Engineering Department Digest (Newsletter), 1955-1996

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
Engineering Department Digest (Newsletter)
1955-1996 (inclusive)
0.4 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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Engineering Department (SED) maintained the City's streets and bridges, designed and oversaw construction of public works projects, provided traffic and transportation planning, and operated the sewer and solid waste utility. The position of City Surveyor was created in 1873 to survey the City, establish boundaries and street grades, and administer condemnation processes. This position was renamed City Engineer in 1890. In 1931 the Engineering Department absorbed part of the Department of Public Utilities and in 1936 it assumed the responsibilities of the Department of Streets and Sewers and the Traffic Department. In 1997, the water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater utilities from the Engineering and Water departments were merged with the Engineering Services Division of SED and the Customer Service Call Center and Construction Engineering Sections of City Light to form Seattle Public Utilities. The traffic and transportation functions of the Engineering Department were consolidated in the Seattle Transportation Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Engineering Department employee newsletter containing personnel updates, notices of award winners, well wishes for ill coworkers, personal news such as weddings and new babies, and announcements of social activities like the department's fishing derby and bowling league. The newsletter was published weekly until the mid-1970s, when it went to biweekly. By the 1990s it was a monthly publication. The collection has a gap between 1976 and 1994.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Digest (Newsletter), Record Series 2600-07 Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top



Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Public employees--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)