- Seattle City Light
- Seattle City Light Communications and Public Affairs Division Digital Photographs
- 2007 (inclusive)
- 296 digital image files
- Collection Number
- Digital images of Seattle City Light including personnel, elected and appointed officials, hydroelectric facilities, solar energy, and public events.
- Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Seattle City Light provides electricity and electrical and conservation services to its public and private customers. It is the largest public utility in the Pacific Northwest. Public responsibility for electrical energy dates to 1890 with creation of the Department of Lighting and Water Works. In 1902, Seattle voters passed a bond issue to develop hydroelectric power on the Cedar River under the administration of the Water Department. Electricity from this development began to serve Seattle in 1905. A City Charter amendment in 1910 created the Lighting Department. Under the leadership of Superintendent James D. Ross, the department developed the Skagit River hydroelectric project, which began supplying power in 1924. Both public and private power were supplied to Seattle until 1951 when the City purchased the private electrical power supply operations, making the Lighting Department the sole supplier. The Boundary Project in northeastern Washington began operations in 1967 and supplied over half of City Light's power generation. By the early 21st century, approximately ten percent of City Light's income came from the sale of surplus energy to customers in the Northwest and Southwest with the remainder of City Light's financial support coming from customer revenue. The current name of the agency was adopted in 1978 when the Department was reorganized.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Contents include images of Seattle City Light personnel, elected and appointed officials, hydroelectric facilities, solar energy and other energy resources, and public events. Images of hydroelectric facilities include Diablo, Boundary, and Ross Dams. Also, this collection includes scenic images of Skagit and surrounding areas. Subject matter also includes celebration of students who participated in "Utility U," a partnership between the City of Seattle (SCL and SPU) and Seattle Public Schools that teaches utility operations to alternative high-school students and provides them an opportunity to explore different career paths. Material also includes images of City Light assets such as transformers, utility poles, and cables and other assets included by the agency in Annual Reports. City Light Advisory Board meetings and the City Light Centennial Celebration at City Hall are also featured. All images can be viewed on our digital platform. View 1204-09 online
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item Number], Seattle City Light Communications and Public Affairs Digital Photograph Collection , Record Series 1204-19. Seattle Municipal Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Elected officials--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Electric power--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Hydroelectric power plants--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Seattle City Light
- Seattle (Wash.) Dept. of Lighting
- Seattle (Wash.)