Committee of the Whole Minutes, 1959-1977

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Legislative Dept.
Committee of the Whole Minutes
1959-1977 (inclusive)
1.2 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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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

Minutes of City Council when it sits as a committee. Committee of the Whole meets to discuss issues that cross the jurisdiction of two or more Council committees or when issues are considered of such importance that the full Council deems it appropriate to meet as a committee. From 1980 to the present Committee of the Whole minutes are included with the regular meeting minutes.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). City Council
  • Seattle (Wash.). City Council. Committee of the Whole

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)