a brief narrative and contains no savings, purchase, or sales figures.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Division of Purchases Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-I1. 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.

Division of Purchases Annual Reports, 1922-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Purchasing Department Annual Report (draft)
1921
1/2
Department of Finance, Purchasing Division Annual Report
1937
1/2
Department Finance, Purchasing Division Annual Report
1938
1/2
Department of Finance, Purchasing Division Annual Report
1939
1/2
Department of Finance, Purchasing Division Annual Report
1940
1/2
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1941
1/2
Purchasing Annual Report
1943
1/2
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1944
1/2
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1945
1/2
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1946
1/3
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing
1947
1/3
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1948
1/3
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1949
1/3
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1950
1/4
Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing Annual Report
1972

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Purchasing departments--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Purchasing--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Division of Purchases (creator)