Civil Service Commission Annual Reports, 1894-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Civil Service Commission Annual Reports
Dates
1894-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.6 cubic ft., ((4 boxes))
Collection Number
1802-F7
Summary
Annual reports for the Civil Service Commission from 1894 to 1975, including Labor Commissioner reports, Office Early reports, and Civil Service reports. Appendices include more detailed information, such as statistics, rulings, and amendments.
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 Civil Service Commission was established in 1896 to oversee the Civil Service Department, which administered the City's personnel system, including the fire and police forces, laborers, inspectors, and clerical, electrical, and library workers. The commissioners classified city services and employees, coordinated and administered physical, medical, and competence examinations, dealt with appointments, promotions, and removals, and conducted investigations in the event of an employee appeal. The years brought new employment issues, including those of wartime employment conditions and women in the workforce.

During the Commission's early years, it faced some opposition; in 1912, charged with wastefulness and inefficiency, the Commission underwent an investigation by the City Council. Subsequently, a 1917 report reclassified city services and employees. Other difficult times in the Commission's history included the first and second World Wars, as well as the Great Depression; budgets were often tight, and many city employees joined the armed services or found business opportunities in other industries. In 1937, the City's services were again reclassified.

In 1979, the City's personnel system was reorganized with the creation of a Personnel Department independent of the Commission. The Commission was reorganized with jurisdiction to hear employee appeals relating to demotions, terminations, suspensions, certain lay-offs, and violations of personnel rules. Three members, serving staggered three-year terms, comprise the Commission. One member is appointed by the mayor and one by the City Council; the third is elected by City employees.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Annual reports for the Civil Service Commission date from 1894 to 1975. The earliest report, from 1894, is a report of the Labor Commissioner. The Labor Commissioner administered the Public Employment Office, which was part of the Civil Service Commission Office. Early reports, from 1896 to the 1920s, have appendices that include reports from the secretary and chief examiner and labor commissioner reports. The appendices include more detailed information including statistics, rulings, amendments, examinations, examination questions, and labor. The 1899 report includes reports on 1897 and 1898. Labor Commissioner reports in the 1890s are very detailed and contain information on types and numbers of positions filled, the increase of population due to the gold rush in Alaska, railroad laborers, hop picking, women, and minorities.

The Labor Commissioner report for 1897, included in the 1899 Civil Service report, comments on “female help.” The reports states “There has been a somewhat general complaint from families employing domestics, that they cannot get girls to stay for any length of time, which is a source of much annoyance to the housekeeper. This is a condition with which we have to contend more in this new country than in the older cities, and may be partly explained from the fact that a restlessness and desire for a change pervades the atmosphere of the west: but the fault does not rest altogether with the girls.”

By the 1930s, the annual report of the Labor Commissioner is presented jointly with the Civil Service Commission report and not as an appendix. These reports include statistical information but less narrative than earlier reports. Labor Commissioner reports ceased to be a part of the Civil Service Commission reports in 1942 when the Public Employment Office was abolished.

Civil Service Commission reports in the 1950s begin listing names of examiners used, both inside and outside of City employment. Reports in the 1960s include organizational charts. Beginning in 1970, the reports are much shorter, only including one to two pages of statistical trends, or no statistics, and a few pages of narrative. The 1998 report includes a case status report on appeals brought before the Commission.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Civil Service Commission Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-F7. 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.

Civil Service Commission Annual Reports, 1894-1998Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Civil Service Commission/Commissioner of Labor Statistics Annual Report
1894
1/1
Civil Service Commission/Labor Commissioner Annual Report
1895
1/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1896
1/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report (Appendix)
1896
1/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1899
1/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1901
1/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1903
1/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1908
1/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1909
1/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1910
1/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1913
1/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1913
1/8
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1914
1/8
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1915
2/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1918
2/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1919
2/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1916
2/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1917
2/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1920
2/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1922
2/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1923
2/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1930
2/5
Civil Service Commission/Labor Commissioner Annual Report
1931
2/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1932
2/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1933
2/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1934
2/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1935-1936
2/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1937
2/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1938
2/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1939
2/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1940
2/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1941
2/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1942-1943
2/33
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1921
3/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1944
3/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1945
3/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1946
3/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1947
3/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1948
3/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1949
3/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1950
3/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1951
3/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1952
3/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1953
3/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1954
3/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1955
3/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1956
3/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1957
3/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1958
3/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1959
3/5
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1960
3/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1961
3/6
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1962
3/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1963
3/7
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1964
4/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1965
4/1
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1966
4/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1967
4/2
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1968
4/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1969
4/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1970
4/3
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1971
4/3
Civil Service Department Annual Report
1972
4/3
Civil Service Department Annual Report
1973
4/4
Civil Service Commission Annual Report
1998

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Hop pickers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Labor--Law and legislation--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Minorities--Employment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Municipal employees and officials--Selection and appointment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personnel management--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Railroad construction workers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Women domestics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Women--Employment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska--Gold discoveries
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Economic conditions--20th century
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Civil Service Dept. (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Civil Service Commission (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Public Employment Office (creator)