Office of the Mayor Digital Photograph Collection, 2007

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Mayor
Office of the Mayor Digital Photograph Collection
2007 (inclusive)
928 digital image files
Collection Number
Photographs of mayoral programs and conferences.
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 Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City with responsibilities for law enforcement, appointing department heads, administering City department and programs, and preparing and executing the City budget. Seattle's original Charter (1869) created the position of Mayor who served as ex-officio President of the Common Council. The 1875 Charter gave the Mayor a cote on Council. That was amended in 1886 to provide for a tie-breaking vote only. The 1890 Charter completely separated the Executive and Legislative branches. Mayoral terms were set at 4 years by the 1946 City Charter.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Born digital photographs of mayoral programs, conferences, and events, including but not limited to: neighborhood walking tours, Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement progress, awards ceremonies, cultural activities, naturalization ceremonies, transportation developments, press conferences, bill signings, climate actions, visiting dignitaries, and parades.

Office of the Mayor Digital Photographs continue to be updated as new material is acquired and processed. Available now are images captured during the terms of Mayors Greg Nickels (2001-2009), Mike McGinn (2010-2013), and Ed Murray(2014-2017). For photos of a specific Mayor's term, see descriptions and links to photographs below. Click hereto view all images in this collection.

Images from Mayor Nickels two terms relate to programs such as Bridging the Gap, Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection summit, South Lake Union streetcar groundbreaking, numerous awards and recognition ceremonies, and visits with dignitaries such as Barack Obama, Al Gore, and the Dalai Lama. Click hereto view Mayor Nickels' digital images.

Mayor Mike McGinn's digital photos feature town halls and budget hearings; visit to Seattle Sister Cities Chongqing and Beijing, China; signing ceremonies for the panhandling ordinance veto and rental inspection resolution; Books on Bikes program; Bike-to-Work Day; South Lake Union trolley announcement; Muckleshoot Canoe Journey; Seattle's first same-sex marriages at City Hall; Fundraiser at Faith Samoan Church; neighborhood tours; and the City Hall Open House. Click hereto view Mayor McGinn's digital images.

Mayor Ed Murray photos include events such as: signing ceremonies for minimum wage bill, Race and Social Justice Initiative, and supporting Planned Parenthood; neighborhood summits; Seahawks celebration; Pride parade; Indigenous Peoples day; and community events including Vietnamese New Year's celebration.. Click hereto view Mayor Murray's digital images.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item number.] Office of the Mayor Digital Photograph Collection, Record Series 5200-03. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Originals

Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Index

Acquisition Information

Photographs acquired through the Seattle Municipal Archives Digital Image Management Program.

Future Additions

This series may grow due to continued accessioning through the Digital Image Management Program. This finding aid will be updated to reflect additional accessions.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • City halls Washington (State)
  • Mayors--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Nickels, Greg

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Mayor