Guide to the Neal Randolph Fosseen Papers 1938-1968
Cage 309

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Fosseen, Neal Randolph
Neal Randolph Fosseen Papers
Cage 309
Date [inclusive]
2600.0 items.
General Physical Description note
3.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, memoranda, notes, publicity releases, brochures and other printed material re: military service, business and civic enterprises, campaign for mayor and regency of Gonzaga University. Added Expo-74 papers in 1973.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 309, Neal Randolph Fosseen Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Neal Randolph Fosseen was born in Yakima, Washington, November 27, 1908, son of Arthur and Florence Fosseen. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1930 and married Helen Witherspoon September 26, 1936; the couple had two sons. He was a laborer, vice-president and president of Washington Brick, Lime and Sewer Company, 1923-1938. He served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was active in business and civic activities in Spokane, Washington as revealed in these papers, most of which are dated 1958-1961.

He was a vice-president and director of the Old National Bank, Spokane and was a stockholder or director or otherwise affiliated with a wide variety of business enterprises; including Spokane Industrial Park, Securities Intermountain, Cascade Capital Corporation, Franco Railroad Contracting Company, Inland Empire Industrial Research, Manufacturers Acceptance Corporation, Spokane Enterprises, Inc., and Trent Avenue Machinery. His civic activities include Mayor of Spokane, Past-President and member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Washington Industries, President of the Executive Board of the Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Member of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce Calling Committee, Regent for Gonzaga University, Regional County vice-president of the Inland Empire Waterways Association, Field Advisor, Region XIII for the Small Business Administration, member of the Board of Directors of the Spokane Lilac Festival Association, as well as being active in the United Crusade of Spokane County.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1973
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The civic and business papers of Mr. Fosseen, businessman, banker and Mayor of Spokane, Washington, were a gift from Mr. Fosseen, July, 1972. Additional papers dealing with the 1974 Spokane Exposition were given by Mr. Fosseen in May of 1973.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Expo '74 (Spokane, Wash.)
  • Gonzaga University. Regents

Geographic Name(s)

  • Spokane (Wash.)--Politics and government


  • Mayors--Washington (State)--Spokane--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Fosseen, Neal Randolph, 1908- --Archives


  • Business, Industry, and Labor
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Initial Accession 

Box Folder

Military service. 1938-1959   2.0 items.

1 1

Ackenhausen, Robert E. Job seeker. 1960   2.0 items.

2 2

American City Bureau. Correspondence, brochures and pamphlets from a fund raising firm seeking cathedral funding job. 1960   5.0 items.

2 3

Association of Washington Industries. Correspondence, newsletters and pamphlets. Member: Advisory Board. 1960-1961   100.0 items.

2 4

Boy Scouts of America. Correspondence and other papers. President Executive Board Inland Empire Council. 1956-1961   2.0 items.

2 5

Boise Cascade. Correspondence and notes re: sale of Evertru Products, Inc. 1959   3.0 items.

2 6

Cascade Capital Corporation. Correspondence and notes. Investor. 1961   4.0 items.

2 7

Chamber of Commerce. Correspondence, brochures, newsletters. C of C Calling Committee. 1960-1961   20.0 items.

2 8

Columbia Basin. Correspondence, pamphlets, photographs on the Columbia Basin Project and Tri-Cities area. 1959-1960   14.0 items.

2 9

Country Gardens, Inc. Correspondence, notes, NP magazine on status of stockholders. 1961   4.0 items.

2 10

Franco Railroad Contracting Company. Correspondence. Vice President and Board member. 1960-1961   4.0 items.

2 11

Gonzaga University. Correspondence, handbooks, brochures, notes and newsletters. Chairman, Board of Regents. 1959-1961   3.0 items.

2 12

Government information. Correspondence, pamphlets & brochures. 1961   11.0 items.

3 13

Hutton Settlement. Correspondence. 1961   2.0 items.

3 14

Inland Empire Industrial Research. Correspondence, mostly incoming carbons. Member, Board of Directors. 1959-1961   25.0 items.

3 15

Inland Empire Waterways Association. Correspondence, publications and other papers, Regional County Vice-President. 1959-1960   20.0 items.

3 16

Kreager, H. DeWayne. Correspondence. 1959-1961   50.0 items.

3 17

Manufacturers Acceptance Corporation. Correspondence. Secretary-Treasurer. 1960   4.0 items.

3 18

Marine Corps. Correspondence with Corps and Marine job seeker. 1960   10.0 items.

3 19

Miscellaneous memos & information. Mostly ONB business. 1956-1968   50.0 items.

3 20

Okinawa Plywood Corporation. Report and accounts. 1960   2.0 items.

3 21

Politics. Mayoralty campaign corres. and letters of congratulation. 1960-1961   2.0 items.

3 22

Potosi. Correspondence and notes re: construction corporation in Mexico. 1960   4.0 items.

3 23

Rosellini, Albert D. Correspondence and speeches of Rosellini with comments by Fosseen re: labor. 1959-1960   7.0 items.

3 24

Securities Intermountain, Inc. Correspondence. Stockholder, member Board of Directors. 1960-1961   6.0 items.

3 25

Small Business Administration. Correspondence, brochures and other papers. Field advisor, Region XIII. 1959-1961   50.0 items.

3 26

Spokane Enterprises, Inc. Correspondence, minutes. Director, at least shareholder. 1960   30.0 items.

4 27

Spokane Industrial Park, Inc. Correspondence, brochures, and other papers. Treasurer. 1959-1961   75.0 items.

4 28

Spokane Lilac Festival. Announcements and notices. Member, Board of Directors. 1961   10.0 items.

4 29

Spokane Progress Committee. Correspondence, announcements of meetings. Member, Board of Directors. 1960-1961   10.0 items.

4 30

Spokane Unlimited, Inc. Correspondence, announcements of meetings, minutes, proposals for the development of downtown Spokane and other papers. Member of the Board. 1959-1961   50.0 items.

4 31

Trent Avenue Machinery. Correspondence, balance sheets and stationary. Stockholder. 1960   6.0 items.

4 32

United Crusade of Spokane County. Minutes and announcements of meetings, correspondence. 1960-1961   25.0 items.

4 33

University of Washington. Letters from Pres. Odegaard, minutes and biennial report. 1960-1961   5.0 items.

4 34

Wall, Howard W. Correspondence, brochures, clippings and other papers re: Portco Corporation, Pabco Co. and Hooker Chemical Co. re; a wood flour plant for Spokane. 1960-1961   14.0 items.

4 35

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Addition: Expo '74 Papers. 1971-1972 

Vice Chairman and Executive Committee member, Spokane International Exposition. Correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, memoranda and publicity relative to planning for Expo-74.   700.0 items.






Washington State Commission on Expo-74. Correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda related to Fosseen's service on the commission established by the state legislature to aid the Spokane exposition. 1971-72   100.0 items.


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