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Guide to the Seattle Port Commission Records
1899-1960



Manuscript Collection No.: 2148_4230
Creator: Seattle Port Commission , creator
Title: Seattle Port Commission records
Date Span: 1899-1960
Quantity: 5.52 cubic feet
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Historical Note

Publicly owned governing body for the Seattle waterfront.

The Seattle Port Commission was established by King County voters in September 1911 as a publicly owned and controlled governing body for the City's waterfront area. The Commission had the power to authorize and control improvements to Harbor and transportation facilities on the waterfront, to purchase land, to levy property taxes and issue bonds. The first Port Commissioners were Robert Bridges, Hiram Chittenden and Charles Remsberg.

Scope and Content

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Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 2148-001
Seattle Port Commission records, 1919-1960
3.63 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence (general, interoffice) 1954-1958, 1960; campaign files and reports.
Subject files within this accession reflect the Seattle Port Commissions's interest in operations at other major ports during the 1930's, particularly San Francisco and New York City. Also documented are proposals to establish 'free' or 'foreign' trade zones in the Port of Seattle. Campaign material from the 1938 Port Commission election provide evidence of the campaigns of John C. Stevenson and Smith M. Wilson. There is also some evidence of Works Progress Administration projects underway in Seattle from 1935 to 1937.
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Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Seattle Port Commission, July 24, 1973

  
Accession No. 4230-001
Seattle Port Commission records, 1899-1921
1.89 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, reports, related material; 1899-1921.
This accession documents some of the early activities of the Seattle Port Commission and development of the waterfront. Correspondence with the Bush Terminal Company and the Seattle Commercial Club, reflects some of the dispute regarding the Harbor Island Ferry Terminal proposals. Details of improvement schemes for areas including Smith's Cove and the East Waterway, Salmon Bay and the Central Waterfront are also documented. The Robert Bridges subgroup contains evidence of his political interest and activities.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Mrs. Robert Bridges, January 1, 1939.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bridges, Robert, d. 1921, creator.
Dill, Clarence C. (Clarence Cleveland), 1884-1978., creator.
Jones, Wesley Livsey, 1863-1932, creator.
Lewis, James, 1863-1939, creator.
Lister, Ernest, 1870-1919, creator.
McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs), 1863-1941, creator.
Poindexter, Miles, 1868-1946., creator.
Ross, J. D. (James Delmage), 1872-1939.
Turner, George, 1850-1932, creator.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, creator.
Organizations:
Bogle, Bogle & Gates (Seattle, Wa.), creator.
Central Labor Council of Seattle and Vicinity, creator.
National Nonpartisan League. State of Washington, creator.
Seattle Port Commission--Archives.
United States. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, creator.
Last modified: March 7, 2013
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