Guide to the Irwin Family Papers 1900-1946 and undated
Cage 859

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Irwin Family Papers
Cage 859
Date [inclusive]
1900-1946 and undated
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space
Papers of the Irwin family, mainly Archie Irwin, and other residents of Elberton, WA. Includes correspondence, fraternal organization records, high school yearbooks, and miscellaneous materials.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Irwin Family Papers

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Most of this collection centers around Archie Irwin (1882-1962) and his relatives. In the 1890s, his family moved to Elberton, Washington, where his father worked as a blacksmith. Archie Irwin remained in the Elberton area as an adult, and worked at a variety of jobs. He practiced amateur photography, documenting scenes, events, and people of Elberton during the first decade of the 20th century.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers of the Irwin family, mainly Archie Irwin (1882-1962), and other residents of Elberton, WA. It includes correspondence, a small amount of material related to a contested 1907 Elberton town election, minutes and other records of a fraternal organization, the Coming Men of America (Whitman Jr. Lodge 2018, Elberton), high school yearbooks, and a reminiscence about early 20th-century Elberton by Dora Wells Banning. Most of the correspondence consists of incoming letters to Archie Irwin. Other correspondents include other members of the Irwin family, and Frankie Morgan Ewing, Eli Ewing, Helen Ewing, and Jim Flannigan.>

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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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 may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington State University Libraries purchased this collection from Larry L. Irwin in 1988 (MS.1988.17).

Processing Information note

After earlier preliminary processing by MASC staff, Cheryl Gunselman completed final processing of this collection in 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Irwin Photographs and Glass Negatives (PC 119).

Separated Materials note

These materials were received with the Irwin Photographs and Glass Negatives, processed separately as PC 119.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

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


  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence: letters to Archie Irwin from Edna. 1904 

1 1

Correspondence: letters to Archie Irwin from Liva Irwin. 1905-1906 

1 2

Correspondence: letters to Archie Irwin from Lula Wells. 1903 

1 3

Correspondence: other letters to Archie Irwin. 1905-1906 

1 4

Correspondence: letters from Frankie Morgan Ewing to her mother. undated 

1 5

Correspondence: letters between Frankie Morgan Ewing and Eli Ewing. 1904-1915 

1 6

Correspondence: note to Frankie Morgan. 1902 

1 7

Correspondence: condolence letter to Eli Ewing from his niece, Madge. 1920 

1 8

Correspondence: postcards to Eli Ewing from Helen, Alice, and George. 1918 

1 9

Correspondence: letters to Helen Ewing from her aunts. 1914 and undated 

1 10

Correspondence: letters to Jim Irwin from Jim Flannigan and Al Evans. 1944-1945 

1 11-12

Miscellaneous correspondence and notes. 1904-1905 and undated 

1 13

Archie Irwin graduation certificate (8th grade) and miscellaneous ephemera. circa 1900-1910 

1 14

The Tamarack, North Central High School (Spokane, WA) yearbook. 5 volumes belonging to Alice Ethel Ewing. 1927-1929 

1 15

Coming Men of America, Whitman Jr. Lodge 2018, minutes, manuals, and other records. Minute book includes unrelated minutes of a special meeting of the Elberton Town Council in December 1907. 1901-1907 

1 16-17

State of Washington General Election Laws (1905 pamphlet) with inserted Archie Irwin documents. 1904-1905 

1 18

Documents related to contested Elberton election. 1907 December 

1 19

"Elberton, Whitman County, Washington" by Dora Wells Banning. undated 

1 20

Artifact: flour sack, Elberton Flour Mill Co. 

1 21

Collection documentation (reference material) 

1 22