Guide to the Chester Carroll Farr Papers 1913-1961
Cage 182

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Farr, Chester Carroll
Title
Chester Carroll Farr Papers
ID
Cage 182
Date [inclusive]
1913-1961
Extent
50.0 items.
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, business records, family documents (Whitman Co., Washington) and travel narratives (Alaska, Middle East, South America, and United States) of C.C. Farr.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 182, Chester Carroll Farr Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Chester Carroll Farr was born in Pullman, Washington, October 14, 1890. His father had been brought to Pullman at the age of three after his parents had died in Missouri. In 1893, Chester, with his family, moved to Albion where he lived until entering what was then Washington State College in 1908. After graduation in 1913 he moved to Sunnyside, Washington, to teach high school. After trying various other positions he became county agent in Coos County, Oregon where he and his wife, Iva, settled permanently. In 1921 he bought out Collier Warehouse in Coquille, Oregon, and entered into a partnership with Cecil Elwood and formed Farr & Elwood Co., Feed Merchants. He retired from this business in 1955. During the years 1940 to 1956 he and his wife made extensive travels to the East Coast, Glacier National Park, Alaska, South America, Europe, and Asia of which he wrote travelogues in the form of letters to his family and friends at home.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1973

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These letters, manuscripts and other papers were given to the Washington State University Library by Chester C. Farr in 1964 and 1966.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Farr family--Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • Alaska--Description and travel
  • Middle East--Description and travel
  • South America--Description and travel
  • United States--Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Farr, Chester Carroll, 1890- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Alaska
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Washington (State)--Whitman County
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Travels 

Folder

Letter, to Mother Farr, Palouse Country, about trip to East Coast: Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Missouri, Illinois, and intermediary points. July 1940 to January 1941   129 p., typescript; 129 p., typescript (carbon).

1

Letter, to Mother Farr December 15, 1940   1 p., typescript.

1

Tourist brochures.   5.0 items.

1

Letter, to Mother Farr, Palouse Country, about trip to Glacier National Park. July 27-August 10, 1941   12 p., typescript.

2

Letter, to Don and Len, about trip to Northwest, New York, and New Jersey. May, 1948   162 p., typescript. (pages 72-118 missing); 162 p., typescript (carbon).

3

Letter, to Chester Carr from Mabel, Art and Millie Heywood. September 28, [1948]   1 p., handwritten.

3

We Went to Alaska 1949   32 p., typescript.

4

We Saw Alaska [1949 trip]. 1957   30 p., typescript.

4

Letter, about trip to Holy Land. April 6, 1954   3 p., typescript.

5

Letter, to Coos Bay Times, Coos Bay, Oregon, about trip to Holy Land. April 13, 1954   2 p., typescript.

5

[Talk given to Business Womens Club of Coos Bay]. 1964   2 p., typescript.

5

Our Eyes and Hearts Beheld (A Trip Through the Holy Land) Spring, 1954   261 p., typescript.

6

Letter, about trip to South America. 1956   181 p., typescript.

7

Letter, to C.C. Farr from Helen and John Diehl. December 30, 1959   3 p., typescript.

7

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Series 2: Family Papers and History 

Folder

Rememberances of the Palouse Country, 1890-1913 undated   15 p., typescript.

8

Papers. Correspondence, tax forms, partnership agreement, stock certificates, receipts, photo of C.C. Farr, teachers certificate, bank books, and geneology pages from family Bible. 1913-1961   27.0 items.

9

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