- Seattle City Light
- Seattle City Light Distribution Branch Directors' Records
- 1997-2003 (inclusive)19972003
- .6 cubic foot, (2 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Distribution Branch Directors' Records
- 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.
- 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
Project and subject files of the Director and Deputy Director of the branch of City Light responsible for operating and maintaining electrical distribution and transmission facilities. Projects include Cedar Falls fiber optic installation and new street lighting for University Way. Also includes records of Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item and date], Seattle City Light Distribution Branch Directors' Records , Record Series 1207-02. 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.
1207-02: Distribution Branch Directors' Records, 1997-2003Return to Top
Ave Project (University Ave)
Budget Cuts and Service Reduction Management Plan
CIP / Budget Reduction
Cedar Falls Fiber Optic
Emergent Needs Presentation
Weekly Management Meetings
Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings - January
Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings - February
Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings - March
Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings - April
Joint Labor / Management Committee Meetings - May
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Cedar Falls (Wash.)
- Labor-management committees--Washington--Seattle
- Street lighting--Washington--Seattle
- Seattle City Light
- Seattle (Wash.)