Seattle Municipal Reports, 1889-1894

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Mayor
Seattle Municipal Reports
1889-1894 (inclusive)
4 volumes
Collection Number
Volumes compiling Seattle mayor's messages, departmental annual reports, and other documents.
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 appointing executive department heads, directing and controlling all subordinate officers and agencies, preparing and executing the City budget, ensuring that the laws of the City are enforced, and maintaining the peace and order in the City. The legal roles and responsibilities of the Mayor are prescribed by the City Charter, state statutes, and municipal ordinances. A candidate for the position must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified elector of the State of Washington, and a registered voter of the City of Seattle at the time of filing his/her declaration of candidacy.

Seattle was incorporated by an act of the Territorial Legislature on December 2, 1869, and the City's first mayor, Henry A. Atkins, was appointed by the Legislature pending the first City election scheduled for July 1870. The City Charter, granted by the Legislature, set the Mayor's term of office at one year. Under this first Charter, the Mayor served as ex-officio President of the Common Council. A Charter amendment in 1875 gave the Mayor a vote on Council, but that provision was amended in 1886 to provide for a tie-breaking vote only.

The City's first Freeholders' Charter (1890) completely separated the Executive and Legislative branches and changed the term of office for the Mayor to two years. Through the first decade of the 20th century, elected offices in Seattle were partisan. A Charter Amendment passed by the voters on March 8, 1910, established non-partisan nominations and elections for all City elective offices. A new Freeholders Charter in 1946 changed the term of the Mayor to four years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

One volume contains the annual messages for the Mayor and Reports of City Officers for the fiscal years ending May 31, 1889 and May 31, 1890. Included are reports of City Clerk, Health Officer, City Surveyor, City Attorney, Building Inspector, Chief of Police and Fire Department. Also included in this volume are Comptroller annual reports for the years 1891-1894.

Three additional volumes contain reports including Mayor's messages and annual reports of various City offices including Comptroller, Finance Committee, Board of Public Works, city Engineer, Superintendent of Water Works, Street Commissioner, Superintendent of Sewers, Superintendent of Buildings, Bridges, and Wharves, Board of Fire Commissioners, Chief of Police, Board of Health, Library Commission, Park Commissioners, Port Warden, and Harbor Master, License Inspector and Law Department for some years as well. Some volumes include mayor's vetoes. Three bound volumes each cover one year for 1891-1893.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Municipal Reports, Record Series 5200-04 Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top



Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Municipal government--Washington (State)--Seattle

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)