Preliminary Guide to the Ted Van Arsdol Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Van Arsdol, Ted
Ted Van Arsdol papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1910-2010
12.75 Linear feet 13 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use. MS.2005.21 and MS.2009.13: 2-13-29-4; MS.2005.24: 2-6-10-3; MS.2016.26: 2-7-26-1).
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Ted Van Arsdol is a freelance writer from Vancouver, WA, with numerous publications, including several books: Battalion from the Mojave: History of the 535th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion; Hanford: The Big Secret; Northwest Bastion: The U.S. Army Barracks at Vancouver, 1849-1916; Desert Boom and Bust: The Story of Irrigation Efforts and Town-building in Benton County, Washington, 1888-1904; and Keeping an Eye on Pasco, 1889-1901.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of manuscripts and research materials of writer Ted Van Arsdol.

MS.2005.21: These papers dated from 1973 to 2003 include documents pertaining to American Indian fishing on the Columbia River (correspondence, legal documents, data tables, and newspaper clippings), as well as Van Arsdol's manuscripts for History and Development of the General Telephone Company of the Northwest, Robley Johnson Remembers, and Land of Prunes: The Rise and Fall of the Prune Industry in Clark County, Washington.

MS.2005.24: These papers dated from 1944 to 2004 consist of materials related to the history of Eastern Washington (the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Benton City, Moses Lake, Othello), and World War II. It includes printed ephemera, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, and articles.

MS.2009.13: This accession contains two typescripts related to Ted Van Arsdol's research on C. C. Van Arsdol (one annotated photocopy and one carbon), with descriptive and financial information about electric utilities (Washington-Idaho Water, Light & Power Company). The carbon consists of pages 13-31 of a larger, unidentified document.

MS.2016.26: This accession includes 11 boxes of material, and forms the bulk of the Van Arsdol Papers. Primarily materials related to his research and writing on topics in Pacific Northwest history: manuscripts, publications, notes, and collected research material. (A detailed preliminary inventory prepared by the donor is filed in box 11.)

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Organization of Collection

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. Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

Ted Van Arsdol donated three installments of these materials to the Washington State University Libraries between 2005 and 2009 (MS.2005.21, MS.2005.24, MS.2009.13). Matt Oftedahl donated the bulk of the collection on behalf of Carole Van Arsdol in 2016 (MS.2016.26).

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Ted Van Arsdol papers (Cage 117); C.C. Van Arsdol papers (Cage 103)

Separated Materials

One item, a large panoramic photograph showing an early 20th-century wheat harvest in Walla Walla, WA, was separated from this collection and added to the Historical Photograph Collection (PC 2).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Hanford site (Wash.)
  • Washington (State) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Van Arsdol, C. C., (Cassius Cash), 1851-1941
  • Van Arsdol, Ted


  • Agriculture -- Washington (State)
  • Concrete dams -- Design and construction

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