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