Guide to the Doelle Family Photographs 1910-1941
PC 176

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Doelle Family
Doelle Family Photographs
PC 176
Date [inclusive]
.5 Linear feet of shelf space 1 box
Collection materials are in English.
Photographs and ephemeral documents from the Doelle family’s attendance of Washington State College in 1910-1912 and 1939-1941. Primarily deals with fraternity and sorority life.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Doelle Family Photographs, 1910-1941

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

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Henry Doelle graduated from Washington State College (1912 Mining), and went on to become managing director and vice president of British Columbia‘s Sheep Creek Mines.

Doelle had two daughters. Dorothy ('41 English) was a member of Gamma Alpha Chi, the Advertising Club, Panhellenic and Spurs. The other daughter, Shirleigh ('41 General Studies) was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and later was employed by Boeing in drafting.

Shirleigh’s son, Don Lynch, also graduated from Washington State University (’79).

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Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of photographs and postcards of Washington State College collected by two generations of the Doelle family, from 1910-1912 (25 images), and from 1937-1941 (about 46 images). It also includes about 15 dance cards and other ephemeral documents from 1938-1941.

Henry E. Doelle attended WSC in 1909-1912, and was a founding member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and on the wrestling team. The majority of the items in this timeframe relate to those two activities.

Henry’s daughters, Dorothy and Shirleigh, attended WSC in 1937-1941. Shirleigh was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and the majority of the items in this era appear to be hers, and to relate to her sorority.

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The 1937-1941 materials are placed first in this collection, solely because the more fragile 1910-1912 materials are better preserved by being at the back of the box.

The 1937-1941 materials are broken into three small series. Dance cards are first, organized chronologically. Following that are a series of documents and then a series of photographs and postcards, each of which is organized alphabetically by subject.

The 1910-1912 photographs and postcards occupy a single folder.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2019

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.


Don Lynch has indicated that at some point in the future he may donate his own WSU materials, which might be then added into this collection.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on April 1, 2019 by Don Lynch, son of Shirleigh Doelle. They were retained as UPC-1901.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in April, 2019 by University Archivist Mark O’English.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington--Students--History--Sources
  • Washington State University--Students--History--Sources
  • State College of Washington--Wrestling--History--Sources
  • Washington State University--Wrestling--History--Sources
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity--History--Sources
  • Delta Delta Delta--History--Sources
  • Gamma Alpha Chi--History--Sources

Family Name(s)

  • Doelle Family

Personal Name(s)

  • Doelle, Henry E.
  • Doelle, Shirleigh
  • Doelle, Dorothy
  • Doelle, Henry E.
  • Doelle, Shirleigh
  • Doelle, Dorothy
  • Lynch, Don


  • Greek letter societies--Washington (State)--Pullman--History
  • Washington (State)
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Photographs

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Dance Cards, 1938-1941 

box folder


1 1


1 2


1 3


1 4

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Series 2: Documents, 1939-1941 

box folder

Graduation, 1941 

1 5

Letters, programs, articles, 1941 

1 6

Phone lists, 1939-1941 

1 7

Songs and music, 1939-1941 

1 8

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Series 3: Photographs and Postcards, 1937-1941 

box folder

Delta Delta Delta, 1940-1941 

1 9

Delta Delta Delta, large images, 1939-1941 

1 10

Graduation and campus, 1940-1941 

1 11

Postcards, general campus, 1937-1941 

1 12

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box folder

Photographs and Postcards, 1910-1912 

1 13