Guide to the Washington Wool Growers Association Records
1950-1970

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Creator: Washington Wool Growers Association
Title: Washington Wool Growers Association Records
Dates: 1950-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 containers. (4.5 linear feet of shelf space.) (5375 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 439
Summary: Correspondence, financial records, constitution and by-laws, convention and promotional material, newsletters, minutes, committee files and other records of an organization of sheep producers and wool growers.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

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

The Washington Wool Growers Association is an organization of sheep producers and wool growers in the state of Washington. The state association is a branch of the National Wool Growers Association.

The membership of the Washington Wool Growers Association consists of persons who are both directly involved in the production of sheep and wool and those who are within the sheep industry or have an interest in it. The goals of the Association are to promote the welfare of the sheep industry in the state of Washington and to promote consumer usage of wool and lamb. They accomplish this by working on and/or lobbying for Congressional bills concerning foreign imports of sheep products, livestock taxes, public lands usage and predator control. Wool and lamb consumption are boosted through yearly barbeques which make people more aware of lamb and its many uses and through annual state and national Miss Wool contests. Miss Wool is a public relations representative for the industry.

Yearly conventions of the State and National Associations are both a means of improving ranching practices and setting future goals. Among the scheduled events at these conventions are programs and lectures on range management and sheep diseases and their treatment. The wool growers also meet to decide on their platforms and programs for the coming year and how they will react to proposed Congressional legislation which would affect their industry.

The annual Ram Sale is also an important event for the Wool Growers. The first Washington Ram Sale was held in 1950. Since that time it has grown in importance. This auction provides the ranchers with the opportunity to restock and improve their herds through the prime rams and ewes which are available at the sale. It is also a means of supporting the Washington Wool Growers Association.

Content Description

Correspondence, financial records, constitution and by-laws, convention and promotional material, newsletters, minutes, committee files and other records of an organization of sheep producers and wool growers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 439, Washington Wool Growers Association Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records of the Washington Wool Growers Association have been arranged in four series: Correspondence, 1953-1969; Financial, 1955-1970; General File, 1950-1969; and Ram Sale, 1951-1969. Despite the series division, the material within each of the groups is interrelated. An example of this interrelationship is evident in the Financial material and that of the Ram Sales. All of the financial records pertaining to the Ram Sales are in the Financial series.

The Correspondence series contains material from the period 1953 through 1969; the majority of the material pertains to the period of the mid- to late1960s. The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject; within each folder the material is arranged chronologically. Contained within correspondence are materials from various local, regional and national organizations concerning sheep production, wool growing and land utilization. Principal correspondents are the National Wool Growers Association and the Western Range Association.

The Financial series consists of records and receipts from the annual Ram Sales transactions, receipts from expenses incurred during National Wool Growers Association and Washington Wool Growers Association conventions, check book registers, and bank statements. Account sale receipts and sales invoice-receipts from the Ram Sales make up the bulk of the material. The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject; within each folder material is arranged chronologically.

Within the General File are constitutions, by-laws, resolutions and convention material from the National Wool Growers Association and the Washington Wool Growers Association, minutes of meetings, committee work, newsletters, material on the California, Montana, and New Mexico Wool Growers Associations, lamb and wool promotion materials and predator control, range management, and public lands information. Within each folder material is arranged chronologically and files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

The Ram Sale series consists of materials such as newspaper clippings, entries and entry rules, correspondence with consignors, photographs, and programs. Records concerning actual sales of sheep, e.g. receipts or invoices, are located in the Financial series. The folders within this series are arranged alphabetically by subject; within each folder material is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

The records of the Washington Wool Growers Association were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in October 1979 (MS 79-47) by Secretary George Rugg.

Related Materials :  

Further records of the organization can be found in Cage 523.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series 1: Correspondence, 1953-1969
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 American Sheep Producers Council, 1969
4
1 2 Breed Association, 1955
25
1 3 Coffin, Stanley H. (Coffin Sheep Company), 1953
5
1 4-5 Consignors to Ram Sales, 1956-1957
88
1 6 Galgan, Walt, 1966-1967
41
1 7 Ganguet, Morris, 1966-1967
4
1 8-20 General, 1955-1969
394
1 21 Holwinger, Don, 1967
4
1 22-23 Kern, Phil, 1954; , 1964-1967
27
1 24 King, Corwin, 1955
2
1 25-26 National Wool Growers Association, 1964-1967
82
1 27-28 National Wool Growers Association- Marsh, Ed, 1968-1969
104
1 29-31 National Wool Growers Publication- Mike, Gladys, 1966-1969
64
1 32-33 Ram Sale, 1958; , 1963-1967
82
1 34 Washington State University, 1965-1966
11
1 35-40 Western Range Association, 1958-1969
377

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Series 2: Financial, 1955-1970
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 41-45 Account Sales, 1955-1961
305
2 46-49 Account Sales, 1964-1968
170
2 50 Audits, 1957-1969
14
2 51-52 Bank Statements and Bills Paid, 1967
60
2 53-54 Bills, 1955-1956; , 1968
45
2 55 Bills Paid, Ram Sale Account, 1969
20
2 56 Check Registers, 1956-1967
2
2 57 Receipt Book, 1968-1970
1
2 58 Receipts and Bank Statements, 1967-1968
25
2 59 Receipts for Expenses During Washington Wool Growers State Convention, 1969
25
2 60 Registration Papers by Lots, 1960
2
2 61-69 Sale Invoice-Receipts, 1955-1967
350

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Series 3: General File, 1950-1969
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 70 American Sheep Producers Council Promotion News, 1966-1967
6
2 71 American Sheep Producers Council Wool and Lamb Promotion, 1964-1967
10
2 72 Articles and By-Laws of the American Sheep Industry Foundation, 1966
2
2 73 Auxiliary, 1966
1
2 74 Bankers Life and Casualty Company, 1967-1968
75
2 75-76 Bulletins, 1952-1959
24
2 77 California Wool Growers Association, 1966-1968
3
2 78-80 Cattlemens Association, Washington, 1967-1969
23
2 81 Cattlemens Public Relations Hints, 1965
19
2 82-84 Certified Livestock Markets Association, 1967-1969
11
2 85 Columbia Basin Wool Growers Association Minutes, 1964-1965
2
2 86 Columbia Basin Wool Growers Association Newsletters, 1961-1966
66
2 87 Columbia Plateau Resources Council, 1966-1967
18
2 88 Committee Lists, 1955; , 1966
2
2 89 Constitution and By-Laws, undated
5
2 90-95 Conventions, 1951-1967
147
2 96 Disease Committee, 1962-1966
26
3 97 Dues, 1966
2
3 98 General File, 1964-1965
9
3 99 Group Insurance Plans, undated
5
3 100 Inter-American Confederation of Livestock Producers, 1965-1967
2
3 101 Labor and Transportation, 1962-1966
60
3 102 Lamb Marketing, 1955-1965
15
3 103 Lamb Movement Survey, 1967
35
3 104 Lamb Promotion, 1952-1966
86
3 105 Lamb Show Sponsored by Washington State University, 1967
2
3 106 Lambing Percentage Contest, 1964-1965
16
3 107 Legislative, undated
6
3 108-109 Mailing Lists by Counties, 1963-1964; , 1968
52
3 110 Membership and Mailing Lists, 1958; , 1967
6
3 111 Membership, 1950-1962
20
3 112 Membership Committee, 1965-1966
15
3 113 Minutes of Meetings, 1954-1969
95
3 114 Montana Wool Growers Association, 1968
1
3 115 Montana Wool Growers Magazine, 1967-1968
12
3 116-117 Nation Wide Committee, Import/Export Policy, 1967-1969
29
3 118-121 National Livestock Tax Committee, 1964-1969
56
National Wool Growers Association:
Box
Folder
3 122 Bulletin, 1964-1966
35
3 123-125 Conventions, 1959-1967
74
3 126-127 Executive Committee Meetings, 1962; , 1968
17
3 128 Executive Committee Meeting, Summer 1967
10
3 129 General File, 1967-1968
18
3 130-132 News, 1966-1969
33
3 133-135 Platforms and Programs, 1950-1968
16
3 136 New Mexico Wool Growers Association, 1968
2
3 137 Newsletters, 1950-1966
65
3 138 Northern Pacific Railroad, 1966
3
3 139 Predator and Rodent Control, 1963-1966
82
3 140 Public Lands Council, 1968-1969
20
4 141 Public Relations, 1966
3
4 142 Purebred committee, 1965
1
4 143-144 Range Management, 1963-1966
87
4 145 Research, 1962-1966
10
4 146-147 Resolutions, 1950-1967
35
4 148 Sheep Census, 1954-1968
5
4 149 Sheep Commission, 1964-1965
12
4 150 Sheep Day, 1966
3
4 151 Sheep Hook Newsletters, 1962-1966
54
4 152 State Taxes, 1958-1966
14
4 153 Tax Number, 1963
1
4 154-155 U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1968-1969
22
4 156 U. S. Bureau of Land Management, 1967
2
4 157 U. S. Forest Service, 1967-1968
4
4 158 U. S. Department of Labor, 1967
10
4 159 U. S. Department of Public Lands, 1968
18
4 160 Washington Game Commission, 1967-1968
4
4 161-162 Washington State Department of Agriculture, 1964-1967
19
4 163 Washington State Department of Agriculture Marketing Information, 1968
28
4 164 Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 1966-1967
2
4 165 Western States Veterinary Conference, 1966-1967
4
4 166 Wool Bill Work, 1964-1966
11
4 167 Wool Committee, 1964-1966
42
4 168 Miss Wool Contest, 1964
6
4 169 Wool Legislation, 1967
10
4 170 Wool Referendum, 1966
19

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Series 4: Ram Sales, 1951-1969
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 171 National Ram Sale, 1955
2
4 172 Advertising (Receipts and Clippings), 1955-1961
80
4 173-175 Average Price, 1955-1965
29
4 176-180 Catalog Material, 1951-1957
64
4 181-183 Committee, 1955-1957
23
4 184 Deposit Slips, 1955-1956
10
4 185 Insurance Policies, 1956-1961
7
4 186-207 Sale Entries, 1951-1964
693
5 208-219 Sale Entries, 1965-1969
309
5 220 Sales (other), 1957
3
5 221 Sale Photographs, undated
40
5 222 Sale Programs, 1953-1968
13
5 223 Testing Station, 1965
2

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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 Wool Growers Association--Archives  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
  • Sheep--Washington (State)
  • Wool industry--Washington (State)
  • Wool--Cooperative marketing--Washington (State)--Archives

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