Frederick W. Keator Papers, 1917-1919  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Keator, Frederick W., 1855-1924
Frederick W. Keator Papers
1917-1919 (bulk)
1909-1924 (inclusive)
1.41 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Frederick W. Keator was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Olympia from 1902-1924. These papers relate especially to his work while president of the Tacoma Public Library board during World War One.
Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA
Telephone: 253-292-2001
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Frederick W. (William) Keator was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Olympia from 1902 until his death in 1924. During these years he resided in Tacoma where he was active in fraternal lodges and many clubs and societies, and served as president of the Tacoma Public Library board from 1907 to 1910 and 1912 to 1923. His tenure on the library board included chairing the statewide Washington campaign to raise funds for the American Library Association’s Library War Service effort during World War I.

Frederick W. Keator was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1855. He entered Yale University in 1876 where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1880 and a Bachelor of Law in 1882. After practicing as a lawyer in Illinois for several years, he became interested in church work. He graduated from the Western Theological Seminary of Chicago in May of 1891 and was ordained an Episcopal priest later that year. He married Emma Victoria Lyon of Chicago in 1894 and they had one son, Frederic, born in 1896.

He was consecrated as bishop of the Diocese of Olympia on January 8, 1902 and arrived in Tacoma on January 25th. He soon became involved in many civic causes and organizations not directly related to his church position. In addition to his service on the Tacoma Public Library Board and many other posts, he served as president of the board of trustees of Annie Wright Seminary, was an overseer at Whitman College, and served on the board of Tacoma General Hospital.

Frederick W. Keator died of a heart ailment on January 31, 1924 in New Haven, Connecticut while visiting his son who was an assistant instructor in electrical engineering at Yale University.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials relate to Keator's work with the Tacoma Public Library board and particularly to his involvement with the Library War Service during World War One, including correspondence; financial reports; and newspaper clippings and pamphlets.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Frederick W. Keator Papers; MS-011; box [ ]; Northwest Room Special Collections, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Episcopal Church--Bishops
  • Libraries--Administration
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918--Libraries.
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Library Association. Library War Service
  • Episcopal Church. Diocese of Olympia (Wash.)
  • Tacoma Public Library
  • United States. Commission on Training Camp Activities
  • Geographical Names :
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)--History
  • Washington (State)--History