Preliminary Guide to the Washington Wool Growers Association Records 1987-2008

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Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Washington Wool Growers Association
Preliminary Guide to the Washington Wool Growers Association Records
Date [inclusive]
2 Linear feet of shelf space, 2 Boxes
(MASC staff use): 2-13-24-6
Collection materials are in English.
This collection consists of records of the Washington Wool Growers Association (now the Washington Sheep Producers Association).

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Washington Wool Growers Association Records, 1987-2008 (MS.2016.20)

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

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(From the guide to the Washington Wool Growers Association Records, 1969-1979)

The Washington Wool Growers Association is an organization of sheep producers and wool growers in the state of Washington. The state association is a branch of the National Wool Growers Association.

The membership of the Washington Wool Growers Association consists of persons who are both directly involved in the production of sheep and wool and those who are within the sheep industry or have an interest in it. The goals of the Association are to promote the welfare of the sheep industry in the state of Washington and to promote consumer usage of wool and lamb. They accomplish this by working on and/or lobbying for Congressional bills concerning foreign imports of sheep products, livestock taxes, public lands usage and predator control. Wool and lamb consumption are boosted through yearly barbeques which make people more aware of lamb and its many uses and through annual state and national Miss Wool contests. Miss Wool is a public relations representative for the industry.

Yearly conventions of the State and National Associations are both a means of improving ranching practices and setting future goals. Among the scheduled events at these conventions are programs and lectures on range management and sheep diseases and their treatment. The wool growers also meet to decide on their platforms and programs for the coming year and how they will react to proposed Congressional legislation which would affect their industry.

The annual Ram Sale is also an important event for the Wool Growers. The first Washington Ram Sale was held in 1950. Since that time it has grown in importance. This auction provides the ranchers with the opportunity to restock and improve their herds through the prime rams and ewes which are available at the sale. It is also a means of supporting the Washington Wool Growers Association.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of records of the Washington Wool Growers Association (now the Washington Sheep Producers Association). It includes board of directors records, constitution and bylaws, correspondence, newsletters, membership lists, financial statements, and documents related to association-sponsored events such as conventions, lambing and shearing schools, and the group's annual ram sale.

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This is a 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

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Jill Swannack donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries on behalf of the Washington Sheep Producers Association in 2016 (MS.2016.20).

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Related Materials

Related Material

Washington Wool Growers Association Records, 1969-1979 (Cage 523)

Columbia Basin Wool Growers Association Records, 1955-1976 (Cage 359)

Washington Wool Growers Association Women's Auxiliary Records, 1923-2004 (Cage 844)

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington Wool Growers Association -- Records and correspondence.
  • Washington Sheep Producers Association -- Records and correspondence.
Creator(s) :
  • Washington Sheep Producers Association.


  • Wool industry -- Washington (State) -- Societies, etc.
  • Sheep -- Washington (State)
  • Wool industry -- Washington (State)
  • Agriculture -- Washington (State) -- Societies, etc. -- Records and correspondence
  • Agriculture
  • Washington (State)

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