Guide to the Washington Science Teachers Association Records
1959-2004

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Washington Science Teachers Association
Title: Washington Science Teachers Association Records
Dates: 1959-2004 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet.
Collection Number: XOE_CPNWS0034wsta
Summary: The Washington Science Teachers Association collection contains historical information on the origins and activities of this educational association in Washington State. The materials date from the year of the association’s formation in 1959 to the last journal publication in 2004. The bulk of the contents are administrative records and publications. There are also conference and club activities materials that document the interactions of the WSTA among different communities in Washington.
Repository: Western Washington University
Heritage Resources

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-9123
Phone: 360 650 7747
Email: heritage.resources@wwu.edu
http://library.wwu.edu/heritageresources

Languages: Collection materials are in English.  
Sponsor: Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Washington Science Teachers Association formed in 1959 at Jones Hall, College of Puget Sound (now U.P.S.) with the intent of promoting better science education programs in the state of Washington. The WSTA is governed by a written constitution and administered through an elected executive board. In 1961, the WSTA established a long standing collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association.

In 1961, the WSTA developed in-service days for teachers and administrators in the state of Washington to share their teaching innovations. In addition to hosting workshops for science teachers, the WSTA has also granted a number of outstanding science “teacher of the year” awards to recognize dedication and creativity in teachers for K-12 schools. The WSTA also hosts an annual Science and Engineering Contest in the state of Washington for K-12 students.

In 1972, the WSTA established a professional journal. The content and issue of the WSTA journal is strictly controlled by teachers, and serves as a venue for sharing experiments, teaching hints, and opinions. The journal also discusses relevant science issues, and announces up and coming conferences and other events for science teachers.

Content Description

The Washington Science Teachers Association collection contains historical information on the origins and activities of this educational association in Washington State. The materials date from the year of the association’s formation in 1959 to the last journal publication in 2004. The bulk of the contents are administrative records and publications. There are also conference and club activities materials that document the interactions of the WSTA among different communities in Washington.

The WSTA administrative records contain correspondence from 1959 to 1989. Also included are constitutions and by-laws, membership lists, minutes of meetings, lists of officers and elections, and reports. Information on the WSTA's efforts to improve science education for K-12 schools is included in the reports and correspondence.

The publications include newsletters and journals that are focused on science and education in the state of Washington.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Washington Science Teachers Association Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Washington Science Teachers Association Records are organized in accordance with the following series and sub-series arrangement:

  • Series I: Administrative Records 1959-2004
    • 1. General, 1959-1989
    • 2. Minutes, 1959-1984
    • 3. Reports, 1959-1980
    • 4. Conference Materials, 1959-1989
    • 5. Club Activities, 1959-2004
  • Series II: Newsletters and Publications
    • 1. Newsletters, 1962-1972
    • 2. Journals, 1972-2004
Custodial History :  

Robert Christman donated the Washington Science Teachers Association Records to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in May 2004.

Related Materials :  

Editions of the Washington Science Teachers Association journal are available at the Western Washington University library.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series I:  Administrative Records , 1959-2004
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Sub-series 1: General 1959-1989
Box/Folder
1/1 Origins of WSTA 1959
1/2 Constitutions and Bylaws 1959-1977
1/3 Correspondence 1959-1974
1/4 Correspondence 1975-1989
1/5 “A Short History of the WSTA” by Wallace R. Drake 1980
1/6 Officers and Elections of WSTA 1960-1980
1/7 WSTA Membership Lists 1959-1967
Sub-series 2: Minutes 1959-1984
Box/Folder
1/8 Meeting Minutes 1959
1/9 Meeting Minutes 1960-1964
1/10 Meeting Minutes 1965- 1969
1/11 Meeting Minutes 1970-1974
1/12 Meeting Minutes 1975- 1979
1/13 Meeting Minutes 1980- 1984
Sub-series 3: Reports 1959-1980
Box/Folder
1/14 Executive Secretary’s Reports 1959-1982
1/15 Treasurer’s Reports 1959-1974
1/16 Treasurer’s Reports 1975-1984
1/17 Registrar’s Reports 1976-1980
1/18 Editor’s Reports 1974- 1979
1/19 Journal Reports 1972-1981
1/20 Resolutions 1970-1976
1/21 General Administrative Reports 1968-1980
Sub-series 4: Conference Materials 1959-1989
Box/Folder
1/22 Materials 1959-1969
1/23 Materials 1970-1979
1/24 Materials 1980-1989
Sub-series 5: Club Activities 1959-2004
Box/Folder
1/25 Letterheads and Official Forms 1959-2004
1/26 Awards and Recognition 1959-1981
1/27 Newspaper Clippings 1974-1979
1/28 Surveys and Guidelines for Teachers (WSTA) 1959-2004

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Series II:  Publications, 1962-2004
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Sub-series 1: Newsletters 1962-1972
Box/Folder
2/1 WSTA Newsletters Vol.1 to Vol. 6 1962-1967
2/2 WSTA Newsletters Vol.7 to Vol. 12, No. 1 1967-1972
Sub-series 2: Journals 1972-2004
Box/Folder
2/3 Vol.12, No.2 1972
2/4 Vol.13, No. 1-4 1973
2/5 Vol.14, No. 1-4 1974
2/6 Vol.15, No. 1-4 1975
2/7 Vol.16, No. 1-4 1976
2/8 Vol.17, No. 1-4 1977
2/9 Vol.18, No. 1-4 1978
2/10 Vol.19, No. 1-4 1979
2/11 Vol.20, No. 1-4 1980
2/12 Vol.21, No. 1-4 1981
2/13 Vol.22, No. 1-4 1982
2/14 Vol.23, No. 1-4 1983
2/15 Vol.24, No. 1-4 1984
2/16 Vol.25, No. 1-4 1985
2/17 Vol.26, No. 1-4 1986
2/18 Vol.27, No. 1-4 1987
2/19 Vol.28, No. 1-4 1988
2/20 Vol.29, No. 1-4 1989
3/1 Vol.30, No. 1-4 1990
3/2 Vol.31, No. 1-4 1991
3/3 Vol.32, No. 1-4 1992
3/4 Vol.33, No. 1-4 1993
3/5 Vol.34, No. 1-4 1994
3/6 Vol.35, No. 1-4 1995
3/7 Vol.36, No. 1-4 1996
3/8 Vol.37, No. 1-4 1997
3/9 Vol.38, No. 1-4 1998
3/10 Vol.39, No. 1-4 1999
3/11 Vol.40, No. 1-4 2000
3/12 Vol.41, No. 1-4 2001
3/13 Vol.42, No. 1-4 2002
3/14 Vol.43, No. 1-4 2003
3/15 Vol.44, No. 1-4 2004

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Subjects

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 Science Teachers Association
  • Subject Terms :
  • Science education--Washington (State)--History--Sources.
  • Science teachers--United States--Periodicals.
  • Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)--United States.
  • Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Washington (State)--History--Sources.
  • Science--Study and teaching--Periodicals.
  • Science--Study and teaching--Washington (State)--History--Sources.

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