Seattle Engineering Dept. mayors' portraits, 1869-2004

Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Department


.8 cubic ft. (2 boxes).
Portraits are arranged chronologically by the respective mayors' terms of office.
The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city with responsibilities for law enforcement, appointing department heads, administering city departments and programs, and preparing and executing the city budget. Seattle's original charter (1869) created the position of mayor who served as ex-officio president of the Common Council. The 1875 charter gave the mayor a vote on the Council. That was amended in 1886 to provide for a tie-breaking vote only. The 1890 charter completely separated the executive and legislative branches. Mayoral terms were set at four years by the 1946 city charter -- Includes portraits of Seattle's mayors from 1869 to the present; all mayors, with the exception of Paul Schell (1998-2001), are represented (including women mayors). Many of the photographs were printed from negatives copied by the city photographer from the Robert T. McDonald Collection at the Seattle Public Library. Other images were taken by the city photographer.
Portraits taken by the Engineering Dept. photographer.
Cite as: Mayors' Portraits, Record Series 2613-24. Seattle Municipal Archives.
The Engineering Department Photographic Negatives (Record Series 2613-07) at the Seattle Municipal Archives contain other images of Seattle mayors; many images from this collection and others are available in the online photograph database.
Materials in English.
Finding aid available in the repository and on the Internet
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