From its beginning, Seattle City Light dedicated itself to increasing demand for electricity. City Light offered customers the latest selection of electrical appliances, for either sale or lease, from their network of stores. The utility also promoted the use of electricity through advertising and educational campaigns, and employed hundreds to maintain its networks and provide service to retail customers. Seattle City Light continues to educate its customers, now emphasizing conservation and the wise use of electricity


Electrification: Street Lighting

Third and Yesler at night

Night Picture, Third Ave and Yesler Way, 1918


Electrification: Streetcars


Streetcar near Oregon/Washington Railroad Depot construction site, 1911


Electrification: Commerce

4th Avenue Diner

All electric restaurant, 1940


Electrification: City Light Stores

City Light Building dedication City Light storefront
Lighting Department, City Light Building Dedication, 1935 City Light storefront, 1933

Electrification: Home Products

washing machine City Light sales room
Washing Machines, On Sale by City Light Appliance Division, 1936 City Light Sales Room, 1934


Electrification: Outreach

electric stove demonstration City Light parade float
Electric Stove Demonstration, 20738 City Light Float for Parade, 1938


Electrification: Employees & Services

City Light service workers service truck
Range Service, 1950 Service Truck, 1945


Electrification: Lighting Design Lab

lighting design lab

City Light Lighting Design Lab, 1999


Electrification: Conservation

Paul Schell and Ron Sims

City Light Salutes Conservation Power Players for 2001, group portrait at Seahawks game, 2001


Electrification: Alternatives

solar panels

Solar Module construction on roof of Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center, 2005


Municipal Archives, City Clerk

Anne Frantilla, City Archivist
Address: 600 Fourth Avenue, Third Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94728, Seattle, WA, 98124-4728
Phone: (206) 684-8353

The Office of the City Clerk maintains the City's official records, provides support for the City Council, and manages the City's historical records through the Seattle Municipal Archives. The Clerk's Office provides information services to the public and to City staff.