Preliminary Guide to the Eugene G. "Pat" Patterson Papers
MSSM.061

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Patterson, Eugene G.
Title
Eugene G. "Pat" Patterson Papers
ID
MSSM.061
Date [inclusive]
1971-1993
Extent
6.0 Linear feet 7 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use) MS.1978.24: 2-2-4-5; MS.1993.06: 2-2-22-4
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English.

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Biographical

Eugene G. "Pat" Patterson was born to Mattie and David Patterson of Pullman, Washington, in 1919. In 1940, he married Pullman High School classmate Maxine Weeks. He attended Washington State College (later Washington State University), where he received a B.A. in Political Science in 1946. During his time at WSC, Patterson served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer in the South Pacific, and was awarded numerous honors including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He returned to WSC in 1952 working as an Alumni Director for twenty-six years, as well as serving on the Athletic Council and as a part-time golf coach during the 1950s. In 1972, Patterson was elected to the state legislature as a representative for the 9th District. After four terms, Patterson was elected as a Washington State Senator, serving from 1980 to 1992. As a state legislator, Patterson sat on multiple committees including those focused on higher education and transportation. He remained a lifetime resident of Pullman until his death in 2004. The WSU Alumni Association created The Patterson Alumni Wall of Honor in recognition of Patterson's work at WSU and his support of education in the state of Washington.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the professional papers of Eugene G. "Pat" Patterson (1919-2004), former Washington State Senator, between 1971 and 1993. The collection primarily contains papers related to Patterson's work as a State Representative and then State Senator, including bound legislative reports, correspondence, handbooks, calendars, budget notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, and materials related to committees.

Preliminary Inventory:

MS.1978.24

Box 1: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Representative, including correspondence and documents pertaining to the corporate tax initiative 284, as well as the higher education and transportation committees (1972-1975).

Box 2: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Representative, including mailing, transportation, local government, and utilities (1971-1975).

MS.1993.06

Box 1: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Representative and Senator, including photographs, newspaper clippings, bound legislative reports, correspondence, stationery, handbooks, calendars, budget notes, and materials related to committees (1973-1993).

Box 2: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Senator, including photographs, newspaper clippings, bound legislative reports, correspondence, and materials related to committees (1983-1990).

Box 3: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Senator, including bound legislative reports, correspondence, books, budget notes, and materials related to committees (1988-1990).

Box 4: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Senator, including photographs, newspaper clippings, a book, correspondence, and materials related to committees (1980-1992).

Box 5: Papers related to Patterson's work as a State Senator, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, bound legislative reports, and materials related to committees (1988-1993).

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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

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Access

This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Pat Patterson donated these materials to the Washington State University Libraries in 1978 (MS.1978.24) and 1993 (MS.1993.06).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Patterson, Eugene G.

Subject(s)

  • Education, Higher--Washington (State)--Pullman--Administration
  • Legislators -- Washington (State) -- Archives.
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State). Legislature. House of Representatives.

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