Classes Records 1900-1966
Archives 131

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Classes Records
Archives 131
Date [inclusive]
General Physical Description note
approximate 550 items  1.5 linear feet  3 containers
Includes minutes, correspondence, programs, broadsides, class lists and other papers.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of the class governments include minutes, correspondence, programs, broadsides, class lists and other papers.

Among the major student political organizations during the first fifty years of Washington State University were the class governments. Each group of students would, when entering school as freshmen, establish a political organization that would often far outlast their four years of college attendance. Remnants are still seen today in class reunions and Golden Grad celebrations every spring. But up until the post-war years, the student government as provided by the class organizations was the principle means of student organization and activities. With the rise of the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) the class organizations were relegated to a more social than political role. The student's voice to the university administration was now channelled through the ASWSU, thereby drawing on the support of all the students en masse rather than the approximately one-quarter of the student body which comprised an individual class. And in the early days particularly there was sufficient inter-class rivalry that any unified action was nearly prohibited. E. A. Bryan's Historical Sketch of the college has almost no mention of the associated students although he lists the presidents of that group from 1901.

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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

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the class governments have been deposited in the Washington State University Manuscripts-Archives Division from a variety of sources: individual student leaders, faculty advisors, and, for the post-war era, from among the records of the ASWSU Activity Center which provided administrative and secretarial services to student organizations.

Processing Information note

These records were inventoried by Terry Abraham and Ross James Pegler, April and May 1976.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Associated Students.
  • Washington State University Student Class Government--Archives
  • Washington State University Student class government--Records and correspondence
  • Washington State University. Associated Students.


  • College student government--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory


W.S.U. Classes 


Papers, 1900- 

Announcements, broadsides, programs, class lists and other miscellaneous papers. 

W.S.U. Class of 1904 


Minutes, 1903-1904   1.0 v. ms.

W.S.U. Class of 1908 


Minutes 1905-1908   1.0 v. ms.

W.S.U. Class of 1910 


Minutes, 1906-1910   1.0 v. ms.

W.S.U. Class of 1914 


Minutes, 1910-1914   1.0 v. ms.

Includes minutes of the W.S.U. Department of Elementary Science Class of 1910. 

Gift of Mrs. A. T. Flagg, 1964. 

W.S.U. Class of 1922 


Minutes, 1918-1922   1.0 v. ms.

W.S.U. Class of 1924 


Minutes, 1920-1924   1.0 v. ms.

W.S.U. Class of 1940 


Papers, 1939-1940   5.0 items.

Letters and constitution, bills and receipts. 

Gift of H. J. Deutsch. 

W.S.U. Class of 1946 


Annual senior ball dance program, May 18, 1946.1 item. 

W.S.U. Class of 1947 


Papers, 1946-1947   13.0 items.

Class constitution, organization membership lists, Class President's reports and clippings. 

W.S.U. Class of 1948 


Papers, 1946-1949   23.0 items.

Class President's reports, correspondence, annual organization membership lists, clippings, Junior and Senior Ball information. 

W.S.U. Class of 1949 


Papers, 1945-1949   28.0 items and 1 v.

Annual dances information and arrangements, membership lists, correspondence, clippings, treasurer's records, and announcements. 

W.S.U. Class of 1950 


Papers, 1946-1950   110.0 items and 1 v.

Minutes, financial records, broadsides, correspondence, membership lists, President's report, and clippings. 

W.S.U. Class of 1951 


Papers, 1948-1951   20.0 items and 1 v.

Minutes, financial records, correspondence, constitution, clippings, and memorandum. 

W.S.U. Class of 1952 


Papers, 1948-1953   50.0 items and 1 v.

Minutes, financial records, Correspondence, class officers roster, prom committee organization, and class treasurer's record book. 

W.S.U. Class of 1953 


Papers, 1950-1952   15.0 items.

Minutes, financial and budget records, correspondence, and advisory report. 

W.S.U. Class of 1954 


Papers, 1950-1954   2.0 items and 1 v.

Budget and request forms; treasurer's record book. 

W.S.U. Class of 1955 


Papers, 1953   1.0 item.

Facilities request form. 

W.S.U. Class of 1956 


Papers, 1953-1956   4.0 items.

Treasurer's records, minutes, and Junior Prom report. 

W.S.U. Class of 1958 


Papers, 1957-1958   56.0 items.

Minutes and agendas, correspondence, financial records, and commencement arrangement information. 

W.S.U. Class of 1959 


Papers, 1956   1.0 item.

Sophomore class notes and minutes. 

W.S.U. Class of 1960 


Papers, 1956-1960   14.0 items.

Correspondence, budget records, and telegrams. 

W.S.U. Class of 1961 


Papers, 1948-1966   46.0 items and 1 v.

Memoranda, reports, minutes, correspondence, and leadership conference records and information. 

W.S.U. Class of 1962 


Papers, 1960   4.0 items.

Correspondence and leadership conference records and materials. 

W.S.U. Class of 1963 


Papers, 1960-1963   32.0 items.

Correspondence; financial records; and leadership conference records, evaluations, reports, arrangements, minutes, and agendas. 

W.S.U. Class of 1964 


Papers, 1962-1964   13.0 items and 1 v.

Treasurer's records and budgetary information; committee membership, reports, minutes and agendas. 

W.S.U. Class of 1965 


Papers, 1963-1965   37.0 items.

Memoranda, minutes, agendas, broadsides, reports, correspondence, and leadership conference materials. 

W.S.U. Class of 1966 


Papers, 1962-1965   32.0 items.

Minutes, reports, broadsides, clippings, and committee assignment rosters. 

W.S.U. Class of 1967 


Papers, 1963-1965   24.0 items.

Minutes and organizational materials, leadership conference records, memoranda, correspondence, clippings, broadsides, reports, and membership lists. 

W.S.U. Class of 1968 


Papers, 1964-1966   9.0 items.

Minutes, memoranda and final report on class government evaluation