Pratt Fine Arts Center Records, 1975-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Title
Pratt Fine Arts Center Records
Dates
1975-1982 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.4 cubic feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
5810-01
Summary
Records of a Seattle visual arts school and studio.
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 processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains the City's parks, shorelines, and boulevards; and administers community centers, public golf courses, and other athletic and cultural facilities. Seattle's first park was established in 1884 after David Denny donated land to the City for that purpose. At that time, a three-member park committee, with limited authority, was created to manage the nascent park system. A Board of Parks Commissioners was established in 1890 with control over all public parks and authority to appoint a Parks Superintendent. In 1896, the City Charter created the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sewers and Parks. The Parks Department became a separate entity in 1904. In 1926, a City Charter amendment abolished the position of Superintendent, distributing its responsibilities between the Head Gardener and the Landscape Architect. A 1948 City Charter amendment required the Board of Park Commissioners to appoint a park superintendent to administer the department. In 1967, another City Charter Amendment reconstituted the Board as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, changed the agency name to Department of Parks and Recreation, and placed fiscal and operational administration under the superintendent. In 1902 the City hired the Olmsted Brothers, the country's premier landscape architectural firm, to design a parks and boulevards system. Although not all of the plan was implemented, the Olmsted legacy is evident in many of Seattle's parks and boulevards. The City acquired significant amounts of property for park purposes following the turn of the 20th Century, but in 1926 further acquisition was limited by a City Charter amendment that stipulated only money in the Park Fund could be used for that purpose. However, in the 1970s the Forward Thrust Bond issue, along with federal grants and the Seattle Model City Program, supported the largest expansion of the Park system in Seattle history. These programs funded more than 70 new parks and park facilities. The Department manages over 6,000 acres of park land, over two dozen community centers, five municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, service contracts, block grant materials, recreation services survey, and attendance reports for a fine arts program established in 1978 to serve the City's central area. It was created as part of a cultural arts center based in the Yesler-Atlantic neighborhood and operated out of the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. Conceived as a "fire arts" studio, Pratt offered classes in glass, pottery, jewelry and metalsmithing, metal fabrication and sculpture. Pratt, along with other art programs, was cut from the city budget in 1980. A private non-profit group, City Art Works, was formed to continue the operation of Pratt and its many programs.

Records of City Art Works (record series 5807-16) include additional documentation on the operations of Pratt Fine Arts Center. For related records documenting the administration of the Department of Parks and Recreation Performing and Visual Arts Program, see record series 5807-14.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Pratt Fine Arts Center Records , Record Series 5810-01. 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.

5810-01:  Pratt Fine Arts Center Records, 1975-1982Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Center: Weekly Attendance Reports
1980
1/2
Center: Weekly Attendance Reports
1981
1/3
Weekly Attendance Reports
1982
1/4
Block Grant Attendance Reports
1978
1/5
Block Grant Attendance Reports, April
1979
1/6
Block Grant Attendance Reports, May
1979
1/7
Block Grant Attendance Reports, June
1979
1/8
Block Grant Attendance Reports, January to April
1979
1/9
Block Grant Attendance Reports, July
1979
1/10
Block Grant Attendance Reports, August
1979
1/11
Block Grant Attendance Reports, September
1979
1/12
Block Grant Attendance Reports, October
1979
1/13
Block Grant Attendance Reports, November
1979
1/14
Block Grant Quarterly Reports
1978
1/15
Block Grant Quarterly Reports
1979
1/16
Block Grant Memos
1978-1979
2/1
Budget
1982
2/2
Budget Information
1981
2/3
Budget Request
1980
2/4
Budget Request
1979
2/5
Pratt Budget, Part Time
1978
2/6
Pratt Budget, Part Time
1977
2/7
Contracts for Professional Services
1979
2/8
Gift, Correspondence
1979-1981
2/9
Gift, Proposals
1979-1981
2/10
Job Announcements
1979-1981
2/11
Equipment Correspondence
1978-1981
2/12
Memos, Incoming
1978-1982
2/13
Memos, Incoming
1978-1982
2/14
Memos, Incoming
1978-1982
2/15
Memos, Incoming
1980
2/16
Memos, Incoming
1978-1979
2/17
Memos, Incoming
1978-1979
2/18
Memos, Outgoing
1980-1981
3/1
Memos, Outgoing
1980-1981
3/2
Memos, Outgoing
1980-1981
3/3
Recreation Services, Winter
1980
3/4
Memos, Interoffice
1982
3/5
Memos, Interoffice
1978-1979
3/6
Recreation Services, Fall
1979
3/7
Recreation Services, Summer
1979
3/8
Recreation Services, Spring
1979
3/9
Recreation Services, Winter
1979
3/10
Recreation Services, Fall
1978
3/11
Recreation Services, Summer
1978
3/12
Recreation Services, Winter
1978
3/13
Recreation Services Study - Instructions
1978
3/14
Recreation Survey, Winter
1982
3/15
Recreation Survey, Fall
1981
3/16
Recreation Survey, Summer
1981
3/17
Recreation Survey, Spring
1981
3/18
Recreation Survey, Winter
1981
3/19
Recreation Survey, Fall
1980
3/20
Recreation Survey, Summer
1980
3/21
Recreation Services, Spring
1980
3/22
Park Department Attendance Reports, Fall
1979-1980
3/23
Park Department Attendance Reports, Summer
1979
3/24
Park Department Attendance Reports, Spring
1979
4/1
Park Department Attendance Reports, Weekly
1979
4/2
Volunteer Services Summaries
1978-1982
4/3
''W'' Contracts
1979
4/4
Surplus Items, City of Seattle
1981
4/5
State Surplus, Information and Correspondence
1978-1982
4/6
Use Permits
1978
4/7
Vandalism Reports
1979-1981
4/8
Glass Workshop Poster
undated
4/9
Central Community Fire Arts Center
1975-1977
4/10
Central Community Fire Arts Center
1976-1977
4/13
Pratt Fine Arts Center Proposal
1977-1978

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Art metal-work--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Ceramics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Glass art--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs