Board of Health Minutes, 1890-1908

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Board of Health
Board of Health Minutes
1890-1908 (inclusive)
2 volumes
Collection Number
Minutes of the Board of Health, 1890 to 1908.
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 Board of Health was created by the 1890 City Charter with authority to supervise the health and sanitation of the City. The Board comprised three physicians (at least two of whom were in practice), who were appointed by the mayor; board members served staggered three-year terms. The Board was authorized to appoint a physician as Health Officer, who served as board executive and city physician; the Health Officer was also required to make monthly reports of birth, death, and other health-related statistics to the Board. The Board met twice per month.

The Board of Health's further authorizations and responsibilities included declaring quarantines, establishing pesthouses, making inspections of public buildings and schools, closing public buildings in case of epidemic, and appointing officers such as a Plumbing Inspector and Meat Inspector.

The Board of Health was abolished in 1908; the new position of Health Commissioner took over the duties of the Board and the Health Officer.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Board of Health minutes include monthly reports (1890-1892) of the Health Officer with statistical summary of deaths and nuisances reported. Reported in minutes are meeting proceedings, citizen complaints and subsequent Board actions, bills approved, and City Chemist reports on analysis of milk samples. Subjects include births, deaths, sewers, drainage, contagious diseases, building inspections, vital statistics, food inspections, and burials. The original minutes are in two bound volumes.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Board of Health Minutes, Volume [number], Record Series 3200-01. 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.

Board of Health Minutes, 1890-1908Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Board of Health Minutes
Board of Health Minutes

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Building inspection--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Childbirth--Statistics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Communicable diseases--Statistics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Food adulteration and inspection--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Health boards--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Mortality--Statistics--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Public health--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sewerage--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Board of Health

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government

Form or Genre Terms

  • Minutes