Guide to the Otis Halbert (Hal) Holmes Papers 1943-1958
Cage 224

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Holmes, Otis Halbert
Title
Otis Halbert (Hal) Holmes Papers
ID
Cage 224
Date [inclusive]
1943-1958
Extent
16.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
8 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, notes, memoranda, news releases, printed materials and other papers re: Post Office patronage, 1943-1958; public works, 1954-1958; sponsored bills, 1954-1958; school districts, 1954-1958; and Veterans Administration claims, 1943-1958.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 224, Otis Halbert (Hal) Holmes Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

O. H. (Hal) Holmes was born at Cresco, Iowa on February 22, 1902. He was educated at Whitman College at Walla Walla, and Columbia University in 1928 to 1929, then returned to Washington to become a member of the Central Washington State College faculty, where he was employed until 1940. At that time, he became a wheat and livestock rancher in the Ellensburg area. Holmes was elected to Congress in 1942 and served successively until his retirement in 1958. During his congressional career he served on the Ways and Means, Irrigation and Reclamation, Public Lands, Indian Affairs, and Pension committees.

Holmes is the grandson of Dudley Chase Haskell, Republican member of Congress from Kansas from 1876 to 1883.

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Scope and Contents note

These are the only extant congressional papers of Representative Holmes.

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Arrangement note

The arrangement is that of Holmes' subject-based filing system. There are five series, the titles of which largely describe the contents. These series are 1: Post Office, 2: Irrigation and Power, 3: Bills, 4: Schools, and 5: Veterans Administration Claims. Series 2, 3, & 4 cover the period from 1954-1958, while series 1 & 5 cover Holmes' entire tenure as Congressman. The user is reminded that this is but a portion of the original Holmes papers, most of which were destroyed by Representative Holmes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1971

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.

Custodial History note

The collection consists of the papers which Holmes passed to Mrs. May in 1959 when she succeeded him as 4th District Representative.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection of congressional papers of Otis Halbert (Hal) Holmes, Republication Member of Congress for 4th District of the State of Washington from 1943 to 1958, was acquired by the Washington State University Library from Mrs. Catherine May Bedell in 1971.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Some of Congressman Holmes' papers were incorporated into the files of his successor, Mrs. Catherine May, and may be found in the collection of her papers (Cage 304).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1953 -- Sources
  • United States--Politics and government--1953-1961 -- Sources
  • United States. Congress. House

Occupation(s)

  • Legislators--United States--Archives
  • Legislators--United States--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Bedell, Catherine May. waps
  • Holmes, Otis Halbert, 1902- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Government and Politics
  • Irrigation
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Post Office 1943-1958 

Box

Adrian - Coulee City 

1

Dayton - Goodnoe Hills 

2

Goose Prairie - Lowden 

3

Lyle - Palouse 

4

Pasco - Ritzville 

5

Ronald - Tekoa 

6

Thornton - Waitsburg 

7

Walla Walla - Zillah 

8

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Series 2: Irrigation and Power 1954-1958 

 1954-1956 

Box

Bonneville, Chief Joseph, Columbia Basin Plan, Columbia Basin Project, Columbia River, Connell and Mesa Areas, Grand Coulee, Hells Canyon 

9

Ice Harbor, John Day, Kennewick, Kittitas District of Yakima Project, Klickitat Project, Mabton and Satus 4, McNary, Priest Rapids, Quincy, Satus 3, Snake River, The Dallas, Touchet River, Walla Walla River 

10

Wapato, Yakima River 

11

 1957-1958 

Box

Bonneville, Chief Joseph, Columbia Basin Plan, Columbia Basin Project, Columbia River, Esquatizel Canyon, Grand Coulee 

11

Ice Harbor, John Day, Kennewick, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lower Monumental Dam, Mabton-Satus 4 Unit, McNary, Palouse River (Colfax Flood Control Project), Priest Rapids, Roza, Snake River, The Dallas, Touchet River (Dayton Irrigation and Flood Control Project), Walla Walla River, Wapato, Yakima River, Zintel Canyon. 

12

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Series 3: Bills 

84th Congress 

Box

H. R. 8945 Kittitas Division, Yakima Project 

13

H. R. 9178 Amend Internal Revenue Code for amortization of grain storage facilities. 

13

H. R. 7483 For the Relief of Adel Kamal 

13

85th Congress 

Box

H. R. 1938 To increase certain annuities, civil retired employees 

13

H. R. 2549 Enlarge Whitman National Monument 

13

H. R. 5127 Authorize sale of wheat for feeding purposes 

13

H. R. 5128 Exempt wheat production 

13

H. R. 5410 Provide for aid, Control of mosquitoes 

13

H. R. 5474 For the relief of Grant County School District, Warden 

13

H. R. 5668 For the Relief of Quincy School District #144 

13

H. R. 6366 Kittitas Reclamation District, Yakima Project 

13

H. R. 7157 Boundary between Washington and Oregon 

13

H. R. 7395 Credit for rental payments, Richland 

13

H. R. 9078 To retain National Grange Building 

13

H. R. 7995 Sell McNary Dam land to Port of Walla Walla 

13

H. R. 2649 For the Relief of Jesse Blake 

13

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Series 4: Schools 1954-1958 

Box

Benton City - Yakima 

14

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Series 5: Veterans Administration Claims 1943-1958 

Box

A - K 

15

L - Z 

16

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