Cage 247

Roy Gill

Papers on the Columbia Basin Irrigation League, 1920-1942

Acquisition And Processing Information

Roy Gill donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries (date unknown).

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 2

Linear feet of shelf space: .75


Roy Roland Gill of Spokane, WA, was Executive Chairman and Secretary of the Columbia Basin Irrigation League during the 1920s. He also served as the president of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce (1922-1923). During his years in Spokane, Gill worked as vice president and general manager of the Holley-Mason Hardware Company.

Collection Description

This collection of Roy Roland Gill's papers focuses on his activities as an officer of the Columbia Basin Irrigation League. The League was an advocacy and lobbying group for development of Inland Northwest water resources for irrigation and hydroelectric power production. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, speeches, financial records, legislation, clippings and photographs related to the League's promotional activities. Gill's correspondence makes up most of the collection. He received letters and telegrams from a wide range of correspondents, many of them federal officials, corporate executives, and prominent regional businessmen, offering information, strategy suggestions, assessment of progress, and analysis of developments. Some noteworthy correspondents are Herbert Hoover, Hervey Lindley, Elwood Mead, Hubert Work, Mark E. Reed, Miles Poindexter, and William Borah.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single series.


Columbia Basin Irrigation League -- Records and correspondence
Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)
Grand Coulee Dam -- History -- Sources
Pressure groups -- Washington (State)


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Roy Gill papers, 1920-1942
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Related Materials

Osmer Lysander Waller papers (Cage 222)

Columbia Basin Irrigation League papers (Cage 5031)


Materials are in English.

Container List

Box Folder Description
1 1-2 1921-1927
  3-4 1928-1930
  5 1931-1932
  6-7 1932-1942
  8 Draft of Senate Bill (S. 2860), A bill to provide for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Columbia Basin project in Washington, and for other purposes. 72nd Congress, 1st Session, 1932. Printed, manuscript, and typescript versions, some heavily annotated.
  9 Reports (about the Columbia Basin Project)
2 10-11 Publications and clippings
  12 Financial statements, 1931-1933
  13 Minutes and conference proceedings, 1927
  14 Speeches
  15 Photograph of Miss Alice Garry, Princess America I, and Herbert Hoover, 1926