Guide to the WSU Graduate School Centennial Papers 2000-2002
Archives 371

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
WSU Graduate School Centennial Papers
Archives 371
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space
Papers documenting the centennial of the granting of Washington State University’s first graduate degree. The papers include histories on when and how many advanced degrees WSU has granted, as well as who the first recipients in each program were.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] WSU Graduate School Centennial Papers, 2000-2002

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Washington State University granted its first upper level degree in 1902, ten years after offering its first classes. Its first PhD followed in 1929. The school’s Graduate School supports and oversees those upper level courses and programs.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of papers created or collected between 2000 and 2002 for the centennial of Washington State University’s Graduate School. The papers document the work of the steering committee as well as the events the anniversary tied to. The papers also provide broad secondary source data on the history of each degree offered at WSU, the first individuals and/or the first women to receive advanced degrees in each program, the numbers of degrees granted, as well as biographies of select individuals who were WSU “firsts.”

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Arrangement note

The collection is ordered alphabetically by subject. One small subseries of significant individuals exists, and is also ordered alphabetically. One folder of materials relevant to the donation to the archives of the papers is housed at the end.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

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

The papers from the Washington State University Graduate School’s “Century of Graduate Education” centennial were donated to the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on May 16, 2002 by Karen De Pauw and Michael J. Tate. They were retained as UA2005-13.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed in June, 2017 by University Archivist Mark O’English. Some individual WSU publications, such as commencement programs and campus newsletter, were removed to the WSU Publications collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University. Graduate School.


  • Colleges and Universities.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

College Histories. Agriculture and Home Economics; Liberal Arts; Pharmacy; Sciences 

1 1

Compact Disc. A printout of the disc structure and filenames is included in the folder 

1 2

Degrees - how many granted, 1897-2001, by level and by sex 

1 3

Degrees - when offered, 1897-1971. Dates first granted for all levels of all WSU degrees. Includes discontinued dates for programs no longer offered 

1 4

Degrees - who granted to, 1902-2002. First graduates in all upper level programs, organized both chronologically and by program 

1 5

Event calendars 

1 6


1 7

Events - MASC exhibit 

1 8

Events - photograph exhibit 

1 9


1 10

Graduate School 

1 11

Hilltopics insert 

1 12

Individuals. Biographical information and photographs (usually reprints) 

Box Folder

Barnes, LaVerne A. 

1 13

Bisbee, Zella Elvira (Butler) 

1 14

Burke, Harry E. 

1 15

Hoeppner, Josephine 

1 16

Jennings, Gladys 

1 17

Lawrence, William Herford (also as Laurence) 

1 18

McKay, Elizabeth 

1 19

Musa, Abdullah Al 

1 20

Roberts, Catherine Elizabeth 

1 21

Smith, Charles Ullman 

1 22

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PowerPoint presentations 

1 23

Press / articles 

1 24

Regents Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Lists of recipients, 1962-2002 

1 25

Regents - membership lists, 1891-1999. Includes brief biographies, lists of presidents and vice-presidents, and lists of female members. 

1 26

Steering Committee minutes, 2000-2001 

1 27

Stoles and pins documentation (pins can be found in WSU Ephemera Collection, SC 10) 

1 28

Women. Includes list of first female graduates in all upper level programs, 1908-2000, organized both chronologically and by program 

1 29

Women - photograph reprints. 

1 30

"WSU Highlights by Decade," 1890-2000 

1 31

Supporting materials: copy of Deed of Gift 

1 32