Preliminary Guide to the Weymouth Simpson Papers circa 1946-1981

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Simpson, Weymouth
Preliminary Guide to the Weymouth Simpson Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1946-1981
3 Linear feet, 4 Boxes
(MASC STAFF USE) MS-1982-26: 2-8-23-4; MS-1984-38: 2-4-25-4; MS-1984-39: 2-12-6-4
Collection materials are in English.
Papers of farm journalist Weymouth "Wey" Simpson. Mainly collected materials on agricultural subjects, including photographs, audio recordings, film, and materials related to farm surveys, agricultural conferences, and other events.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Weymouth Simpson Papers, circa 1946-1981 (MSSM.084)

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

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Weymouth "Wey" Simpson, a 1950 graduate of Washington State College, worked for 50 years as a journalist and broadcaster specializing in agricultural topics. After graduating from WSU, he worked for radio stations around the Pacific Northwest until 1961, when he accepted a position with KHQ in Spokane. He served as the news editor until 1966 when he became director of AgriNews, focusing on agriculture and agribusiness. He continued at KHQ for 20 years, and moved to KAQQ radio in 1986. He was an active member of the Spokane Ag Bureau, and served on a task force that was responsible for the agricultural and environmental pavilion at Expo '74. He is a long-time member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, and was inducted into the NAFB Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a recipient of the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award (1997).

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers of farm journalist Weymouth "Wey" Simpson. Most of the material was collected by Simpson in conjunction with his professional activities, and the collection includes photographs, film, audio recordings, files related to a farm survey from the early 1970s, conference materials from the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, and a small amount of printed material related to agricultural topics.

Preliminary inventory:

MS-1982-26 (1 box):

Photographs, most mounted, some with captions, showing individuals, facilities, and places. Some items are related to Washington State University. Circa 1930s-1960s.

MS-1984-38 (2 boxes):

Box 1: KHQ farm survey file, including two surveys from the early 1970s (completed forms and compiled data); Pacific Northwest Farm Forum file, 1954-1969; film clips, mainly federal government public service announcements on agricultural topics; USDA slide show, "The Pull of the Market Place," undated.

Box 2: Miscellaneous publications and ephemera, including Expo '74 agriculture pavilion, statistical publications, grape boycott information kit. Also films (5 items): State 4-H Club conference, 1963; WSU Pea and Lentil Research, 1964; Morrison, Hartson, WSU Extension; Lind Dryland Experiment Station Field Day, 1965; Wey Simpson and Glen Lake, 1964.

MS-1984-39 (1 box): Audio recordings (reel to reel), mainly public service announcements.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Arrangement reflects a pre-existing order from the records’ creators or previous custodians.

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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

Weymouth Simpson donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments in 1982 and 1984 (MS-1982-26, MS-1984-38, MS-1984-39).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- History -- Sources.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Simpson, Weymouth -- Records and correspondence.


  • Journalists -- Archives.
  • Agriculture -- Washington (State) -- History -- Sources.
  • Agriculture
  • Journalism

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