Preliminary Guide to the Frank M. Slagle Papers, 1868-1964

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Slagle, Frank M.
Frank M. Slagle papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1868-circa 1964
2.5 Linear feet 1 manuscript case and 1 oversize flat box.
Location Note
(MASC staff use): 2-9-22-2.
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank M. Slagle (1855-1934) was born and raised in Iowa. He married Fannie Countryman (1858-1939), and their their three children, Helen, Virginia, and Christian, were born in Alton, Iowa. He was a businessman involved in a variety of ventures across the United States, including mining, agriculture, and lumber. He moved to Pullman, WA, circa 1908, in search of new opportunities, while his wife remained at their home in Brookline, Massachusetts. He acquired farm land in the Pullman area and elsewhere in the Palouse region, and once he was established his wife joined him. He founded and operated the Palouse Country Improvement Company, and was one of the founding members of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes Frank McConnell Slagle's autobiography, Recollections of A Lifetime (1964), correspondence, a scrapbook ("Alaska Wheat," 1908-1911), day books (1876-1904), materials related to mining in California (correspondence, map, photos, etc., 1890s), a few items related to Slagle's involvement in the Home Builder Mining and Development Co., a genealogy, a stock book and a cash journal (probably Palouse Country Improvement Co.), photographs (circa 1908-1914), digitized photographs of Pullman (early 1900s, on compact disc) and a few flower show ribbons.

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Scope and Contents

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Nancy Gregory and Susan Slagle McConnell Walker donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2013 (MS.2013.07).

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Palouse Country Improvement Company and Pullman Chamber of Commerce Scrapbook, 1909-1932 (Cage 4236).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Palouse Country Improvement Company.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pullman (Wash.) -- History -- Sources

Personal Name(s)

  • Gregory, Nancy
  • Slagle, Frank M.

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