Department of Streets and Sewers Photograph Collection, 1916-1936

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Streets and Sewers
Department of Streets and Sewers Photograph Collection
1916-1936 (inclusive)
1.5 cubic feet, (2,876 digitized negative scans)
Collection Number
Images document public works projects, including sewer construction, and document a large number of landslides within the City.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Streets and Sewers was responsible for planning, construction, repair, and cleaning of the City's streets, sidewalks, and sewers. City Council appointed the first Street Commissioner in 1875. The position came under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Works in 1890. The position of Superintendent of Streets, Sewers and Parks was established in 1896; authority over parks was removed in 1904. The Department was abolished in 1936 and became the Maintenance Division of the Engineering Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

More than 2800 negatives include images of the work of the Department of Streets and Sewers from 1916 through 1936. Predominent subjects include damage caused by landslides; streets; maintenance vehicles; sewers and outfalls; bridges; trestles; railways; and intersections. To view digitized scans online search "2625-10" in the Photograph Index.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item number.] Department of Streets and Sewers Photograph Collection, Record Series 2625-10. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bridges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Landslides--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Railways--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sewers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Streets--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Trestles--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Vehicles--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Streets and Sewers

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)