Guide to the Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association Records 1956-1975
Cage 375

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association
Title
Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association Records
ID
Cage 375
Date [inclusive]
1956-1975
Extent
4700.0 items.
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, financial, membership, meeting and subject files of a wheat industry improvement association.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 375, Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Although the Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association was not founded until 1942, a wheat improvement program began on an unofficial basis in the later 1920s. From 1928 to 1940 four conferences were held by millers and various university scientists in an attempt to promote ways to improve wheat varieties. During the early 1940s a number of individuals interested in improving wheat varieties and production in the Northwest actively worked for the formation of some type of association. In December 1941, E.H. Leonard, then president of Preston-Shaffer Milling Company of Walla Walla, called for a meeting of all groups interested in a quality wheat program.

The first association meeting was held on the campus of Washington State University on March 6, 1942 and included representatives of all phases of the wheat industry--millers, chemists, grain dealers, producers, transportation, universities and the federal government. This initial meeting led to the formation of an organizational committee and eventually to the adoption of a constitution on July 31, 1942. Leonard was elected president and is generally credited with being the "father" of the association.

The Crop Improvement Association has worked for the improvement of all phases of the wheat industry. In 1946 the Association sponsored a series of grain grading schools, In 1949-1950 the Association conducted a smut survey; the following year the organization carried on a genetic study. The Association has promoted research, worked for progressive farm legislation, published educational and informative booklets, promoted a regional seed program, conducted production estimates, and sponsored the purchase in the late 1960s of a semi-commercial type mill--the Miga Mill--for the regional wheat testing laboratory.

Owing to financial considerations, during fiscal 1962-1963 the Association went to part-time operations. Under its limited budget, however, the Association continued the publication of its annual wheat variety booklet, promoted annual meetings devoted to all aspects of the wheat industry, and published periodic Bulletins covering subjects of interest to those involved in the wheat industry.

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Arrangement note

The papers of the Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association have been arranged in five series: correspondence, financial, membership, officers and meetings, and subject file.

The correspondence series is divided into two sub-series: general correspondence and subject correspondence. The general correspondence sub-series includes material from 1963 through 1975 and is arranged chronologically by year. The subject sub-series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within the subject heading.

The financial series includes material from 1959 through 1975 and is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within the separate subject headings. This financial series contains bank deposits, bills, cancelled checks and check registers, financial statements, travel expenses, and a ledger for the period 1959 through 1969

The membership series consists of records from 1964 through 1974, arranged chronologically by year. The membership lists include both individual and corporate members as well as the amounts of their contributions.

The officers and meetings series consists primarily of material on association meetings, such as annual meetings, board of directors meetings, executive committee meetings for the period 1964 through 1975. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within the subject. Material in this series includes minutes, agendas, reports, and some correspondence. This series also includes the treasurer's file (1963-1964).

The subject file series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each of the separate subject headings. This series includes office and organizational material, such as newsletters, publications, historical background and written history, the Miga Mill file, production estimates, seeding surveys,statistics, and documentation of relations with state and federal agencies as well as other crop associations.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1979

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 records of the Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by the organization through Secretary-Treasurer Paul T. DeVore in May 1977 (77-18).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • DeVore, Paul T., donor. WaPS

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Northwest, Pacific--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
  • Washington (State)
  • Wheat--Northwest, Pacific

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Bibliography

For a more complete history of the Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association, see the publication: "27 Years of Service to the Wheat Industry" (1970) in folder 118.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence 

Box Folder

General Correspondence 1963-1975   450

1 1-10

Subject Correspondence: 

Box Folder

Breland (President) 1964-1965   20

1 11

Requests 1963-1964   10

1 12

Research--Proposed Budget Cuts 1965-1966   100

1 13

Tucker (President) 1965-1966   15

1 14

Updating PNWCIA 1967-1968   80

1 15

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Series 2: Financial 

Box Folder

Bank Deposits 1968 1970-1975   110

1 16-20

Bills--Paid 1964-1975   340

1 21-31

Budget 1969-1970   1

1 32

Cancelled Checks 1965-1967 1970-1975   115

1 33-39

Cash Disbursements 1964-1965   15

1 40

Check Registers 1961-1964 1967-1971   3

1 41-43

Deposit Slips 1968-1971   4

1 44

Executive Secretary Fees and Travel Expenses 1968   10

1 45

Financial Statements 1963-1964 1967-1969 1972   65

1 46-49

Ledger 1959-1969   1

1 50

Manhattan Project--Expenses 1965-1966   30

1 51

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Series 3: Membership 

Box Folder

Membership 1964-1966 1968-1974   1220

2 52-67

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Series 4: Officers and Meetings 

Box Folder

Annual Meetings 1964-1970 1972-1975   665

2 68-78

Board of Directors 1964-1965 1967-1970 1972-1975   245

2 79-90

Executive Committee 1964 1966 1968-1971   115

2 91-95

Treasurer's File 1963-1964   15

2 96

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Series 5: Subject File 

Box Folder

Annual Reports 1966-1971   30

2 97-100

Cereal Chemists 1968   4

2 101

Cereal Field Day, WSU 1968-1969   10

2 102

Collaborative Tests--First Annual Report 1971   1

2 103

Committees: 

Box Folder

Advisory Comittee 1968-1969   6

2 104

Grain Standards and Quality Committee 1969-1974   17

2 105-106
Box Folder

Conference-Workshop, Grain Sanitation 1968   5

2 107

Constitution (adopted 1942)   4

2 108

Contributions 1973   10

3 109

Crop Improvement Associations--State/County 1968-1970   20

3 110

Crop Quality Council 1963   1

3 111

Dayball Duplicating Service 1967-1970   15

3 112

Durum Wheat Project 1965 1968   25

3 113-114

Grain Dealers Associations, Pacific Northwest 1964 1968-1969   10

3 115-116

Historical Background Material 1962-1972   30

3 117

History of the PNWCIA 1970   1

3 118

Miga Mill 1967-1970   305

3 119-125

Newsletter (Bulletin) 1962-1966 1968-1974   180

3 126-131

Plant Diseases 1963   2

3 132

Production Estimates by Variation 1956-1963 1965-1974   155

3 133-137

Publication--Quality Wheats for the Northwest 1959 1968   2

3 138

Publications by Various Crop Organizations 1963-1964   30

3 139

Publicity 1968-1970   45

3 140-141

Research 1962-1963 1965-1968   50

3 142-144

Statistics 1967 1969   6

3 145-146

Survey--Fall Seeding 1963-1965   65

3 147-153

Washington Department of Agriculture 1963-1964   7

3 154

Washington State Cereal Testing System undated   1

3 155

Washington State University Agronomy Dept. 1963-1964   20

3 156

Western Wheat Quality Laboratory 1963-1964   7

3 157-158

Wheat Quality Survey Handbook undated   1

3 159

Wheat Variety Recommendations 1963   8

3 160

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