Guide to the George A. Frykman Papers 1906-1994
Cage 747

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Frykman, George A., 1917-
Title
George A. Frykman Papers
ID
Cage 747
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1950-1990
Date [inclusive]
1906-1994 1950-1990
Extent
13.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
6.25 Linear Feet of Shelf Space
Language
English
Abstract
George Frykman joined the Washington State College history faculty in 1950. He was an active participant in regional history associations and programs, including membership in the Association of Washington Historians and the Council in Regional Research. The collection includes professional papers reflecting Frykman's career and activities as a faculty member at Washington State University, particularly in the Department of History, the American Studies Program, Faculty Senate, and Phi Alpha Theta, and to his participation in professional and community associations.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] George A. Frykman papers, 1906-1994 (Cage 747)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

George Frykman was born April 30, 1917 in San Francisco, California. In 1935 he graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA; he then attended San Jose State College and Stanford University (1935-1941). From 1941 to 1942 he taught English and social studies at Kerman High School in Kerman, CA. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, achieving the rank of Captain in 1945, and was employed by the Army as a photographer, instructor of photography, and public relations officer. Frykman received a master's degree in history from Stanford University in 1947 and subsequently completed his dissertation, "Indigenous Sectionalism in American Historiography, 1877-1917," earning his Ph.D. in 1955.

Frykman joined the Washington State College history faculty in 1950. Soon after this he served for two years as the chief of the Social Science Division of the college library. Between 1960 and 1964, he worked as assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School in addition to his teaching duties. He was elected to the Faculty Senate, and served as its president. Frykman served on other important university committees, and on nearly every committee of the History Department. He also acted as the faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society), WSU Chapter Gamma Psi.

Frykman was an active participant in regional history associations and programs, including membership in the Association of Washington Historians and the Council in Regional Research. He participated in many professional conferences, helping to organize several Pacific Northwest History Conferences.

Frykman devoted much of his professional energy to the history of the Pacific Northwest, and, more specifically, to Washington State University. In 1985, the WSU Press published his book about Edmond S. Meany, Seattle's Historian and Promoter: the life of Edmond Stephen Meany. That same year Frykman completed an oral history project on the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and was selected as WSU's Centennial Historian for the 1990 anniversary celebration. His 1990 history of the university, Creating the People's University: Washington State University, 1890-1990, was published as a result of this centennial appointment.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes professional papers reflecting Frykman's career and activities as a faculty member at Washington State University, particularly in the Department of History, the American Studies Program, Faculty Senate, and Phi Alpha Theta, and to his participation in professional and community associations. It consists of correspondence, reports, printed ephemera, photographs, and memorabilia.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in 11 series. The materials were left in their original order with the exception of a few instances where the processor determined that rearrangement was necessary to facilitate access.

Series 1: Early papers, 1933-1951

Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-1990

Series 3: Department of History, Washington State University, circa 1950s-1990

Series 4: American Studies, circa 1950s-1980s

Series 5: Other Washington State University activities, 1945-1990

Series 6: Professional organizations, 1956-1988

Series 7: Conferences, 1951-1994

Series 8: Essays, presentations, and book reviews by Frykman, 1951-1989

Series 9: Research files, 1906-1987

Series 10: Spokane World's Fair (Expo '74), 1972-1974

Series 11: Miscellaneous, 1963-1984

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

George Frykman donated his papers to the Washington State University Libraries in 1991 (MS 1991-42), and additional related papers were transferred by the WSU History Department in the same year (UA 1991-08). These two accessions were combined in 2010.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2010 by WSU Ph.D. candidate Lee Ann Powell.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- History -- Sources.

Personal Name(s)

  • Frykman, George A., 1917- -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Early papers, 1933-1951 

Box Folder

Job applications, 1949-1951 

1 1

Undergraduate and graduate essays and book reviews, 1933-1949 

1 2-30

Correspondence, 1948-1949 

1 31-32

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Series 2: Correspondence (incoming and outgoing), 1950-1990 

Box Folder

1950 

1 33

1951 

1 34

1952 

1 35

1953 

1 36

1954 

1 37

1955 

2 38

1956 

2 39

1957 

2 40

1958 

2 41

1959 

2 42

1960 

2 43

1961 

2 44

1962 

2 45

1963 

2 46

1964 January-June 

2 47

1964 July-December 

3 48

1965 

3 49

1966 

3 50

1967 

3 51

1968 

3 52

1969 

3 53

1970 

3 54

1971 

3 55

1972 

3 56

1973 

3 57

1974 

3 58

1975 

3 59

1976 

4 60

1977 

4 61

1978 

4 62

1979 

4 63

1980 

4 64

1981 

4 65

1982 

4 66

1983 

4 67

1984 

4 68

1985 

4 69

1986 

4 70

1987 

4 71

1988 

4 72

1989 

4 73

1990 

4 74

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Series 3: Department of History, Washington State University, circa 1950s-1990 

Box Folder

History department meeting minutes, 1960-1990 

5 75-105

Pettyjohn Symposium application, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979-1980 

5 106

First annual Pettyjohn distinguished lecture and research symposium, and distinguished lectures series, 1980-1981 

5 107

Pettyjohn distinguished lecture, 1981-1990 

5 108

Public history ad hoc committee (reports and correspondence), 1979-1981 

5 109

Public history and graduate history study pamphlets, circa 1980s 

5 110

History department alumni new letters, 1985-1987 

5 111

Phi Alpha Theta (WSU Gamma Psi chapter) (founding documents, correspondence, conference proceedings, and publications), 1950s-1980s 

5 112-115

Phi Alpha Theta (WSU Gamma Psi chapter) (founding documents, correspondence, conference proceedings, and publications), 1950s-1980s (continued) 

6 116-118

History department memoranda and reports, 1950s-1980s 

6 119-122

Department of history and political science reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes, 1953-1956 

6 123

History graduate education planning committee reports, 1964 

6 124

Proposed doctor of arts in history (reports, memoranda, and correspondence), 1969-1972 

6 125-128

Revisions of the guidelines for the study of history at WSU, 1975-1977 

6 129

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Series 4: American Studies, circa 1950s-1980s 

Box Folder

American Studies at WSU (reports, correspondence, memoranda, and meeting minutes), 1950s-1980s 

6 139-142

American Studies at WSU (reports, correspondence, memoranda, and meeting minutes), 1950s-1980s (continued) 

7 143-149

American Studies Association meeting minutes and newsletter, 1950s-1970s 

7 150

Pacific Northwest American Studies Association (reports, correspondence, newsletters, conference proceedings), 1960s-1980s 

7 151-153

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Series 5: Other Washington State University activities, 1945-1990 

Box Folder

Library: Judge Walter B. Beals collection (correspondence, collection inventory lists, and status reports); also, other miscellaneous library matters; 1945-1954 

7 154

Report: evaluation of the social science collection of the WSC library, and related correspondence, 1951-1956 

7 155

Report on the economic status of faculty of WSC, 1956 

7 156

Social Science-Humanities Research Library Committee, reports and correspondence, 1965 and 1969 

7 157

Proposed institute for advanced study in history (proposal and correspondence), 1967-1969 

7 158

Faculty committee to review graduate programs in English (correspondence, reports, and Frykman notes), 1971-1972 

7 159

Committee to Review Master in Arts and Teaching program in social studies (correspondence and report), 1973-1974 

7 160

Bicentennial lectureship project, Jack P. Green bicentennial lecturer (correspondence and applications for project funding), 1973-1975 

7 161

Recommendations for an Asian American studies program at WSU, report to the Senate Steering Committee by the Asian American Advisory Committee, 1978 

7 162

WSU Faculty Council newsletters, 1978-1979 

7 163

WSU Faculty Senate (correspondence, meeting agendas, and meeting minutes), 1984 

7 164

WSU foreign student quota guidelines, 1980-1986 

7 165

Frykman centennial presentation to the Outlook Club (presentation outline and correspondence), 1990 

7 166

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Series 6: Professional organizations, 1956-1988 

Box Folder

Association of Washington State Historians (articles of incorporation, membership lists, general correspondence, correspondence related to Washington State HB656 and SB2413, election ballots, meeting minutes), 1973-1988 

8 167-180

Council on Regional Historical Research (council charter, meeting minutes, newsletters, mailing lists, correspondence, and reports), 1956-1961 

8 181-192

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Series 7: Conferences, 1951-1994 

Box Folder

Pacific Northwest History Conference (programs, correspondence, calls for papers, paper proposals), 1951-1994 

9 193-210

Teachers of American History conference program, 1951 

9 211

Pacific Coast Branch American, Historical Association (annual meeting program), 1952 

9 212

Northwest College audio-visual conference program, 1955 

9 213

Pacific Northwest Library Association conference program, 1956 

9 214

Community College conference on history program, 1966 

9 215

Washington State University symposium on the historical novel program, 1966 

9 216

National Defense Education Act History Summer Institute program, 1966 

9 217

Western History Association conference letter to participants, 1966 

9 218

Education Profession Development Act Institute in Social Science (correspondence, program, and outline of Frykman presentation), 1969 

9 219

Pacific Northwest American Studies conference program, 1972 

9 220

Pacific Northwest Labor History conference (application and preliminary program), 1976 

10 221

Idaho History conference program, 1980 

10 222

Centennial Forum Series: Spokane and the Inland Empire (programs and announcements), 1981 

10 223

Ninth annual Neighborhoods conference, Tacoma, WA (correspondence, nomination form, publicity, agenda, and Frykman presentation outline), 1983-1984 

10 224

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Series 8: Essays, presentations, and book reviews by Frykman, 1951-1989 

Box Folder

"History Journals and Sources for the Study of Post Reconstruction," 1951 

10 225

"Regionalism, Nationalism, and Localism," 1952 

10 226

"The Role of Indigenous Sectionalism in American History and Historiography," 1954 

10 227

"A Philosophy for Regional and Local Historian of the Pacific Northwest," 1964 

10 228

"Edmond S. Meany and the Development of Historical Thought in Washington," 1970 

10 229

"From the Open Range to the City: the Evolution of the Veterinary Profession in Washington," 1974 

10 230

"Edmond S. Meany and the development of the Washington Historical Quarterly," 1975 

10 231

"From College to University: Washington State University's Pivotal Years," 1979 

10 232

"The Role and Mission of Washington State University and Its Department of History, 1983 

10 233

"The Bryan Years at Washington State University," 1984 

10 234

"Student Activism at Washington State University, 1961-1976," 1986 

10 235

"The Land-Grant Mission and the Natural History of the Students: Several Episodes in the History of Washington State University," 1987 

10 236

"WSU's Presence in Spokane: What Part Does it Play in the Centennial History?" 1987 

10 237

"From Empiric to Scientist: the Social History of the Veterinarian in Washington" 1977 

10 238

"Portrait of the Veterinarian: A Pacific Northwest Profile," 1979 

10 239

Book reviews by Frykman, 1981-1989 

10 240

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Series 9: Research and subject files, 1906-1987 

Box Folder

Pamphlet: Charles McKinley, "Five Years of Planning in the Pacific Northwest," 1939 

10 241

Pamphlet: National Resources Planning Board, Regional Development Plan: Pacific Northwest (Preliminary Statement), 1940 

10 242

Pamphlet: Northwest Regional Council, "Discovering Anew the Pacific Northwest," 1940 

10 243

Pamphlet: "United States-Canada Boundary Treaty Centennial: 1846-1946," circa 1946 

10 244

[not used] 

10 245

Pamphlet: "Final Report of the Pacific Northwest Assembly on State Government," 1956 

10 246

Pamphlet: Oregon Historical Society," A Bibliography of Pacific Northwest History," 1958 

10 247

Project 249, "The Significance of Sectionalism and Regionalism in American and Pacific Northwest History..." (reports, funding requests, project outlines, expense records, and related correspondence), 1957-1962 

10 248

[not used] 

10 249

Fortnightly Club, Pullman, WA: photographs of charter members, compiled for the club's 35th anniversary, 1928 

10 250

"How I Make Both Ends Meet" by Peter Kragt (typescript, reproduction), 1932 

10 251

Wilson and Helen Compton (photographs, ephemera, correspondence, all donated to Frykman by Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Wood), 1945-1979 

11 252

Washington State College name change information, 1959 

11 253

Pamphlet: "Inaugural Address of Daniel Jackson Evans as Sixteenth Governor of the State of Washington," 1965 

11 254

Student unrest and protests at WSU (series of printed letters from President Glenn Terrell), 1968-1974 

11 255

WSU student strike ephemera and press releases, 1970 

11 256-257

WSU student political participation leave for 1970 general elections, 1970 

11 258

Report: "The First Decade of the University Honors Program" (typescript), 1970 

11 259

Report: WSU University Senate Graduate Student Affairs Committee, "Source Material on Graduate Students and Graduate Assistants," 1972 

11 260

WSU Current Social Problems Workshop, 1972 

11 261

"After Mount St. Helens: Seven Gray Days in May" by Don Dillman (typescript), 1980 

11 262

Student paper: "The Late Rise of a Sleeping Giant: Student Activism at Washington State University, 1970" by Nancy Tadlock (typescript), 1983 

11 263

Student paper: "The First Five Years of the W.S.U. Scholarship and Development Fund, 1957-1961" by Deborah Playfair (typescript), 1984 

11 264

Student paper: "The Foundation of the Western Washington Research and Extension Center" by Julie Morgan (typescript), 1985 

11 265

Pamphlet: Alison Comish Thorne, "Visible and Invisible: Women in Land-Grant Colleges, 1890-1940," 1985 

11 266

Student paper: "Student Unrest and the University's Reaction, 1961-1974" by Patricia Hall (typescript), 1986 

11 267

"The Compton Years: The State College of Washington, November 1944-September 1951" by Claude Simpson (typescript, photocopy), 1986 

11 268

[not used] 

11 269-281

Student paper: "Origins of the W.S.U. Greek System" by Jeff Whitehead (typescript, photocopy), 1987 

12 282

Student paper: "The Compton Years: Washington State College, 1944-1951" by Ruth Rasmussen (typescript), undated 

12 283

Soil testing at Washington State University (typescript report on history of soil testing by A. R. Halvorson, with related documentation), circa 1967-1980 

12 284

"A History of the Washington State College Bureau of Visual Teaching from 1946 to 1952" by Warren Babcock (typescript), circa 1970s 

12 285

[not used] 

12 286

History of veterinary medicine (collected material and notes) 

Box Folder

Scrapbook: "Greetings from Friends to Dr. [Sofus B.] Nelson," 1928 

12 287

Research file: collected material about veterinarian Herman A. Trippeer (photocopies, printed ephemera), 1906-1965 

12 288

Dr. Howard Slack (correspondence and materials donated to Frykman, including documents related to Slack's veterinary practice; includes two photographs: the 1930 WSC Veterinary College football team, and Bryan Hall), circa 1930s 

12 289

[not used] 

12 290

"A Chronological Historical Sketch of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University" (typescript), circa 1973 

12 291

Seminar material, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, 1973 

12 292-293

Miscellaneous, 1973-1975 

12 294

[not used] 

12 295

Presentation: "Veterinary Medicine in the Pacific Northwest: A Profile of Professional Diversity" by Merle Kunz (typescript, photocopy), 1977 

12 296

Student paper: "'Doc' to DVM: The Veterinary Profession Grows Up. Reflections by Northwest Veterinarians" by Chris Eckard, 1986 

12 297

Frykman research notes, undated 

12 298

"State of Washington, History of Veterinary Medicine" by E. E. Wegner (typescript, photocopy), circa 1960s-1970s 

12 299

"Report of the Veterinary Medicine Subcommittee: Summarized History of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University" (typescript, photocopy), circa 1970s 

12 300

"Summary of the Life of O. G. Button" (typescript, photocopy), undated 

12 301

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Series 10: Spokane World's Fair (Expo '74), 1972-1974 

Box Folder

Pamphlets and poster 

13 302-303

Photographs and general information 

13 304

"Festival of Entertainment" information 

13 305

Press releases 

13 306

Student paper: "Expo '74: Development of Spokane's World's Fair, 1968-1973" by Peter Overmeyer (typescript), 1974 

13 307

WSU Day 

13 308

"Waterworld" (WSU exhibit; includes photographs, ephemera, correspondence) 

13 309

Environmental symposium press release and pamphlet 

13 310

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Series 11: Miscellaneous, 1963-1984 

Box Folder

Parent Teacher Association Coordinating Council (bylaws, PTA bulletins, correspondence, financial report, meeting minutes, conference schedule), 1963-1965 

13 311

National Defense Education Act summer history institute at Oregon State College (participant materials), 1965 

13 312

Report: "Alternatives for Washington Graphical Interpretation and Display of the Citizens Outputs," Institute for Environmental Studies, 1974 

13 313

Report: "Council on Higher Education State of Washington Comprehensive Plan, 1976-82" (typescript, "unedited first draft"), 1975 

13 314

"Diary of Discovery" (Lewis and Clark children's program) scripts (typescripts) and correspondence with Lou Furman, 1982-1983 

13 315

Student paper: "Women of the Grange: Community Enforcers" by Lisa Ballou (typescript), 1983 

13 316

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (brochures and correspondence), 1980-1984 

13 317

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