Guide to the Frank Oren Kreager Papers 1907-1947
Cage 498

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Kreager, Frank Oren
Frank Oren Kreager Papers
Cage 498
Date [inclusive]
225.0 items.
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, reminiscences, photographs, printed materials and other papers relating to Kreager's career as an educator, principally at Washington State University, 1909-1920. Correspondents include E.A. Bryan and E.O. Holland.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 498, Frank Oren Kreager Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank Oren Kreager was born in Ohio, and in his youth he came to the State of Washington, where he worked his way through the then Washington Agricultural College in Pullman. After graduation in 1906, he became superintendent of schools at Olympia until 1909 when he returned to Pullman. Between 1909 and 1920 he served the State College as assistant professor of English, Head of the Department of Elementary Science, Director of the Puyallup Summer Session, and Extension lecturer. From 1920 to 1923, Kreager was assistant director of the Eastern States League (New England) Junior Achievement Bureau. He did graduate study at Harvard from 1923 to 1925 and was awarded a doctorate in education. For a time, he was lecturer for the Massachusetts Extension Division of Boston College and Simmons College, but most of his later career was spent at Louisiana State University. He also taught briefly at the University of Cincinnati, Michigan State University, Ohio University, and the University of Missouri. He retired to Pateros, Washington.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Frank O. Kreager cover the period 1907-1947 but the bulk of the material dates from 1911 to 1920--with a secondary accumulation in the 1930s and 1940s, when Kreager was writing his memories of early times at Washington State University. The papers document both the growth of Washington State University and Kreager's career. For example, there are many announcements of speaking engagements for Kreager, but most are for extension lecturing. There is little or nothing on Kreager's years in New England, and most of the Louisiana material concerns his efforts to return to Washington State University. The papers consist of historical narratives, correspondence, bulletins, clippings, programs, notes, outlines, essays, photographs, maps, receipts, telegrams, and a financial statement. The greatest asset of this collection lies in the abundant annotations on the papers and recollections by Kreager explaining his role in events at Washington State University and his view of events and individuals.

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Arrangement note

The arrangement initiated by Kreager has been maintained.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1984
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 Frank Oren Kreager were transferred to Washington State University Libraries prior to l970 (WSU 72).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--Faculty -- Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Bryan, Enoch Albert, 1855-1941
  • Holland, Ernest Otto, 1874-1950
  • Kreager, Frank Oren, d. 1951 --Archives


  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

An Example of the "Spread of Our Fame" at Puyallup 1912-1920   19 items.

1 1

Some Notes on Extension in Louisiana and Washington 1935   5.0 items.

1 2

Historical Notes on WSC 1909-1947   5.0 items.

1 3

PSS-WSC Notes, Brief Resume undated   1.0 item.

1 4

February 29 Hearing 1909-1911   15 items.

1 5

State College History 

Box Folder

Paulhamus and Fight Regarding Proposed State College Secondary School at Puyallup 1919   2.0 items.

1 6

"Discussion Material" of Executive Committee of State College Teachers' Association 1919-1920   5.0 items.

1 7

Myrtle Boone Pratt and W. W. Foote Re: H. M. Boone 1938   2.0 items.

1 8

News Clippings 1907-1936   9.0 items.

1 9

In Defense of A. Mule 1915-1933   18.0 items.

1 10

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Extending the State College (1909-1920) 1911-1939   57 items.

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Press Reports 1911-1938   23.0 items.

1 12

New Education in One Room Rural Schools and Agriculture 1910-1920   14.0 items.

1 13

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"Passing on the Other Side," 1935-1936   3.0 items.

1 14

Bunk and Ballyhoo 1934-1936   2.0 items.

1 15

A Few Kicks of an Ancient Mule (1937 to Date) 1937-1946   14 items.

1 16

Letters, Clippings, and Articles Dealing with the State College 1909-1947   10 items.

1 17

Letters, Clippings, and Articles Dealing with the State College 1909-1947   13 items.

1 18

Food and Dietetics 1915   1.0 item.

1 19

Container List 1960   1.0 item.

1 20