Archives 343

KWSC: The Northwest Pioneer

Broadcast Transcripts, 1938

Acquisition and Processing Information

Two copies of this were originally gifted to the WSU Libraries on October 6, 1938, accession numbers 397120 and 397121, by the author, Milo Wesley Goss, and held on the public shelves. In 1982 one was transferred to Special Collections as Cage 1566, the second in 1985 as accession UA1985-14. The two were processed/reprocessed in April 2014 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 1 box

Linear feet of shelf space: .25

Organizational History

The Northwest Pioneer was a radio broadcast series which aired on Washington State College's KWSC in ten sessions, from February to May, 1938. It was narrated by Milo Wesley Goss, and consisted of stories told by or about Whitman County or eastern Washington state pioneers.

Collection Description

The Northwest Pioneer came to the archives as two bound volumes, each copy containing one introductory page and ten typescript radio scripts. Due to the condition of the binding of one copy, that one was separated during processing and each script is now foldered individually. The second copy, bound but coverless, is at the back of this collection. The content of the two copies appears identical, save that two photographs are missing in the bound copy, and that the unbound copy appears clearer and more readable, particularly in the final scripts.

Collection Arrangement

The Northwest Pioneer is maintained in the order it was bound, with one biographical page at the front, and then ten scripts following in order of broadcast. The bound copy is placed in a final folder at the end. Though some dates were skipped, from the text of the broadcasts it is clear that no scripts are missing up to the last one included - that is listed as the tenth broadcast, and there are ten scripts present. It is unknown if the broadcasts continued after the last one here, but given that these were donated to the libraries by their creator five months after the final air date, it seems likely the series ended with the tenth episode.


The entirety of this collection is open and available for use. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
KWSC: The Northwest Pioneer Broadcast Transcripts, 1938 (Archives 343)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Container List

Folder Description
1Biographical Sketch & Photo: Milo Wesley Goss. 1 page.
2Adventures in Historical Research. Feb. 19, 1938. 1/2 hour, 15 pages. Interview with Clifford Drury about his introduction to the northwest, and his studies of missionaries, focusing on the Nez Perce and on the Whitman and Spalding families.
3The Story of Henry Harmon Spalding. Feb. 26, 1938. 1/2 hour, 15 pages. Clifford Drury tells Spalding's story.
4The Story of Marcus Whitman. Mar. 5, 1938. 1/2 hour, 20 pages. Clifford Drury tells Dr. Whitman's story.
5George Draper interview. Mar. 12, 1938. 1/2 hour, 12 pages. Interview with Mr. and Mrs. George AMOS Draper. George is referred to here as the "father of Agricultural Experimentation in eastern Washington." The couple had married in Elberton, WA, in March, 1883, and lived there continuously since.
6John Akins interview. Mar. 19, 1938. 1/2 hour, 18 pages. Interview with Captain John E. Akins of Lewiston, ID. Akins moved, with his parents, to the northwest in 1876 at the age of 10, and to Lewiston in 1879. He began working on steamers on the Snake/Columbia in 1890, and continued doing so until he retired 48 years later.
7History of the Palouse region. Mar. 26, 1938. 1/2 hour, 19 pages. Judge Garret D. Kincaid of Palouse talks about the early settlement and governance of Whitman County and the Palouse region.
8Lulu Downen's childhood, part one. Apr. 9, 1938. 1/2 hour, 14 pages. Lulu Laney Downen came to the northwest by wagon train in 1877, at the age of 9; her family settled six miles northwest of Colfax. She talks about her childhood and farm life.
9Lulu Downen's childhood, part two. Apr. 16, 1938. 1/2 hour, 17 pages. Continuation of the previous week's story.
10Lulu Downen's childhood, part three. Apr. 30, 1938. 1/2 hour, 20 pages. Continuation of the previous week's story, picking up with her moving to Pullman in 1881 and talking about the early development of the town.
11Coming to Pullman by wagon train. May 7, 1938. 1/2 hour, 13 pages. John and May McKenzie Squires of Pullman - May came there by wagon train with her family in 1877. She talks primarily about the wagon train experience, and about life in and near Pullman.
12Transferal paperwork.
13Second copy - bound, coverless. Formerly Cage 1566.