Office for Civil Rights Director's Records, 1978-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Office for Civil Rights
Title
Office for Civil Rights Director's Records
Dates
1978-1999 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.2 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
3800-01
Summary
Records of an office that promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and freedom from illegal discrimination.
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 Human Rights Commission was created in 1963 to promote equality and understanding among Seattle residents and to study, investigate, and make recommendations regarding discrimination based on race, color, religion, and national origin. The Human Rights Department (HRD) was created in 1969, replacing a small Office of Human Rights in the Executive Department. The agency enforced the Seattle Fair Employment Practices Ordinance and Open Housing and Public Accommodations Ordinance, and developed outreach and public education programs to help reduce incidents of discrimination. In 1980 all employment and housing discrimination functions were consolidated under HRD with transfer of certain enforcement responsibilities from the Office for Women's Rights (8400). In 1995 the Compliance Unit which monitored and enforced the Women and Minority Business Enterprise Ordinance was moved to the Department of Administrative Services and HRD's affirmative action monitoring function was transferred to the Personnel Department. In 1996, most of the functions of HRD and the Office for Women's Rights were consolidated into a new Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR provides a forum for resolving complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and contracting within the Seattle city limits. The office also provides policy recommendations to city agencies, as well as outreach and education to the community on civil rights issues. OCR staffs five advisory commissions: the Human Rights Commission, the Women's Commission, the LGBT Commission, the Commission for People with Disabilities, and the Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Primarily records of the predecessor Human Rights Department’s Director, including correspondence, draft legislation, briefs, clippings and subject files. Records concern Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing ordinances; human rights rules and enforcement; case management; and administrative issues

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Office For Civil Rights Director's Records, Record Series 3800-01. 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.

3800-01:  Office For Civil Rights Director's Records, 1978-1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Awards
1999
1/2
Case Backlog
1987
1/3
Case Productivity Rates, Enforcement Division Proposal
1985
1/4
City Operations Committee re Fair Employment Practices / Open Housing Ordinances (Council)
1985-1986
1/5
Enforcement Reports
1999
1/6
Enforcement Complaints - Consultant, Susan Lee and Associates
1985-1986
1/7
Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing Ordinances - Council Correspondence
1985-1986
1/8
Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing Ordinances - Council, Notes, Drafts
1985-1986
1/9
Human Rights Enforcement Rules
1978-1982
1/10
Human Rights Enforcement Rules
1978-1980
1/11
Human Rights Ordinance Review Panel
1984-1985
1/12
Human Rights Ordinance Review Panel
1984-1986
1/13
Human Rights Ordinance Review Panel
1984-1986
1/14
Human Rights Rules, Draft
1980-1983
1/15
Human Rights Rules, Draft - Responses
1983
1/16
Human Rights Rules and Enforcement - Correspondence
1983-1984
1/17
Human Rights Rules - National Lawyers Guild Petition
1983-1984
1/18
Human Rights Rules, Proposed - Responses
1984-1985
1/19
Labor Relations Forum
1998-1999
1/20
Public Accomodation Ordinance Proposal
1984
1/21
Publicity, Advertising
1999
1/22
Safety
1995-1999
1/23
Sexual Orientation - Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing Ordinances
1982-1984
1/24
Sexual Orientation - Georgetown University, Amicus
1984
2/1
Sexual Orientation - Georgetown University, Amicus
1984-1985
2/2
Socrates Study
1995
2/3
Staff Retreat
1999
2/4
Training
1999
2/5
Washington State Human Rights Commission Correspondence
1999
2/6
Weekly Report (Mayor's)
1999
2/7
Work Program
1998
2/8
Work Programs
1999

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Civil rights--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Discrimination in employment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Discrimination in housing--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Equal opportunity in employment
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Office for Civil Rights
  • Seattle (Wash.). Human Rights Dept.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)