Guide to the Wilmer-Davis Hall Scrapbooks 1937-2013
Archives 342

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington State University. Wilmer-Davis Hall.
Title
Wilmer-Davis Hall Scrapbooks
ID
Archives 342
Date [inclusive]
1937-2013
General Physical Description note
9 Linear feet of shelf space 13 boxes plus 1 oversized folder
Language
English
Abstract
Davis and Wilmer Halls were designed by Stanley Smith, University Architect. Constructed in 1937, they were originally named North Hall and South Hall, respectively. In 1947, they were renamed as Wilmer and Davis Halls. The collection consists of approximately four dozen scrapbooks created by the students and student advisors in Wilmer and Davis Halls, covering dates from 1937-2013.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Wilmer-Davis Hall Scrapbooks, 1937-2013 (Archives 342)

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Davis and Wilmer Halls were designed by Stanley Smith, University Architect. Constructed in 1937, they were originally named North Hall and South Hall, respectively. In 1947, they were renamed as Wilmer Hall, in honor of Frank J. Wilmer, a former state senator and member of the Board of Regents, and Arthur William Davis, another former member of the Board of Regents. They were planned and have been used continuously as women's residence halls.

To avoid confusion, it should be noted that two other Washington State College dormitories bore the North and South names - North House and South House were constructed in late 1946, and torn down before the end of the 1960s. Those were located east of Stadium Way, off of Farm (Grimes) way.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of approximately four dozen scrapbooks created by the students and student advisors in Wilmer and Davis Halls, covering dates from 1937-2013. The scrapbooks document student life in these two women's dormitories, and include photographs, clippings, and ephemera. The contents change by years and are representative of the available technologies of their times - earlier scrapbooks tend to be more utilitarian, primarily newspaper clippings, while the later scrapbooks tend to be primarily photographic, and more ornate.

A small amount of student government materials, primarily minutes from 1994-2006 and two ledgers covering 1948-1981, are also included in the collection.

Individual scrapbooks were unbound and foldered upon arrival in the archives, with their commercially-purchased covers being discarded. The sole exception is the wood-bound 1941-1946 scrapbook in box 2. Several dozen loose pages, apparently either created individually or previously parsed from other scrapbooks, have been placed in folders with the scrapbooks with matching dates. Some dates overlap or even duplicate each other; this is how these were received in the archives.

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Arrangement note

For ease of patron use, the folder listing below is a chronological list, rather than an ordered box-folder list, with the oversized materials at the end. While the items were organized chronologically, due to the varying sizes of the scrapbook materials they ended up in three parallel chronological physical series based on sizes (boxes 1-7 and 11-13 are 16"x20"x3" flat boxes; boxes 8-10 are standard records boxes, either 5" or 2.5", and the oversize folder is 24"x36"). Some dates overlap or even duplicate each other; this is how these were sent to the archives. While Wilmer-Davis is generally treated as one dorm today, this was not the case in the early days of this collection, so sometimes a scrapbook will be specific only to one dorm.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

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

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for in-person research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright and student privacy restrictions may be an issue in reproduction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These Wilmer-Davis scrapbooks had been in semi-public storage in Wilmer-Davis since their creation. In March of 2014 they were transferred to Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) by Alisha Balzaretti. They were retained as UA2014-05.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in March-April, 2014 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A variety of scrapbooks from other WSU dormitories are held here in the University Archives in Washington State University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Collections specific to Wilmer-Davis include Davis Hall Records, 1955-1968 Archives 141 and Wilmer Hall Records, 1952-1966 Archives 142.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Buildings -- Archives.
  • Washington State University. Wilmer-Davis Hall -- Records and correspondence.

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Dormitories -- Washington (State) -- Pullman.
  • Student Life
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

1937-1941 

1 1

1937-1938 

1 2

1937-1939 

1 3

1938-1939 

1 4

1939-1940 

1 5

1940-1941 

1 6

1940-1941 

1 7

1941-1946 

2 1

1941-1942 

3 1

1944-1945 

3 2

1945-1946 

3 3

1946, Fall 

3 4

1947 

3 5

1947-1948 

3 6

1948-1949 

3 7

1948-1949 

4 1

1950-1952 

4 2

1954-1955 

4 3

1955, Fall 

4 4

1956-1959 

5 1

1957-1958 

5 2

1959-1962 

5 3

1961 

5 4

1962 

5 5

1963-1965 

6 1

1966-1967 

6 2

1967-1968 

6 3

1968-1969 

6 4

1969-1970 

6 5

1971-1972 

6 6

1973-1974 

8 1

1975-1976 

7 1

1978-1979 

7 2

1979, Spring 

7 3

1982, Spring 

7 4

1982-1983 

7 5

1983-1984 

8 2

1984-1985 

11 1

1986-1987 

11 2

1987-1988 

11 3

1988, Spring 

8 3

1988-1989 

12 1

1988-1989 

8 4

1989-1990 

8 5

1995-1996 

8 6

1992, Fall 

12 2

1997-1998 part I 

9 1

1997-1998 part II 

9 2

1998-1999 

12 3

1999-2000 

9 3

2002-2003 

12 4

2003, Fall 

12 5

2007-2008 

12 6

2008-2009 

13 1

2009-2010 

13 2

2011-2012 

13 3

2012-2013 

13 4

Student Government, 1999-2004 

9 4

Student Government, 2004-2006 

10 1

Student Government - Ledger, 1948-1981 

10 2

Student Government - Ledger, 1950-1981 

10 3

1959-1960, 1962-1963, 1966 

Oversized