Preliminary Guide to the Pullman Historical Club Records 1904-2015

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Pullman Historical Club Pullman Historical Club
Preliminary Guide to the Pullman Historical Club Records
Date [inclusive]
5.25 linear feet, 7 records cartons and 1 oversize box.
(MASC staff use) MS.1998.20: 2-5-14-6; MS.1999.02: 2-2-7-2; MS.2014.01: 2-2-8-2; MS.2014.14: 2-2-9-2; MS.2014.22: 2-2-9-2; MS.2016.09: 2-2-8-2.
Collection materials are in English.
Materials are in English.
This collection consists of records of the Pullman Historical Club of Pullman, Washington.

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In 1904, Elizabeth Hungate formed a women's reading circle in Pullman, Washington, with ten members, including Grace Baum, A. B. Baker, C. M. Waters, J. J. Murray, I. Dysart, Mrs. Charles White, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Keeney, and Mrs. True. The group held meetings every two weeks to discuss the Winona and Chautauqua Reading Courses, as well as Shakespearean readings. Once the Pullman Historical Club was formally organized (later that year), with its first charter membership numbering nineteen women, the group selected yearly subjects for their research and activities, with its first focus on the history of Japan. The club has received recognition from national organizations, including the Pan-American Union, for the comprehensive level of scholarship within their study courses. These histories span the globe and address religion, education, art, music, as well as local history. Supplementing their reading courses and the presentations given by members at regular meetings, the Pullman Historical Club has had guest speakers from the community, and has held themed luncheons, including the President's Day program. In addition to other community services performed by group, the Pullman Historical Club has collaborated with local organizations, such as the Red Cross and the Pullman Fortnightly Club, and worked to secure libraries, water fountains, and playgrounds for Pullman schools. The Pullman Historical Club is currently active.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of records of the Pullman Historical Club of Pullman, Washington. It includes meeting minutes, membership rolls, and club scrapbooks, including event programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, and historical sketches of the organization's earliest years.

Preliminary Inventory:


Box 1: Scrapbooks of programs and newspaper clippings, 1904-1960s and 1980s-1990s (2 items).

Box 2: Meeting minutes, 1904-1922; scrapbook of club history from 1904-1944 including event programs, photographs, and membership rolls; scrapbook of meeting minutes, programs and newspaper clippings (1953-1963); and programs, 1908-1980.

Box 3: Large scrapbook with photographs, event programs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia, 1904-2004.


Box 1: Meeting minutes (1922-1953).


Box 1: Early club historical notes (1934), meeting minutes and other related papers (1999-2009).


Box 1: Event programs, 1951-2014.


Box 1: Floppy disks with digital reproductions of yearbooks (2003-2004), DVD with digital file of club history document (2011-2012), membership rolls (1951-2012), and miscellaneous materials.


Box 1. Minutes, 1963-1999, and historical sketches, 1980 and 2015.

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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 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Received by Washington State University Libraries from the Pullman Historical Club in multiple installments beginning in 1998 (MS.1998.20, MS. 1999.02, MS.2014.01, MS.2014.14, MS.2014.22, MS.2016.09).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Fmo(s) :
  • Pullman Historical Club

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pullman (Wash.)--History--Sources


  • Women--Social life and customs--21st century
  • Women--Societies and clubs--Washington (State)--Pullman--Records and correspondence
  • Women--Education--Washington (State)--Societies, etc
  • Women--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Women

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