Guide to the Austin Mires Papers
Cage 212

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Mires, Austin
Title
Austin Mires Papers
ID
Cage 212
Date [inclusive]
1872-1936
Extent
24.0 containers
General Physical Description note
17 linear feet of shelf space 80,000 items
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, manuscripts of writings, memoranda, sketches, minutes, personal and business records, clippings, photographs, pictures and scrapbooks covering Territorial, State, and national politics, chiefly Republican, for the years 1883-1936.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Austin Mires Papers, 1872-1936 (Cage 212) Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

February 11, 1852 Born, Parrish, Iowa.
1882 LL.B., University of Michigan.
1882 Chief Clerk of Oregon State Senate.
1883 Moved to Ellensburg and entered the practice of law.
February 26, 1886 First Mayor of Ellensburg (two terms).
1888 Treasurer of Ellensburg.
1888 Vice-President of Ellensburg National Bank. (six years)
1888 Delegate to Territorial Admission Convention.
1889 Delegate to Constitutional Convention.
1898 Chairman Kittitas County Republican Central Committee.
1890 Board of Equalization and Appeal.
1899 Supervisor of Census, Second District of Washington.
1901 President, Washington State Bar Association.
1902 Ellensburg City Attorney (three years).
1904 Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney (two years).
1904 Irrigation Code Commissioner.
1908 Defeated for Superior Court Judge.
1912 Presidential Elector (Roosevelt).
1916 Defeated for State Legislature.
1918 Defeated for U. S. Congress.
1920 State Legislature (one term). Chairman, Committee on Constitutional Revision.
1922 Defeated for State Legislature.
1926 Secretary, Kittitas County Republican Central Committee.
October 5, 1928 Appointed Kittitas County Superior Court Judge.
November 6, 1928 Defeated for Superior Court Judge.
1930 Justice of the Peace.
1933 Honorary President of Repeal Convention, Olympia.
1935 Police Court Judge, Ellensburg.
March 4, 1936 Died, Ellensburg, Washington.

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Arrangement note

The papers fall naturally into three series: correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous items.

Series 1: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, dealing with all facets of Austin Mires' political, professional, and personal life. Office notes, invitations (some with pencilled marginalia), bills, and receipts have been retained to provide examples of daily life in the latter period of territorial years and the early part of this century. These papers are valuable in presenting an accurate picture of the diverse activities of Austin Mires. Although Mires himself was not often in public office he was an active participant and candidate and was often called upon by his friends and associates to pass judgment on political situations, party plans, and to give his support to political ambitions.

The correspondence files are separated into two groups: loose papers and letter books. The loose papers are arranged chronologically by year, some by month, and contain incoming letters, telegrams, other miscellaneous loose papers, and some copies of outgoing correspondence. The letter books contain outgoing correspondence and are arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Diaries with daily entries for over sixty years; personal and private comments on his activities, associates, friends and enemies, and the political situations at all levels of government. While he kept his diary private during his lifetime, he realized that they would someday be of value. In addition to his comments, he often kept a daily record of his income and expenditures, in these diaries. The diaries are arranged chronologically. Some were recopied by Mires and these copies are placed with the originals. This series is not indexed. However, a very brief summary of selected excerpts has been prepared and is presented here.

Series 3: Miscellaneous papers, subdivided into groupings of photographs, newspaper clippings, essays and his literary writings, documents, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, eulogies, essays, and miscellaneous items that were gleaned from the collection by Austin Mires.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2012

http://www.libraries.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.

Conditions Governing Use note

The literary rights in the unpublished writings of Mr. Mires in these papers are reserved by the Washington State University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Austin Mires, Ellensburg Attorney, were purchased by the Washington State University Library in 1967 from a daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Phillips.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington (State). Constitutional Convention (1889)

Occupation(s)

  • Lawyers--Washington (State)--Ellensburg--Diaries
  • Legislators -- Washington (State)--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Mires, Austin, 1852-1936 --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Diaries
  • Government and Politics
  • Politics, Practical--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Washington (State)

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Other Finding Aids note

A detailed index of the correspondence (Series 1) is available: Austin Mires: An indexed register of his papers, 1872-1936 (Pullman: Washington State University Library, 1968). An abridged version of the index is available http://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/finders/cg212_abridged.htm

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence 

Subseries 1.1: Loose Papers 

Box Folder

1888 

1 1

January-February, 1889 

1 2

June-July, 1889 

1 3

August, 1889 

1 4

September-October, 1889 

1 5

November, 1889 

1 6

December, 1889 

1 7

1890 

1 8

1891 

1 9

1892 

1 10

January, 1893 

1 11

February, 1893 

1 12

March, 1893 

1 13

April, 1893 

1 14

May, 1893 

1 15

June, 1893 

1 16

July-September, 1893 

1 17

October-December, 1893 

1 18

1894 

2 19

1895 

2 20

1896 

2 21

1897 

2 22

January-June, 1898 

2 23

July-September, 1898 

2 24

October, 1898 

2 25

October, 1898 

2 26

November, 1898 

2 27

November, 1898 

2 28

December, 1898 

2 29

January-February, 1899 

2 30

March-April, 1899 

2 31

May-June, 1899 

2 32

July-August, 1899 

2 33

September-October, 1899 

2 34

November-December, 1899 

2 35

January, 1900 

3 36-37

February, 1900 

3 38-39

March, 1900 

3 40-44

April, 1900 

4 45-47

May, 1900 

4 48-51

Census Maps, Papers, 1900 

4 52

June, 1900 

5 53-55

July, 1900 

5 56

August, 1900 

5 57

September, 1900 

5 58

October, 1900 

5 59

November, 1900 

5 60

December, 1900 

5 61

1901 

6 62-63

1902 

6 64

1903 

6 65

January-February, 1904 

6 66

March, 1904 

6 67

April, 1904 

6 68

May, 1904 

6 69

June, 1904 

6 70

July, 1904 

6 71

August, 1904 

6 72

September-December, 1904 

6 73

1905 

7 74

1906 

7 75

1907 

7 76

1908 

7 77

1909 

7 78

1910 

7 79-81

1911 

7 82-83

1912 

8 84-85

1913 

8 86

1914 

8 87

1915 

8 88

1916 

9 89

1917 

9 90

1918 

9 91

1919 

9 92-93

1920 

9 94-95

1921 

9 96-98

1922 

10 99

1923 

10 100

1924 

10 101

1925 

10 102-103

1926 

11 104-105

1927 

11 106-107

1928 

11 108-109

1929 

12 110-111

1930 

12 112-113

1931 

12 114-115

1932 

13 116-117

1933 

13 118

1934 

13 119-120

1935 

13 121

Undated Papers 

13 122

Subseries 1.2: Letterbooks 

Box Folder

1890-1891 

14 123

1891-1892 

14 124

1892-1893 

14 125

1891-1895 

15 126

1893-1894 

15 127

1893-1900 

15 128

1900-1901 

15 129

1902-1928 

15 130

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Series 2: Diaries 

Box
15
Folder
Box Folder

1871 

16 131

1875 

16 132

1875 

16 133

1876 

16 134

1877 

16 135

1877 

16 136

1876-1877 

16 137

1878 

16 138

1879 

16 139

1878-1879 

16 140

1880 

16 141

1881 

16 142

1882 

16 143

1883 

16 144

1884 

16 145

1885 

16 146

1886 

16 147

1887-1900 

17 148-161

1901-1913 

18 162-174

1914-1925 

19 175-186

1926-1936 

20 187-197

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Series 3: Miscellaneous 

Subseries 3.1: Photographs 

Box Folder

Austin Mires, 20 years old 

21 198

Austin Mires as Supreme Court Judge, with negative 

21 199

Austin Mires, 84 years old, with negative 

21 200

Austin Mires' first home in Ellensburg 

21 201

Austin Mires fishing 

21 202

Mrs. Mary L. Mires, with negative 

21 203

University of Michigan Law Class of 1882   40 individual photographs, many autographed

21 204

U. S. Supreme Court   9.0 photographs

21 205

3 Group photographs, circa 1882 

21 206

Alpheus Felch 

21 207

House of Representatives, 1921 

21 208

Territorial Capitol (in oversize case) 

21 209

Graduation picture, Class of 1882 (in oversize case) 

21 210

Geddis Block, Mires' Office 

21 210a

Subseries 3.2: Newspaper Clippings 

Box Folder

Unidentified list 

21 211

Articles of deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Mires 

Box Folder

Seattle Times, March 4, 1936 

21 212

Ellensburg Evening Record, March 4, 1936 

21 212

an unidentified clipping, 1940 

21 212
Box Folder

Picture of Mires as first mayor of Ellensburg, undated 

21 213

Subseries 3.3: Essays and Writings of Austin Mires 

Box Folder

Eloquence of Jesus Christ 

22 214

My first trip to Ruby City and the Okanogan Mines 

22 215

A trip to the head of Nigger Creek 

22 216

A hunting trip to Government Meadows 

22 217

A little trip across an Empire 

22 218

A trip to Lake Wapsus 

22 219

An auto trip from Ellensburg, Washington to Southern Oregon 

22 220

A short hunting trip to Crab Creek 

22 221

A trip to Oregon 

22 222

My first trip across the Cascade Mountains 

22 223

A trip to Upper Naches and Echo Lake 

22 224

A trip up the Chewawa River 

22 225

The Umpqua River 

22 226

The Calapooia River 

22 227

A short hunting trip in my early youth 

22 228

Some old Umpqua and Oregon history 

22 229

Some recollections gold. Umpqua Academy. OHQ Reprint. Vol 19, 1918, p. 38-48 

22 229a

A. W. Purdy 

22 230

The Roslyn Bank Robbery 

22 231

Tribute to my law partner, C. V. Warner 

22 232

An address, George Washington, 1922 

22 233

The Republican Party 

22 234

Candidacy for State Representative, 1918 

22 235a

Patriotism, Ms; Marriage, Ms, 1895 

22 236a

The Nanum Mystery 

22 237a

Swauk, Umpqua Academy address, June 6, 1920 

22 238a

Subseries 3.4: Documents and Diplomas 

Box Folder

Washington State Bar Association Proceedings, 1897 

23 235

Proceedings of the Washington Irrigation Institute, November 18-19, 1937 

23 236

Judicial articles - Constitutional Convention, Ms., 1889 

23 237

Vote by precincts for members of the Constitutional Convention, 1889 

23 238

Committee on Water Rights - Constitutional Convention, Ms., July, 1889 

23 239

Address of Austin Mires - President, Washington State Bar Association 

23 240

Names contributing to testimonial presented to Austin Mires, December 15, 1898 

23 241

Appointment of Austin Mires as 12th Census Supervisor for Washington's Second District, by President McKinley., December 12, 1899 

23 242

Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Michigan, 1882 

23 243

Certificate of Law of the Supreme Court of Michigan, 1881 

23 244

Certificate from Umpqua Academy, 1876 

23 245

Articles of Constitutional Convention, 1889 

23 246

Subseries 3.5: Scrapbooks 

Box Folder

Scrapbook No. 4 

24 247

Political scrapbook (1935), 1888-1900 

24 248

Eulogies 

24 249

Letters related to U. S. Census (1930), 1900 

24 250

Old Letters (1935), 1880-1900 

24 251

Letters (birthday), 1918-1923 

24 252

Related to the 70th and 80th birthdays of Austin Mires, 1922-1935 

24 253

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