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Records relating to labor history and interrelated civil rights and social justice programs, compiled for the 2018 Pacific Northwest Labor History Regional Records Survey conducted by the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington University Libraries.

Note: This topical summary identifies series in the King County Archives collection based on current record descriptions and is not a comprehensive inventory. Compiled in July, 2018, recent accessions may not be reflected.  

Record group (agency)Series titleApproximate dates relevant to labor and civil rightsExtent relevant (approximate)Details on relation to labor and civil rightsSeries ID(s)
County Executive: Gary LockeDeputy County Executive Consolidation Office files1993-199615 records cartonsOrdinances, correspondence, reports, and other records, dated between 1993-1996, that detail the consolidation process of the King County and Metro governments1211
County Executive: Gary LockePolicy staff subject files; agency files 1993-199650 records cartonsIncluded in Gary Locke's files are records related to the Affirmative Action Committee, the Office of Civil Rights and Compliance, Human Resources Diversity Management, regional housing issues, and the Teamsters1880, 1607, 1875
County Executive: Tim HillAgency files1982-1993Records throughout series of 149 records cartonsExecutive Tim Hill's records address labor relations, civil rights, employment of the disabled, the merger of King County government with the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (METRO), Affirmative Action, and other topics 1470
County Executive: Gary Locke: King County-Metro Consolidation Transition OfficeKing County-Metro Consolidation Transition Office committee files1992-19964 records cartonsThe Consolidation Transition Office (CTO) provided coordination of committees relating to the merger of King County government and the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (METRO). Membership in the committees was drawn from elected officials, agency directors, human relations personnel, employee representatives, labor organizations, and the general public 1898
Department of Community and Human Services, Community Services DivisionKing County Dislocated Worker Program files1994-20042 records cartons and 2 document casesWorkforce development1632
Department of Executive Administration, Affirmative Action ProgramCommittee files1978-1990 Affirmative Action816
Department of Executive Administration, of Records and Elections Division: RecorderInitiative 18 petitions20031 cartonCitizen petitions submitted for 2004 Initiative 18 to amend the King County Charter to reduce the number of Council districts and Councilmembers from 13 to nine, sponsored by the King County Corrections Guild, representing King County jail guards, who hired Tim Eyman as a consultant1908
Department of Executive Administration, Office of Civil Rights and ComplianceAffirmative Action Availability Analysis1987-19893 records cartonsQuarterly reports from the OCRC542
Department of Executive Administration, Office of the DirectorAdministrative working files1977-19831 cartonAffirmative Action, Women's Program, Civil Service Commission942
Department of Executive Administration, Office of the DirectorProject files: Office of Civil Rights Compliance19931 cartonCivil Rights945
Department of Executive Administration, Records and Elections Division: RecorderExecutive orders, policies and directives1969-1979 Individual orders relating to Civil Service, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Affirmative Action1372
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources DivisionAffirmative Action reports1988-19941 carton 1902
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of Civil RightsFair housing and equal employment opportunity complaint files2002-20092 records cartons 1860
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of Civil RightsFair housing test surveys2002-20082 records cartons 1860
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of Civil RightsProject files1988-20113 records cartons 1584
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of Civil Rights: Civil Rights CommissionCommission and committee files1977-20052 records cartons 1588
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of the DirectorCommittee files1991-19991 cartonEqual Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action] Advisory Committee and Civil Rights Commission files1752
Department of Executive Services, Human Resources Division: Office of the DirectorProject files2002-20053 records cartonsProjects include class compensation management compensation study1573
Department of Executive Services, Records and Licensing Services Division: Archives and Records Management SectionDepartment policies, procedures, guidelines and standards1994-2001 Individual policies relating to union members1383
Department of Human ResourcesAnnual Reports1979-19841 carton 1633
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionContract agency case filesca. 1976-19884 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development507
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionContracts1976-19885 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development546
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionIssue filesca. 1976-19882 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development508
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionSubject filesca. 1976-19887 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development549
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionWomen's Advisory Board minutes and agendas1977-19852 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development545
Department of Human Resources, Cooperative Extension ProgramAnnual Reports1956-19881 cartonIncludes workforce training relating to agriculture, forestry and land management419
Department of Human Resources, Women's ProgramWomen's Advisory Board files1978-19862 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development1890
Department of Human Resources, Women's ProgramAnnual reports1979-1984Half document caseWomen's program, workforce development1633
Department of Human Resources, Women's ProgramContract service files1976-19885 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development1905
Department of Human Resources, Women's ProgramCoordinator files1977-19863 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development1901
Department of Human Resources, Women's ProgramCoordinator files1975-19854 records cartonsWomen's program, workforce development1903
Department of Natural Resources, DirectorLabor negotiation files1991-19956 records cartons 880
Department of Natural Resources and Parks: Recreation, Aquatics and Fairgrounds Division / Interpretive programCultural history project19951 document caseOral history interviews conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Mines with six individuals from the Coal Creek-Newcastle area whose experiences represent the mining and ethnic (Finnish and African American) history of the Newcastle area472
Department of Planning and Community DevelopmentIssue files1979-19835 foldersIssue files addressing Affirmative Action295
Department of Public SafetyIssue Files 1972-1987Approximately 50 folders within seriesIssue files addressing Affirmative Action, Civil Service, and unions; Civil Service Commission agendas and minutes314
Department of Public SafetyKing County police officer recruiting reports1979-19951 document caseAffirmative action, recruitment of women and minorities1762
Department of Public WorksCorrespondence files1937-19402 foldersPublications and correspondence relating to Civil Service32
Department of Public Works, Office of the DirectorAdministrative files1972-19941 volumeMinority and women's business participation and affirmative action for employment / construction contracts405
Department of Public Works, Office of the DirectorSubject and complaint files1981-19831 folderLocal 17489
Department of Public Works, Office of the DirectorSubject files1984-1987Approximately 13 foldersLocal 17, Local 174, Local 77, Local 298, Local 302, Local 882, salary survey, union information, women in trades, Affirmative Action401
Department of Public Works, Solid Waste DivisionIssue files1978-19822 foldersAffirmative Action317
Department of Stadium AdministrationKingdome administrative files1977-19991 cartonCivil rights compliance annual reports1176
Department of the Executive, Personnel Division1986 Comparable Worth study198636 records cartonsClassification and wages369
Department of the Executive, Personnel DivisionCivil Service Commissoin appeals and record review files1965-19855 records cartonsClassification and wages372
Department of the Executive, Personnel DivisionExam history files1971-19875 records cartons 370
Department of the Executive, Personnel DivisionJob classification and pay scales1970-19852 records cartonsClassification and wages373
Department of the Executive, Personnel DivisionLaw enforcement hiring standards development project1978-19841 carton 374
Department of the Executive, Personnel DivisionPersonnel Board appeals and grievances1968-19864 records cartons 371
Department of the Executive, Personnel Division, Safety and Workers CompensationAdministrative working files19901 carton 688
Department of Transportation, Road Services DivisionPhotograph and moving image files1980-2001About 10 photographsPhotographs for Women in Trades program depicting King County employees in traditionally male jobs400
Department of Transportation, Road Services DivisionPhotograph and moving image files1900-2015Photos of County employees and contractors appear throughout 186 document cases and records cartons of visual materialsPhotographs of County employees and contractors at work 400
Documents CollectionDocumentsVarious Documents individually catalogued in the King County Archives include reports on equal employment, affirmative action, collective bargaining, privatization of public services, and civil rights (including the Office of Civil Rights and Compliance)872
Department of Human Resources, Community Services DivisionAdvisory Board filesca. 1980-19891 carton 505
Freeholders; Charter Review CommissionMinutes and subject files; working files; charter review files1967-200821 document casesRecords of Freeholders and later Charter Review Commissions tasked with reviewing King County's Home Rule Charter, establishing personnel system and County organizational structure270, 282, 455, 1446, 1794
King County CommissionersIndex to Commissioners' proceedings; Resolutions1936-1969Employment related documents appear throughout series; all resolutions comprise 150 document cases; references to labor issues in proceedings and proceedings index (339)Commissioners consideration and action on specific hiring and appointments; salaries and wages; personnel policies; Civil Service; employee benefits; wages for union members; Civil Rights Act; collective bargaining339, 124
King County CouncilOrdinances and Motions1969-2014 Approval of collective bargaining and other labor agreements; personnel policies; County organizational structure, approval of classification and pay; Civil Service Commission appointments; Civil Rights Commission appointments; employment programs (workforce initiative, training in trades); labor summit minutes; Women's Advisory Board appointments; specific policies relating to regional workforce, migrant worker housing305, 306
King County Council: Julia PattersonMetro contract (Amalgamated Transit Union)20081 folder 1755.2.14
King County Council: Larry GossettConstituent Communications, Administrative working files1993-Administrative working files comprise 28 record records cartons; constituent communications are 10 records cartons unprocessed.During his years on the King County Council since 1993, Councilmember Gossett has addressed issues relating to social justice, equity, and civil rights in the region. His campaign to change the King County logo to the likeness of Martin Luther King, Jr. was supported by labor1750, 555
King County Employee AssociationAdministrative and program files1950-19872 records cartons and 2 document casesCivil Service, personnel system, insurance, work hours, benefits1052
Office of Financial Management: Budget DivisionIssue files1987-19887 folders Affirmative Action; Issue files: collective bargaining356
Office of Human Resources Management, Diversity Management DivisionAffirmative Action Plan; Vietnam era veterans survey1998-20012 records cartons 921
Office of Human Resources Management, Diversity Management DivisionMinutes and agendas1999-20002 records cartons 920
Office of Human Resources Management, Labor Relations DivisionArbitration files1979-19885 records cartons 624
Office of Human Resources Management, Labor Relations DivisionLabor negotiation files1980-199926 records cartons 623
Office of Human Resources Management, Labor Relations DivisionLabor negotiation files: Local 171983-19881 carton 843
Office of Human Resources Management, Labor Relations DivisionLabor negotiation files: Local 51919884 records cartons 845
Office of Human Resources Management, Labor Relations DivisionLabor negotiation files: Local 771990-19921 carton 844
Private Industry Council Correspondence1976-19823 foldersAffirmative Action; PIC-5 Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council general documents359
Private Industry Council Minutes1983-19864 foldersAffirmative Action361
Prosecuting Attorney, Civil DivisionHammer, et al. vs King County litigation files1980-200612 records cartons and 7 document casesRecords assembled in response to the class action brought by Calvin Hammer, Edward Boekel, Wilborn K. Stevens, and Melton Atkins, representing a class of King County jail inmates; and Mike Meyers, Chris Womack, Jim Hatfield, and Richard Miller, representing a class of King County correctional jail officers; who had legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Safety Employees Union Local 519, respectively 1768
Seattle-King County Department of Public HealthDirector's files2000-20031 cartonBudget preparation files, classification / compensation project files531
Seattle-King County Department of Public HealthDirector's issue files1974-19751 folderCounty personnel employee grouping and affirmative action9
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Office of the Director / David LurieAdministrative files1991-19922 foldersAffirmative Action and PER 20 Union negotiations Washington State Nurses Association444

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