Elgin Victor Kuykendall Papers, 1892-1956  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Kuykendall, Elgin Victor
Title
Elgin Victor Kuykendall Papers
Dates
1892-1956 (inclusive)
Quantity
22 containers., (11 linear feet of shelf space.), (8000 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 59
Summary
Correspondence, business and legal papers, deeds, contracts, briefs and court transcriptions, research notes, drafts, speeches and printed material relating to Judge Kuykendall's properties and business interests; his office career as legislator, chairman of the Public Service Commission and Superior Court judge; his research in Asotin, Garfield and Columbia County history and Nez Percé Indian legend and lore. Correspondence primarily with: Homer Bone, Knute Hill, Otis Halbert Holmes, Ernest O. Holland, George B. Kuykendall, Jerome Kuykendall.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elgin Victor Kuykendall was born at Oakland, Oregon in 1870 and spent his early years at Fort Simcoe, Washington, where his father, George Benson Kuykendall, was the Indian Agency physician. His family moved to Pomeroy, Washington in the 1880s, and there he finished school, briefly taught and studied law in the office of Samuel Cosgrove, later Governor of Washington. Kuykendall practiced law in Pomeroy from the 1890s until 1924 when he was appointed Superior Court Judge for Asotin, Garfield and columbia Counties. In the meantime he had held several elective posts in local government, had been twice elected to the State Senate (sessions of 1917 and 1919) and had served four years as the Chairman of the State Public Service Commission. His political career was generally associated with the progressive wing of the Republican Party. Following his appointment as Superior Court Judge he was reelected to the non-partisan position several times until his retirement in 1949.

In addition to his legal and political careers, Kuykendall as also involved with research in eastern Washington history and Indian lore. Following the inspiration of his father, who had been a local historian and genealogist, he wrote many articles on local history for the press, collected Indian legends and lore, particularly of the Nez Perce, managed the local pioneer association and eventually wrote a history of Southeastern Washington. Additionally, Kuykendall was active in historic preservation and memorial organizations such as the Whitman Memorial Association, the Lewis and Clark Memorial Association and the restoration efforts at Fort Simcoe. His interest in local history led to donate his father’s papers to the Washington State University Library in 1949; in turn, his heirs donated his papers shortly after his death in 1958.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Elgin Victor Kuykendall consist of correspondence, business papers, deeds, contrasts, legal briefs, depositions, courtroom transcriptions, research notes, drafts, manuscripts and photographs relative to Kuykendall’s private and business affairs, his political activities, his position on the bench and his historical research projects. Aside from the considerable portion of the collection which deals with the history of Southeastern Washington, the subjects which most dominate the papers are the civil and criminal cases brought before the Superior Courts of Asotin, Garfield and Columbia Counties. Additionally, the general correspondence contains many references to Washington State politics, elections and public appointments in the 1930s and 1940s. The State Public Service Commission is also briefly documented.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 59, Elgin Victor Kuykendall Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Deeds, contracts, leases, mortgages, releases, stock certificates, ca, 1900-1956Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

100 items.

Taxes: federal income tax forms, property tax statements, ca, 1910-1956Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

200 items.

Correspondence, bills and receipts, ca, 1930-1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

200 items.

Insurance: policies and correspondence, ca, 1920-1956Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

100 items.

Account books and stockholder registry books, 1909-1935Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

6 items.

Briefs, depositions, motions re: Superior Court cases in Asotin, Benton, and Columbia Counties, 1917-1949Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

50 items.

Briefs, depositions, motions re: Superior Court cases in Franklin, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Spokane, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties, 1924-1949Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

50 items.

Judge Kuykendall's personal notes on court cases and trials:Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
9 items.
1927-1935
6
9 items.
1937-1945
7
4 items.
1946-1949

Marriages, licenses and ceremonyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 7

15 items.

Niccolls trial correspondence, 1931Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

50 items.

Naturalization proceedings: correspondence and documents, 1927-1949Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

300 items.

Practice legal practice, 1935-1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

300 items.

State Bar Association and Superior Court Judges Association correspondence, 1934-1948Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

60 items.

Testimony before Interstate Commerce Commission, 1938Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

1 item.

Eighty years in the changing West: memoirs of E. V. Kuykendall, 1954Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The story of Lieutenant Gaston and the Steptoe ExpeditionReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Some forgotten heroes of the Lewis and Clark ExpeditionReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The son of the Howling Wolf: story of Chief KamiakenReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Myths and legends of the IndiansReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The eagle cave legendReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The contribution of the American Indian of Democracy Christian IndiansReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Religion of the American IndiansReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The emotional and expressive side of the American Indian Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Legends of the KlickitatsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Timothy: a neglected heroReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Discussion of the Nez Perce Ceremony of Koyit, the Spring FestivalReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Koyit; the Nez Perce Spring thanksgiving festival Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Prince JaneReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

The Isle of the DeadReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

History of the Columbia Center and the France-Haven tragedy (with documents)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Historic glimpses of Aostin County, with supplement of myths, legends and curious beliefs of Indians of the Northwest, main text also containing legends of Indians pertaining to the particular regions discussed., 1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Father James Harvey Wilbur: his place in the history of the NorthwestReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Fort Simcoe: Former seat of the Yakima Indian AgencyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Captain B.L.E. Bonneville in Eastern Oregon and Washington (with copies and transcripts of documents)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

What we owe Robert ConnellReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Justice BrandeisReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Report of the Historian (Garfield County Pioneer Association)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Observations of the landside election of 1946Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Early history of the Pomeroy-Clarkston RoadReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

On the opening of the Snake River BridgeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Remarks at the dedication of the new school building at PomeroyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

The wisdom of the ancientsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Address to meeting of the judgesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

The British attitude toward the Italio-Ethiopian controversy Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Statement submit... in relation to navigation on the Snake RiverReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Speech given in Pullman, 1933Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Regarding the General Strike-- an attempted revolution in Seattle, 1919Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Our constitutionReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Evasion of Justice on the insanity pleaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

The Constitution of the United StatesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Speech to the Northwest Electrical Association, 1921Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Governmental regulation of public serviceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Lincoln Day banquet, 1929Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Early irrigation dreamsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Citizenship and crimeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Juvenile protectionReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Paroles and pardonsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

A confidential message to the judgesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Speech on sex crimesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

The Blackenstoes ShowReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Miscellaneous notes, quotes and transcripts of speeches Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

The guy from Syracuse: a drama in seven actsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Clippings of local history stories, by Kuykendall, C.S. Kingston, J.L. Ashbrook, and John WhiteReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Historical and biographical sketch of the Kuykendall FamileReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Explanation of the operation of the Washington Department of Public Works, 1923Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Spalding Memorial Association, correspondence, 1953-1954Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

8 items.

Whitman Memorial Association, correspondence, 1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

35 items.

Fort Simcoe Restoration, correspondence, 1953-1954Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

100 items.

Lewis and Clark Memorial Association, correspondence, ca, 1925Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

15 items.

Source Research Bureau, correspondence, 1925-1927Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

30 items.

Elections, Garfield and Asotin County: returns, sample ballots, petitions, voter lists and campaign materials, 1920-1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

70 items.

Candidacy papers for judicial elections, 1930-1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

25 items.

Columbia Valley Association, correspondence, 1931-1934Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

10 items.

Certificates, licenses, and other papers, 1870-1925Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

15 items.

Souvenirs and mementos, ca, 1920-1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

50 items.

Testimony of Jerome Kuykendall upon his nomination as Chairman of Federal Power Commission, 1953Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Diaries, 1923-1953Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

30 items.

Photographs (prints and negatives) of E. V. Kuykendall, the Kuykendall Family, southwestern Washington, Pomeroy, Samuel Cosgrove, 1892-1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

200 items.

General Correspondence:Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
14
500 items.
1923-1933
15
500 items.
1933-1936
16
500 items.
1936-1938
17
500 items.
1938-1940
18
500 items.
1940-1942
19
500 items.
1942-1943
20
500 items.
1944-1945

Sons of the American Revolution, correspondence, 1947-1951Return to Top

Container(s): Box 21

200 items.

Kiwanis Club, correspondence, 1935-1937Return to Top

Container(s): Box 21

300 items.

Knights of Pythias Lodge, correspondence, 1926-1945Return to Top

Container(s): Box 22

400 items.

Donor file, 1946-1960Return to Top

Container(s): Box 22

15 items.

History of Garfield County, by E. V. Kuykendall. (added 7/6/1983 by Barbara Kovarik Gahl), 1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 22

1 item.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of North America--Northwest, Pacific--Legends
  • Personal Names :
  • Kuykendall, Elgin Victor, 1870-1958 --Archives (creator)
  • Bone, Homer Truett, 1883-1970
  • Hill, Knute, 1876-1963
  • Holland, Ernest Otto, 1874-1950
  • Holmes, Otis Halbert, 1902-
  • Kuykendall, George Benson, 1907-
  • Kuykendall, Jerome K. (Jerome Kenneth), 1907-1987
  • Corporate Names :
  • Nez Percé Indians--Legends
  • Washington (State). Superior Court (Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties)
  • Washington Public Service Commission
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asotin County (Wash.)--History
  • Columbia County (Wash.)--History
  • Garfield County (Wash.)--History