Guide to the Warren W. Tolman Papers 1898-1938
Cage 4619

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Tolman, Warren W.
Warren W. Tolman Papers
Cage 4619
Date [inclusive]
1.0 container.
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, certificates, genealogies, and other papers.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 4619, Warren W. Tolman Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Warren W. Tolman was born 8 December 1861 in Illinois. He graduated with a law degree from Northwestern University in 1888 and practiced law in Chicago until 1892, when he moved to Spokane for reasons relating to his wife's health. Tolman served in the state senate from 1901 to 1905. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the state supreme court in 1906 and 1910. He practiced law from 1905 until 1918 when he was appointed to the state supreme court by Governor Ernest Lister. Tolman served on the court until his retirement in 1937 and was twice Chief Justice, from 1925 to 1926 and from 1931 to 1932. He died on 15 May 1940.

Tolman, known as a progressive democrat and able parliamentarian, was notable for his efforts to establish a railroad commission. In addition to his state service, he also served on the Spokane school board from 1903 to 1906 and as a member of the Washington State Commission to the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1904.

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Arrangement note

The papers are divided into five series. The Correspondence is incoming correspondence which Tolman received during his tenure as judge. The bulk relates to his reelection in 1932 and his retirement in 1937. The Genealogical Information is correspondence relating to the Tolman family genealogy; reminescences; and commercial and family-written genealogies. The Lewis and Clark Exposition material is correspondence and writings relating to the industrial exposition in Portland, Oregon for which Tolman served on the Board of Commissioners. The Miscellanea series contains Tolman's certificate of election, a chronology of Tolman's life, a brochure, a receipt, etc. The bulk of the Writings relates to Tolman's election and retirement, including radio spot transcripts, testimonials, a vote count, campaign brochures, and Tolman's retirement notice. Newspaper clippings in the series include campaign advertisements, endorsements, and articles about Tolman's activities and retirement.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1986
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 papers of Warren W. Tolman (1861-1940) of Spokane, Washington were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in May 1981 (MS 81-21) by Warren T. Raymond of Mercer Island, Washington.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)
  • Washington (State). Supreme Court


  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Tolman, Warren W.--Archives


  • Government and Politics
  • Home and Families
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Business Records 


Box Folder


1 1


1 2
Box Folder

Genealogy 1898-1932 undated 

1 3

Lewis and Clark Exposition 1901-1904 undated 

1 4

Miscellanea (Oversize folder) 1892-1932 

oversized 5

Writings 1902-1937 

1 6

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