WTO Accountability Review Committee Document Catalog, 1999-2000

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Legislative Dept.
WTO Accountability Review Committee Document Catalog
1999-2000 (bulk)
1977-2004 (inclusive)
25.2 cubic feet
Collection Number
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.


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The Legislative Department is comprised of the City Council, Office of the City Clerk, and Central Staff (policy analysts and budget support). The City Council is responsible for setting City-wide policy through the adoption of ordinances and resolutions, overseeing the Executive's implementation of policies and programs, and passing the City budget. The first City Charter, in 1869, established a seven-member Common Council. In 1890, the new City Charter created a bicameral legislative branch with a nine-member Board of Aldermen and 16-member House of Delegates. The 1896 Charter returned to a single body of 13 members elected from 11 wards and two at-large. As the number of wards increased, the number of Council members grew to 18 in 1907. A City Charter Amendment in 1910 reduced the number to nine, all elected at large, and made elections non-partisan. In 1946 Councilmember terms were increased from two years to four years. The Office of the City Clerk and the Office of the City Auditor became part of the Legislative Department in 1993. In 1999 the Office of the City Auditor became an independent department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The catalog contains detailed information on over 13,500 documents assembled by the staff of the Seattle City Council WTO accountability Review Committee concerning the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle in November and December, 1999. Over sixty percent of the documents have been digitized from microfiche and are available online through the SMA Digital Collections website. Other documents are available in the Seattle Municipal Archives and the Seattle City Clerk's Office. The Clerk File is 304446. See the archived WTO Accountability Review Committee Homepage for overview of Committee work and chronology of WTO events. Additional materials relating to WTO can be found in Councilmember Jim Compton's Subject Files (record series 4620-02), Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's Subject Files (record series 4684-02), Councilmember Nick Licata's Subject Files (record series 4650-02), Legislative Department's Central Staff Analyst's Working Papers (record series 4603-01) and in Mayor Schell's records. Audio materials from 1802-K1 and other sources are cataloged in the SMA Digital Collections website..

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Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

CF Project. A Comptroller or Clerk File (CF) can consist of correspondence, reports, petitions, contracts, agreements, etc. from elected officials, City departments, other government agencies, or the general public, which have been placed "on file" with the Office of the City Clerk (OCC). They are primarily permanent records, but also include routine material which is periodically purged. Beginning in 1987, certain archival records identified in the CF have been removed, arranged into records series, and incorporated into the ca_collections.idno of the Seattle Municipal Archives, a program of the OCC. A single accession number, 1987-048, was assigned to the transfer of the CF to the Archives. The initial transfer included records dating from 1895. These records remain in the CF series until approximately 15 years after they were filed with the OCC, at which point they are removed to the Archives. The transfer of CF records to the Archives is routine and regular. New accession numbers are not created when these transfers are made.

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Preferred Citation

[Item and date], WTO Accountability Review Committee Document Catalog, Record Series 1802-K1 Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Preservation Note

On microfiche.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Demonstrations--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Investigations--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • World Trade Organization

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)