Guide to the Feider Family Papers 1913-1919
Cage 804

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Feider, Bertha, 1902-1995
Feider Family Papers
Cage 804
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
0.25 linear feet of shelf space
This collection consists of the papers of three sisters of the Feider family from the years 1913-1919. The papers include school work and promotion certificates for Elizabeth, Mary and Bertha Feider who attended Catholic schools in Whitman County in the early 1900s as well as a letter written by Elizabeth to one of her sisters in 1919.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Feider Family Papers, 1913-1919

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Elizabeth, Mary and Bertha Feider were the daughters of Stanislaus and Rosa Feider, a Pomeroy, Washington farmer and his wife. The three sisters married and remained in Eastern Washington area for the rest of their lives.

The Feider sisters attended St. Scholastica's Academy in Colton, Washington. The school was founded in 1894 by the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude. The order left the Colton area to settle permanently just outside of Cottonwood, Idaho, but a number of sisters remained at St. Scholastica's as teachers and administrators. The original building housing St. Scholastica's was destroyed by fire in 1915, then rebuilt in the same location a year later. The Benedictine Sisters continued overseeing the academy until 1931, when they were called back to the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. Several of the Benedictine Sisters continued to teach at the parish parochial school in Colton until 1937, when the School Sisters of Notre Dame purchased the school. In 1948, the Notre Dame Sisters opened Notre Dame Academy for high school girls in the former St. Scholastica's building. That school closed in 1960. The building and land were purchased by a private party in 1961 and demolished in 1986.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers of the Feider Family of Pomeroy, Washington. The bulk of the collection is school assignments, notes and promotion certificates of Elizabeth, Mary and Bertha Feider when they attended St. Scholastica's Academy in Colton, Washington. Among the items in the collection are Mary Feider's promotion certificate from 7th grade to 8th grade in 1913; Bertha Feider's notes and assignments from 5th, 6th, and 7th grades and a certificate of her promotion from 6th to 7th grade in 1914; two undated drawing notebooks of Elizabeth Feider; Elizabeth Feider's literature assignments, notes and book reports as well as minutes from a meeting establishing a literature club at the high school; and a letter written in 1919 by Elizabeth to one of her sisters (unidentified).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was transferred to the Washington State University Libraries from the Sisters of Providence of Seattle, Washington in 2013 (MS.2013.30).

Processing Information note

Darcie Hart Riedner processed this collection in 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • St. Scholastica's Academy (Colton, Wash.)

Family Name(s)

  • Feider family -- Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Whitman County (Wash.) -- History -- Sources

Personal Name(s)

  • Feider, Elizabeth, 1897-1980
  • Feider, Mary, 1899-1993


  • Catholic schools -- Washington (State) -- History -- Sources
  • Education, secondary--Washington (State)--Colton--History--Sources
  • Education--Washington (State)
  • Elementary and secondary education

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