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Washington State Good Roads Association records, 1883-2005

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Washington State Good Roads Association
Title
Washington State Good Roads Association records
Dates
1883-2005 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0074wagoodr
Summary
The collection includes the business records of the Washington State Good Roads Association.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA) was established in 1899 by Sam Hill to encourage development of an adequate and practical statewide highway system in Washington State. Sam Hill cultivated the support of non-profit civic groups interested in road-building and affiliated operations. The primary goal of the WSGRA was to establish a highway system created by the state legislature and operated under state management. The membership of WSGRA consisted mainly of county chapters representing local civic groups such as Chambers of Commerce and Granges. These local groups lobbied not only through WSGRA for the state-wide road network, but also in their local districts for improved road conditions. WSGRA was led by a president and was supported by an executive committee, consisting of one representative from each district. Districts were based on geographical divisions within the state. The yearly conferences involved delegates from the local organizations state-wide.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Washington State Good Roads Association Records document the activities of the Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA) along with the North End Improvement Council (NEIC). These records also have some material from the Kitsap County Good Roads Association and the North Olympic Chamber of Commerce. The dates of the collection span from 1910-2005 and comprise three linear feet (6 boxes). Records include early and subsequent by-laws of the WSGRA, articles of association, a history of the organization, materials from conventions attended and organized, minutes, agendas, rollcalls and other information of some of the executive and annual member meetings; membership lists and profiles; financial records reflecting collection of membership dues and convention planning and execution; correspondence regarding membership, legislative activity, lobbying efforts, and inter-organizational relations; activities information including newsletters, pamphlets, and lobbying; newspaper clippings referring to the organization or road building; and some undated photographs. The NEIC records include by-laws, meeting minutes and proceedings, bank statements and financial quarterly statements, and correspondence. There is also some correspondence from the Kitsap County Good Roads Association, some subject file records from the North Olympic Chamber of Commerce, and some pamphlets and statements from other Good Roads Associations across the country.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Washington State Good Roads Association records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Washington State Good Roads Association (WSGRA), 1910-1987Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Administrative Records
1910-2005
Box/Folder
1/1
Bylaws
1959-1980
1/2
Articles of Association
1995, 1999
1/3
History
1935-1987
1/4
A Brief History of WSGRA... Samuel Hill
1939
Conventions
Box/Folder
1/5
Speeches, Reports
1948-1980
1/6
Pamphlet Programs
1938-1984
1/7
Yakima
1967
1/8
Vancouver
1980
1/9
Ellensburg
1981
1/10
Bellevue
1982
1/11
Olympia
1983
1/12
Tacoma
1990
1/13
Pasco
2000
1/14
Tacoma
2001
1/15
Spokane
2003
1/16
Proceedings
1910-1935 (incomplete)
1/17
Proceedings
1936-1948
2/1
Proceedings
1949-1957
2/2
Proceedings
1958-1970
2/3
Proceedings
1971-1972 1978-1987
Meeting Materials
Box/Folder
2/4
Meetings
1955-1984
2/5
Meetings
1968
2/6
Meetings
1995-1998
2/7
Meetings
1999
2/8
Meetings
2000
2/9
Meetings
2001
3/1
Meetings
2002
3/2
Meetings
2003-2005
Membership Information
Box/Folder
3/3
Membership Lists
1997-2000
3/4
Membership Lists
2002
3/5
Membership Profiles
2005
Subseries 2: Financial Records
1966-2005
Box/Folder
3/6
Transactions Paid, Received, Expense Reports
1976-1977
3/7
Statements; Invoices, Transactions Paid and Received
1974-1977 1976-1977
3/8
Treasurer/Auditor Reports; Statements
1966-1976 1977
3/9
Transactions Paid and Received
1978
4/1
Statements
1978-1979
4/2
Check and Deposit Register
1978-1984
4/3
Invoices, Receipts, and Deposit Slips
1981-1982
4/4
Statements, Invoices, and Transactions
1980-1983
4/5
Reports, Invoices and Transactions
1995-2005
4/6
Transportation Partnership Funding Package
2005
Subseries 3: Correspondence
1913-2005
Box/Folder
4/7
General
1913-1962
4/8
General
1965-1967
4/9
General
1975-1979
4/10
General
1980-1982
4/11
General
2003-2005
5/1
Received and Sent
1979-1981
5/2
Received and Sent
1981-1983
5/3
Sam Hill Bridge Dedication
1964
Subseries 4: Activities
1998-2003; 1920-2003
Box/Folder
5/4
Newsletters
1998-2002
5/5
Centennial Celebration
1999
5/6
Lobby Information
1999-2001
5/7
Pamphlets
2000
5/8
Resolutions
undated
5/9
Legislative Breakfast
2003
5/10
General
1920-1930
Subseries 5: Clippings
1917-2000
Box/Folder
5/11
Clippings
1917-2000
5/12
41st Session Washington State Legislature
1969
Subseries 6: Photos
undated
Box/Folder
5/13
Photographs
undated

Series II:  North End Improvement Council (NEIC) & Other Organizations,, 1926-1980Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: North End Improvement Council (NEIC)
1926-1960
Administrative Records
1926-1958
Box/Folder
6/1
Journal of By-laws, Meetings, Finances,
1926-1942
6/2
By-laws
1928-1956
6/3
Meeting Minutes
1943-1955
6/4
Meeting Proceedings, Reports
1952-1957
6/5
Advisory Board Meeting Proceedings
1953-1958
Financial Records
1955-1960
Box/Folder
6/6
Bank Statements and Ledgers
1955-1958
6/7
Kitsap County Road District #1 Quarter Reports
1956-1960
Correspondence
1951-1959
Box/Folder
6/8
General
1951-1956
6/9
General
1957-1959
Subseries 2: Kitsap County Good Roads Association
1954-1960
Box/Folder
6/10
Correspondence
1954-1960
Subseries 3: North Olympic Chamber of Commerce
1956-1957
Box/Folder
6/11
Subject File
1956-1957
Subseries 4: Other Good Roads Associations
1979-1980
Box/Folder
6/12
Pamphlets and Statements
1979-1980