Archives 345

Stevens Hall

Historical Questionnaires, 1982-1984 & Photographs, 1910-1979

Acquisition and Processing Information

The materials in this collection were transferred to Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on April 20th, 2014 by Margaret Kreder of Stevens Hall. They were retained as UA2014-08 and processed in April 2014 by University Archivist Mark O'English.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 2 boxes

Linear feet of shelf space: .75

Organizational History

Stevens Hall was constructed in 1895, and is the second oldest building remaining on the Washington State University campus. It is commonly held to be the oldest college dormitory in continuous use in the western United States. It was built as a women's dormitory, and is still so used today.

Collection Description

The collection consists primarily of 97 mailed questionnaires, filled out between 1982 and 1984 by former residents of Stevens Hall. The questionnaires cover aspects of their lives and memories from when they lived in Stevens Hall. Additionally, the first folder contains a good quality copy of the survey, a university history timeline, and a few pages from what appears to have been a summary document from the surveys. The final four folders contain 28 Steven Hall photographs, dating from the 1910s-30s and 1960s-70s.

It should be noted that the students conducting the project describe these as "oral histories." The term is misleading - no oral interviews were conducted and all materials were print only.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is organized chronologically, based on when the interviewees lived in Stevens Hall. While each respondent's survey is individually foldered, they are listed here solely by date. Some historical documents and photographs can be found at the collection's front and back, respectively.

Related Materials

Some Stevens Hall records are held in MASC as Archives 133: Stevens Hall Records 1894-1966, 1998-2002. Additional student goverment records and scrapbooks remain in the hall.


The entirety of this collection is open and available for use. Copyright restrictions apply, as no permissions for reproduction were gathered with the surveys.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Stevens Hall Historical Questionnaires, 1982-1984 (Archives 345)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 History Materials: Original survey; university timeline; a few pages from a summary document.
Questionnaires, listed by year entered Hall
2       1900s
3-6       1910s
7-28       1920s
29-50       1930s
51-68       1940s
1-2 69-78       1950s
2 79-96       1960s
97-98       1970s
99       1910s-1930s
100       1960s
101       1970s
102       Anna Hoig (housemother)