Guide to the Joseph Donald Lewis Papers 1900-1968
Cage 227

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Lewis, Joseph Donald
Title
Joseph Donald Lewis Papers
ID
Cage 227
Date [inclusive]
1900-1968
Extent
5000.0 items.
General Physical Description note
5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, financial records, newsletters, clippings, speeches, and a 16 mm. film, called Time Pulls the Trigger, by Lewis's anti-smoking organization, Nicotine Unlimited, founded in 1947; photographs and scrapbooks of his visit to Greece, 1953-1955; and photographs, scrapbooks and other papers relating to Lewis's employment at Washington Water Power, 1912-1953.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 227, Joseph Donald Lewis Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Born in Chester, Wisconsin on September 4, l884, Joseph Donald Lewis moved to Spokane in 1909. After working for a year as an electrician on the construction of the Old National Bank, Lewis started working for Washington Water Power Company. Lewis worked at Little Falls his first year at Washington Water Power and at Long Lake from 1911 to 1915. After working in Lind, Okanogan and the Palouse area, Lewis became district manager in Pullman in 1928. In 1936 he was promoted to Division Manger. Lewis retired from Washington Water Power in 1953 to accept a two-year appointment in Greece with Ebasco Services, Inc. Lewis was one of four district managers in charge of installing a new power plant.

Lewis was involved in many activities in retirement upon his return from Greece such as the Whitman County Red Cross, Kiwanis, Toastmasters and Washington State Council for Youth and Children. Much of his spare time however, was spent on Nicotine Unlimited, an anti-smoking organization which Lewis founded in 1947. Lewis corresponded regularly with the members of the organization and sent out occasional bulletins. As a functioning, active organization, Nicotine Unlimited appears to have depended entirely on Lewis' efforts. It was quiescent while he was in Greece and seems to have halted operations entirely during his lingering illness the last years of his life. Lewis died on June 11, 1969, survived by his wife, Alice, and a daughter, Mrs. Duane Bailey.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers and photographs of J.D. Lewis date from 1900 to 1968 but most of the material dates from 1947 to 1968.

The Nicotine Unlimited series consists primarily of correspondence between Lewis, members of the organization, and other anti-smoking organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Temperance Society and the Non-Smokers Association of Canada. The anti-smoking literature dates back to 1905 and includes pamphlets, reports, clippings and magazine articles. The majority of material in the Subject Files concerns Lewis' civic and organizational activities and dates from 1955 to 1966. The small amount of Washington Water Power material is principally on an electric range sales campaign in 1940.

Almost one half of the bulk of the collection is photographs. A large number of them were taken between 1953 and 1955 when Lewis was working in Greece.

The largest number of photographs in the subseries Black and White Prints and Photograph Albums are from Greece. In the Washington Water Power folder there are prints of stoves and kitchens from the early 1920's. The Scrapbooks and Clippings series contains material on Washinton Water Power dating from 1912 to 1928 and on Lewis from 1938 to 1966.

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Arrangement note

There are four series: Nicotine Unlimited, Subject Files, Photographs and Scrapbooks and Clippings.

Ther subject files are arranged alphabetically.

The folder numbers in the first subseries in the photographs refer to the slide storage sheets. Within each of the three subdivisions-Pacific Northwest, U.S. and Canada, and Overseas- the transparencies are arranged alphabetically by place.

Lewis had his own indexing system for almost all of the rolls of 35 mm black and white negatives. Each roll is numbered and the contents listed in numberical order in a series of notebooks. The subjects of the negatives are indexed in each notebook. More detail on the people identified in the notebooks is recorded on a tape made by Lewis' son-in-law, Duane Bailey. The notebooks and the tape are in Container 4.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1983

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

The papers of J.D. Lewis are comprised of three accessions. The first accession was donated to the Washington State University Libraries prior to 1970 by Mrs. J.D. Lewis. The second accession (MS 78-57) was donated in December 1978 by Al Butler and the third (MS 80-10) in March 1980 by Duane Bailey. The three accessions were processed as one collection in August 1983 by Anne Frantilla.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nicotine Unlimited
  • Washington Water Power Company

Geographic Name(s)

  • Greece--Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Lewis, Joseph Donald, 1884-1968 --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Irrigation
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Tobacco habit --United States--Prevention
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Nicotine Unlimited 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1947-1952   600.0 items.

1 1-6

 1956-1961   600.0 items.

1 7-12

 1962-1968   800.0 items.

1 13-20
Box Folder

Bulletins 1948-1968   75.0 items.

2 21

Business Papers 1948-1968   75.0 items.

2 22

Photographs 1949-1952   18.0 items.

2 23

Other Papers 1949-1968   50.0 items.

2 24

Anti-Smoking Literature 1905-1968   75.0 items.

2 25-29

Series 2: Subject Files 

Kiwanis Club 

Box Folder

Correspondence and other papers 1959-1962   30.0 items.

2 30

Bulletins and Newsletters l960-1962   50.0 items.

2 31
Box Folder

Lincoln Notes undated   50.0 items.

2 32

Red Cross Correspondence 1956   15.0 items.

2 33

Speech Notes 1961-1962   50.0 items.

2 34

Toastmaster's Club 1961-1962   50.0 items.

2 35

Washington State Council for Youth and Children 

Box Folder

Minutes 1960-1966   35.0 items.

3 36

Correspondence and other papers 1956-1966   50.0 items.

3 37

Travel Expenses 1961-1966   20.0 items.

3 38
Box Folder

Washington Water Power 1920-1956   45.0 items.

3 39

Other Papers 1910-1962   10.0 items.

3 40

Series 3: Photographs 

35 mm Color Transparencies 

Pacific Northwest 

Box Folder

Albeni 1953   8 items.

3 41

Cabinet Gorge 1951-1952   23 items.

3 42-43

Long Lake 1950   15 items.

3 43

Manito Garden 1952   4 items.

3 44

Naches Pass undated   7 items.

3 44

St. John Kiddie Parade 1951   40 items.

3 45-46

Univ. of Idaho Homecoming Parade 1949-1950   40 items.

3 47-48

W.S.U. College Days undated   6 items.

3 49

W.S.U. Homecoming Parade 1951   60 items.

3 50-52

Washington Water Power Activities 1950-1953   24 items.

3 53-54

Wenatchee Apple Blossom Parade undated   20 items.

3 55

Whitman County 1950-1953 

3 56

U.S. and Canada 

Box Folder

Alaska 1951-1952   65 items.

3 57-60

Atlantic City 1950   20 items.

3 61

California undated   20 items.

3 62

Canada 1951-1953 1960   17 items.

3 63

Chicago 1952   16 items.

3 64

Dallas 1950   12 items.

3 65

Gettysburg 1960   20 items.

3 66

New Orleans 1950   29 items.

3 67-68

New York 1950-1952   99 items.

3 69-73

Washington D.C. 1950 1960   20 items.

3 74

Yellowstone undated   16 items.

3 75

Other Cities and States 1950 1960   32 items.

3 76-77

Overseas 1953-1955 

Box Folder

Egypt   32 items.

3 78-79

Greece   524

3 80-106

Italy   48 items.

3 107-109

London   20 items.

3 110

Turkey   35 items.

3 111-112

Others 1949-1955   84 items.

3 113-117

35 mm Black and White Negatives 1937-1942 

General note

The rolls of negatives are numbered 1-281; rolls 69-188 are missing. Lewis compiled a list of the contents as well as an index for rolls 1-213. The notebooks which contain these lists as well as a tape with other descriptive remarks are in Container 4.

Box
4-5

Black and White Prints 

Box Folder

J.D. Lewis and Others 1948-1949   13.0 items.

6 118

Pullman 1935   2.0 items.

6 119

War Bond Drive 1942-1945   8.0 items.

6 120

Washington Water Power 1900-1945   60.0 items.

6 121

Bellydancers in Cairo 1953-1955   20.0 items.

6 122

Greece 1953-1955   300.0 items.

6 123-124

Photo Albums 

Box Folder

Washinton Water Power 1911-1923   1.0 v.

6 125

W.W.P. and Palouse Scenes 1930-1939    l v.

6 126

Greece 1953-1955   5.0 v.

6 127-128

Others 1936-1955   4.0 v.

6 129-130

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Clippings 

Box Folder

Washington Water Power 1912-1928   1.0 v.

6 131

Lewis 1938-1953    1 v.

6 132

Lewis 1939-1966   32.0 items.

6 133

Lewis 1953-1957    1 v.

6 134