In September, 1889, Washington State farmers organized the Washington State Grange. They saw the Grange as a means of fraternal cooperation in the promotion of agricultural interests, and as a method of providing education and recreation for their families. The Grange was also a vehicle for increasing the public's awareness of farmers' issues and for winning legislation to ease farmers' problems associated with the high cost of goods and services, and the low prices received for commodities. The Grange in later years became one of the principal general farmers' organizations, and as such has since functioned as a public and legislative spokeman for agricultural interests. The Grange also takes public positions of advocacy or opposition on a variety of issues such as general economic policy, transportation, and public works projects.
Miscellaneous mimeographed announcements, letters; Grange newspapers and magazines; Grange rosters; annual sessions proceedings; three scrapbooks of news clippings from the Grange News.
Restrictions on Access :
This collection is open for research use.Preferred Citation :
[Item Description]. Cage 218, Washington State Grange Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Acquisition Information :
Little information is available about the source of most of the materials in this collection. The three scrapbooks were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1970 by Henry P. Carsterson, Past Master, Washington State Grange.Bibliography :
For a history of the Washington State Grange, see: Harriet Ann Crawford, The Washington State Grange, 1889-1924.
Some further records of the Washington State Grange are maintained by WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections with the identification number Cage 512.
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