Guide to the Federal Writers Project of Washington (State) Records 1933-1941
Cage 351

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Federal Writers Project of Washington
Title
Federal Writers Project of Washington (State) Records
ID
Cage 351
Date [inclusive]
1933-1941
Extent
1000.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Drafts of researched essays on the history, geography, industry, and commerce of Clallam, Snohomish, Pierce (Tacoma), Skagit, Lewis, and Whitman counties prepared for Washington, a guide to the Evergreen State (1941)

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 351, Federal Writers Project of Washington (State) Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Federal Writers Project, Washington (State), compiled a quantity of material under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration and used this material to create a volume entitled Washington, A Guide to the Evergreen State (Portland : Binfords & Mort, 1941), a part of the American Guide Series. The material was collected and written between 1933 and 1941.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the Federal Writers Project of Washington is limited to drafts of researched essays on Clallam, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, Lewis, and Whitman counties. The material from Snohomish County (about 400 items) includes a general history of the area, a description of the towns and cities of the county, place names and their origins, tours of the area, geography (including a discussion of natural resources), agriculture, forests, fisheries, and women's history. The material about Pierce County (approximately 120 items) centers on the city of Tacoma and includes a general history and description of the city and its points of interest, city tours, a description of the government, biog-raphies of prominent individuals, the labor history of the city, and a discus-sion of industry and commerce. There are two folders (about 15 pages of manuscript material) on Clallam County: the Port Angeles Salmon Club and the Olympic National Forest. The material on Lewis County (approximately 350 items) includes a general history and description of the area, a description of the towns and cities, a discussion of the school system, biographies of pioneers and prominent persons, reminiscences of early residents, discussion of natural resources and industry, history of individual buildings of importance, and the role of women in Lewis County. The material from Skagit County (about 75 items) includes a general history and description of the area, description of agricul-tural resources, a discussion of women in Skagit County, word origin and place names, a description of towns and cities, topography and geography, folklore and folkways, points of interest, and the archaeology of the area. The material on Whitman County (approximately 50 items) consists of histories and descriptions of the towns in Whitman County and Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

The material in the Washington State Federal Writers Project is arranged alphabetically by county into series and alphabetically by subject within each county series.

Folders 28-30 constitute a later addition to the collection. These additional records of the Federal Writers Project include a series of articles on the Quileute Indians by Albert B. Reagan which were published by the Port Angeles Evening News in 1933. There are also two brief histories of Port Angeles. This material should be considered part of the history of Clallam County. The material on Thurston County includes the personal recollections of George Himes of the Oregon Historical Society.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1978

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

Records of the Federal Writers Project of Washington were acquired by the Washington State University Libraries prior to 1970 (78-29).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Federal Writers' Project (Wash.) --Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Clallam County (Wash.)--History
  • Lewis County (Wash.)--History
  • Snohomish County (Wash.)--History
  • Tacoma (Wash.)--History
  • Washington (State)--History
  • Whitman County (Wash.)--History

Subject(s)

  • Pioneers
  • Public Works
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Clallam County   15 items.

Olympic National Forest 

Box
1
Folder
1

Port Angeles Salmon Club 

Box
1
Folder
2

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Lewis County   350 items.

Box
1
Folder
3-5

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Pierce County   120 items.

Tacoma--Biographies 

Box
1
Folder
6

Tacoma--General Description 

Box
1
Folder
7

Tacoma--Government 

Box
2
Folder
8

Tacoma--History 

Box
2
Folder
9

Tacoma--Industry and Commerce 

Box
2
Folder
10

Tacoma--Labor History 

Box
2
Folder
11

Tacoma--Points of Interest 

Box
2
Folder
12

Tacoma--Tours 

Box
2
Folder
13

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Skagit County   75 items.

Box
2
Folder
14

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Snohomish County   400 items.

Agriculture and Industry 

Box
2
Folder
15

Darrington 

Box
2
Folder
16

Geography 

Box
2
Folder
17

General 

Box
3
Folder
18

History of County Seat 

Box
3
Folder
19

Pioneer Questionnaire 

Box
3
Folder
20

Place Names 

Box
3
Folder
21

Points of Interest 

Box
3
Folder
22

Tours 

Box
3
Folder
23

Towns, Villages, and Cities 

Box
3
Folder
24

Women's History 

Box
3
Folder
25

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Whitman County   50 items.

Cities 

Box
3
Folder
26

Pullman 

Box
3
Folder
27

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Clallam County   11 items.

Quileute Indians 

Box
3
Folder
28

Port Angeles 

Box
3
Folder
29

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Thurston County   1.0 item.

Pioneer History 

Box
3
Folder
30

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