Guide to the Warren W. Tolman Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tolman, Warren W.
Title: Warren W. Tolman Papers
Dates: 1898-1938 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 container. (.25 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number: Cage 4619
Summary: Correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, certificates, genealogies, and other papers.
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.

Biographical Note

Warren W. Tolman was born 8 December 1861 in Illinois. He graduated with a law degree from Northwestern University in 1888 and practiced law in Chicago until 1892, when he moved to Spokane for reasons relating to his wife's health. Tolman served in the state senate from 1901 to 1905. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the state supreme court in 1906 and 1910. He practiced law from 1905 until 1918 when he was appointed to the state supreme court by Governor Ernest Lister. Tolman served on the court until his retirement in 1937 and was twice Chief Justice, from 1925 to 1926 and from 1931 to 1932. He died on 15 May 1940.

Tolman, known as a progressive democrat and able parliamentarian, was notable for his efforts to establish a railroad commission. In addition to his state service, he also served on the Spokane school board from 1903 to 1906 and as a member of the Washington State Commission to the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1904.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 4619, Warren W. Tolman Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The papers are divided into five series. The Correspondence is incoming correspondence which Tolman received during his tenure as judge. The bulk relates to his reelection in 1932 and his retirement in 1937. The Genealogical Information is correspondence relating to the Tolman family genealogy; reminescences; and commercial and family-written genealogies. The Lewis and Clark Exposition material is correspondence and writings relating to the industrial exposition in Portland, Oregon for which Tolman served on the Board of Commissioners. The Miscellanea series contains Tolman's certificate of election, a chronology of Tolman's life, a brochure, a receipt, etc. The bulk of the Writings relates to Tolman's election and retirement, including radio spot transcripts, testimonials, a vote count, campaign brochures, and Tolman's retirement notice. Newspaper clippings in the series include campaign advertisements, endorsements, and articles about Tolman's activities and retirement.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of Warren W. Tolman (1861-1940) of Spokane, Washington were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in May 1981 (MS 81-21) by Warren T. Raymond of Mercer Island, Washington.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series 1: Business Records
1 1 1913-1932
1 2 1932-1938
1 3 Genealogy, 1898-1932; , undated
1 4 Lewis and Clark Exposition, 1901-1904; , undated
oversized 5 Miscellanea (Oversize folder), 1892-1932
1 6 Writings, 1902-1937

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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.

  • Personal Names :
  • Tolman, Warren W.--Archives  ( creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)
  • Washington (State). Supreme Court
  • Occupations :
  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

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