Guide to the Oliver and Ellen Ricketts Papers 1923-1973
Cage 354

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Ricketts Family
Title
Oliver and Ellen Ricketts Papers
ID
Cage 354
Date [inclusive]
1923-1973
Extent
350.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, financial and other papers concerning real estate, education, finances and the settlement of estates of the Ricketts family of Pullman and Seattle.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 354, Oliver and Ellen Ricketts Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Oliver Preston Ricketts, born October 27, 1879, and his wife Ellen (Clark) Ricketts, born August 3, 1883, were long time residents of Pullman. The couple had four children: Mrs. Auril Brown, Bernard, Evelyn (d.1925), and Vernon. Mrs. Ricketts graduated from Washington State University in 1933, and was subsequently engaged in social work with the King County Welfare Department. Mr. Ricketts was a Post Office mail carrier for twenty-seven years.

After retirement, the Ricketts managed their Pullman apartment building and Mrs. Ricketts pursued her interest in family and pioneer history. Mrs. Ricketts passed away in her eighty-fifth year on September 23, 1968 and Mr. Ricketts followed on October 5, 1971 at the age of ninety-one years.

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Scope and Contents note

The Oliver and Ellen Ricketts collection, dated 1923 through 1973, comprises seven series. Series one is the estate papers of Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts. Washington State University honorary society certificates and academic transcripts for Mrs. Ricketts and her daughter, Auril Ricketts, in addition to Mrs. Ricketts' social work professional papers, complete series two. The third series includes correspondence generated by family members and friends.

The Ricketts' personal financial records comprise series four while income tax data and Whitman County tax statements make up series five. Series six consists of maps, real estate agreements, assessment notices, and correspondence related to a lot in Juanita Crest division in Seattle owned by the Ricketts. The final series contains miscellaneous papers and a commonplace book.

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Arrangement note

Papers are ordered chronologically within each series.

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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

The Oliver and Ellen Ricketts papers were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. Bernard Ricketts in October 1977.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related materials will be found in the papers of the Clark Family ( Cage 77) and Bernard Ricketts ( Cage 355).

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Ricketts family

Personal Name(s)

  • Ricketts, Bernard, Mrs., donor. WaPS
  • Ricketts, Ellen Adeline Clark, 1883-1968
  • Ricketts, Oliver Preston, 1875-1971--Archives

Subject(s)

  • City Planning
  • Home and Family
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Estates 

Box Folder

Ellen (Clark) Ricketts Estate 1963-1971   75

1 1-3

Oliver P. Ricketts Estate 1968-1973   14

1 4

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Series 2: Educational and Professional 

Box Folder

King County Welfare Department 1941-1952   8

1 5

Washington State University 1932-1952   10

1 6

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Series 3: Correspondence 

Box Folder

Personal Correspondence 1923-1968   20

1 7

Myrtle (Ricketts) Johnson 1968-1969   5

1 8

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Series 4: Finances 

Box Folder

Banking 1942-1968   12

1 9

Retirement and Social Security 1961-1971   15

1 10

Financial Records 1969-1972   60

1 11

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Series 5: Taxes 

Box Folder

Income Taxes 1955-1972   35

1 12

Whitman County Taxes 1933-1936   7

1 13

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Series 6: Juanita Crest Lot 

Box Folder

Juanita Crest Lot 1947-1968   75

2 14-19

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Series 7: Other Papers 

Box Folder

Commonplace Book undated   1

2 20

Miscellaneous 1941-1966   28

2 21

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