Records of the Office of the Mayor, 1956-1970.


Seattle (Wash.). Mayor. Records of the Office of the Mayor, 1956-1970.

Records of the Office of the Mayor, 1956-1970.

The records reflect a wide variety of issues of public interest in the 1960s. Concerns relating to discrimination, open housing, and civil rights are reflected in constituent correspondence. Police Dept. correspondence shows apprehension about the possibility of riots, and other files document the discussion surrounding the Human Rights Commission and its work. Reaction of the public to the 1965 police shooting of an African American, Robert L. Reese, in the Central District, as well as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is also captured in these records. Transportation is another topic covered in depth in these records. Efforts to improve transportation at the city and state level are documented in the mayor's correspondence regarding the transit system and METRO, parking issues downtown, I-5, the Lake Washington bridges, I-90, the R.H. Thomson Expressway, and downtown transportation planning. Other files in the collection show how the city was preparing for the Century 21 World's Fair in 1962 (for example, with a downtown beautification program and housing regulations). Records from the years following the fair show Seattle Center's transition into a civic campus, with many files relating to specific facilities such as the opera house and the coliseum. The records cover a number of other topics, including urban renewal, environmental issues, civil defense, police actions and complaints, charter amendments, airline service, youth programs, and engineering projects. The files contain a good deal of citizen correspondence reflecting the public's views on a wide variety of issues. There is a small series of other media that includes audio and photographs. The photographs document open housing demonstrations, the waterfront, Sick's Stadium, and other topics. There are also images of Mayors Braman and Uhlman. Audio consists of a Municipal Report from 1965 and a 45 rpm record. The majority of the records are from the files of Braman and Clinton, although Clinton's first term is only lightly represented. Miller served for a relatively brief time period, and there are only a small number of records from the early part of Uhlman's first term. Other city agencies represented include the Engineering Dept. and the Lighting Dept.

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