Guide to the Controller’s Office, Washington State University Records 1892-1920s
Archives 369

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Controller’s Office, Washington State University Records
ID
Archives 369
Date
1892-1920s
Extent
6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
4 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, reports, financial records, and class census material from 1892 through the 1920s formerly held by the Washington State University Controller’s Office.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Controller’s Office Records, 1892-1920s

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

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Biographical/Historical note

The WSU Controller’s Office (now also known as Accounts Payable) has existed since the founding of the university in 1892. The Controller’s Office is responsible for the financial, accounting, and treasury operations.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, reports, financial records, and class census material from 1892 until the 1920s, with a few items from the 1940s and 1950s.

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Arrangement note

The collection in arranged in two series as follows:

Series 1: Board of Regents Administrative and Business Correspondence (1890s) Series One consists of correspondence between various members of the Board of Regents during the first years of the university, the early 1890s. The series is split between administrative correspondence, containing information about the organization or the physical buildings on campus, and business correspondence. The business correspondence contains information and letters from local and regional distributors and businesses for university supplies, such as building materials and food. Within each individual set within this series, items are retained in their original order.

Series 2: Reports (1910s-1920s) This series contains reports from the major universities from around the state during the late 1910s and through the mid-1920s. There are multiple annual reports from the state normal schools at Ellensburg (now Central Washington University), Bellingham (now Western Washington University), and Cheney (now Eastern Washington University). There are two additional reports: on the University of Washington, and one on the plans and specifications for the city of Pullman. The series also contains State College of Washington (now Washington State University) reports. The Series Two reports were compiled for the Joint Board of Higher Curricula and contain information pertaining, but not limited to, census data, enrollments, building and room charts, expenditures, catalogues and costs. Within each individual set within this series, items are retained in their original order. The final box is oversized materials within this series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017

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 research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

On January 19, 1981 the Controller's Office transferred microfilmed record copies to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), where they were retained as UA1981-01. On April 13, 1981, one linear foot of non-microfilm (print) materials was separated out from these records and retained as UA1981-13. These papers contain correspondence, reports, financial records, and class census materials, among other things.

Processing Information note

Megan Ockerman processed this collection in February of 2017.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The MASC holds numerous other processed and unprocessed sets of records from the Controller’s Office. Please see MASC’s list of University Archives collections and their list of University Archives accessions for further information on those.

Separated Materials note

This accession was removed from UA 81-01 (Office of the Controller). UA 81-01 consisted of four boxes of microfilm of financial transactions (1918-1970s) which was processed as Archives 64 in 1981.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University. Controller's Office -- Records and Correspondence
  • Washington State University. Office of the Controller -- Records and Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Board of Regents: Administrative Correspondence 1890s 

1 1-12

Board of Regents: Business Correspondence 1890s 

2 1-10

State College of Washington Correspondence ca. 1905-1950s 

11

Board of Regents: Contracts and Bonds 1890s 

3 1

Washington State Normal School: Ellensburg, Reports 1910s-1920s 

2-3

Washington State Normal School: Bellingham, Reports 1910s-1920s 

4-5

Washington State Normal School: Cheney, Reports 1910s-1920s 

6-7

Miscellaneous Reports 1910s-1920s 

8

State College of Washington: Reports 1920s 

4 1-6

State College of Washington: Reports (cont.) 1920s 

5 7-8

Board of Regents certificate: E.S. Ingraham 1893 

6 1

Comparative table of Washington State Normal Schools 1919-1920 

2

Comparative table of Washington State Normal Schools 1922 

3

Census enrollment: University of Washington 1920-1921 

4

Census enrollment: University of Washington 1922 

5