Seattle City Light Snow Surveys, 1936-1995  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle City Light
Title
Seattle City Light Snow Surveys
Dates
1936-1995 (inclusive)
1945-1980 (bulk)
Quantity
1.8 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
1206-14
Summary
Snowpack data
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

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 was 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

Snow survey data regarding the depth, density and water content of the Cascades mountain snowpack. Also included are correspondence, photographs, and Skagit River runoff forecasts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle City Light Snow Surveys, Record Series 1206-14. 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.

1206-14:  Snow Surveys, 1936-1995Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Snoqualmie Pass
1936-1937
1/2
Snow Survey
1938
1/3
Snow Surveys
1943
1/4
Snow Survey Data
1944
1/5
Snow Conference
1945
1/6
Skagit
1945
1/7
Snow Survey Data
1946
1/8
Snow Survey Data
1947
1/9
Snow Survey Data
1948
1/10
Snow Survey Data (includes Photographs)
1949
1/11
Snow Survey Data
1950
1/12
Snow Survey Data
1951
1/13
Snow Surveys
1952
1/14
Snow Survey Data
1953
1/15
Snow Survey Data
1954
1/16
Snow Survey Data
1955
1/17
Snow Survey Data
1959
1/18
Western Snow Conference - Correspondence and Snow Survey
1957-1961
1/19
Snow Surveys
1961
1/20
Snow Surveys
1962
1/21
Snow Surveys
1963
1/22
Snow Surveys
1964
1/23
Snow Surveys
1965
1/24
Snow Surveys
1965
1/25
Snow Surveys
1966
1/26
Snow Surveys
1966
1/27
Skagit Basin
1966-1967
1/28
Snow Surveys
1967
1/29
Snow Surveys
1967
1/30
Snow Surveys
1968
1/31
Snow Surveys
1969
1/32
Snow Surveys
1970
2/1
Snow Surveys
1970
2/2
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1971
2/3
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1971
2/4
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1972
2/5
Snow Surveys
1972
2/6
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1973
2/7
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1973
2/8
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1974
2/9
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1974
3/1
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1975
3/2
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1975
3/3
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1976
3/4
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1977
3/5
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1977
3/6
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1978
3/7
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1978
3/8
Snow Surveys (Includes Photographs)
1979
3/9
Snow Surveys
1980
3/10
Snow Surveys
1981
3/11
Snow Survey
1987
3/12
Snow Surveys
1994-1995

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Skagit River (B.C. and Wash.)
  • Snow surveys--Washington (State)
  • Snow Measurement--Washington (State)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle (Wash.). Lighting Dept.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints