Guide to the Ross McElroy Washington State College Photographs 1909-1913
PC 187

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
McElroy, Ross B. (Ross Bernard), 1890-1972.
Ross McElroy Washington State College Photographs
PC 187
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 1 Box, 364 images
Collection materials are in English.
364 black and white photographs of Washington State College during 1909-1913, primarily related to the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Ross McElroy Washington State College Photographs, 1909-1913 (PC 187)

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

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Ross Bernard “Mac” McElroy, 1890-1972, graduated from high school in Spokane, WA in 1909 and enrolled at Washington State College that fall. He graduated from WSC in 1913 with a B.S. in Engineering. While at WSC, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Crimson Circle, the student branch of AIEE, the baseball team (he played third base and was captain his senior year), and was on the Evergreen staff.

While on campus, McElroy dated Harriet Elizabeth Taylor, 1891-1974, of Waitsburg, also WSC class of 1913 (though it appears she did not attend her final year and so never graduated), who was a member of the Theta Kappa sorority. Ross and Harriet were married on October 22nd, 1913.

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Washington State College’s Kappa Sigma fraternity dates to 1906 under the name Kappa Theta, and became affiliated with Kappa Sigma in 1909 as the college’s first nationally affiliated fraternity. It occupied the former Walter Davis home in Pullman until a newly built house opened for the 1911 school year.

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Scope and Content

The photographs primarily document fraternity (specifically Kappa Sigma) life on the Washington State College campus during the years 1909-1913. They were collected by student Ross McElroy.

Images tend to be either postcards printed by Pullman area studios, notably Artopho, Robert Burns, and Monroe Studios, or self-developed photographs.

Photographs are often unidentified and/or undated. One telltale date indicator is the fraternity’s move from a residential home to a newly built chapter house, which occurred in 1911.

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The materials are arranged in an alphabetical subject-based order.

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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

The materials in this collection were purchased by the Washington State university Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections from a Wilder, ID resident in November, 2019 and retained as UPC2019-08. The provenance is unclear, but it appears that the seller purchased the materials in scrapbook form and then dismantled it so as to sell the individual images on EBay, cutting off the image edges where the scrapbook paper remained attached. As a result, this collection does not includes sports-related images (or other images that the seller thought would sell individually) which were part of the original scrapbook.

Processing Information

The collection was reorganized into a subject-based organizational system during processing, as no apparent original order remained.

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
  • State College of Washington -- Students.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • McElroy, Ross B. (Ross Bernard), 1890-1972 -- Photographs.


  • Greek letter societies -- Washington (State) -- Pullman.
  • Student Life
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)
  • Photographs

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Detailed Description of Collection

box folder


1 1


1 2

Boardwalks (sidewalks) 

1 3


1 4

Cadets, Camp Hay 

1 5

Campus buildings 

1 6

Campus Day, 1913 

1 7

Campus events 

1 8

Class competitions 

1 9

College Bell 

1 10


1 11

Foundation Day, March 28, 1911 

1 12

Grouped headshots 

1 13


1 14

Individuals, men 

1 15

Individuals, women 

1 16

Individuals, with monkey 

1 17


1 18

Kappa Sigma (original house, 1909-1911) 

1 19

Kappa Sigma (newer house, 1911-) 

1 20

May Fete, May 21, 1913 

1 21

Oscar Osthoff and Doc Bohler 

1 22

Other schools and off campus 

1 23


1 24

President Bryan 

1 25


1 26

Scrapbook pages: Kappa Sigma, 1909-1911 

1 27

Scrapbook pages: Women, 1909-1911 

1 28


1 29

"Sword fight" 

1 30

Teddy Roosevelt, Moscow, ID, April 10, 1911 

1 31

Thanksgiving, 1912 

1 32


1 33