Guide to the Washington Water Power (Avista Corp.) Historic Technical Drawings Collection 1900-1972
Cage 754

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Avista Corp.
Title
Washington Water Power (Avista Corp.) Historic Technical Drawings Collection
ID
Cage 754
Date [inclusive]
1900-1972
Extent
2.0 boxes plus 30 rolls
General Physical Description note
9 Linear Feet of Shelf Space Approximatly 360 items
Location note
(MASC STAFF USE) Boxes are located in main Cage sequence. Rolled drawings are stored separately.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of approximately 360 technical drawings related to three Avista Corporation hydroelectric developments on the Spokane River: Nine Mile Dam (at Nine Mile Falls on the Spokane River), Monroe Street Dam (in downtown Spokane), and the Long Lake Power Station (about 30 miles northwest of Spokane). It includes a wide range of drawing types, from architectural plans to designs for individual equipment parts.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Washington Water Power (Avista Corp.) historic technical drawings collection

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

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Biographical/Historical note

All three projects represented in this collection are hydroelectric developments of Washington Water Power Company (now Avista Corporation), an investor-owned utility.

Monroe Street Dam: This was the first hydroelectric development completed by Washington Water Power Company, at a natural waterfall on the Spokane River; it began generating power in 1890. The dam was rebuilt in 1974.

Nine Mile Dam: This project, originally developed in 1908 to supply power for the Spokane and Inland Empire electric railway system, was purchased by Washington Water Power Company in 1925.

Long Lake Power Station: Another early hydroelectric development, the Long Lake Dam was completed in 1915.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of approximately 360 technical drawings related to three Avista Corporation hydroelectric developments on the Spokane River: Nine Mile Dam (at Nine Mile Falls on the Spokane River), Monroe Street Dam (in downtown Spokane), and the Long Lake Power Station (about 30 miles northwest of Spokane). It includes a wide range of drawing types, from architectural plans to designs for individual equipment parts.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in three series, by project:

Series 1: Monroe Street Dam

Series 2: Nine Mile Dam

Series 3: Long Lake Power Station

All items have been kept in the arrangement created by Avista Corporation, in groups of rolled and flat drawings, each consisting of items related to a single development. The original roll numbers assigned by Avista have been retained.

A detailed list of the collection contents, with an itemized list of most of the individual drawings, is included in the collection (Box 1).

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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. Reproduction of some items, particularly large fragile drawings, may be limited.

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights note, July 2003: "Avista Corporation reserves a perpetual, royalty-free license with the right to use, copy or sublicense any and all intellectual property associated with the sujbect collection which Avista Corporation holds at the time of this assignment, including any copyrights and any derivative works to be completed in the future."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Avista Corporation donated these drawings to the Washington State University Libraries in 2003 (MS 2010-23).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman in 2010.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Washington Water Power Company papers, 1888-1965 (Cage 267 )

Washington Water Power Company informational kits, circa 1954 (Cage 91 )

Huntington family papers, circa 1921-1950 (Cage 4864 )

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Avista Corp. -- Archives.

Subject(s)

  • Architecture
  • Electric power production -- Washington (State)
  • Hydroelectric power plants -- Design and construction.
  • Public Utilities
  • Washington (State)
  • Water and Water Rights

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Monroe Street Dam 

container

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Box 1

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Rolls 3-7

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Roll 9-15

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Box 2

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Rolls 16-26

Monroe Street dam drawings 

Rolls 27-30

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Series 2: Nine Mile Dam 

container

Sanderson and Porter drawings 

Roll 1

Westinghouse drawings 

Roll 2

Other Nine Mile Dam drawings 

Box 2

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Series 3: Long Lake Power Station 

container

Long Lake Power Station drawings 

Roll 8

Long Lake Power Station drawings 

Box 2

Detailed list of collection contents (2003) 

Box 1

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