Guide to the William Stimson WSU History Correspondence 1987-1988
Cage 836

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Stimson, William, 1946-
William Stimson WSU History Correspondence
Cage 836
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space
The collection compiles correspondence received by Bill Stimson in the course of writing his 1989 book "Going to Washington State: A Century of Student Life." The correspondents are primarily Washington State University alumni, discussing their college experiences, and range from the 1890s to the 1980s.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] William Stimson WSU History Correspondence, 1987-1988

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

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Biographical/Historical note

William L. Stimson collected this correspondence for his published book "Going to Washington State: A Century of Student Life." After graduating from Eastern Washington University, Stimson worked as a reporter for the Spokane Chronicle, United Press International and Reuters, and was editor of "Spokane Magazine" and "Universe Magazine." He received his MA and PhD degrees in history from Washington State University, and became a Professor of Journalism at Eastern Washington University.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists primarily of photocopies of correspondence received by William Stimson while preparing his book. The correspondence all took place in 1987-1988, but discusses the correspondents’ memories of their time as students at Washington State University from the 1890s to 1980s. In some places, photocopies of letters or articles from the relevant period may have been included in the correspondence. Mr. Stimson’s personal notes are often written onto letters.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged chronologically by the graduation dates of the correspondents and then alphabetically by the correspondents’ names within each folder, on the assumption that the primary use would be by researchers interested in given time period.. In a few cases (mostly those predating 1920), the letters are from children about their parents’ experiences, and in those cases the parent is treated as the correspondent for purposes of determining filing dates and names. In cases where a correspondent’s marital name is obviously different from the name used while a student, their student-era name is used here. However, this is not always clear, and so may not be consistent.

Correspondence ranges from one page to thirty-plus pages, and the longer or more significant sets of correspondence are filed singly in their own folders. The final folder collects letters very specifically in response to requests by Mr. Stimson for information about Frank and Irene Potter; the correspondence in this set almost never touches on other topics.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Accruals note

Some small individual letters may be added to this as Mr. Stimson locates them. He’s also stated that he had intended to send the originals and will in the near future, at which point we’ll return the duplicates and replace them with the originals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These materials were gifted to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) by William Stimson on December 11, 2015 (MS.2015.21).

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in December, 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

WSU MASC’s Photo Collection (PC) 141, the William Stimson Collection of Donated Photographs of Pullman & WSU, 1890s-1980s, was received and processed at MASC prior to any knowledge that these papers would be coming. Several of the papers reference enclosed photographs; those photographs might be found in PC 141.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- History.
  • Washington State University -- Students.

Personal Name(s)

  • Stimson, William, 1946- -- Correspondence


  • Colleges and Universities.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

1897: Smith, Joe 

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1898: Bucklin, Robert 


1908-1910: Flood, Beryl & Lewis, Arthur; Smith, Andrew 


1922-1923: Bugge, William; Cline, V.R.; Compau, Cecil; G.F. Maughmer 


1927: Detering, Fred; Bageant, Kenneth 


1928: Brown, Dorothy; Keeney, Isobel 


1929: Appel, Lylia 


1929: McLarney, Felix & Siebenbaum, Dorothy 


1929-1930: Buckey, Mary; Bollman, Elsie; Pittmen, Chester 


1931: Bonn, Marjorie; Haines, Harold; Hein, Mel; Kadow, Kenneth; Kennedy, Ken; Rideout, James; Watt, Virginia 


1932-1933: Jenkins, Herb; Johnson, Virginia; Loeper, William; Millay, Grace; Newcomb, Reuben 


1934-1935: Bement, Ken; Bohler, John; McLarney, Arthur; Mitchell, Leonard 


1936: Camp, Elizabeth; Jorgenson, Rolf; Kienitz, Jean; Klessig, Elizabeth; Miles, Frances; Olson, Allan; Thornton, Genevieve 


1937: Bassett, Henry; Davis, Miriam; Faler, Delia; Holz, Robert; Johnson, Randall; Le Cocq, Rhoda; Rasmussen, Ruth; Schreck, S. Marie 


1938: Carroll, Dorothy; Conway, M.W.; Hill, Joe; Miller, Louisa; Miller, Wayne; Ott, Esther; Rice, Charles 


1939-1940: Davidson, Glen; Eagle, Dan; Lewis, Walter 


1943: Foraker, Phillip; Gay, Richard; Rodney, Marie 


1944-1945: Keithly, Margaret; Pease, Margaret; Piovesan, Irma 


1948-1949: Johnson, Wayne; Loeffelbein, Bob; Price, Miles; Pozzi, Ron 


1950-1951: Degerstrom, Joan; Fitch, Alice; Mullen, Jack; Webb, Betty 


1952-1953: Goudy, George; Hagie, Daryl & Jean; McCormmach, Russell 


1956-1960: Coe, Stanley; Foote, Maecel; Horn, Manita; McManus, Pat 


1960: Jeswine, Miriam 


1966: de Michele, Barbara 


1969-1971: Ferguson, Louise; Hendrickson, Scott; Jones, Harlan; Martin, Molly 


1971: Atkins, Ralph 


1980: Jensen, Jeff; Wheat, Lori 


Correspondence about Frank & Irene Potter