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Catherine May Bedell Congressional Papers

The papers of Catherine May Bedell, United States Representative from the Fourth Congressional District of Washington, 1959-1970.

City of Pullman and the Palouse Image Collection

More than 800 photographs of Pullman, Washington, selected from an exceptional collection assembled by Ivan Shirrod, as well as the Cities and Towns Collection, PC 2. Pullman was first settled in 1874 by Bowlin Farr.

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Project

This collaborative project seeks to create a database with thematic coherence that will engage online researchers in thinking more deeply about the significance of the rich primary resources available in museums, libraries, and historical societies.

Faith Beamer Cooke Collection (Added 5/4/2010)

Faith Beamer Cooke (1910-2001) was a Washington poet. This collection consists of poems, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and research materials she gathered for her creative work. These illuminate a little known aspect of women's history and identity in Cold War America.

The Frank A. Banks Collection

Frank Arthur Banks was a Bureau of Reclamation engineer who supervised the construction of the Owyhee, Grand Coulee and other dams. This collection consists of project histories, ephemeral engineering publications, printed items of restricted circulation, and Banks' correspondence, notes and papers.

George Ritchey Image Collection

George Ritchey lived in Pullman at least as early as 1897. He apparently worked in a Pullman grain elevator in the 1890s. In 1910, he was a house painter living on Military Hill with his wife and children. His father, William, a carpenter, boarded with him, according to the city directory.

Hutchison Studio Photographs

The database includes 690 photographs taken by Ralph Raymond Hutchison. Hutchison was raised on a farm near Endicott, Washington. As a professional photographer, he later operated studios in Endicott, LaCrosse, Pullman, and Moscow Idaho.

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 at WSU

A collection of materials from the papers of president Holland and the WSU University Publications collection related to the 1918 Influenza Epidemic at WSU (then the State College of Washington).

Kimble Northwest History Database

This database includes newspaper clippings selected from the Northwest Clippings Collection. The newspaper articles were collected and organized in the late 1930's by dedicated historians working for the Works Progress Administration to document life in the Pacific Northwest from 1900-1938. Subjects included: the Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams, mining, Native American life, state and local government, the influential work of the CCC and the WPA as well as other important issues in the first half of the twentieth century.

The L. V. McWhorter Native American Artifact Collection

The L. V. McWhorter Native American Artifact Collection contains cultural and historical relics of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Bannock, and Flathead tribes. Between 1926 and 1935.

Irwin Nash Images of Migrant Labor

Seattle-based photographer Irwin Nash documented the experiences of both Yakima Valley migrant workers and Yakima and Seattle-based agricultural protest movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over 100 of MASC's 16000+ images are digitized here.

Palouse Digital Project

A growing repository of freely available resources on all aspects of the Palouse Bio-region


Steamboat Photographs

Found in a trunk by a resident of Richland, seven of the eighteen photographs in this collection appeared in Tri-City Herald on April 3rd, 1979. Taken (or at least printed) by the Wilkin Photo Service Lewsiton, Idaho.

1914 Toppenish Roundup and Rodeo Photographs

80 photographs from the H.E. Maris of photos of the 1914 Toppenish Roundup. Includes images of Native Americans, regional cowboys, and period entertainments.

Washington State Women's History Selections

A collection of documents from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections with special relevance to the history of women in Washington State.

Western Waters Digital Library

The Grand Coulee Dam in central Washington State, the largest concrete structure in the United States, was a result of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project which aimed to bring into use half a million acres of arid, unproductive land of mid-Washington. The huge potential of the dam on a major Northwest river, the Columbia , was also realized in its capacity for hydroelectric power and flood control.

Homer M. Hill Digital Collection

63 images from the papers and photographs of Homer M. Hill, a newspaper publisher and community ativist in Seattle from the 1880s to 1930s. Topis of note include the Seattle Fire of 1889 and Seattle Anti-Chinese Riots in 1890.

William Delbert Barkhuff Image Collection

The database includes 281 images, mostly photographs, taken by William Delbert Barkhuff during the 1890s. W. D. Barkhuff enrolled at Washington State University on the opening day in 1892 and was the first editor of the college paper, then called the College Record.

Cull A. White Photograph Collection

Cull A. White collected photographs of the history of the peoples of north-central Washington. His 260 images focus on the lives of Native Americans and the lives of pioneer settlers.

Women at Washington State University (Added 7/1/2009)

Over 600 images selected from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. Includes photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbook items, and printed ephemera. Women from Washington State University and the surrounding community are the primary focus, including women students in the military, theater and dance, home economics, sororities, clubs, and other organizations.

Women's Athletics at Washington State University

The collection contains over 350 digitized photographs, postcards, book illustrations, and certificates documenting women's athletics at WSU from 1899-2000.


WSU Buildings Image Collection

The historical photographs which comprise the WSU Buildings Image Database were selected from various collections including (but not limited to): William Delbert Barkhuff Photographs, 1892-1921; Myron Samuel Huckle Photographs.

Individual Items

1927 Apple Week Publicity Scrapbook

A single volume scrapbook documenting the 1927 National Apple Week activities in the Yakima Valley region. The scrapbook includes clippings, telegrams, correspondence, and numerous photographs and illustrations.

Campus Courtesy

A booklet on manners "compiled by the house council of 1929-30 because it felt a need on our campus for the knowledge therein contained."--Cf tp Includes sections on chaperons, table manners entertainment, dress, and campus courtesy.

Coeur D'Alene: Towns, Mines, Mountains and Lakes

12 p. of photographs printed on a sheet folded in accordion format



Commencement Day Exercises

Program lists candidates for degrees on page four including the first student to earn an official graduate with a degree of Master of Science, William Hurford Lawrence.


Graduate School Announcement 1922-1923

Graduate work at the State College of Washington was first announced in 1896. No specific courses were designated, but students interested in advanced work were invited to make application to the President.


Pullman Primer, 1911

"Issued under the co-operative community plan of Oregon- Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. ... Planned and executed by Sunset Magazine Homeseekers' Bureau. Portland, Oregon"

Pullman Washington, Center of the Famous Palouse Country, 1890

A 17 cm. booster keepsake card with text extolling Pullman and the region. The image is a somewhat fanciful illustration of Downtown Pullman as it looked before the fire of 1890, which destroyed most of the businesses.


Pullman Washington in the heart of the worlds richest wheat belt: home of the State College of Washington, 1925

1 sheet : ill. ; 16 X 48 unfolded. Contains panoramic views of "Residential District of Pullman, Washington" and "Business section of Pullman, Washington"

The Daily Evergreen Commencement number 1902

In 1902, William H. Lawrence earned the first Master's degree at WAC.--Cf. p. 8 Published every Wednesday during the College year by the students of the State Agricultural College and School of Science.


This is WSC [Video]

A twenty-two minute promotional movie for Washington State College narrated by Edward R. Murrow in 1952.