Charles Tallmadge Conover papers, 1889-1956  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Conover, Charles Tallmadge, 1862-1961
Title
Charles Tallmadge Conover papers
Dates
1889-1956 (inclusive)
Quantity
.42 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
1052 (Accession No. 1052-001)
Summary
Businessman, newspaper columnist
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Businessman and newspaper columnist, Charles Tallmadge Conover (1862-1961), was born in Esperance, New York, on August 7, 1862, the son of Abram and Harriet M. (Tallmadge) Conover. After working as a journalist in New York State for two years, Conover moved to British Columbia. He then worked briefly for the Tacoma Ledger (1887-1888) and even more briefly as the city editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In 1888, he formed Crawford & Connor with another P-I reporter, Samuel L. Crawford. Crawford & Conover were real estate and financial brokers, and after a slow start, became quite successful. In 1891, Conover married Mary Louise Burns. They had one child, Tallmadge. After Mary Louise Burns' death in 1914, Conover married his second wife, Idelle M. Conkling, in 1931. Crawford & Conover were responsible for a national campaign, advertising Seattle and Washington State, and Conover is credited with coining "The Evergreen State" as Washington's nickname. He also advocated for the name Mount Rainier in 1917 before the United States Geographic Board, and actively campaigned for the continued use of the name Mt. Rainier in 1924 when a resolution was put before Congress to change the name to Mt. Tacoma. After retiring from real estate in 1941, Conover returned to writing, penning a column, "Just Cogitating" for the Seattle Times. Conover also authored several books, including Mirrors of Seattle (1923) and a biography of Judge Thomas Burke. He was a member of the Rainier Club, the Holland Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, and was active in the foundation of the Seattle Humane Society. Conover died in August, 1961.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Charles Tallmadge Conover papers are comprised mainly of correspondence, speeches and writings relating, in part, to the Rainier Club, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Northwest history, Mount Rainier, and the firm of Crawford and Conover. Folder 1 contains a list of Conover's letters. Folders 2-18 contain incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically. Folders 19-27 consist of outgoing correspondence, organized chronologically. Folders 28-31 contain speeches and writings. Folders 29-37 contain copies of the Rainier Club Library News (1936-1952). Folder 38 contains Crawford and Conover contracts of 1889. Conover's writings include short typescript pieces on Seattle, local history, and golf. Correspondents include Thomas Burke, William F. Devin, Ella Higginson, Trevor Kincaid, George Kinnear, John F. Miller, C. Hart Merrimam, John F. Miller, William Hickman Moore, Stephen B. Penrose, Harold Pulsifer, John J. Underwood. Among the unidentified letters are two letters signed Margaret, which appear to have been written by Conover's housekeeper Margaret Anderson. Also included are several issues of the Rainier Club Library News, a short newsletter issued by Conover for the Rainier Club.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 List of Conover Letters
1/2 Andrews, L. R. incoming correspondence
1 item
1950
1/2 Atkins, J. B. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/2 Atlantic Monthly incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/2 Banning, Pierson incoming correspondence
1 item
1924
1/2 Baxter, Portur incoming correspondence
1 item
1948
1/3 Bedingfield, T. L. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/3 Biglow, William incoming correspondence
5 items
1922-1923
1/3 Blanchard - Nichols - Coleman incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/3 Bok, Edward W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/3 Botsford - Constantine Co. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/3 Boyce, Robert W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/3 Boyns, Robert S. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/3 Braid, Andrew incoming correspondence
1 item
1916
1/3 British Columbia Land Registry Office incoming correspondence
3 items
1923
1/3 Brown, Esther B. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/3 Bryant, Cliff W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/4 Burke, Thomas incoming correspondence
6 items
1915-1924
1/4 Butler, Nicholas M. incoming correspondence
1 item
1925
1/4 Cartantrie incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/4 Carter, MacDonald, & Miller Inc. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/4 Chamber of Commerce, Anacortes incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/4 Chamber of Commerce, Seattle
5 items
1922-1923
1/4 Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/4 Clise, Charles F. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/5 Coburn, Elizabeth incoming correspondence
1 item
1950
1/5 Conover, William A. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/5 Costello, Gilbert S. incoming correspondence
4 items
1945-1946
1/5 Cram, George F. incoming correspondence
2 items
1924
1/6 Dabney, Frank incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/6 Dilling, George W. incoming correspondence
2 items
1945
1/6 Donovan, John J. incoming correspondence
3 items
1920-1930
1/6 Engle, A. W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/7 Faulkner, L. B. incoming correspondence
3 items
1924
1/7 Fisken & Co. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922
1/7 Fisken, Marian incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/7 Fleager, H. A. incoming correspondence
2 items
1950
1/7 Fogg, Mrs. Fred S. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/7 Forbes, B. D. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/7 Fowle, Albert L. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922
1/8 Fredricksen, Fred incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/8 Ferguson, Helen incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/8 Garret, Jessie R. incoming correspondence
1 item
1920
1/8 Great Northern Railway Co. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/8 Gund, George incoming correspondence
3 items
1923
1/8 Hanford, Ada L. incoming correspondence
2 items
undated
1/8 Hazelton, Henry I. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922
1/8 Hawkins, Eudara incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/8 Hayes, R. S. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/9 Higday, Hamilton incoming correspondence
2 items
1923
1/9 Higginson, Ella incoming correspondence
5 items
undated
1/9 Hill, Samuel incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/9 Hodges, L. K. incoming correspondence
1 item
1928
1/9 Hoge, James D. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/9 Hurst, Mrs. Fred incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/9 Izzard Company incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/9 Japan Imperial Consulate, Seattle incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/9 Jermane, W. W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/10 Karshner, (Dr.) W. M. incoming correspondence
1 item
1951
1/10 Keator, Frederic W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/10 Kennedy Publishing Co. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/10 Kenny, C. A. M. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/10 Kincaid, Trevor incoming correspondence
4 items
1955-1956
1/10 Kinnear, George incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/10 Kinnear, Roy J. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/10 Krogress, C. George incoming correspondence
4 items
1923
1/11 Lambert, S. E. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/11 Lansing, Robert incoming correspondence
1 item
1926
1/11 Lewis, C. D. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/11 Lewis, James H. incoming correspondence
1 item
1925
1/11 Lewis, Laura incoming correspondence undated
1/11 MacDougall & Southwick Co. incoming correspondence
2 items
1950
1/11 McElroy, W. B. incoming correspondence
2 items
1924
1/11 McEwan, Alexander F. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922
1/11 McNeil, F. W. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/11 Martin, T. H. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/11 Mayer, Joseph incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/12 Meany, Edmund S. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/12 Mercer, Thomas incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/12 Merriam, (Dr.) C. Hart incoming correspondence
3 items
1924
1/12 Miller, John F. incoming correspondence
4 items
1924-1929
1/12 Mills & Hagbom incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/12 Minneapolis Tribune incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/12 Minor, Anne H. incoming correspondence
1 item
1924
1/12 Moore, William H. incoming correspondence
2 items
1945
1/12 Moorehouse, Eli incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/13 Moran, Robert incoming correspondence
12 items
1922-1927
1/13 Mt. Tacoma Club incoming correspondence
1 item
1924
1/13 Murphy, Paul C. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/13 Myers, George T. incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/13 Nelson, E. E. incoming correspondence
1 item
1929
1/13 New York Life Insurance Co. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/14 Oregonian incoming correspondence
2 items
1924
1/14 Outlook Company incoming correspondence
3 items
1925-1927
1/14 Ovington, E. J. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/14 Parks, M. P. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/14 Penrose, Stephen B. L. incoming correspondence
1 item
1926
1/14 Pocock, George incoming correspondence
1 item
1940
1/14 Poole, Jeanette F. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/14 Port Moody City Clerk incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/14 Porter, George incoming correspondence
3 items
1922-1923
1/15 Rainier Club incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/15 Rhodes of Seattle incoming correspondence
2 items
1950
1/15 Robertson, (Dr.) A. Rocke incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/15 Sandy, B. V. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/16 Seattle Mayor incoming correspondence
2 items
1922, 1945
1/16 Seattle Public Works Department incoming correspondence
2 items
1923
1/16 Seattle Streets and Sewers Department incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/16 Seattle Children's Home incoming correspondence
3 items
1950
1/16 Seattle Post-Intelligencer incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/16 Seattle Times incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/16 Sedgwick, Ellery incoming correspondence
2 items
1921
1/16 Sleicher, Ella S. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/16 Sleicher, Mary P. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922-1923
1/16 Smith, Charles L. incoming correspondence
1 item
1946
1/16 Spencer, Louis A. incoming correspondence
2 items
1922
1/16 Steel, William G. incoming correspondence
1 item
1924
1/17 Terrace, Frank incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/17 Underwood, J. J. incoming correspondence
3 items
1923-1924
1/17 U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary's Office incoming correspondence
1 item
1918
1/17 U.S. Navy incoming correspondence
1 item
1926
1/17 U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce incoming correspondence
3 items
1924
1/17 Voters Information League incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/17 Walling, Jason M. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/17 Warner, Louise J. incoming correspondence
2 items
1/17 Washburn, R. C. incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/17 Washington Municipal Corporations Division incoming correspondence
1 item
1923
1/17 Washington Public Works Department incoming correspondence
3 items
1922
1/17 Washington Paint Company incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/17 Waterhouse, Frank incoming correspondence
1 item
1922
1/18 Wilson, Maude incoming correspondence
8 items
1922-1923
1/18 Woodriff, Jeannette F. incoming correspondence
1 item
undated
1/18 Wood, James A. incoming correspondence
3 items
1946
1/18 Unidentified incoming correspondence
5 items
1/19-27 Outgoing Correspondence
approximately 169 items
1919-1927
1/28-31 Speeches and Writings
13 items
undated
1/32-37 Rainier Club Library News - Writings for Rainier Club
120 items
1936-1952
1/38 Crawford and Conover Contract (List of Lots sold in Renton Addition)
1 item
1889-1890

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Historians--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Journalists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Real estate developers--Washington (State)-- Seattle--Archives
  • Personal Names :
  • Burke, Thomas, 1849-1925--Correspondence
  • Conover, Charles Tallmadge, 1862-1961--Archives
  • Devin, William F. (William Franklin), 1898---Correspondence
  • Higginson, Ella, 1862-1940--Correspondence
  • Kincaid, Trevor, 1872-1970--Correspondence
  • Kinnear, George, 1836-1912--Correspondence
  • Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942--Correspondence
  • Miller, John Franklin, 1862-1936--Correspondence
  • Moore, William Hickman, 1861---Correspondence
  • Penrose, Stephen Beasley Linnard, 1864-1947--Correspondence
  • Pulsifer, Harold Trowbridge, 1886-1948--Correspondence
  • Underwood, John J. (John Jasper), 1871---Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Crawford & Conover Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Rainier Club (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific--History
  • Rainier, Mount (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Social life and customs
  • Washington (State)--History