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History 469 Senior Seminar (Public History: Thompson Hall & College of Liberal Arts)
Papers, 1999-2001


The papers of Dr. David Stratton and the students of his History 469 course were given to the Washington State University libraries on February 7th, 2003 (UA2003-03). The collection was processed by graduate library science student Katrina Burch and University Archivist Mark O’English in May 2010. One item from the College of Liberal Arts Papers From the Rededication of Thompson Hall (UA2000-24), the Dean's speech, was incorporated into the first folder of this collection at processing, and the remainder of UA2000-24 was duplicated in this collection and thus discarded.


Number of containers: 1 box
Linear feet of shelf space: .5


Washington State University's College of Liberal Arts has been a part of the institution from the school's 1890 beginning to present day. WSU's Albert W. Thompson Hall (originally known as the Administration building, and then later as the Foreign Languages Building or colloquially as the Old Admin Building, until being officially named Thompson Hall in 1972) is the oldest extant building on campus, completed in 1894. When administrative functions moved elsewhere on campus in 1969, it began housing the College of Liberal Arts (the Sciences and Arts), the Foreign Language department, and classrooms.

This class was developed in 2000-2001 and taught by Dr. David Stratton in spring of 2001. Designed for 15 students, the class focused on client-oriented research projects in public history. The students were divided into two groups, one group working on the history of Thompson Hall while the other group worked on the history of WSU's College of Liberal Arts. The seminar was designed to give history seniors a class to practice their research techniques and critical thinking skills but also an introduction into the area of public history; each student produced their own research paper on one facet of their area, and one overall paper in each area was created.


The collection is organized by subject into a number of informal series. Folders one and two comprise materials related to the rededication of Thompson Hall and Dr. David Stratton’s notes on a lecture given at the rededication. Folders three to eight include information on the formation of the class History 469, a senior seminar class; source materials for the College of Liberal arts, Thompson Hall, Washington state, and Washington State University. Included in this source material are photocopies of published articles. Folders nine and ten include final drafts and the finished publications of the histories and student papers for both The College of Liberal Arts and Thompson Hall.


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
History 469 Senior Seminar: (Public History: Thompson Hall & College of Liberal Arts), 1999-2001
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Box Folder Subjects
11Thompson Hall rededication. 2000.
2Stratton talk at rededication of Thompson Hall, 2000-09-23.
3Formulation and format of History 469 – History of Thompson Hall and College of Liberal Arts. 2000
4-5Source material for College of Liberal Arts research. Photocopies of articles dating from 1887-1960; documentation from 1999-2001.
6-7Source material for Thompson Hall research. Photocopies of articles dating 1890-2001.
8Source material for Washington State University history research. Photocopies of articles dating 1862-1995.
9Final drafts and finished publications: The Liberal Arts Tradition at Washington State University, and The Grand Old Lady: Albert W. Thompson Hall (Old Administration Building) at Washington State University. 2001.
10Student papers – College of Liberal Arts. Early Legislation Impacting Washington Agricultural College (Washington State College) 1890-1917, Katy Andrew; The Reign of President Enoch A. Bryan, Bobby Guglielmetti; “Do Not Believe in Magic:” The Administration of Charles Clement French, Luke Hall; An Historical Mapping of the College of Liberal Arts, Dana Myers; Recent Developmenst Invovling the College of Liberal Arts, Juston Pollestad; The Installment of Phi Beta Kappa At Washington State College, Kelle Jayne Rettke; The College of Liberal Arts Under President Glenn Terrell, Stephanie Stirling; The Comptom Presidency, Melissa Szabo; The Smith Presidency 1985-2000, Jason F. Weatherley; Edward R. Murrow: Washington State University’s Most Famous Student, Ryan Youmans. 2001.
11Student papers – Thompson Hall. The Founding of a Dream, Ryan L. Bagger; Thompson Hall’s Place on the Campus of Washington State University, Kim Eikum; Various Remodeling and Structural Changes to the Thompson Hall Building, Levon Moroz; The Construction and Significances of The Old Administration Building (Thompson Hall) on the Campus of Washington Agricultural College 1893-1895, Shayna Wagoner. 2001.