Guide to the Clarence C. Dill Papers
1913-1970

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Creator: Dill, Clarence C. (Clarence Cleveland), b. 1884
Title: Clarence C. Dill Papers
Dates: 1913-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 linear ft.
Collection Number: Ms 2
Summary: Lawyer, U.S. representative and senator, of Spokane, Wash.; d. 1978. Correspondence (1953-1975) relating to Dill's private law practice in Spokane; typescripts of speeches (1916-1972) to U.S. Congress and various organizations; mss. of his published and unpublished books, including his autobiography entitled Where Water Falls (1970) and related research material (correspondence, documents, and photos); documents and ephemera, concerning the Grand Coulee Dam and other hydroelectric power projects and public utilities in Washington and the Pacific Northwest; and fragmentary family and personal papers of Dill and his second wife, Mabel A. Dill. Subjects include public broadcasting, taxation, and Indian affairs.
Repository: Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives

2316 W. First Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 363-5313
Fax: (509) 363-5303
Email: archives@northwestmuseum.org

Languages: Materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Clarence Dill came to Spokane in 1908. He taught at Lewis and Clark High School for two years then established a law practice. Dill became secretary to Washington governor Ernest Lister in 1913, and was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1914. He served as senator, 1922-1935. During that time he was instrumental in securing support for the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. An autobiographical book, Where Water Falls (1970), details his lobbying efforts for the dam. Dill’s other legislative and legal interests included public broadcasting, taxation, and American Indian affairs.

Content Description

The collection includes typescripts of some of Dill’s speeches to congress and public organizations, 1916-1972; manuscripts of Dill’s published and unpublished books, including Where Water Falls, and research material (correspondence, documents, and photographs) relating to manuscripts, fragmentary correspondence relating to Dill’s private law practice in Spokane, 1953-1975; a large collection of documents and ephemeral items relating to hydroelectric power projects and public utilities; and a few family and personal documents of Dill and his second wife, Mabel A. Dill. The location of Dill’s congressional papers is unknown.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is not restricted.

Restrictions on Use :  

Collection is open for use.

Preferred Citation :  

Clarence C. Dill Papers (Ms 2), Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Wendell Dill and Jerry Simpson, 1978.

Processing Note :  

Processed to the file folder level.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Nolan, Edward W. A Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (Spokane, WA: Eastern Washington State Historical Society, 1987).

Related Materials :  

The following collections contain materials related to hydroelectric power, and the dispute of P.U.D. of Pend Oreille Country with Seattle City Light Company:

Spokane Chamber of Commerce Papers (Ms 1)

Callison Marks Papers (Ms 37)

Lewis P. Larsen Papers (Ms 62)

Hecla Mining Company Records (Ms 71)


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Introduction and Inventory
Container(s)
box-folder
1/1

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Autobiography
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/2 "As the Twig Is Bent" No. 1
1/3 "As the Twig Is Bent" No. 2
1/4 "As the Twig Is Bent" No. 1, Partial Copy
1/5 "As the Twig Is Bent" No. 2, Partial Copy
1/6 "Congress Before and After Going"

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Biography
Container(s)
box-folder
1/7

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Campaign Address
Container(s)
box-folder
1/8

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Congressional Campaign: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 February-December 8
Container(s)
box-folder
1/9

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Correspondence, General
Container(s)
box-folder
1/10

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Genealogy
Container(s)
box-folder
1/11

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Certificates
Container(s)
box-folder
1/12

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Diaries and Pocket Notebooks, 1911, 1917, 1919, 1928, 1942, 1957
Container(s)
box-folder
1/13

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Diaries and Pocket Notebooks, 1961-1962, 1972-1973
Container(s)
box-folder
1/14

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Financial Records, Personal, 1935 January-1937 December
Container(s)
box-folder
1/15

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Health Care, 1966 June 27-1967 June 7
Container(s)
box-folder
1/16

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Home
Container(s)
box-folder
1/17

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Horoscopes
Container(s)
box-folder
1/18

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Legal Papers, Personal
Container(s)
box-folder
1/19

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Library Books, Title Page
Container(s)
box-folder
1/20

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Library Books, Personal, Titles
Container(s)
box-folder
1/21

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Memorabilia
Container(s)
box-folder
1/22

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Newspaper Clippings, 1912-1918, 1927, 1934
Container(s)
box-folder
1/23

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Oral History, 1955-1978
Container(s)
box-folder
1/24

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Personal
Container(s)
box-folder
1/25

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Photographs
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box-folder
1/26

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Promissory Note, 1901 March
Container(s)
box-folder
1/27

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Securities
Container(s)
box-folder
1/28

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Stationery Samples
Container(s)
box-folder
1/29

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Mabel A. Dill Estate 1905 April 17-1969 March 21, 1969 March 21-1970 June 21
Container(s)
box-folder
1/30

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Subject Alphabetical File
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/31 A
1/32 Africa – Europe
1/33 Age
1/34 “Alaska – Why it Should Be a State.” Seattle-Post Intelligencer 1950 April 4
1/35 Apples
1/36 Atomic Energy
1/37 B
1/38 Bible references
1/39 Birds
1/40 Boys
1/41 Brisbane, Arthur
1/42 Bridges
1/43 Burr, Aaron
1/44 Bryan, W.J.
1/45 C
2/1 China
2/2 Citizenship
2/3 Christmas
2/4 “Citizenship” Speech 1914 January 13
2/5 Civilization
2/6 Columbia River
2/7 Congress
2/8 “Congress – Impressions Before and After Going.” Essay 1954 November 3
2/9 Coolidge
2/10 Conscription, Military. Speech in the House of Representatives 1917 April 27
2/11 Constitution: Speeches
2/12 Conventions
2/13 Conventions
2/14 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1940 June 26-1976 October 5
2/15 Courts
2/16 Courts: Notes, Comments, Suggestions 1931
2/17 Currency Reform: “Joseph Had the Corn,” A Speech 1941
2/18 D
Dams
Box/Folder
2/19 Belgian Congo and India Photographs
2/20 Columbia River Project
2/21 Columbia River Project – Canadian Storage Benefits
2/22 Columbia River Project – Grand Coulee Dam
2/23 Columbia River Project – Grand Coulee Dam
2/24 Columbia River Project – Grand Coulee Dam
2/25 Columbia River Project – Grand Coulee Dam
2/26 Grande Dixon, Switzerland
2/27 Other
2/28 P.U.D.: Maps, Columbia River
2/29 P.U.D.: Photographs
2/30 Death
2/31 Declaration of Independence, a Speech in Congress
2/32 Democratic Party
2/33 “Democratic Party.” Speech 1950 April 1
2/34 Democratic Party: Washington State Convention Speech 1912 May 6
2/35 E
2/36 Edison
2/37 Education
2/38 Education – Notes, Comments, Suggestions 1931
2/39 Election Returns 1964
2/40 Election Returns 1971-1972
2/41 Election Returns, Miscellaneous Clippings
2/42 “The Election of 1962,” A Speech 1962 December 5
2/43 Elections: Presidential and Vice-Presidential
2/44 Electoral College
2/45 “National Convention and the Electoral College, “ A Speech 1944 July 25
Electric Power
Box/Folder
3/1 Electric Power
3/2 Background Material
3/3 Background Material
3/4 Bonneville [Power Administration]
3/5 Grand Coulee Dam
3/6 Outlines (Power, Rivers, Dams, etc)
3/7 Power Trust, Electricity
3/8 Rates (Power)
3/9 Electricity
3/10 Electricity
3/11 “Eminent Domain by the Federal Government,” a Speech 1952 March 28
3/12 Essays, Bits and Pieces
3/13 European Trip 1917 October 15-1917 November 2
3/14 European Trip Notes
3/15 F
3/16 Farms and Farmers
3/17 Farms and Farmers: “Food Production and Farmers,” a Speech 1942 August 20
3/18 Flag
3/19 Flowers
3/20 Food
3/21 Fraternity
3/22 “Freedom of Speech, the Press, and the Radio,” a Speech 1942 August 20
3/23 Friends and Friendship
3/24 Freedom
3/25 G
3/26 Government
3/27 Government
3/28 Government
3/29 Government: Notes on the U.S.
3/30 H
3/31 Health
3/32 Home
3/33 Humor
3/34 History
3/35 I
3/36 “The Indian Question,” A Speech 1916 January 31
3/37 “Initiative and Referendum,” A Speech 1944 March 7
3/38 Irrigation
3/39 Irrigation, Moses Lake Speech 1946 December 5
3/40 J
3/41 Jefferson, Thomas
3/42 Japan
3/43 K
3/44 Jews
3/45 Kennedy, John
3/46 Kissing
3/47 L
3/48 Language
3/49 Labor
4/1 Law
4/2 Lend Lease
4/3 Liberty
4/4 Lincoln
4/5 Lincoln
4/6 Lincoln:
Henry Cabot Lodge. Democracy of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office Clark. 1913Abraham Lincoln - First and Second Inaugural Addresses. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1912 March 19
4/7 Love
4/8 M
4/9 Marriage
4/10 Medicine: “Carrying the Antitoxins to Nome by Relay Dog Teams,” A Speech 1925 February 6
4/11 Memorial Day
4/12 Miscellaneous – C.C. Dill
4/13 Money
4/14 Morley, John
4/15 “The Mormons – From Joseph Smith to Governor Romney”
4/16 Mother
4/17 Mt. Vernon: “They Always Go Back to Mt. Vernon”
4/18 Music
4/19 N
4/20 Names
4/21 Napoleon
4/22 Negroes
4/23 O
4/24 Newspapers
4/25 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous
4/26 Notes and Miscellaneous Clippings
4/27 Notes and Miscellaneous Clippings
4/28 Notes and Miscellaneous Clippings
4/29 Notes and Miscellaneous Clippings
Outlines
Box/Folder
4/30 Democratic
4/31 and Addresses
4/32 Miscellaneous
4/33 Stories
4/34 P
4/35 Photographs
4/36 Poetry
4/37 Poetry Interest
Politics
Box/Folder
4/38 Editorials
4/39 Politics 1960
4/40 Politics 1966-1968
4/41 History
4/42 Suggestions
5/1 Post Office Debate in Congress 1924 December 11
5/2 Poverty: A. George. The Crimes of Poverty. Cincinnati, Ohio: The Joseph Fels Fund of America
Presidents
Box/Folder
5/3 Miscellaneous
5/4 Candidates, Notes
5/5 “How We Elect Our Presidents,” A Speech 1972 September 15
5/6 “Inauguration”
5/7 Presidential Powers
5/8 “Twentieth Century Presidents,” Incomplete Essay
5/9 “The White House Fever,” Essay and Background
5/10 Progressiveness
5/11 “The New Public Domain,” Essay
5/12 Public Ownership
5/13 Public Ownership
Public Power
Box/Folder
5/14 1
5/15 2
5/16 3
5/17 4
5/18 Public Speaking, Oratory
5/19 R
Radio (and Television)
Box/Folder
5/20 C.C. Dill. Radio Law. Washington, D.C.: National Law Book Company. 1938
5/21 Reference Publications
5/22 Reference Publications
5/23 and Television, Miscellaneous
6/1 Rates – Electrical Power
6/2 Recall – Initiative – Referendum
6/3 Religion, Essays
6/4 Research, Information Notes, Miscellaneous
6/5 Right to Vote, Miscellaneous
6/6 Right to Vote: Speech and Misc. Notes
6/7 Rivers
6/8 Roosevelt, Franklin D.
6/9 Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Newspaper Clippings
6/10 Seattle’s World Fair Gala Opening Program 1962 April 21
6/11 Senate: Miscellaneous Notes
6/12 Senate: Miscellaneous Clippings
6/13 Shakespeare: Miscellaneous Notes
6/14 Silver: “The Fight Over Silver,” a Speech
6/15 Spokane, Miscellaneous Notes
6/16 Statistics, Miscellaneous Notes
6/17 “How Social Security Was Started,” an Essay
Speeches
Box/Folder
6/18 Assorted
6/19 International Platform Association
6/20 Notes for
6/21 and Speaker Publicity
6/22 Tributes to Others
6/23 “Dedication of Steamboat Rock Dedication" 1974 September 15
6/24 Stories: Miscellaneous Notes
6/25 Stories: Miscellaneous Notes
6/26 C.C. Dill, Ed. Success, Ambition, Habits – Notes and Suggestions 1900-1931
6/27 Success: Miscellaneous Notes
6/28 Taxation: Miscellaneous Notes
6/29 Television: Miscellaneous Notes, and Speeches
6/30 T.V.A. - “What Editors Say About the T.V.A.,” Essay
6/31 Theater and Stage: Miscellaneous Notes
6/32 Time: Miscellaneous Notes
6/33 Tourists, Speeches
6/34 Trees: Miscellaneous Notes
6/35 Truth: Miscellaneous Notes
6/36 Twain, Mark: Miscellaneous Notes
6/37 Unitarianism: “Sidelights About the Spokane Unitarian Society,” Essay
6/38 Virginia Poll Tax Correspondence 1966 April 11-1966 April 14
6/39 Voice: “Power and Value of a Clear Voice,” Essay
6/40 War and Peace: “World League of People for Peace – Let People Vote on Question of Declaration of War,” a Speech 1919 January 21
6/41 “War Stamps Are Bonds,” Speech 1942 November 26
6/42 War: Miscellaneous Notes
6/43 Washington D.C.: Misc. Notes
6/44 “George Washington,” A Speech with Background Notes
6/45 Washington State: Miscellaneous Notes
6/46 Water: Background Material
6/47 Water: Canadian Storage and Dams
6/48 “Where Water Falls,” Correspondence 1970 September 23-1971 June 23
6/49 “The Wizardry of Water,” Speech and Notes
6/50 The West: Miscellaneous Notes
6/51 “The White House Mortgaged?”: Correspondence 1965 October 28-1965 November 3
6/52 Wilson, Woodrow: Miscellaneous Notes
6/53 Women: Miscellaneous Notes
6/54 Youth: Miscellaneous Notes

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General Law Practice
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
7/1 Bar Association of Washington State: Open Letter Protesting Dues Increase
7/2 Condemnation
7/3 Legal Forms
7/4 Receipts 1910 June
7/5 Bjordahl, Alvin and John
7/6 Finley, Leda
7/7 Goehler, Herman
7/8 Manning, Sarah
7/9 Pierce, Mary
7/10 Redkey, Mary
7/11 Schlaver, Lucille
7/12 Weaver, Marjorie
Estates
Box/Folder
7/13 Cross, Florence
7/14 Cross, James L.
7/15 Cross, William J.
7/16 Gano, Sam
7/17 Martin, Maude, no. 1
7/18 Martin, Maude, no. 2
7/19 Mason, Bertha
7/20 Mason, George L.
7/21 Orrock, Roll, No. 1
7/22 Orrock, Roll, No. 2
7/23 Orrock, Roll, No. 3
7/24 Orrock, Roll, No. 4
7/25 Pelley, Alberta
7/26 Sherman, Florence
7/27 Schwab, Martha
7/28 Miscellaneous Papers
7/29 Weaver, Marjorie

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P.U.D.
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
8/1 Beezer vs. Seattle 1953 May-1961 December 29
8/2 Beezer vs. Seattle 1962-1963 May 10
8/3 Bonneville Project
8/4 Contrell vs. P.U.D.; Keogh vs. P.U.D. 1963 August 8-1963 September 10
8/5 Federal Power Commission Hearings
8/6 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Excerpts from Testimony of Witnesses on Boundary Z-Canyon
8/7 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Index of Witnesses on Boundary Z-Canyon
8/8 Order Modifying and Adopting Presiding Examiner’s Initial Decision Issuing License for Project 2144 1961 July 10
8/9 Grant County Agreement
8/10 Grant County Research (1)
8/11 Grant County Research (2)
8/11a Dill vs. Grant Co. P.U.D. 1968-1971?
Harza Engineering Co.
Box/Folder
8/12 INGA I: Appraisal Report 1957 March 23
8/13 INGA II: Exhibits 1957 March 23
8/14 INGA III: Appendices 1957 March 23
8/15 P.U.D. vs. Inland Power and Light Co.
8/16 P.U.D. vs. Inland Power and Light Co.
8/17 P.U.D. vs. Inland Power and Light Co.
8/18 P.U.D. vs. Inland Power and Light Co.
8/19 Inland Power and Light Co. Mortgage
9/1 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/2 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/3 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/4 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/5 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/6 P.U.D. vs Seattle
9/7 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/8 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/9 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/10 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/11 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/12 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/13 Seattle vs. P.U.D.
9/14 Upstream Benefits
9/15 Upstream Benefits
9/16 Upstream Benefits
9/17 World Power Conference
9/18 Public Speaking Fund
9/19 Miscellaneous
9/20 Silver
10/1 Argument of Mr. White and Oral Decision of the Court on Deft’s Motion for Stay of Proceedings 1963 July 31
10/2 P.U.D. vs. City of Seattle: Proposed Findings by H.A. Sewell
10/3 P.U.D. vs. City of Seattle: Sewell’s Proposed Amendment with Proposed Contract to Power Companies with Letters and Excerpts of Testimony of Brudge, Peterson, Myers and Jessel 1961 May
10/4 P.U.D. vs. City of Seattle: Transcripts of Proceedings at Trial 1961 December 19
10/5 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Brief of P.U.D. No. 1 1960 June 15
10/6 Columbia River Dam (Parsons)
10/7 Federal Power: 39th Annual Report for Fiscal Year 1993
10/8 Federal Power Commission: Snake River License Application 1962 February 27
10/9 Application to Federal Power Commission for License for Z-Canyon Dam 1957
10/10 Federal Power Commission: Revised Application to Federal Power Commission for License for Z-Canyon Dam 1958
10/11 Federal Power Commission: Application for Rehearing of P.U.D. No. 1 of Pend Oreille County, Washington 1951 August 8
10/12 Coordination Agreement 1961 September 21
10/13 Federal Power Commission Hearing: District Testimony of Witnesses for City of Seattle, Vol. IV, Exhibits for Vol. II
10/14 Federal Power Commission: Exceptions of City of Seattle, Applicant Project 2144, to Examiner’s Decision 1961 May 1
10/15 Federal Power Commission: Exceptions to the Initial Decision of the Presiding Examiner 1961 May 1
10/16 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Exhibits Indices
10/17 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Exhibits, Vol. 1, 1-24
10/18 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Exhibits, Vol. 1, 26-57
10/19 Federal Power Commission: Petition for Rehearing by the Related Mining Interests 1961 August 4
10/20 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Cross-Indices, Boundary Z-Canyon
10/21 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Indices
10/22 Federal Power Commission Hearings: Cross-Indices
10/23 Federal Power Commission: Petition to Review and Set Aside Orders of the Federal Power Commission 1961 September 26
10/24 Federal Power Commission: Protest to Encroachment on Box Canyon Dam by City of Seattle Boundary Dam 1958 September 15
10/25 Federal Power Commission: Reply Brief of City of Seattle, Applicant Project 2144 1960 October 31
10/26 Federal Power Commission: Reply Brief of P.U.D. No. 1 of Pend Oreille County, Washington 1960 October 31
10/27 Federal Power Commission Reports and Decisions 1958-1961
10/28 Harza Engineering Co. 1964 August 21
10/29 Harza Engineering Co.: Correspondence 1955 June 15-1967 March 29
10/30 Power Purchase Contract Between City of Seattle and P.U.D. No. 1, Pend Oreille County, Washington
10/31 Totals, Kwh, Storage

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Flat files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
1 Columbia River Drainage System/Dams
Drawer F21
2 Water Drainage Maps for Europe and Africa
Drawer F21
3 Drawings of C.C. Dill Residence
Drawer F21
1965 July 30
4 Seattle Civic Center
Drawer F21
5 Drawings at Grand Coulee Dam with Transparencies and Fountain
Drawer F21

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat database. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search WorldCat using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Dill, Clarence C. (Clarence Cleveland), b. 1884--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Congress
  • Geographical Names :
  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)
  • Northwest, Pacific--Public utilities
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Family and personal papers
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Legal affairs
  • Washington (State)--Dams
  • Washington (State)--Family and personal papers--20th century
  • Washington (State)--Legal affairs
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1889-1950
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1951-
  • Washington (State)--Public utilities
  • Subject Terms :
  • Dams--Washington (State)
  • Hydroelectric power plants--Washington (State)
  • Indians of North America
  • Practice of law--Washington (State)
  • Public broadcasting--United States
  • Public utilities--Washington (State)
  • Taxation--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Autobiographies
    • Speeches
    • Occupations :
    • Lawyers--Washington (State)
    • Legislators--United States
    • Titles within the Collection :
    • Where Water Falls
      • Other Creators :
      • Dill, Mabel A.

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