Agricultural Research Center Office Files 1901-1948
Archives 20

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Agricultural Research Center Office Files
ID
Archives 20
Date [inclusive]
1901-1948
General Physical Description note
approximate 40,000 items  36 linear feet  73 containers
Language
English
Abstract
Includes correspondence, administrative materials, information requests, reports, bulletins, photographs and financial and budget materials.

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Historical Sketch:

The Washington Agricultural Experiment Station began as an element of the Washington Agricultural College, Experiment Station, and School of Science, now Washington State University, in 1892. Located near Pullman on a farm donated to the state, the station became the site of agricultural instruction and experimental work conducted by the staff of the station and the faculty of the College of Agriculture.

Since the station was founded, the Western Washington Research and Extension Center (WWREC) near Puyallup and numerous branch stations located across the state have been established to facilitate a variety of agricultural experimentation. Subordinate to the Pullman station director, the system Of branch stations over the years has included: Waterville Branch Station, Winthrop Branch Station, Dry Land Research Unit (Adams Branch Station) near Lind, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (Irrigation Branch Station) near Prosser, Tree Fruit Research Center (Tree Fruit Branch Station) near Wenatchee, Coastal Washington Research and Extension Unit (Cranberry-Blueberry Laboratory) near Long Beach, Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Unit (Northwest Seed and Truck Crop Laboratory) near Mount Vernon, Southwestern Washington Research Unit (Clark County Experimental Farm) near Vancouver.

While the director of the WWREC serves as vice-director of the experiment station system, the Puyallup station is not a branch station and is not subordinate to the Pullman station director.

In 1946, the Washington Agricultural Experiment Stations were made a part of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, which included the W.S.U. College of Agriculture, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Agricultural Extension Service. Formed to coordinate agricultural work and research at the College, the experiment stations, and throughout the state, the Institute existed until 1965 when a revised version of the previous organization was adopted. At this time the station was integrated into the newly-organized Agricultural Research Center of the College of Agriculture.

Directors of the Washington Agricultural Experiment Station:

*George Lilley, 1891-1892

*J.W. Heston, 1892-1893

*E.A. Bryan, 1893-1907

R.W. Thatcher, 1907-1913

I.D. Cardiff, 1913-1917

George Severance, 1917-1918

E.C. Johnson, 1919-1945

M.T. Buchanan, 1945-1966

*Served as director while President of W.S.U. The directorship was separated from the presidency in 1907.

Directors of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences:

J.C. Knott, 1946-1955

L.L. Madsen, 1955-1965

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the Washington Agricultural Experiment Station consist of approximately 40,000 items of correspondence and administrative materials, including requests for information, reports, bulletins, photographs and financial and budget materials. Materials relating to the various branch stations can be found in the records as well. The collection spans the years 1901 to 1948, with the bulk dating from the period 1901 to 1924.

The correspondence series spans the years 1901 to 1924 and consists of both letterbooks and office files. The thirty-six letterbooks contain primarily correspondence, including mailing lists and a great many brief replies to requests for information and bulletins published by the Station. The remainder of the series consists of the office files of several members of the Station staff, principally station directors. Although most of the correspondence is of an official nature, one container of Ira D. Cardiff's personal files is also included in the series. Photographs of E.C. Johnson, station personnel and farm equipment can be found in the folder labeled "Prosser Experiment Station, 1918-1920" in container 52.

Materials encompassing a variety of subjects spanning the years 1902 to 1948 are contained in a series immediately following the correspondence series. Of particular interest to the researcher investigating the history of the station is the folder entitled "History of the Experiment Station" in container 62.

The final series is composed of budgets and budget materials of the Pullman Station and the branch stations. Included in the series are reports, expenditures, receipts, and proposed, working, annual, and biennial budgets.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in three series. The correspondence series is divided into two subseries: letterbooks and office files. Arranged chronologically, the letterbooks containing mainly letters and some reports precede those containing mailing lists and brief replies to requests for station bulletins. The office files are arranged chronologically by individual Station staff member. Materials comprising the subject file are arranged alphabetically. The budgets and budget materials are arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

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

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Agricultural Research Center were deposited in the Washington State University Library prior to 1970 by the College of Agriculture (UA 76-12). The records of the Agricultural Research Center were separated (UA 78-7) from the records of the College of Agriculture and processed by Craig Holstine and James O'Neill between June, 1977 and May, 1978.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Washington Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Washington Agricultural College, Experiment Station and School of Science. Pullman Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Washington Agricultural College, Experiment Station and School of Science. Washington Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Washington State University. Agricultural Research Center--Archives
  • Washington State University. Agricultural Research Center--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural experiment stations--Washington (State)--Administration--Archives
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Research--Archives
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Photographs
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 Correspondence 1901-1924 

 1.1 Letterbooks 1901-1916 

Outgoing Correspondence: 

Box

(E.B. Elliot, Professor of Agriculture) April 1902-December 1903   2v.

1

(Elliot; W.A. Linklatter, Instructor in Animal Husbandry; George Severance, Professor of Agronomy) October 1905-July 1906   1v.

1

(R.W. Thatcher, Chemist) June 1901-December 1905   3v.

2

(Thatcher) December 1905-July 1908   3v.

3

(Thatcher) July 1908-October 1909   2v.

4

(Thatcher) October 1909-October 1911   2v.

5

(Thatcher, Director) October 1907-November 1908   3v.

6

(Thatcher) November 1908-December 1909   3v.

7

(Thatcher) December 1909-July 1910   2v.

8

(Thatcher) July 1910-March 1911   2v.

9

(Thatcher) March-December 1911   2v.

10

(Thatcher) December 1911-March 1913   3v.

11

Replies to Requests for Station Bulletins: 

Box

(Thatcher) July 1909-December 1911   3v.

12

(Thatcher to April 1913) December 1911-July 1914   2v.

13

 December 1914-March 1915   1v.

13

 November 1915-July 1916   2v.

Scope and Contents note

(contains mailing lists)

14

 1.2 Files of Individuals 1906-1924 

Ira D. Cardiff: 

Box

(A-W) (Personal Files) June 1906-July 1913 

15

(A-Z) October 1912-May,1913 

16

(A-Z) May-August 1913 

17

(A-Z) July-September 1913 

18

(A-Z) September-October 1913 

19

(A-C) July 1914-June 1915 

19

1915-1916: 

Box

A-Ci 

20

Caglon, R.B.-G 

21

Graves, H.T.-L 

22

Lampson, Lee M.-O 

23

P-S 

24

T-Y 

25

1916-1917: 

Box

A-Carleton, M.A. 

26

Circular Letters-G 

27

H-K 

28

L-M 

29

N-Severance, George 

30

Shinn, J.R.-Z 

31

R.W. Thatcher: 

Box

(A-Z) January 1907-January 1912 

32

(A-Z) January 1909-January 1910 

32

(A-Z) February-May 1912 

33

(A-Z) April-October 1912 

34

(A-Z) September 1912-February 1913 

35

(A-Z) February-April 1913 

36

H.W. Sparks: 

Box

 1910-1913 

37

Paul J. White; 

Box

(A-L) September 1912-August 1913 

38

(M-Z) September 1912-August 1913 

39

George Severance: 

Box

(A-Z) April-June 1913 

40

(A-Z) July-August 1913 

40

(A-Z) August-October 1913 

41

(A-Z) November-December 1913 

42

(A-Z) December 1913-January 1914 

43

(A-W) January-February 1914 

43

(A-Z) March-May 1914 

44

(A-Z) May-June 1914 

44

(A-Z) June-August 1914 

45

1917-1919: 

Box

A-Farm Markets, Office of 

46

G-N 

47

O-Z 

48

George Severance and E.C. Johnson: 

1918-1920: 

Box

A-Farm Markets, Office 

49

Farm Markets, Office of (Applications)-H 

50

J-Programs 

51

Projects-Z 

52

E.C. Johnson: 

1920-1922: 

Box

A-F 

53

Farm Markets, Office of-Kalkus, J.W. 

54

L-Z 

55

1922-1924: 

Box

A-B 

56

C-H 

57

K-Z 

58

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 2 Subjects 1902-1948 

Box

Administrative Bulletins 1914-1915 

59

Agricultural Extension 1939-1940 

59

Analysis by Various Stations 1914 

59

Animal Husbandry 1947-1948 

59

Applications 1907-1911, 1916-1918 

59

Appropriations 1915 

59

Assignment Cards 1934 

59

Bean, Roy P. 1929 

59

Bryan, E.A. 1908-1913 

59

Canning and Cold Pack Industry 1934, 1938 

60

Chemistry and Soils, Bureau of 1935-1936 

60

Committee on Experiment Station Organization and Policy, Agenda of Meetings 1940-1941 

60

Contracts, Demonstration Farms 1910-1911 

60

Corn vs. Summer Fallow (McCall, M.A.) 1915 

60

County Agent 1938 

60

Court Cases 1915 

60

Cuts [Illustrations] 1916-1918 

60

Dairy Husbandry 1912, 1915, 1931 

60

Directors of Station, Statement of Organization 1916 

60

Dry Land Demonstration and Experiment, Department of, and Bureau of Farm Development 1914-1915 

60

Elliott, E.E. 1902-1903 

60

Evans, J.B. 1903-1904 

60

Experiment Station Proposal, Congressional Record 1938 

60

Farm Debt Conciliation 1933-1934 

60

Farm Forestry 1939 

60

Farm and Home Program Building Extension 1938 

60

Farm Management 1912 

60

Farm Products 1909 

60

Financial Reports of the Experiment Station sent to USDA 1909-1945 

61

Finances 1907 

62

Financial Statements 1913-1917 

62

Forage Crops 1909, 1916-1917 

62

Forage Crops Conference 1930 

62

Foundations 1936 

62

Freezing Preservation 1937-1938 

62

Fruit and Vegetable By-Products Lab 1935 

62

Grange 1938 

62

Hatch Fund 1915 

62

Hegnauer Tract, Proceeds 1915 

62

History of the Experiment Station 1940 

62

Hop Bulletin Material 1938 

63

Hops 1938-1939 

63

Horticulture 1913, 1927 

63

Horticulture, Fruit Crops 1912-1917 

63

Horticulture Inspectors, Reports from 1916 

63

Insecticide and Fungicide Board, Minutes and Rulings 1915 

63

Interstate Commerce Commission 1938 

63

Investigations by the Experiment Station 1915 

63

Irrigated Lands 1916-1917 

63

Lake Chelan Station, Proposed 1916 

63

Land Grant Association, Committee on Experiment Station Policy 1945-1946 

63

Land Grant Association, Farm Buildings 1944-1945 

64

Land Grant Association, Floyd, Wm. A. 1945 

64

Land Grant Association, General Correspondence 1945-1946 

64

Land Grant Association, Reports from Convention 1946-1947 

64

Laws, State Department of Agriculture 1914-1915 

64

Letters, Duplicates 1915 

64

Livestock 1917, 1937-1938 

64

Marketing Agreements Program 1938 

64

Memoranda for Timekeepers 1934-1935 

64

"Men Wanted" Folder 1915 

64

Mining Experiment Station 1937-1938 

64

Orchard Tracts 1938 

64

Organization of Experiment Stations 1905-1908 

64

Phosphate Resources 1936 

64

Poultry Council 1938 

64

Program Building, County Extension 1939 

64

Recommendations 1927-1928 

64

Regional Planning Conference 1936 

64

Ritzville Tract 1911 

64

Road Supervisors, Counties of Washington 1916 

64

Schafer, E. G. 1915 

65

Sectional Threshing Cylinder Company 1916 

65

Separation Notices 1934 

65

Severance, George 1908 

65

Soil Conservation 1937 

65

Soil Erosion Farm 1931-1932 

65

Soils and Soil Fertility, Advisory Council on 1932 

65

Special Reports. Station Staff 1915 

65

Staff Meeting 1912 

65

State Fair 1913-1915 

65

Student Adviser Committee 1908 

65

Students Seeking Positions 1907 

65

Successful Farm Women 1916 

65

Sugar 1939 

65

Sunnyside Farm 1908-1909 

65

Survey, Experiment Stations 1919-1921 

65

Threshing Machinery Owners in the Inland Empire 1916-1918 

65

True, A.C. 1916-1919 

65

U. S. Department of Agriculture, O.E.S. 1907-1911 

65

United Tree Fruits, Inc. 1938 

65

Veterinary Science 1908 

66

Washington Livestock Association 1906 

66

Washington State Agricultural Council 1932 

66

Water Facilities 1938-1939 

66

Weeds 1916 

66

Western Range Survey 1938 

66

Wheat 1938 

66

Wheat Convention 1907-1908 

66

Wheat Variety Survey 1932 

66

Windbreaks 1908 

66

Winter School Students, Survey of 1920 

66

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 3 Budgets and Budget Material 1908-1946 

Box

 1908-1914 

67

 1914-1919 

68

 1917-1926 

69

 1924-1931 

70

 1931-1937 

71

 1937-1945 

72

 1943-1946 

73

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