Seattle Urban Renewal Program Subject Files, 1958-1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Urban Renewal Program
Title
Seattle Urban Renewal Program Subject Files
Dates
1958-1971 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.25 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
1642-02
Summary
Administrative files, records of community groups, and project records relating to local urban renewal projects which made use of federal funds.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Seattle Urban Renewal Program was authorized in 1957 and the first federal funds allocated for neighborhood studies were received in 1959. The Urban Renewal Division was located within the Executive Department until 1969 when it was transferred, along with the Planning Commission, to the Department of Community Development. Talbot Wegg was Urban Renewal Coordinator from 1958 until 1963 when John P. (Jack) Willison became director of the Urban Renewal Division. Wegg had contracts with the City for code research before 1958.

The Urban Renewal Division was responsible for coordinating federal funds for local projects. Urban renewal projects included Northlake/University Addition and Yesler Atlantic. Redevelopment included rehabilitation and relocation of residents.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Urban Renewal Subject Files consist of administrative files, records of community groups, and project records. The administrative files include budgets, standards for rehabilitation, housing codes, and correspondence with the federal government regarding procedures and standards. There is also correspondence with the University of Washington and Seattle University regarding urban renewal projects. The correspondents are primarily Talbot Wegg and John P. Willison.

The organizations included in the Subject Files include community groups, such as the Lake Union Advisory Committee, but also regional groups such as the Governor's Task Force as well as groups from other cities, such as the Portland Development Commission. The records include meeting notices and minutes and correspondence regarding common interests.

The programs and projects included in the subject files are primarily the Northlake/University Addition, the Yesler Atlantic project, and the Workable Program for Community Improvement. The Workable Program was a plan of action for ridding the City of blight. The program and projects files include planning and budget information, as well as correspondence regarding the projects.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Urban Renewal Program Subject Files, Record Series 1642-02. 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.

AdministrationReturn to Top

Budgets, standards for rehabilitation, housing codes, and correspondence with the federal government regarding procedures and standards.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Budget - Annual Federal
1966
1/2
Budget - Annual Federal
1967-1970
1/3
Budget
1971
1/4
Annual Operating Fund Budget
1962-1965
1/5
Annual Operating Fund Budget
1967-1970
1/6
Reports
1964-1972
1/7
Correspondence
1960-1964
1/8
Correspondence - Universities
1960
1/9
Seattle Planning and Redevelopment Council (SPARC)
1966-1970
1/10
Seattle Planning and Redevelopment Council (SPARC)
1966-1969
1/11
Official Urban Renewal Advisory Board (OURAB)
1964-1967
1/12
Comprehensive Plan / "Agenda for Seattle"
1963
1/13
"Urban Renewal News"
1961-1963
1/14
American Society of Planning Officials Tour
1963
1/15
Census Data
1960-1966
1/16
Codes - Minimum Housing
1960-1971
1/17
Codes - Housing - Other cities
1959
1/18
Labor Standards / Wage Rates
1966-1970
1/19
Legal - Miller v City of Tacoma
1962-1963
1/20
Legal - Tacoma - Ordinances / Urban Renewal
1965
1/21
Property Acquisition
1962-1971
1/22
Rapid Transit
1966
1/23
Rebabilitation - Property Standards
1967
1/24
Rehabilitation - Requirements
1960-1964
1/25
R H Thomson Corridor - Property Management
1969-1970
1/26
Schools
1961-1967
1/27
Maps and Photographs
1960-1967
1/28
Workshops and Conferences
1963-1965

OrganizationsReturn to Top

Primarily community groups but also regional groups such as the Governor's Task Force, as well as groups from other cities. Records include meeting notices, minutes, and correspondence.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/29
Community - 3 M Urban Renewal Committee
1961-1963
1/30
Community - Ballard
1961
1/31
Community - Citizens Housing Board
1970-1971
1/32
Community - Garfield Community Council Meeting Notices
1961-1963
1/33
Community - International District Improvement Association (INTERIM)
1968
1/34
Community - Lake Union Advisory Committee
1970-1971
1/35
Governor's Housing Task Force
1969
1/36
Puget Sound Regional Transportation Planning Program - Progress Reports
1962-1967
1/37
Portland Development Commission
1966
1/38
Urban Area Government
1961-1964

Programs and ProjectsReturn to Top

Projects include primarily the Northlake/University Addition, the Yesler Atlantic Project, and the Workable Program for Community Improvement, intended to rid the City of blight. The files include planning and budget information, and correspondence regarding the projects.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/39
Programs and Projects : Capitol Improvement Program
1960-1969
1/40
Programs and Projects : Central Business District
1965-1966
1/41
Programs and Projects : Forward Thrust
1967-
2/1
Programs and Projects : Lake Union Study
1970-1971
2/2
Programs and Projects : Leschi Neighborhood
1959-1969
2/3
Programs and Projects : Model City Program
1967-
2/4
Programs and Projects : Northlake / University Addition (Wash R-8) - Financial
1960-1964
2/5
Programs and Projects : Northlake / University Addition (Wash R-8) - Survey / Planning
1960-
2/6
Programs and Projects : Northlake / University Addition (Wash R-8) - Report on Public Improvements
1971
2/7
Programs and Projects : Northlake / University Addition (Wash R-8) - Parcel Information
-
2/8
Programs and Projects : Northlake / University Addition (Wash R-8) - NE 40th Street - Drawings, Bond, and Contract
1966
2/9
Programs and Projects : Workable Program for Community Improvement - Correspondence
1962-1966
2/10
Programs and Projects : Workable Program for Community Improvement - Correspondence
1958-1961
2/11
Programs and Projects : Workable Program for Community Improvement - Correspondence
1967-1969
2/12
Programs and Projects : Workable Program for Community Improvement - Program Guides
1962
2/13
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Survey and Planning Budget
1960-1963
2/14
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Survey and Planning Budget
1964-1968
2/15
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Survey and Planning
1962-1967
2/16
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Part 1
1967-
2/17
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Block Summary of Structural Conditions
1967-
2/18
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - YANIP Report
1966-1971
2/19
Programs and Projects : Yesler Atlantic (Wash. R-5) - Davis Bacon Act
1971-

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • City planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Urban renewal--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Zoning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Urban Renewal Program
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government