Seattle Municipal Archives Guide

ID: 1642-10

Record Group: Urban Renewal Program

Record Series: Urban Renewal Program Seattle Urban Renewal Enterprise (SURE) Records
1956 -1965
3 cubic feet (3 boxes)

The records of the Seattle Urban Renewal Enterprise (SURE) are organized into two subseries: Administrative and Commi ttees and Projects. The Administrative Records provide good summaries of SURE activities through annual reports and minu tes. The Committee and Project Files present the range of activities, primarily identified by their geographic area, in which SUR E was involved. Within the Administrative records are annual reports, Board minutes and Council minutes, providing the researcher with g oals, discussions, and issues facing SURE. In addition to minutes and annual reports, the news releases and news letters provide a good overview of SURE activities. Although SURE identified projects that would be good targets for urban renewal funds, the federal applications had to be approved and written through the City. Communication with City officials regarding ur ban renewal work can be found in the Administrative subseries. The Committees and Project Subseries contains records on specific projects in which SURE was involved. The Committee rec ords include committee members, correspondence, newsletters and timelines. The Project files complement the committee re cords, including correspondence, maps, notices and other project materials. Work with neighborhood councils is reflected here. Among the first SURE projects was the Yesler Atlantic Project, approved for funding by the federal government in Decembe r 1959. The City received funds for survey and planning and for a new junior high school. SURE formed the Yesler-Atlanti c Citizens' Conference in 1960 and sponsored clean-up projects, published a newspaper, and provided labor assistance for home owners in need of remodeling or repairs. Within the Yesler Atlantic neighborhood, one of SURE's early projects was a "demonstr ation house" at 114 21st Ave. It was remodeled and used for SURE offices from 1959 to 1960, demonstrating the value of urban renewal in upgrading and improving existing homes. The largest volume of records in Committees and Projects relate to the Yesler Atlantic project. Other SURE projects reflected in the records include: Cherry Hill, Leschi, University Addition-First Hill and U niversity Addition-Northlake.

Seattle Municipal Archives

Finding Aids:
Folder List
EAD Guide to the Seattle Urban Renewal Enterprise (SURE) Records 1956-1965

Corporate Name Subjects:
Seattle (Wash.). Urban Renewal Program.
Seattle Urban Renewal Enterprise (Seattle, Wash.).
Yesler-Atlantic Neighborhood Improvement Project (Seattle, Wash.).

Topical Subjects:
Civic Activism
City planning
Zoning -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Urban renewal -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
City planning -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Advisory boards -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Community development, Urban -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Public works

Geographical Subjects:
Seattle (Wash.) -- Politics and government