Guide to the Arthur E. Victor Papers 1882-1986
Cage 594

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Victor, Arthur E.
Arthur E. Victor Papers
Cage 594
Date [inclusive]
95.0 folders.
General Physical Description note
5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, subject files and reports relative to Victor's work as the Spokane area housing expeditor for the National Housing Agency, 1942-1949. Other materials concern historical research on Mayview, Wash., and Idaho lumber manufacturer Fred Herrick, and volunteer work with the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 594, Arthur E. Victor Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Earl Victor was born March 30, 1900 near Mayview, Washington. His family began homesteading in 1877 near Mayview, a town named for Victor's aunt. Victor spent his early years on his parent's wheat ranch in Garfield County; he went to high school in both Hillsboro, Oregon and Pullman, Washington and then joined the Navy in 1918. In 1921 Victor married Lila Mae Miller whom he met while attending Oregon State College after WWI. Together they worked the farm in Garfield County and Victor made an income as a carpenter and mechanic. In the mid 1920s, he went to North Idaho to work for lumber baron Fred Herrick. When Herrick's business collapsed in 1928, Victor turned to carpentry and construction to make ends meet. He and Lila also ran a flower business for a time.

During the mid 1930s, Victor began employment with the United States Soil Conservation Service. From 1935 to 1942 he managed 18 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in the Northwest. After his work with the CCC, Victor worked as a housing expeditor for the National Housing Agency (NHA). Much of his work for NHA included the operation of War Housing Centers in many Northwest cities to secure housing for WWII veterans. After the NHA housing expeditor's office in Spokane closed in the late 1940s, Victor obtained a position as executive secretary of the Home Builders Association of Spokane. He also worked for Mobile Homes Corp. and built 300 homes in the mid 1950s. Lila and A.E. Victor opened a home-based lapidary supply business in 1955 and ran this successfully for ten years before their retirement in 1965. In the years between his retirement and his death in 1987, Victor worked with Lila on their lapidary publishing business. He helped establish the first federal employees credit union in Spokane, served on the Mayor's committee to advise small businesses and was active in SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

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Scope and Contents note

Papers of Arthur E. Victor consist chiefly of correspondence, enclosures and reports regarding Victor's involvement with housing agencies and programs, and correspondence, research notes and drafts concerned with historical projects and writings undertaken by Victor. Also included are a variety of documents concerning personal business, volunteer activities, and his earlier federal employment with the Soil Conservation Service.

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Arrangement note

Papers were arranged by the WSU Libraries staff. Several series of file folders have been established. Papers in each folder are arranged chronologically, insofar as possible.

The first series, Correspondence, is arranged alphabetically by folder subject title. It contains correspondence pertaining to Victor's work with the CCC and the NHA as well as some letters pertaining to his research on the Mayview Tramway and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The latter are good primary sources as they were written by people who operated and used the Mayview Tramway and who were related to victims of the massacre.

The second series contains personal and business files arranged categorically beginning with the most personal records and ending with business records for the lapidary shop. Also included is a folder on the Victor family genealogy and pioneer history written by his aunt in 1936.

The third series is arranged categorically into manuscripts, typescripts and research and thereunder alphabetically by folder title. Included are Victor's published stories about pioneer life and work in the logging camps. Series number four contains records of land surveys, and sale records of property in Benton and Franklin counties (Washington) during the 1970s. It is arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder chronologically.

The fifth series contains the remnants of Victor's files on two Spokane organizations, the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Home Builder's Association, and is arranged chronologically within each file. Series six, Federal Agencies, is arranged chronologically within each file. It begins with Civilian Conservation Corps records and a file on the Soil Conservation Service. The National Housing Agency decimal file begins with file number 43 in box five; thereafter the files are arranged according to this decimal system, a copy of which can be found in file 43. This series does not contain the complete NHA decimal file, but rather a selection kept by Victor in his capacity as Housing Expeditor and removed in 1947 when his office closed. Some interesting items include: FHA article, Relationship Between Condition of Dwellings and Rentals by Race, (1946), and 1940s housing project records for Lewiston, Pullman, Orofino, Spokane, Grand Coulee and Yakima.

Series seven contains Victor's pocket notebooks, a day diary, business cards, some piano music and one published volume, ``The Finger Post to Public Business," (1864). The oversize folder contains an assortment of Newspapers saved from the 1940s and 1950s, FHA and NHA Veteran's Housing posters, maps, building blueprints, and a 1904 Washington General Election Ballot. These items are arranged according to size.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1992
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 Arthur E. Victor contained in this collection are the second group of Victor's papers accessioned by the WSU Libraries. The first accession ( Cage 376) was donated by Arthur E. Victor in 1977. The second accession (MS89-11) was donated by Lila Mae Victor in 1989, two years after the death of A.E. Victor, her husband. Many of the files contained in this collection come from the Decimal File Victor kept while employed by the National Housing Agency.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)--Maps
  • Enterprize Ranger District--Maps
  • SCORE (Organization)--Washington (State)--History
  • United States. National Housing Agency

Geographic Name(s)

  • Benton County (Wash.)--History
  • Mayview (Wash)--History
  • Spokane County (Wash.)--Maps
  • Vancouver (Wash.)--Maps
  • Walla Walla (Wash.)--Maps

Personal Name(s)

  • Herrick, Fred, b. 1853-
  • Victor, Earl Arthur--Archives
  • Victor, Lila Mae. WaPS


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

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Collection Inventory

Series One: Correspondence 

Box Folder

General Correspondence 1949 1967 1985 

1 1

Correspondence: USDA Soil Conservation Service CCC Camps 1949 

1 2

Letters re: Research on Mayview Tramway and Quarter Section articles. 

1 3

Letters, Mountain Meadows Massacre 

1 4

Local Agencies: FHA 1946-1947 

1 5

NHA 1943-1946 

1 5a

NHA:Housing Expeditor's Office 1943-1947 

1 6

NHA:Reports 1947 

1 6a

Personal Correspondence 1948 

1 7

Bertha Alexander 1943 1974 1978 

1 8

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Series Two: Personal and Business Records 

Box Folder

A.E. Victor Chronological History c 1966 

2 9

Victor Family Genealogy and Pioneer History c 1936 

2 10

Writings of Lila Mae Victor 

2 11

Trip to Arizona 1968 

2 12

Letter to Africa, draft (biographical data) undated 

2 13

Old National Bank of Washington Receipts 1972-1976 

2 14

Agate Shop 

2 15

business records 1973 

2 16

Lapidary Equipment Catalogs 

2 17

Home Laundry Bulletins 1922-1950 

2 18

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Series Three: Manuscripts, Typescripts and Research 

Box Folder

Bibliography of U.S. Campaigns Against American Indians 

3 19

Indian Wars of the Inland Empire, Garrett B. Hunt 1908 

3 20

Indian Battles of the Inland Empire, Eliz. Tannatt 1914 

3 21

Outline of Relations Between the U.S. and American Indians 

3 22

Logging Camp Stories, A.E. Victor 

3 23

An Old fashioned Election, A.E. Victor 

3 24

Pomeroy Public School Record, 1882 

3 25

Spokane History: "History of the City of Spokane," booklet 1968 

3 26

The Story of a Quarter Section, A.E. Victor 

3 27

The Ubiquitous Bull Dozer, A.E. Victor 

3 28

Mayview Tramway Article, Research and Photos 

4 30

Herrick File: Fredrick Herrick, Herrick Timber Research, Photos 

4 31

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Series Four: Victor Property Records 

Box Folder

Survey: Benton County Land ( related map, folder 95) 1975 

4 32

Title History: Benton County 1975-1977 

4 33

Land Sale: Benton County 1977-1979 

4 34

Property Sale: Franklin County 1973-1976 

4 35

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Series Five: Organization Records 

Box Folder

Small Business Administration and S.C.O.R.E. 1968 

4 36

Spokane Cooperative 1947 

4 37

S.C.O.R.E. newsclippings and photos 

4 38

S.C.O.R.E. Spokane Membership 

4 39

Home Builders Association 

4 39a

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Series Six: Federal Agency Reports and Administrative Records 

Box Folder

CCC Carpenters, "Specifications for the Selection, Training and Testing of CCC Carpenters 

5 40

CCC Pictorial Review 1933 

5 41

Soil Conservation Service 1939 

5 42

National Housing Agency: Miscellaneous 1946-1947 

5 43

NHA: Chronological Correspondence Between George Conger and Arthur Victor 1945-1946 

5 43a

FHA: Minimum Property Requirements c 1935 

5 44

FHA: Confidential Report "Memorandum on the Current Housing Situation in Spokane, WA 1942 

5 45

Veteran's Housing 1945-1947 

5 45a

004c Reports: Field Survey for Land and Public Service Branch. 

5 46

004f4 Reports: NHA Local Weekly to Regional Office 1946-1947 

5 47

004k Reports: Building Maintenance Reports 1946-1947 

5 48

131 Personnel-Locality Expeditor's Office 1947 

6 49

NHA Personal Papers 1947 

6 50

Federal Forms, Civil Service Applications, Income Tax 1943-1948 

6 51

NHA Travel Vouchers 

6 52

Alabama Housing Market Analysis 1945 

6 53

Housing Demand and Supply, Spokane & Coeur D'Alene 1946 

6 54

Public Housing in King County: Project Report 1939-1945 

6 55

Spokane Experimental Housing Market Analysis Oct. 1 1944 

6 56

Spokane Homebuilding Issues 1946-1947 

6 57

Housing Shortage: Wenatchee, Spokane, Walla Walla 1947 

6 58

Washington State Housing Questionnaire 1947 

6 59

A Long Range Plan for Salem, Oregon 

6 60

Allied Industries for Homes 1948 

6 61

Relationship Between Condition of Dwellings and Rentals by Race, journal article 1946 

6 62

FHA Insurance Mortgage Portfolio 1948 

6 63

136 Veteran Income data 1947 

7 64

141 Building Suppliers 

7 65

142 Mailing List- Construction Suppliers 

7 66

200 Legislation: Housing Bill (W-E-T) 1947 

7 67

Housing Act 1947 

7 67a

305a Construction- Non-Residential May-Aug 1946 

7 68

305a Construction- Non-Residential Sept-Dec 1946 

7 69

305a Construction- Non-Residential Jan-June 1947 

7 70

311 Construction/Prefabrication 1947 

8 71

312 Sawmills and Construction c 1945 

8 72

315a Construction Materials 

8 73

316a Priorities- HH Monthly Compilation 

8 74

401b Low Cost housing, Yakima. (Photos-Veterans Housing Project) 

8 74a

414 NHA Permit System 

8 75

431 Program Goals and Market Analysis 1946-1947 

8 76

502 Grand Coulee Dam Housing Project 

8 77

503 Lewiston, ID Housing Project 1946-1947 

8 78

Orofino Housing Project 

8 79

506 Pullman Housing Project 1946-1947 

8 80

507 Spokane Housing Project 

8 81

531 Mayor's Committee, Spokane 1946-1947 

8 82

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Series Seven: Newsclippings, Ephemera and Oversize 

619 Newsclippings 

Box Folder

 May-July 1946 

9 83

 August-Dec 1946 

9 84

 Jan.-March 1947 

9 85

 April-July 1947 

9 86
Box Folder

Locality Expeditor Clippings 

9 87

Kodak Slide Descriptions-CCC (w/o slides) 

9 88

710 Materials Lists, Washington Housing 1946-1947 

9 89

Contractor's License - Oregon Law 1945 

9 90

716 Building Codes 

9 91

717 Platting and Subdivision 

9 92

720 Experimental Housing 1946 

9 93

Victor's Note Pads, Business Card Collection, Date Books 


The Finger Post to Conducting Public Business, 1864 


Piano Music 1928 


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Oversize Folders 

Newspaper Clippings 

Box Folder

Weekly Oregonian front page December 10 1908 


The Spokesman Review front page April 1 & 2 1909 


Spokesman Review "State of Washington Was Born...25 Years Ago, Feb. 22,1914 


Oregonian, "House Hunting-Big Game Safari" w/photo of Victor Jan 7 1945 


Sunday Oregonian Magazine Jan 5 1945 


Seattle Post Intelligencer, front page Aug 9-10 1945. 


War Posters: "Next!" U.S. Treasury War Loan (28x40) 1944 


War Bonds Are Cheaper Than Wooden Crosses (22x30) 1944 


Your War Bonds Are A Stake In The Future (22x30) 1943 


For Liberty and Peace on Earth (22x30) 1944 


Vacancies For Veterans First In '46 (3 ea) 


Home Coming To No Home? 1946 


Home Builder's Association -mounted magazine cover (11x13) undated 



Box Folder

Bureau of Field Operations Civilian Production Admin., "Regional and District Boundaries... 1946 


Map of Spokane County Washington 1945 


Vancouver, Washington Vicinity Map by Harold Tymer 1942 


Enterprise Ranger Dist., Utah undated 


Metzger's Garfield County undated 


Plat Map #90 Sec.9,T8NR, 30EWM Benton County,WN 1975 


Columbia River Basin Comprehensive plan 1948 


Grant County 1944 


Walla Walla, WA Chamber of Commerce Map undated 


U.S. Dept. of Interior, Bur. of Reclaimation, Columbia River Project, WA- Irrigation System 1943 


Enterprize Ranger Dist.,D-1 1962 


Pomeroy Election Ballot 1904 


U.S. Geo. Survey blueprint, Tacoma Dist., Plans for Reinforced Concrete House and Well for Water Stage Rec. 1931 


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