Guide to the Washington Water Power Company Papers 1885-1968
Cage 297

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington Water Power Company
Title
Washington Water Power Company Papers
ID
Cage 297
Date [inclusive]
1885-1968
Extent
59.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
29 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Minute books, reports, correspondence, contracts, documents, company histories, publicity and other papers of the Washington Water Power Company and its predecessors, including street railroad and amusement park firms. Correspondents include David Huntington, William S. Norman, William Augustus White, and Henry Richards.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Washington Water Power Company Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Washington Water Power Company, an investor-owned electric utility company based in Spokane, WA, was founded 1889. In addition to its primary business as a public utility, Washington Water Power also operated other business enterprises in Spokane, including streetcar lines and Natatorium Park, a public amusement park. In 1998, the company name was changed to Avista Corporation.

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Scope and Contents note

The Washington Water Power Company papers in the WSU Library are drawn from parts of the WWP records no longer needed for the use of this currently active organization. The collection contains fairly complete records, both illustrative and documentary, of the WWP from before its organization in 1889 to the 1920s. Some material for later dates is also included. Approximately 2/3 of the collection is correspondence from 1888 to about 1930. The correspondence relates to the persons of W.S. Norman, general manager of the various companies which preceeded Washington Water Power before 1895; David Huntington who succeeded Norman as general manager of the reorganized Washington Water Power Co. and who later served as President of the corporation until 1929; and of William Augustus White, the New York investment banker who lead the reorganization committee and who later chaired the company finance committee.

The collection also contains certain basic company records such as the minute books of the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Executive Committee. Several hundred contracts and other documents are also included. Annual reports from 1910 to 1942 are included with a series of other materials which briefly illustrate the history and description of the company.

The collection also contains the materials collected by the company during the controversies over public-owned electric power facilities. This material consists largely of publicity put out by proponets of various positions on public power and contains an interesting collection of several hundred pamphlets, brochures and leaflets arguing various sides of the public power question.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in five series:

Series 1: Historical and Descriptive

Series 2: Minute Books

Series 3: Correspondence

Series 4: Contracts and Documents

Series 5: Public Power

Series 3 (Correspondence) has been arranged in four subseries. To some degree these subseries overlap each other and the user of the papers is reminded to cross-check between them. The first subseries (labeled chronological) contains the most basic company correspondence and is arranged by the date from 1888 to 1930. This material arrived at the WSU Library out of filing arrangement and consequently the loose papers were arranged in chronological order. The second subseries (labeled classified) consists of several boxes of correspondence and some other papers, dating 1889-1904, which was left in the order arranged by the WWP filing clerks. The third subseries contains outgoing correspondence in letter books to 1902, which also parallel the other groups. The fourth subseries (labeled W. A. White correspondence) has been retained in the original arrangement. This subseries starts in June 1904, and letters of White previous to that date may be found in the chronological group.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1971

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. Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington Water Power Company donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries (circa 1968-1970).

Processing Information note

Lawrence Stark processed this collection from December 1970 to February 1971.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Washington Water Power (Avista Corp.) Historic technical drawings collection, circa 1900-1972 (Cage 754)

Washington Water Power Company Informational Kits, circa 1954 (Cage 91)

Huntington Family Papers, circa 1921-1950 (Cage 4864)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Avista Corp.--Archives
  • Washington Water Power Company--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Huntington, David, 1870-1929
  • Norman, William S., 1859-
  • Richards, Henry, 1849-1910
  • White, William Augustus

Subject(s)

  • Amusement parks--Washington (State)--Spokane
  • Electric utilities--Northwest, Pacific--Records and correspondence
  • Public Utilities
  • Street-railroads--Washington (State)--Spokane
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Historical and Descriptive 

Box

Historical. Includes company histories and descriptions of company at various dates. Container list in box 1.   45

1-2

Financial. Stock certificates, prospectuses, financial reports and annual reports. 1910-1942 

3

Technical. Engineers' reports, etc., concerning technical matters of electricity, water power, irrigation.   30.0 items

4-5

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Series 2: Minute Books 

Box

Board of Trustees 1910-1924 

6

Board of Trustees 1924-1930 

7

Board of Trustees 1930-1934 

8

Board of Directors 1934-1937 

8

Board of Directors 1940-1945 

8

Executive Committee 1918-1929 

8

Finance Committee 1908-1915 

9

Finance Committee 1915-1928 

9

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Series 3: Correspondence 

Chronological 

Box

 1888-1895 

10

 1896-1901 

11

 1902-1906 

12

 1907-1911 

13

 1912-1930 

14

Classified 

Box

Ross Park Street Railway Co 1889-1891 

15

Edison Electric Illuminating Co 1890-1891 

15

Franklin Trust Company 1890-1891 

16

W. S. Norman Telephone System 1890-1891 

16

Spokane Cable Railway Co 1889-1891 

Box
17
Box

Bills, receipts, payroll slips, etc. of Spokane Street Railway Co. & Cable Railway Co 1890-1891 

17

Washington Water Power Company 1891-1894 

18

Edison Electric Illuminating Co 1892-1894 

18

Edison Electric Illuminating Co 1893-1894 

19

General Electric 1892-1897 

19

Washington Water Power Company 1894-1897 

19

Washington Water Power Company 1894-1899 

20

Washington Water Power Company 1898-1899 

20

Washington Water Power Company 1900-1904 

Box
20
Box

A - H 

21

R - Z 

22

Franklin Trust Company 1902-1904 

23

Job Applications 1902 

23

Letterbooks 

Box

Spokane Street Railway Co 1892-1894 

24

Spokane Cable Railway Co 1889-1890 

24

Edison Electric Illuminating Co 1892-1893 

24

Washington Water Power Company 

Box

 1889-March 1896 

25

 March 1898-August 1899 

26

 August 1899-August 1900 

27

 August 1900-May 1901 

28

 May 1901-May 1902 

29

 May 1902-August 1902 

30

William Augustus White Correspondence 

Box

 1904-1906 

31

 1906-1908 

32

 1908 

33

 1909 

34

 1910 

35

 January-July 1911 

36

 August 1911-April 1912 

37

 May 1912-March 1913 

38

 April-December 1913 

39

 January-August 1914 

40

 September 1914-March 1915 

41

 April-December 1915 

42

 January-July 1916 

43

 August 1916-March 1917 

44

 April-December 1917 

45

 January-August 1918 

46

 September-December 1918 

47

 January-March 1922 

47

 April-December 1922 

48

 January-November 1923 

49

 December 1923-December 1924 

50

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Series 4: Contracts and Documents 

Box

Alphabetical arrangement 1900-1934 

51-55

Chronological arrangement 1888-1930 

56

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Series 5: Public Power 

Box

Letters, public relations releases, clippings, pamphlets. Container list of pamphlets in Box. 59. ca 1919-ca 1965   1100.0 items

57-59

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