Guide to the Merion Bluegrass Association Records 1957-1991
Cage 867

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Merion Bluegrass Association
Merion Bluegrass Association records
Cage 867
Date [inclusive]
6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
2.45 linear feet of shelf space
The Merion Bluegrass Association Records consists of correspondence, by-laws, financial statements, budgets, minutes, annual meeting materials, membership rosters, photographs, and advertising material from the Merion Bluegrass Association up until its dissolution in 1989.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Merion Bluegrass Association Records, 1957-1991. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Historical Note

In 1954 Arden Jacklin, George Royes and Dwight Hopkins incorporated the Merion Blue Grass Association in Oregon. The purpose of the Association was to promote, advertise and educate the public in the "use and desirable features of" Merion Blue Grass, thereby increasing its consumption. The Association was a non-profit organization. It met annually in Oregon or Washington to discuss and further its business, and conducted public relations through an office in New York. The Merion Bluegrass Association was dissolved in 1989. The balance of the Association's funds were donated to the Ralph Engel Turfgrass Scholarship Fund at Rutgers University.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records of the Merion Bluegrass Association. The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial reports, by-laws, meeting minutes and committee reports, and papers pertaining to membership, public relations, and research and development. Additionally the collection contains material relating to the dissolution of the Merion Bluegrass Association in 1989, including IRS documents. The collection also includes advertisements and advertising research files, turf grass pamphlets, Lawn Institute material, photographs, film negatives, and a slideshow with narration (33 1/2 rpm disc).

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Arrangement note

The documents in this collection are arranged in five series: administrative, correspondence, research, financial, and promotion and events.

Series 1: Administrative, 1957-1989. This series contains material on the operation of the Merion Bluegrass Association. This includes meeting minutes, meeting files, board meetings, by-laws, and membership applications. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1978-1991. This series contains all correspondence material including correspondence with members, their public relations firm, and researchers, notably C. Reed Funk at Rutgers University. Also present is a mailing list. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Research, 1970-1991. This series contains research and statistical data. Included are turf grass pamphlets and Rutgers University research correspondence material. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 4: Financial, 1979-1990. This series contains all financial material, including financial reports and Internal Revenue Service material that detail the dissolution of the Merion Bluegrass Association in 1989. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 5: Promotions and Events, 1961-1988. This series contains advertising material including flyers and brochures. Also included is a lawn and turf benefits pamphlet, photographs, and slide show with accompanying narration in the form of a vinyl record. This series is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017
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

Donated to Washington State University on behalf of the Merion Bluegrass Association in 1991 (MS.1991.59).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Chris Halderman and Steven Bingo in 2017.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Merion Bluegrass Association Records 1954-1982 (Cage 528)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Merion Bluegrass Association -- Archives.


  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture -- Northwest, Pacific -- Societies, etc. -- Records and correspondence
  • Bluegrasses
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Administrative 1957-1989 

Box Folder

Richard Bailey 1978-1981 

1 1

Executive Committee 1984 

1 2

Letterhead material undated 

1 3

Meeting files 1978-1983 

1 4

Clifford Mattila files 1979-1983 

1 5

Meeting files 1981-1989 

1 6

Membership applications 1979 

1 7

Membership program undated 

1 8

Merion Bluegrass by-laws 1957-1976 

1 9

Minutes 1979-1983 

1 10

Minutes 1984-1989 

1 11

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 Series 2 Correspondence 1978-1991 

Box Folder

Margaret Herbst Public Relations 1978-1983 

2 12

Miscellaneous correspondence 1978-1983 

2 13

Member correspondence 1979-1983 

2 14-15

Merion Bluegrass mailing list 1979-1982 

2 16

Eveson, Snyder, Lincoln and Company 1984-1987 

2 17

Lawn Institute 1984-1990 

2 18

Margaret Herbst Public Relations 1984-1990 

2 19

Member correspondence 1984-1990 

2 20

Miscellaneous correspondence 1984-1991 

3 21

Merion Bluegrass mailing list 1988-1989 

3 22

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 Series 3 Research 1970-1991 

Box Folder

Research 1980-1983 

3 23

Research and development 1970-1983 

3 24

Research and development 1984-1989 

3 25

Research and development committee 1979-1982 

3 26

Rutgers Turfgrass Proceedings 1987 

3 27

Rutgers University 1980-1981 

3 28

Rutgers University 1988-1990 

4 29

Statistical 1978-1983 

4 30-31

Statistics 1981-1989 

4 32

Turfgrass evaluation programs 1987-1989 

4 33

Turfgrass variety lists 1987-1988 

4 34

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 Series 4 Financial 1979-1990 

Box Folder

Financial 1979-1983 

4 35

Financial reports 1983-1990 

4 36

Internal Revenue Service 1984-1990 

4 37

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 Series 5 Promotions and events 1961-1988 

Box Folder

1978-1979 Promotion 1978-1982 

4 38

6th Annual Turf Field Day 1988 

4 39

Flyers and brochures undated 

4 40

Lawn and Sports Turf Benefits undated 

5 41

Lawn Institute Outreach undated 

5 42

Photographs 1980-1987 

5 43

Slide show 1961-1969 

6 45

Slide show narration undated 

5 44

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