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Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
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Archives 291
Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System
Records, 1973-1995


The administrative and technical papers of the Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System (WHETS) were given to the Washington State Libraries in two separate accessions on January 31, 2006 (UA2006-01) and June 5, 2009 (UA2009-08). The collection was processed by graduate library science student Katrina Burch with aid from University Archivist Mark O’English in June of 2010.


Number of containers: 6 boxes
Linear feet of shelf space: 3


On January 13, 1984, the Washington State University Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Washington Education Telecommunications System (WETS) and the system went active in the fall of 1985. An early idea for this system was described in 1973 in “A Multipurpose Communication Network Prototype” (see Folders 29-34 of this collection). The original purpose of WETS was to develop an interactive video communications system that would benefit technology firms in Eastern Washington by allowing both graduate level and continuing education classes in high technology fields to be taught remotely. With the establishment of WSU’s branch campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, and Tri-Cities in 1989, WHETS became a central part of class delivery to those campuses. The name of the system was changed in 1986 to Washington Higher Education Telecommunications System (WHETS), and then to Academic Media Services (AMS) in 2006.


The collection is organized into two series. The first series deals with the administrative side of WHETS, and is broken into three chronologically-ordered subseries: board meeting minutes and memoranda and enrollment statistics, and other miscellaneous administrative documents including the WHETS 1995 Task Force report and operational budgets and expansion. The second series contains technical aspects of WHETS such as building plans, equipment used, and information for different campus building plans such as WSU – Tri-Cities. This second series in maintained in its original order.


This collection is open and available for research use.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
WHETS Records, 1973-1995 (Archives 291)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Box Folder Subjects
Series 1: Administrative documents, 1973-1995
Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors and enrollment statistics, 1984-1992
11By-laws of the Board of Directors 1984
2WHETS Board of Directors meetings Sept. 11, 1984 – Agenda, minutes, memoranda.
3WHETS Board of Directors Meeting Feb. 1, 1985 – Agenda, proposal, memoranda.
4 Education committee of the Technology Coordinating Board meeting Sept. 10, 1985 – minutes , memoranda, maps, by laws, reports.
5WHETS Board Meeting Sept. 10, 1985 – minutes and memoranda
6WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 7, 1985 – minutes and memoranda
7Washington High Technology Coordinating Board Evaluation of WETS – Nov. 1985
8Washington High Technology Coordinating Board’s “Revised WETS Evaluation” Nov. 21, 1985
9WHETS Board Meeting Jan. 9, 1986 – memoranda and agenda
10WHETS name change Jan. 24, 1986
11WHETS Board Meeting June 17, 1986 – minutes, misc. papers, and memoranda
12WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 17, 1986 – memoranda, reports
13WHETS Board Meeting Preliminary agenda Nov. 5, 1987
14Feasibility study: Expansion and Enhancement of WHETS (WHETS, Phase I) Aug. 15, 1988
15Enrollment statistics extended academic programs 1987-1988
16WSU Enrollment stats for off-campus courses 1982-1989
17WHETS/ITFS Student Enrollment 1985-1990
18Higher Education Enrollment Report, on – campus student by age, sex, and class standing. HEER Draft materials 1987-1990
19Courses via WHETS fall 1985 – Spring 1991
20Enrollment Summary by semester: fall 1985 – Spring 1992
21ITFS Enrollment Totals by Industry Fall 1986 – Spring 1992
22Average # of WHETS classes, enrollment and FTE’s by site Fall 1985 – Spring 1992
Subseries 1.2: Reports and projections, 1973-1995
223-24WHETS Enrollment Reports Statistics and projections 1985 -1992
25-28WHETS Task Force Report 1995
29-34A Multipurpose Communication Network Prototype 1973
Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous administration, 1984-1989
335Misc. Papers relating to WHETS: memos, teaching instruction, map, and future system development papers 1984.
36WHETS Supplemental Budget Request – Nov. 17, 1985
37-38WHETS Operating Budget Request – Aug. 12, 1988
39Higher Education Coordinating Board: “Educational telecommunications plan for Higher Education” and supplementary studies – Jan. 1989
40Statewide Telecommunicating System 1985-1987 Biennial Budget Report
41- 44Proposal for WHETS Expansion – December 1989
45Microwave Path worksheet, summary, and graph (undated)
Series 2: Papers relating to technology, 1984-1994
446WSU Radio TV Services and Engineering projects. 1989-1990
47Telecommunications issues - Symposium on Plant Biotechnology by WSU & Max-Planck Institute – dealing with telecommunications. Aug. 18, 1990
48WSU Broadcast Microwave System. 1984
49Agreement between Washington State University & Washington State Patrol for emergency communication system. 1994
50Outfitting the Murrow Communications Building for Telecommunications. 1990
51Telecommunications equipment and various communications towers. Photographs. Undated.
552Yakima FM Tower. 1989
53Prosser Hill Lower PowerTV Translator. 1990-1993
54Ellensburg FM Tower. 1988-1990
55Agreements between King Tower and Clark College. 1990
56PTFP application, draft model for the Department of Commerce, NTIA. 1990
57Installing routing switcher in Richland, Washington. 1989-1990
58Renovation and building plans for WSU - Tri-Cities (Richland, Washington). 1989-1990
59Facilities plans for WSU - Tri-Cities. 1990
660Request for selection of microwave analog switch equipment and network management system drafts and technical reports (RFP). 1990-1991
61     Checklist and Final RFP. 1991
62Request for the selection of digital microwave radios, antennas, multiplexers (muldems) and ancillary equipment technical aspects (RFP). 1991
63     Checklist and evaluation process. 1991
64     Final Draft. 1990-1991
65Request for the selection of video signal encoder/decoder (codec) equipment (RFP). Final Draft. February 1991