5 containers. (4.5 linear feet of shelf space.) (5375 items.)
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
American Sheep Producers
Breed Association, 1955
Coffin, Stanley H. (Coffin Sheep
Consignors to Ram
Galgan, Walt, 1966-1967
Ganguet, Morris, 1966-1967
Holwinger, Don, 1967
Kern, Phil, 1954; , 1964-1967
King, Corwin, 1955
National Wool Growers
National Wool Growers
Association- Marsh, Ed, 1968-1969
National Wool Growers
Publication- Mike, Gladys, 1966-1969