Guide to the Frank Joseph Kottke Papers 1936-1994
Cage 823

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Kottke, Frank Joseph
Title
Frank Joseph Kottke papers
ID
Cage 823
Date [inclusive]
1936-1994
Extent
8.0 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Frank Joseph Kottke Papers consists of materials correspondence and other records created and collected by Kottke over his adult life. The collection includes correspondence with his family during World War II, records generated from his position on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Pullman Public Transit, and letters to Washington state politicians in the United States legislature. Dr. Kottke was a professor of economics at Washington State University from 1961-1979.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Frank Joseph Kottke Papers

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank Kottke (1913-2002) was a Professor of Economics at Washington State University (WSU) from 1961-1979. Kottke, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, earned his PhD from Columbia University in 1940, was drafted by the Army in 1943, taught at the University of North Carolina from 1946-1951 and worked for the Federal Trade Commission as an expert in competition and monopolies. After joining WSU's faculty in 1961, Kottke taught courses in industrial organization.

In 1938, Dr. Kottke met Dr. Esther Hendee (1903-1974) and the two began a relationship. Like Kottke, Dr. Hendee was highly educated. She earned a PhD in biology from University of California, Berkeley and was working at Russell Sage College, an all-women’s school in Troy, New York. The two married in the fall of 1939 and had their first child, Margaret, in April of 1943. They remained married until Esther’s death in 1974.

Kottke retired from WSU in 1979 and served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Pullman Public Transit in the 1980s and 1990s. Kottke moved to Spokane in 1994, where he passed away in 2002.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of three distinct sets of materials related to Frank Kottke's role as a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Pullman Public Transit, as a citizen informing U.S. senators and representatives on his position on matters of public policy, and as a husband writing his wife during his time with the Army during World War II. This collection contains correspondence, minutes and reports related to public transportation in Pullman, Washington, and clippings informing his public policy letters to U.S. political figures.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into three series.

Series 1: Pullman Transit Citizen's Advisory Committee, 1985-1993. This series consists of papers relating to Kottke's position on the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) for public transportation in Pullman from 1985-1993 and has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 1: Meetings, 1988-1993. This subseries contains minutes and reports from CAC meetings and is arranged in reverse chronological order.

Subseries 2: Subject files, 1984-1990. consists of special reports, correspondence, budgets, and surveys on topics including bus fare, routes, ads on buses, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, student ridership, and a taxi service run by Pullman Transit. This subseries is organized alphabetically by the subject headings Kottke devised.

Series 2: Public policy correspondence, 1975-1994. This series consists of correspondence about public policy to members of the U.S. House and Senate from 1975-1994. These letters cover a wide range of topics from taxes and deficits to Medicare and Social Security to Anti-Trust Law and banking. It contains a number of responses from the offices of Washington state politicians, including Representative Thomas Foley, Senator Brock Adams, Senator Patty Murray, and Governor Booth Gardner. It also includes articles collected by Kottke related to the topics discussed. This series had been organized by Dr. Kottke and is arranged in reverse chronological order.

Series 3: Personal correspondence, 1936-1946. This series consists of the personal correspondence of Frank Kottke from 1938-1945. It includes incoming and outgoing letters between Kottke, his family and his fiancée Esther C. Hendee, who became his wife during the course of this correspondence. These letters fall into two categories: the initial exchanges between Frank and Esther during the months leading up to their marriage and letters to Frank from Esther and his family during Frank’s time in the Army (1943-1945). The latter correspondence includes commentary on wartime life, long distance relationships, and anecdotes and updates about their daughter Margaret. The letters reveal the initial apprehensions that both Frank and Esther felt regarding their age difference, thoughts concerning women in the workforce, and opinions about appropriate gender roles in 1940s America. Unlike the rest of the collection, the correspondence was not completely sorted by Dr. Kottke and its arrangement diverges significantly from its original order. The second folder includes an introduction by Dr. Kottke explaining his attempts to arrange the letters and his initial feelings regarding Esther written in 1980. This series is arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

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

The Frank Joseph Kottke Papers were donated to Washington State University by Kottke in 1993 and 1994 (MS 1993.23 and MS 1994.30). A latter accession was donated by Brigham Young University-Idaho archivist Martin Raish in 2011 (MS 2011.29). Raish came by a body of correspondence to Kottke and his wife Esther via his neighbor who purchased the letters from a second hand dealer.

Processing Information note

Jason Hogstad and Steven Bingo processed this collection in 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Kottke provided an oral history for the Centennial Oral History Project (UA 202)in 1987. The interview may be viewed on the MASC Digital Collections website.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Kottke, Frank Joseph.

Subject(s)

  • Economics teachers -- 20th century--Washington (State)--Pullman--Archives.
  • Hendee, Esther C. (Esther Crissey), 1903-.
  • Home and Family.
  • Local transit--Washington (State)--Pullman.
  • Love letters.
  • Politics and Politicians.
  • Transportation.
  • Washington (State).
  • Washington State University--Faculty--Archives.
  • World War, 1939-1945.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Pullman Transit Citizen's Advisory Committee 1985-1993 

 Subseries 1 Meetings 1988-1993 

Box Folder

Meeting March 25, 1993 

1 1

Meeting December 17, 1992 

1 2

Meeting October 1992 

1 3

Meeting May 28, 1992 

1 4

Meeting April 16, 1992 

1 5

Special meeting on six year plan March 4, 1992 

1 6

Meeting February 20, 1992 

1 7

Americans with Disabilities Act hearing January 16, 1992 

1 8

Meeting December 1991 

1 9

Meeting October 17, 1991 

1 10

Meeting August 22, 1991 

1 11

Meeting June 20, 1991 

1 12

Meeting April 1991 

1 13

Meeting February 6, 1991 

1 14

Meeting December 20, 1990 

1 15

Meeting October 10, 1990 

1 16

Meeting August 8, 1990 

1 17

Meeting May 16, 1990 

1 18

Pullman Transit Annual Report May 1990 

1 19

Meeting April 11, 1990 

1 20

Meeting February 7, 1990 

1 21

Meeting December 1989 

1 22

Meeting October 11, 1989 

1 23

Meeting August 9, 1989 

1 24

Meeting February - May 1989 

2 25

Pullman Transit Annual Report 1988 

2 26

Meeting November 1988 

2 27

Meeting April 1988 

2 28

Backup data for meeting April 1988 

2 29

 Subseries 2 Subject files 1988-1993 

Box Folder

Backup data for meeting April 1988 

2 29

Advertisements on buses 1985 

2 30

Budgets 1984-1987 

2 31

Bus purchase 1986 

2 32

Bus storage 1986 

2 33

Capital improvements program 1988 

2 34

Charters 1986-1988 

2 35

Data for WSU student body impact on transit 1985 

2 36

Dial-a-Ride 1985 

2 37

Faculty parking 1989 

2 38

Fare - late night express 1989 

2 39

Goals 1984-1986 

2 40

Pullman Transit Annual Report 1985 

2 41

Pullman Transit Annual Report 1986 

2 42

Pullman Transit commission 1986-1988 

2 43

Pullman Transit development plan 1990 

2 44

Pullman Transit system review 1985 

2 45

Ridership 1984-1987 

2 46

Small bus 1987 

2 47

Taxi 1984-1988 

3 48

WSU student cost and input 1986 

3 49

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 Series 2 Public policy correspondence 1975-1994 

Box Folder

Public policy correspondence 1994 

3 50

Public policy correspondence 1993 

3 51

Public policy correspondence 1992 

3 52

Public policy correspondence 1991 

3 53

Public policy correspondence May - December 1990 

3 54

Public policy correspondence January - April 1990 

3 55

Public policy correspondence 1989 

3 56

Pullman cable television correspondence 1988 

3 57

Public policy correspondence 1988 

3 58

Public policy correspondence 1987 

4 59

Public policy correspondence 1986 

4 60

Amendments to antitrust laws 1986 

4 61

Public policy correspondence 1985 

4 62

Public policy correspondence 1983-1984 

4 63

Public policy correspondence 1981-1982 

4 64

Public policy correspondence 1975-1980 

4 65

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 Series 3 Personal correspondence 1936-1946 

Box Folder

Incoming correspondence to Esther Hendee 1936-1944 

5 66

Correspondence December 1938 

5 67

Correspondence January 1939 

5 68

Correspondence February 1939 

5 69

Correspondence March 1939 

5 70

Correspondence April 1939 

5 71

Correspondence May 1939 

5 72

Correspondence June 1939 

5 73

Correspondence July 1939 

5 74

Correspondence August 1939 

5 75

Correspondence September 1939 

5 76

Correspondence October 1939 

6 77

Correspondence November 1939 

6 78

Correspondence December 1939 

6 79

Correspondence January 1940 

6 80

Correspondence November 1941 

6 81

Correspondence December 1942 

6 82

Correspondence circa January - March 1943 

6 83

Correspondence January 1943 

6 84

Correspondence February 1943 

6 85

Correspondence March 1943 

6 86

Correspondence April 1943 

6 87

Correspondence May 1943 

6 88

Correspondence June 1943 

6 89

Correspondence July 1943 

6 90

Correspondence August 1943 

6 91

Correspondence September 1943 

6 92

Correspondence October 1943 

6 93

Correspondence November 1943 

6 94

Correspondence December 1943 

6 95

Correspondence January 1944 

6 96

Correspondence March 1944 

6 97

Correspondence April 1944 

6 98

Correspondence May 1944 

6 99

Correspondence June 1944 

7 100

Correspondence July 1944 

7 101

Correspondence August 1944 - November 1944 

7 102

Correspondence December 1 - 19, 1944 

7 103

Correspondence December 20 - 31, 1944 

7 104

Correspondence January 1 - 15, 1945 

7 105

Correspondence January 16 - 31, 1945 

7 106

Correspondence February 1 - 14, 1945 

7 107

Correspondence February 15 - 28, 1945 

7 108

Correspondence March 1945 

7 109

Correspondence April 1 - 15, 1945 

8 110

Correspondence April 16 - 30, 1945 

8 111

Correspondence May 1945 

8 112

Correspondence June 1945 

8 113

Correspondence July - September 1945 

8 114

Correspondence October - December 1945 

8 115

Correspondence January 1946 

8 116

Miscellaneous correspondence undated 

8 117

Miscellaneous correspondence undated 

8 118

Miscellaneous correspondence undated 

8 119

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