City of Southeast Seattle Records, 1906

Overview of the Collection

Southeast Seattle (Wash.)
City of Southeast Seattle Records
1906 (inclusive)
3 volumes
Collection Number
Records of the City of Southeast Seattle, including City Council minutes and ordinances.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The City of Southeast Seattle was incorporated on July 2, 1906 following the merger of the districts of Hillman City, York, and Southeast Seattle. It was apparently incorporated for the sole purpose of petitioning to be annexed to the City of Seattle.

At the second meeting of the City Council, a petition was filed carrying 128 signatures calling for a vote on annexation. On August 17, 1906, the electorate voted 221-8 to petition the Seattle City Council to annex Southeast Seattle as the City's 12th Ward. In October, the Seattle City Attorney advised the Southeast Seattle Council that it could not be annexed as a separate ward.

In the meantime, a citizen proposal to merge with the City of Columbia, which supplied fire protection services to Southeast Seattle, received no Council action. On December 5, 1906, the electorate voted 181-70 to annex Brighton and to advance to City of the Second Class status.

A second petition to the Seattle City council asked that Southeast Seattle be annexed as part of the second ward because of the "urgent necessity for water, light and adequate transportation facilities." The Southeast Seattle City Council opposed unconditional annexation, but the public supported immediate annexation under almost any terms. Annexation finally came on January 7, 1907.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The City of Southeast Seattle Records, 1906, include City Council minutes and ordinances. Included with the volume of minutes are oaths of office, a warrants register, published notices of elections, petitions, and newspaper articles regarding annexation. The volume of ordinances also includes Council Resolutions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], City of Southeast Seattle Records, Record Series 9178-[xx]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Records are arranged in two series:

Series I: City Council Minutes (9178-01)

Series II: Ordinances (9178-02)

Series III: Census (9178-03)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I (9178-01):  City Council Minutes, 1906Return to Top

1 volume

Proceedings of the Southeast Seattle Town Council. Includes newspaper clippings regarding incorporation and annexation, and petitions and a resolution supporting annexation to the City of Seattle.

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Series II (9178-02):  Ordinances, 1906Return to Top

1 volume

Ordinances passed by the Southeast Seattle Town Council.

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Series III (9178-03):  Census, 1906Return to Top

1 volume

Official census compiled by the City of Southeast Seattle to verify its population prior to annexation by Seattle. Included only the names of the 4,282 residents.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Annexation (Municipal government)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • City councils--Washington (State)--Seattle

Geographical Names

  • Hillman City (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Southeast Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • York (Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Minutes
  • Ordinances

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Southeast Seattle (Wash.). Town Council (creator)