Guide to the Fred C. Ashley Papers 1941-1970
Cage 294

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Ashley, Fred C.
Fred C. Ashley Papers
Cage 294
Date [inclusive]
6000.0 items.
General Physical Description note
10.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, clippings, notes, reports and other papers re: real estate and appraisals, professional organizations, politics and government. Included are correspondence and notes of W.J. Carrothers re: appraisal of lands for public works projects.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 294, Fred C. Ashley Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Fred C. Ashley was born in Spokane in 1899. After his graduation from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, he was commissioned an U.S. Army balloon officer, but the war ended before he had an active assignment. After the end of World War I, he returned to Spokane and was employed by several firms in the automotive and insurance fields until 1938. In that year, he organized his own real estate business. In the 1950's he specialized in real estate appraisals and he and his associates became active in condemnation proceedings involving public works projects. Ashley ultimately became one of the leading figures in the appraisal profession and in recognition was elected to senior membership in the American Society of Appraisers, an organization of which he was regional governor from 1964 to 1968. As an adjunct to his real estate interests, he was a developer and builder of residential homes in Spokane during the early 1940's. He was also a rancher in the Colville area from 1946 to 1963.

Ashley entered politics as a Republican about 1940. He served in the Washington State Legislature as representative from Spokane County from 1942 to 1947. He sponsored the Teacher's Retirement System Law of 1947 and several pieces of aviation legislation. He also authored a wartime resolution commending the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. About 1948, Ashley became a Democrat, and from 1952 to 1958, he served as Stevens County Democratic Chairman. He was an organizer of the 1952 Adlai Stevenson campaign and a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention. He ran unsuccessfully for the Washington State Senate in 1954 and 1958, and in 1960 was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Congressman representing the Fifth District of Washington.

Active in the public electric power movement in both Washington and Idaho, Ashley was for a time a member of the Bonneville Power Administration Advisory Committee. He received another important appointment in 1959 when he was made a member of the Washington State Advisory Board on Public Assistance, and remained a member until its dissolution in 1965. He also held appointment as Director of the Stevens County Civil Defense Unit for several years during the 1950's.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Fred Ashley are concerned with his various activities from 1941 to 1970. Approximately one-half relates to real estate appraisals performed by Ashley, or his associate W. J. Carrothers, during the 1950's and 1960's. Although this material contains some private appraisals, much of it is concerned with public works projects, such as the John Day Dam, the Albeni Falls Dam and various highway construction projects. The appraisal papers, as well as certain real estate transaction records, have been retained in Ashley's working arrangement.

The collection also contains material relevant to real estate and appraisal organizations, especially the American Society of Appraisers.

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Arrangement note

The portion of the collection relevant to real estate and appraisal organizations has been arranged into chronological series. The remainder of the collection, also in chronological order, is made up of partial records of various business enterprises, personal papers and photographs, and political papers. Of the political and governmental papers, half relate to the Washington State Advisory Board on Public Assistance; the other half is concerned with electoral and legislative politics.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1971
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Literary rights in the unpublished writings and other properties in this collection are reserved by Washington State University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington State University Library acquired the papers of Fred C. Ashley, real estate broker and appraiser, rancher, businessman and political figure of Spokane and Colville, Washington, as a gift from Mr. Ashley in 1970.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Further Fred C. Ashley papers are located in Cage 501.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ashley, Fred C., 1899- --Archives
  • Carrothers, W. J.


  • Government and Politics
  • Irrigation
  • Legislators -- Washington (State)--Correspondence
  • Public Works
  • Real estate business--Washington (State)--Spokane--Records and correspondence
  • Real property --Valuation--Washington (State)--Spokane--Records and correspondence
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Political and Governmental Papers. 

Correspondence. This sub-series contains personal political correspondence relative to the Washington State Legislature, the Washington State Democratic Party, the National Democratic Convention of 1956, political appointments and expressions of opinion. Included is correspondence with Mon Walgren, Arthur B. Langlie, Albert Rosellini, Lon Johnson, Daniel Evans, Warren Magnuson, Henry Jackson, Tom Foley, Don Magnuson, Luke Wright, Adlai Stevenson, Averell Harriman, Stuart Symington, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey, and others. 1942-1970 

Box Folder


1 1


1 2


1 3


1 4


1 5
Box Folder

The "Palestine Resolution". Copies of House Joint Memorial No. 1, 1944 Session, letters of support for the resolution and printed material relative to the Palestine situation. 1944 

2 6

1947 Legislature Session Bills, with changes and revisions noted. 1947 

2 7

Stevens County Democratic Party 1954-1962 

3 8

Election returns and maps 1950-1962 

3 9

Democratic National Convention 1956 

3 10

Clippings and Pamphlets 1954-1960 

3 11

State Senate Campaigns 1954 1958 

3 12

Campaign for United States Congress 1960 

3 13

Political Miscellaneous 

3 14

State Advisory Board on Public Assistance. This sub-series contains correspondence with members of the Board and with officials of the Department of Public Assistance, reports of the Board, minutes of meetings and supplementary information collected for the Board's consideration. 

Box Folder


4 15


4 16


4 17


5 18

Reports undated 

5 19

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Series 2: Professional Papers. 

American Society of Appraisers. Letters, printed materials, circulars and reports of the American Society of Appraiser's Northwest Regional Office, both before and during Ashley's tenure as Regional Governor. Also included is correspondence of the various local chapters that made up the regional unit. 1958-1969 

Box Folder

Regional Office 1958-1961 

6 20

Regional Office 1962 

6 21

Regional Office 1963 

6 22

Regional Office 1964 

7 23

Regional Office 1965-1966 

7 24

Regional Office 1967-1969 

7 25

Billings Chapter 1961-1964 

7 26

Vancouver, B.C. Chapter 1962-1964 

7 27

Portland Chapter 1962-1964 

7 28

Seattle Chapter 1961-1964 

7 29

Spokane Chapter 1963-1964 

7 30
Box Folder

Real Estate Organizations. This group contains papers relative to the Spokane Realty Board, National Association of Realty Boards, Idaho Realty Board, National Association of Farm and Land Brokers, and the Spokane Real Estate Trader's Club 1943-1967 

8 31

American Right-of-Way Association 1959-1967 

8 32

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Series 3: Personal Papers and Photographs. 

Box Folder

Personal papers. This group contains some "random" papers relative to Ashley's insurance policies, charities, book clubs and activities. Included is material from the American Platform Association, a public speaking group, and the text of a speech on the mental health of financial executives. Also included are Ashley resumes and a short biographical sketch. 1945-1965 

8 33

Photographs. Portrait and photograph of Ashley, his family, and professional and political associates. Some identified. Included is a presentation portrait of Warren Magnuson. 1943-1967 

8 34

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Series 4: Business Papers, Miscellaneous. 

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Account books, balance sheets, and expense and income statements 1943-1967 

9 35

Taxation Reports 1946-1959 

9 36

Federal income tax reports 1946-1961 

9 36

Property tax reports 1954-1964 

9 36

Unemployment insurance tax 1950-1959 

9 36

Excise tax reports 1954-1959 

9 36

Ranch. Deeds, mortgages, cattle and stock, brand registrations, and other papers related to purchase and sale of ranch. 1946-1967 

9 37

Idaho Water Power Corporation Charter 1951 

10 38

Northwest Farmer's Supply. Profit and loss statement, inventory, and photograph. 1950 

10 39

Bill's Shell Station, Addy, WA. Bills, receipts, and legal papers. 1956-1957 

10 40

Empire Building Company. Correspondence, legal papers, financial records and corporate minutes. 1944-1951 

10 41

Security Homes, Inc.; Rental Homes, Inc.; Hollywood Homes, Inc. Taxation records, financial records. 1942-1947 

10 42

Mining Investments 1963-1965 

10 43

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Series 5: Business Papers, Real Estate. 

Correspondence 1941-1962 

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11 44


11 45


11 46

Real Estate papers. Contracts, listings, sales agreements, earnest money agreements, correspondence. 1955-1962 

Box Folder

Aa - Cl 

11 47

Cm - Ly 

11 48

McC - Wi 

11 49

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Series 6: Business Papers, Appraisal. 

Box Folder

Correspondence. Letters relative to securing contracts, bills for services and correspondence related to appraisals. 1963-1967 

12 50

Appraisal Notes, papers and reports 1961-1968 

Box Folder

Aa - Car 

12 51

Ce - Eastern Washington State College 

12 52

Fo - General Services Administration 

13 53

General Telephone - Hop 

13 54

Hoq - Libby Dam 

13 55

Los A - McG 

14 56

Na - Ste 

14 57

Washington State Highway Department 

14 58

Washington State Highway Department 

15 59

Washington State Highway Department 

15 60

Washington State Highway Department - Yu 

16 61

Comparable Sales Appraisals 1961-1967 

16 62-63

Appraisals in Spokane 1962-1965 

17 64-65

Appraisals in Spokane 1966-1968 

18 66

Miscellaneous appraisal papers 1963-1964 

16 67

Tribal Lands, Colville Reservation 1964 

18 68

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Series 7: Papers of W.J. Carrothers 

Box Folder

Correspondence. Letters regarding appraisal contracts and bills for services. 1960-1962 

19 69

Appraisal notes, papers, and reports. Notes, reports, and maps relative to the John Day Dam, the Ice Harbor Dam, the Priest Rapids Dam, the Albeni Falls Dam, Bonneville Power Administration, the Kalispell and Cut Bank Air Force Station, and highway projects. 1951-1962 

Box Folder

Washington State Highway Department 1959-1962 

19 70-71

Federal Government (public works and military agencies) 

Box Folder


20 72


20 73


20 74


21 75
Box Folder

Montana Highway Department 1960-1962 

21 76

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