Guide to the Percy B. Rowley Papers 1920-1987
Cage 790

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Rowley, Percy B.
Title
Percy B. Rowley Papers
ID
Cage 790
Date [inclusive]
1920-1987
Extent
8.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
5 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, and business records related to Rowley Poultry Farm and Percy Rowley's professional activities as a poultry breeder, along with some personal and family materials.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Percy B. Rowley papers, 1920-1987

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Percy Bateman Rowley (1902-2000) was a poultry breeder and expert. With his wife, Cecelia (1907-1989), he owned and operated Rowley Poultry Farm in Puyallup, WA. He was actively involved at the state, national, and international levels of the poultry industry for approximately fifty years. He often collaborated with the Western Washington Research and Extension Center (WWREC) in research and development of egg type poultry breeds and best practices for poultry facilities. He specialized in two breeds, single-comb white leghorns and New Hampshire reds. Rowley's business included a substantial international trade, with customers in Asia and Europe as well as North and South America. He was active in industry groups including the Washington Poultry Improvement Association and the Washington Baby Chick Association, serving as president of both groups; he was an advisor to Washington State College, serving as a member of the Poultry Advisory Board and the Central Advisory Committee. He was also actively engaged in civic and service groups including Kiwanis and the Patrons of Husbandry (Grange).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, and business records related to Rowley Poultry Farm and Percy Rowley's professional activities as a poultry breeder, along with some personal and family materials. His international travel for poultry industry programs is especially well documented.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in four series:

Series 1: History packets compiled by Percy Rowley, 1920-1987

These files are mostly topical in nature, and contain photographs, manuscripts, clippings, and ephemera. Rowley bundled the materials together in packets, and annotated many of them. Most of these packets represent his professional activities and travel, along with some personal and family matters. Formerly mounted on boards, the contents of the packets have been transferred into folders, maintaining Rowley's arrangement. In cases where he created titles for the packets, these have been transcribed in the container list below.

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1940s-1986

Series 3: Scrapbook and miscellaneous items, 1922-1986

Series 4: Poultry breeding and performance records, 1927-1955

This series includes a loose-leaf volume of detailed breeding and laying records (1943-1955) with a few inserted photographs and clippings, and poultry performance records (trapnest, 1927-1941).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2013

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 and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Percy Rowley donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries between 1984 and 1987 (MS 1984-35 and MS 1987-33).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At the National Agricultural Library (Washington, D.C.): Percy B. Rowley Papers (1922-1997; collection number HD9437.U62R68 R).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rowley Poultry Farm -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Chicken industry -- Washington (State) -- History -- Sources
  • Chickens -- Breeding -- Washington (State)
  • Poultry -- Breeding -- History -- Sources
  • Poultry -- Breeding -- Washington (State)
  • Ranching
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: History packets compiled by Percy Rowley, 1920-1987 

Box Folder

Beirut and Jordan (1962); World Poultry Congress (Australia, 1963) 1962-1963 

1 1

World Poultry Congress (Russia) 1966 

1 2

World Poultry Congress (Spain) 1970 

1 3

World Poultry Congress (Rio de Janeiro) 1978 

1 4

Rio de Janeiro 1978 

1 5

World Poultry Congress (Finland, 1984), with some older items 1940s-1984 

1 6

Washington Poultry Leaders delegration to Europe (1966); Helsinki trip (1983) 1966, 1983 

1 7

Seoul, South Korea (United Nations mission) 1952 

2 8

Hong Kong (1962, 1964, 1973, 1981) 1962-1981 

2 9

Story of Kadoorie in Hong Kong 1960s-1986 

2 10

Canadian hatchery convention (Vancouver, 1964); also Tacoma Sister City and Kiyoshi Yamanaka correspondence 1964-1969 

2 11

Japan 1964-1984 

2 12

Kimiko Toyama and Shigera Toyama correspondence 1963-1985 

2 13

Patricia Aludino (also includes some Tacoma-Kokura sister city correspondence) 1927-1986 

2 14

Sa Pereira (exchange student) 1964-1978 

3 15

Tay Kok Nam, Singapore (also Ruth McDonald photographs) 1962-1977 

3 16

Kenya (Sturdevant project, 1968); Leon Losey correspondence (1930s-1940s) 1930-1968 

3 17

World Tour 1962 

3 18

Bangkok 1962-1972 

3 19

Inchon, Korea; Taiwan and Singapore (Kiwanis) 1972-1973 

3 20

China trip 1981 

3 21

China 1981 

3 22

Mostly about our friend J.W. Kalkus, Supt. WWREC 1927-1986 

3 23

1920-1981 (primarily Rowley Poultry Farm history) 1920-1981 

4 24

A good collection of early pictures (includes photographs, ephemera, clippings) 1920s-1984 

4 25

50 Years Industry Work Together (includes professional and personal materials; compiled circa 1987) circa 1930-1987 

4 26

Unlabeled packet of photographs, ephemera, and clippings about the Rowley family and the poultry business 1927-1983 

4 27

Recognition certificates and miscellaneous copies 1964-1981 

4 28

Unlabeled packet (mainly Washington State College central advisory committee materials and Wilson Compton materials) 1931-1983 

4 29

20821 After Day One (Percy and Cecelia Rowley materials, including Christmas letters, with some business-related items) 1963-1983 and undated 

4 30

Dixy Lee Ray 1979-1982 

4 31

Mrs. Henry A. Wallace 1954-1981 

4 32

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Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1940s-1986 

Box Folder

Unsorted correspondence 1963-1986 

5 33

Horace Kadoorie, Hong Kong 1960-1983 

5 34

Japan correspondence 1962-1985 

5 35

Michigan State University archives 1959 

5 36

Henry Beernink 1951-1965 

5 37

Somalia, Singapore, and Nau Ru 1970-1981 

5 38

Ray Schar 1980-1984 

5 39

60th wedding anniversary letters (reproductions) 1985 

5 40

Central Committee, Advisory Boards to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, State College of Washington 1948-1952 

5 41-42

Washington Poultry Improvement Association 1968-1979 

5 43

Washington Poultry Improvement Association 1980-1986 

5 44

Donald McQ. Shaver 1984-1985 

5 45

Catalogs of some hatcheries that use Rowley's stock circa 1940s-1950s 

5 46

WWREC (Kathy Sain) 1984-1985 

6 47

Bill Jasper 1980-1984 

6 48

Wilson Compton 1947-1979 

6 49

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Series 3: Scrapbook and miscellaneous items, 1922-1986 

Box Folder

Scrapbook 1922-1984 

6 50

Miscellaneous items 1922-1986 

6 51

Niwatori-No-Kenkyu (Japanese poultry trade journal; 3 issues) 1960s 

7 58

[supporting documentation and processing file for collection] 

7 60

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Series 4: Poultry breeding and performance records, 1927-1955 

Box Folder

USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan reports, with some breeding records 1937-1956 

6 52-54

Breeding records 1944-1949 

6 55

Breeding records 1949-1952 

6 56

Breeding records 1952-1956 

6 57

Performance records 1927-1931 

7 59

Performance records (trapnest) 1927-1941 

8 61

Breeding and laying record (loose-leaf volume with inserted clippings and photographs) 1943-1955 

8 62

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