Guide to the Washington State Good Roads Association records
1883-19841883-2005

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Washington State Good Roads Association
Title: Washington State Good Roads Association records
Dates: 1883-2005 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet
Collection Number: XOE_CPNWS0074wagoodr
Summary: The collection includes the business records of the Washington State Good Roads Association.
Repository: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA, 98225-9123
360 650 7747
heritage.resources@wwu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

The Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA) was established in 1899 by Sam Hill to encourage development of an adequate and practical statewide highway system in Washington State. Sam Hill cultivated the support of non-profit civic groups interested in road-building and affiliated operations. The primary goal of the WSGRA was to establish a highway system created by the state legislature and operated under state management. The membership of WSGRA consisted mainly of county chapters representing local civic groups such as Chambers of Commerce and Granges. These local groups lobbied not only through WSGRA for the state-wide road network, but also in their local districts for improved road conditions. WSGRA was led by a president and was supported by an executive committee, consisting of one representative from each district. Districts were based on geographical divisions within the state. The yearly conferences involved delegates from the local organizations state-wide.

Content Description

The Washington State Good Roads Association Records document the activities of the Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA) along with the North End Improvement Council (NEIC). These records also have some material from the Kitsap County Good Roads Association and the North Olympic Chamber of Commerce. The dates of the collection span from 1910-2005 and comprise three linear feet (6 boxes). Records include early and subsequent by-laws of the WSGRA, articles of association, a history of the organization, materials from conventions attended and organized, minutes, agendas, rollcalls and other information of some of the executive and annual member meetings; membership lists and profiles; financial records reflecting collection of membership dues and convention planning and execution; correspondence regarding membership, legislative activity, lobbying efforts, and inter-organizational relations; activities information including newsletters, pamphlets, and lobbying; newspaper clippings referring to the organization or road building; and some undated photographs. The NEIC records include by-laws, meeting minutes and proceedings, bank statements and financial quarterly statements, and correspondence. There is also some correspondence from the Kitsap County Good Roads Association, some subject file records from the North Olympic Chamber of Commerce, and some pamphlets and statements from other Good Roads Associations across the country.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

Washington State Good Roads Association records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Washington State Good Roads Association records are organized in accordance with the following series arrangement:

  • Series I: Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA), 1910-2005
    • Sub-series 2. Financial Records, 1966-2005
    • Sub-series 3. Correspondence, 1913-2005
    • Sub-series 4. Activities, 1920-2003
    • Sub-series 5. Clippings, 1917-2000
    • Sub-series 6. Photos, undated
  • Series II: North End Improvement Council (NEIC) & Other Organizations, 1926-1980
    • Sub-series 1. North End Improvement Council (NEIC), 1926-1960
    • Sub-series 2. Kitsap County Good Roads Association, 1954-1960
    • Sub-series 3. North Olympic Chamber of Commerce, 1956-1957
    • Sub-series 4. Other Good Roads Associations, 1979-1980
Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Robert Teshara.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA), 1910-1987
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries 1: Administrative Records 1910-2005
Box/Folder
1/1 Bylaws 1959-1980
1/2 Articles of Association 1995, 1999
1/3 History 1935-1987
1/4 A Brief History of WSGRA... Samuel Hill 1939
Conventions
Box/Folder
1/5 Speeches, Reports 1948-1980
1/6 Pamphlet Programs 1938-1984
1/7 Yakima 1967
1/8 Vancouver 1980
1/9 Ellensburg 1981
1/10 Bellevue 1982
1/11 Olympia 1983
1/12 Tacoma 1990
1/13 Pasco 2000
1/14 Tacoma 2001
1/15 Spokane 2003
1/16 Proceedings 1910-1935 (incomplete)
1/17 Proceedings 1936-1948
2/1 Proceedings 1949-1957
2/2 Proceedings 1958-1970
2/3 Proceedings 1971-1972 1978-1987
Meeting Materials
Box/Folder
2/4 Meetings 1955-1984
2/5 Meetings 1968
2/6 Meetings 1995-1998
2/7 Meetings 1999
2/8 Meetings 2000
2/9 Meetings 2001
3/1 Meetings 2002
3/2 Meetings 2003-2005
Membership Information
Box/Folder
3/3 Membership Lists 1997-2000
3/4 Membership Lists 2002
3/5 Membership Profiles 2005
Subseries 2: Financial Records 1966-2005
Box/Folder
3/6 Transactions Paid, Received, Expense Reports 1976-1977
3/7 Statements; Invoices, Transactions Paid and Received 1974-1977 1976-1977
3/8 Treasurer/Auditor Reports; Statements 1966-1976 1977
3/9 Transactions Paid and Received 1978
4/1 Statements 1978-1979
4/2 Check and Deposit Register 1978-1984
4/3 Invoices, Receipts, and Deposit Slips 1981-1982
4/4 Statements, Invoices, and Transactions 1980-1983
4/5 Reports, Invoices and Transactions 1995-2005
4/6 Transportation Partnership Funding Package 2005
Subseries 3: Correspondence 1913-2005
Box/Folder
4/7 General 1913-1962
4/8 General 1965-1967
4/9 General 1975-1979
4/10 General 1980-1982
4/11 General 2003-2005
5/1 Received and Sent 1979-1981
5/2 Received and Sent 1981-1983
5/3 Sam Hill Bridge Dedication 1964
Subseries 4: Activities 1998-2003; 1920-2003
Box/Folder
5/4 Newsletters 1998-2002
5/5 Centennial Celebration 1999
5/6 Lobby Information 1999-2001
5/7 Pamphlets 2000
5/8 Resolutions undated
5/9 Legislative Breakfast 2003
5/10 General 1920-1930
Subseries 5: Clippings 1917-2000
Box/Folder
5/11 Clippings 1917-2000
5/12 41st Session Washington State Legislature 1969
Subseries 6: Photos undated
Box/Folder
5/13 Photographs undated

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Series II:  North End Improvement Council (NEIC) & Other Organizations,, 1926-1980
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries 1: North End Improvement Council (NEIC) 1926-1960
Administrative Records 1926-1958
Box/Folder
6/1 Journal of By-laws, Meetings, Finances, 1926-1942
6/2 By-laws 1928-1956
6/3 Meeting Minutes 1943-1955
6/4 Meeting Proceedings, Reports 1952-1957
6/5 Advisory Board Meeting Proceedings 1953-1958
Financial Records 1955-1960
Box/Folder
6/6 Bank Statements and Ledgers 1955-1958
6/7 Kitsap County Road District #1 Quarter Reports 1956-1960
Correspondence 1951-1959
Box/Folder
6/8 General 1951-1956
6/9 General 1957-1959
Subseries 2: Kitsap County Good Roads Association 1954-1960
Box/Folder
6/10 Correspondence 1954-1960
Subseries 3: North Olympic Chamber of Commerce 1956-1957
Box/Folder
6/11 Subject File 1956-1957
Subseries 4: Other Good Roads Associations 1979-1980
Box/Folder
6/12 Pamphlets and Statements 1979-1980

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Hill, Samuel,--1857-1931.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Kitsap County Good Roads Association.
  • North End Improvement Council.
  • North Olympic Chambers of Commerce.
  • Washington State Good Roads Association
  • Geographical Names :
  • Pacific Coast Highway--History--Sources.
  • United States Highway 99--History--Sources.
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--History--Sources.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Boards of Trade--Washington (State)--History--Sources.
  • Highway planning--Washington (State)--Citizen participation--History--Sources.
  • Highway planning--Washington (State)--History--Sources.
  • Lobbying--Washington (State)--History--Sources.
  • Roads--Washington (State)--Design and Construction--History--Sources.
  • Transportation--Washington (State)--History--Sources.

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