Guide to the Washington State Grape Society Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Washington State Grape Society
Title: Washington State Grape Society Records
Dates: 1972-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 container. (1 linear feet of shelf space.) (1775 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 464
Summary: Correspondence, financial and other records of an organization associated with the grape industry in Washington State.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Contact Information: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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.

Historical Note

In November 1971, twenty to thirty persons involved in the grape industry met in Prosser to form an organization that would foster the interests of Washington grape producers. This group selected a constitutional committee and a nominations committee. The constitutional committee drafted a document and bylaws patterned after the Washington State Horticulture Association constitution. In December 1971, the group adopted the proposed constitution and elected a slate of officers. Warren Tomlinson was elected the Society's first president. The stated purpose of the organization is "the overall advancement of the grape industry in the State of Washington." During its first year, the Society's membership rose to about 500, which included persons from all aspects of the grape industry. The Society's major projects are the annual "grape school" (used to inform and educate interested persons of the advances in the industry), the "Proceedings" (an annual publication), and funding research on topics of interest to the grape industry.

Content Description

The records of the Washington State Grape Society, 1972-1981, consist of the organization's business records, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The correspondence file of the Society comprises more than half of the records and includes orders for the annual publication, business accounts (receipts and invoices), and letters to and from other grape societies. The financial records include banking materials, invoices, and billings and covers the years 1972-1981, although they bulk largest from 1977 to 1980.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 464, Washington State Grape Society Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically within each subject.

Acquisition Information :  

The records of the Washington State Grape Society were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in November 1978 (MS 78-48), February 1980 (MS 80-7), and February and December 1981 (MS 81-9 and 81-50) by Mrs. Karen Mortensen, Secretary for the Society.

Related Materials :  

The bulk of the records of the Society from 1971 through 1976 were deposited in the Washington State University Libraries in 1977 and were arranged and described in 1978 as Cage 178.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

1-6 Correspondence, 1972-1981
1000 items.
7 Membership, 1972-1978
25 items.
8 Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1979
200 items.
9-10 Receipts and Cancelled Checks, 1972-1980
500 items.
11 Tax Records and Information, 1975-1980
50 items.


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 :
  • Mortensen, Karen, Mrs. waps  ( donor)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington State Grape Society --Archives  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture -- Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence.
  • Agriculture, Cooperative--Washington (State)
  • Viticulture -- Washington (State)

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