Guide to the Washington State Grange Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Washington State Grange
Title: Washington State Grange Papers
Dates: 1889-1953 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6 linear feet of shelf space.
Collection Number: Cage 218
Summary: Miscellaneous mimeographed announcements, letters; Grange newspapers and magazines; Grange rosters; annual sessions proceedings; three scrapbooks of news clippings from the Grange News.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Contact Information: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
100 Dairy Road
Terrell Library 5610
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

Miscellaneous mimeographed announcements, letters; Grange newspapers and magazines; Grange rosters; annual sessions proceedings; three scrapbooks of news clippings from the Grange News.

Use of the Collection

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.

Administrative Information

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.

Related Materials :  

Some further records of the Washington State Grange are maintained by WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections with the identification number Cage 512.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1 Miscellaneous mimeographed announcements, letters, etc.
1 Grange publications (newspapers and magazines). Includes Modern Farmer, vol. 1, no. 9, 1932 June; Agricultural Grange News (Olympia, WA), vol. V, no. 5, 1917 February 1; Grange Facts (Seattle), no. 1, 1930 September 5; Grange News (Seattle), SSVII, no. 46, 1938 November 19 and XVII, no. 17, 1928 August 5.
1 Miscellaneous printed material. Includes Patrons of Husbandry by-laws (1921, 1929, 1931-1933); Program of Washington State Grange annual session (1916, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942).
2-3 Washington State Grange Rosters (1913-1915, 1917-1930, 1933, 1935, 1938-1940, 1945-1946, 1946-1953).
3 Report of the Secretary (1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1925, 1926, 1931-1933, 1935, 1937-1939, 1942).
4-7 Proceedings of the Annual Session of the Washington State Grange (1889, 1892, 1893, 1899-1901, 1903, 1904, 1907-1942, 1948-1950,1958-1960, 1962-1969, 1976)
7 Washington State Grange Rosters (1937, 1939, 1960, 1963-1970).
7 Washington State Grange Handbook (1966, 1968-1970).
7 Miscellaneous pamphlets.
7 Grange News issues, 1960.
7 Book: Grange Melodies (1916).
8-10 Scrapbooks (clippings from the Grange News), 3 volumes (1944 April-1948 February; 1941 June-1944 April; 1948 March-1953 June).


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Grange--Archives  ( creator)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
      • Other Creators :
      • Carstensen, Henry P. WaPS  ( donor)

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