Robert Hitchman papers, 1836-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hitchman, Robert
Title
Robert Hitchman papers
Dates
1836-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
25.63 cubic feet (31 boxes)
Collection Number
5538 (Accession No. 5538-001)
Summary
Papers of Robert Hitchman, who worked in insurance and researched Pacific Northwest history and place names in Washington State
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
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding provided by a grant from the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, and by the Dorlesca and William Peterson Endowed Library Fund


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Hitchman was an insurance agent, book collector, bibliographer, and an amateur historian of the Pacific Northwest. His specific area of focus was the origin of local place names, as the author of the book Place Names of Washington (Tacoma, Wash. : Washington State Historical Society, 1985). He also published a bibliographic newsletter on local historical writings entitled Sighted From the Crow's Nest (Seattle).

Hitchman was born in Denver, Colorado on October 28th, 1908. He became a student at the University of Washington during the 1920s, and after his 1929 graduation summa cum laude with a degree in anthropology, he took a job as a researcher for Northwestern Mutual Insurance.

Hitchman interrupted his career to serve in the army during WWII, finally retiring from the service as a colonel in the reserves in 1968. He kept for his historical collection a set of the transport ship logs and loading information from the D-Day invasion. After the war, while serving as a reserve officer, he continued his prewar career as an insurance agent for what was now renamed the Unigard Mutual Insurance Company, where his historical interests led him to accumulate a collection of clippings about unusual or noteworthy insurance cases. In 1959, he was made assistant vice president of his division. In 1969 he was promoted to president of Unigard Mutual, and he also became president of Unigard Olympic in 1970. From 1971 until his retirement in 1974, he served as chairman of the board.

Hitchman's early interest in history can be seen in his autograph collection, which includes the signatures of many prominent people. A few of the books and materials from his collection date back to his college years, as well. During his time at the University of Washington, Hitchman was a student of Professor Edmond S. Meany (1862-1935), which provoked his initial interest in Washington place names. It was during the postwar period that he began to seriously collect and read books and ephemera about local history; in 1952, he began publishing Sighted From the Crow’s Nest, a bibliographic newsletter featuring local historical publications and reviews which he continued to write and publish until 1979. This placed him in an important position in the community of Pacific Northwest historians, through which he encouraged many authors doing grassroots historical work and spread the work of these writers to a wider audience. As he became prominent and respected within that community, he carried on extensive correspondence with many authors, historians, and book dealers. Eventually he began work on his major project: a new volume on Washington place names that would improve on Edmond Meany's book Origin of Washington Geographic Names(Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Press, 1923). Hitchman's work was posthumously published as Place Names of Washington by the Washington State Historical Society in 1985.

Robert Hitchman was an active member of many different historical and bibliophilic organizations. He was president of the Washington State Historical Society from 1976 until his death in 1981; on the board of the Seattle Historical Society from 1955-62; chairman of the Pacific Northwest Group of the Explorers’ Club from 1968-73; president of the Seattle Society of the Archeological Institute of America 1961-62; and historian for the Rotary Club of Seattle district 503. Hitchman was also a board member of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library; a member of the Bibliographic Society of America, and on the advisory committee for "The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America" from 1959; a president of the Seattle Foundation; a member of the Rainier Club in Seattle; and, a member of the American Antiquarian Society (based in Massachusetts). Hitchman was a bibliographic consultant to the director of libraries at the University of Washington; he also held positions on the boards of several magazines over the years, and was a lay reader and clerk of the vestry at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Though he retired in March of 1974, Hitchman remained on the board of Unigard Mutual Insurance Co.

Robert Hitchman died of complications sustained from a heart attack while attending a meeting of the American Antiquarian Society in Worchester, Massachusetts, on April 17th, 1981.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Robert Hitchman's book and document collecting extended beyond the Pacific Northwest, as did his membership in various antiquarian organizations, but his primary research focus remained on local history. The bulk of the material in his collection reflects that focus and provides a glimpse into the life of a man devoted to the study of the region in which he lived.

Hitchman's historical manuscripts and collections were very important to him. The Historical Manuscripts and Collections series includes older (mostly 19th century) letters and documents related to Pacific Northwest history, as well as Robert Hitchman's autograph collection. Most items he acquired are single letters or documents, including correspondence from Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens, Selucius Garfielde (Surveyor General of the Washington Territory from 1866-1869 and territorial delegate to Congress from 1869-1872), John McLaughlin (Factor for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver); Mary and Elkanah Walker's correspondence with Mary Whitman; and others, including an undated, bound manuscript by Seattle poet Thomas Wiedemann that includes many original drawings and caricatures of Seattle political figures. There are a few more substantial collections as well, such as the papers of Roland G. Gamwell, a popular public speaker in Bellingham, Washington during the 1920s and 1930s, and a selection of letters and writings from James H. Christie, who was the head of the Seattle Press Expedition in the Olympics during 1889 and 1890..

The Washington Place Names series contains notes and research materials Hitchman compiled and used while writing his book Place Names of Washington. These include notes on the many different linguistic and cultural origins of local place names, as well as information on the various connections of these names with events in local history. Also included in this series is one large notebook of Edmond Meany's notes and primary source material for his 1923 book on Washington place names, and some correspondence from and to Edmond Meany.

The Personal Papers series includes most of Robert Hitchman's correspondence with authors, book dealers, publishers, librarians, and other local historians, as well as ephemera relating to his other hobbies and recreational activities. This series will prove most valuable to those interested in Robert Hitchman and his place in the community; selections of interest include correspondence with a friend writing from a US Navy base in Cuba during the 1958 Cuban revolution, describing society and events. There is also a large group of correspondence directly related to Pacific Northwest history, which Hitchman kept separate from his general correspondence.

The Research and Background Files series constitutes the bulk of the material in the Hitchman Papers. It includes many of Robert Hitchman's research files on topics related to Pacific Northwest history: these are largely comprised of clippings, ephemera, and periodicals from circa 1952-1980, though there are also earlier inclusions such as a collection of photographs of Seattle after the 1885 fire. Included as well is a limited quantity of correspondence which Hitchman stored in these topical files rather than with his general correspondence. Some of the most extensive elements of this eclectic and wide-ranging collection cover the early explorers of the region (especially James Cook), local aviation, labor history and maritime history.

The Scrapbooks series contains both scrapbooks that Robert Hitchman created himself (mostly during the 1960s and 1970s), and also earlier scrapbooks that he collected. The earlier scrapbooks are mostly related to the early exploration of the Olympic Mountains and date to the latter part of the 19th century (though there is also a 19th century scrapbook on east Indian religion and prayer wheels). Most of the scrapbooks were originally stored with the topical files to which they were related, but are now housed separately for preservation reasons.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's rights assigned to the University of Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Historical Manuscripts And CollectionsReturn to Top

This series contains some of Robert Hitchman's collection of historical primary source documents. These have been divided into two groups: the Historical Manuscript sub-series, the content of which relates to Pacific Northwest history; and the Autograph sub-series, which contains items kept for their value as artifacts or for personal reasons, and which are not all Pacific Northwest-related.

Container(s) Description Dates
Historical manuscripts
These documents all relate to the history of the Pacific Northwest. The largest collections of files are those from James H. Christie and Roland G. Gamwell in box 1.
Box/Folder
1/1
John Ball correspondence
This is a letter from John Ball (likely the John Ball who was the author of "Remarks upon the geology, and physical features of the country west of the Rocky Mountains with miscellaneous facts") to John A. Burleigh, Esq (a lawyer?). It describes an encounter John Ball had with a Mr. McSlade when he returned to New York from Portland, and a discussion of the acceptibility of terms for a contract between McSlade and Burleigh. John Ball wrote in conclusion that he wished he could be of more help in the matter. There is a postscript requesting further information regarding the "persons of which I wrote you."
April 8th, 1837
1/2
J. F. S. Casey photograph
A single cabinet card photograph of J. F. S. Casey in military uniform, signed on the back 'Yours Truly,' dated April 1881. The location is listed as Fort Keogh, Montana, though the photography studio listed on the front (Palmquist) is located in St. Paul.
April 1881
1/3
F. J. Church diary
A diary by F. J. Church, who was part of the Olympic Exploring Expedition in 1890. Approximately 27 pages and covering the dates August 17th-September 28th, 1890, it contains detailed explanations of their route, along with brief descriptions of wildlife, geography, and geology encountered on the way. A note with the diary explains its provenence: "This notebook was presented to me in 1954 by Mrs. Joseph P. O'Neil, widow of the leader of the Olympic Exploring Expedition of 1890. Robert Hitchman. Seattle."
August 17-September 28, 1890
1/4
James H. Christie correspondence
James Halbold Christie was born in Murrayshire, Scotland in 1854. He lived most of his life in Canada, and was employed by the Canadian government in a variety of military and exploratory capacities. Following a three year expedition in the Canadian arctic, he was the leader of the Seattle Press Expedition (December 1889-May 1890), which was the first to explore the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. He later accompanied the National Geographic Society's expedition to Mount Saint Elias, Alaska (October 1890). Towards the end of his life, he lived near Vernon, British Columibia. He died on June 15th, 1942.
These files contain several letters exchanged with Gilbert Erickson (a member of the Seattle Mountaineers Club) during 1937 discussing a retracing of his route, two letters exchanged with Robert Hitchman in 1939 and 1940 on general topics, followed by many letters during the 1960s and 1970s regarding research into James H. Christie's life, and eventually discussing a proposed monument to him. The main correspondents in these later letters are Bruce LeRoy, Robert Hitchman, and Grace Worth.
1937-1976
1/5
1/6
Ramsey Crooks correspondence
A letter from Ramsey Crooks (President of the American Fur Company in 1838) to Henry H. Sibley of Fort Snelling. It discusses accounts and the changing market demands for different types of furs.
June 1838
1/7
John Darmid typescript
A typescript of an unpublished short story entitled "The Doughnut Man," addressed to Robert Hitchman from a personal friend.
1935
1/8
Sir James Douglas photograph
Sir James Douglas, KCB, (August 15, 1803[?]-August 2, 1877) was a company fur-trader and a British colonial governor in northwestern North America, particularly in what is now British Columbia. Douglas worked for the North West Company, and later for the Hudson's Bay Company becoming a high-ranking company officer. From 1851 to 1864, he was Governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island. In 1858 he also became the first Governor of the Colony of British Columbia. He remained governor of both Vancouver Island and British Columbia until his retirement in 1864.
This item is a single, undated photograph of Sir James Douglas, taken by S.A. Spencer in Victoria, B.C.
undated
Roland G. Gamwell Papers
Gamwell, Roland G. (Roland Greene), 1863- (creator)
Roland G. Gamwell was an insurance agent in Bellingham, Washington during the late 19th and early 20th century. He became a wealthy speculator in properties (at one point he was also Park Commissioner), and also an amateur historian and naturalist. He spent part of his final work years and all of his retirement doing public speaking for many different organizations on topics of local history, self-improvement, and the local flora and fauna.
Robert Hitchman acquired this group of his papers. They include some general correspondence, and many typescripts and manuscripts of his speeches. The topics range widely, from rose cultivation in the Pacific Northwest to the geological prehistory of the Bellingham area. Also included are clippings and ephemera related to Roland G. Gamwell's prominent place in the Bellingham community.
1924-1951
Box/Folder
1/9
Correspondence
1/10
Ephemera
1/11-12
Clippings
1/13
Photographs
1/14-17
Manuscripts
1/18
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
1/19
Selucius Garfielde correspondence
Selucius Garfielde was a politician and lawyer who moved to Washington Territory in 1857 and held various positions in government thereafter.
This letter is an order for a copy of the new edition of the Congressional Directory, sent to "Washington City."
January 20, 1870
1/20
Harvey and Southerland shingle mill records
These are largely receipts, an insurance contract with attached correspondence, and some brochures for industrial equipment. Other companies represented in the records are the Puget Sound Machinery Depot, the Felitz Tent and Awning Company, and various lumber companies.
1905-1911
1/21
Ella Higginson correspondence
Ella Higginson was a poet and author who lived in Bellingham during the late 19th and early 20th century. She was made Poet Laureate of Washington State in 1931.
This letter to George C. Shaw acknowleges the receipt of a copy of one of her books, and gives her reasons for not writing earlier (she was stung by yellowjackets).
October 31, 1934
1/22
Orange Jacobs correspondence
Orange Jacobs was a politician, lawyer, and judge in Washington Territory and then in Washington State. At the time of this letter he had just been re-elected to Congress.
The letter is a quick autobiography written on House of Representatives stationery, and addressed simply to "Sir."
December 7, 1875
1/23
Columbia Lancaster orrespondence
Columbia Lancaster was a delegate from Washington Territory at the time this letter was written, and later he became Regent of the University of Washington.
This letter is written to L. C. Dobbin, the Secretary of the Navy, in regards to a recommendation Lancaster had made for a midshipman appointment for Walter Raleigh Butt.
January 8, 1855
1/24
Edward Lander correspondence and explanation
Edward Lander was the first Chief Justice for the Washington Territorial Supreme Court. He was against Isaac Stevens during the war of 1855/56, and cited him for contempt of court.
In this letter, Edward Lander is describing his attempts to help Thornton McElroy (an early printer in Washington Territory) collect a claim for public printing costs. Also included in the file is a 1961 letter from Bill Katz of the American Library Association to Robert Hitchman, explaining the context of the Lander letter.
March 20, 1876; 1961
1/25
M. M. McCarver correspondence
Morton Matthew McCarver was an early settler of Oregon Territory, and then one of the founders of Tacoma in Washington Territory.
This deed transfer records the sale of an acre of land in the vicinity of Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington to William Byrd less than a year after the founding of the city.
October 18, 1869
1/26
John McLaughlin correspondence
John McLaughlin was the Chief Factor for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory.
In this letter, McLaughlin discusses the Presidential race between Clay and Polk and the relations of the settlers with the local Native Americans.
March 18, 1845
1/27
Richard Rush correspondence
Richard Rush was a prominent politician at the Federal level, acting at different times as the Attorney General, Acting Secretary of State, and Secretary of the Treasury. He negotiated the treaty that provided for joint British/American occupation of the Oregon Territory.
This letter to Le Joref [?] requests transhipment of certain undescribed 'articles' that he had mailed earlier.
January 20, 1836
1/28
Eugene Semple document
Eugene Semple was the 13th Governor of Washington Territory.
This item is an official document appointing J. C. A. Stoggie to the position of Notary Public.
April 23, 1888
1/29
Frederick Starr and Edmond Meany correspondence
Frederick Starr was a professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, with a special interest in Japanese culture.
These letters include letters from US Senators wishing Professor Starr a good journey and offering diplomatic letters of introduction, and also a letter from Edmond Meany (University of Washington Professor and Anthropologist) which followed Professor Starr's address at the University of Washington in 1917. This letter includes a poem written by Edmond Meany for the birthday of the Japanese Emperor Yoshihito in 1913.
1917-1933
Steilacoom Library materials
The Steilacoom Library was the first territorial library in Washington.
Besides information on the Steilacoom Library, this subseries includes bookplates from other early Washington State libraries.
Box/Folder
1/30
Ephemera
1/31
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
1/32
Miscellaneous
1/33
Scrapbooks
Box/Folder
1/34
Isaac I. Stevens correspondence and materials
Isaac I. Stevens was the first Governor of Washington Territory.
This file contains these original documents: a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of State of Rhode Island for Stevens' serivce in the army during the Mexican War, dated May 1848; an undated Special Requisition for padlocks, nails, hatchets, and saws to an army quartermaster; a letter dated March 16th, 1859, regarding payment of lighthouse keepers; and, a quartermaster's chit for expenses incurred during the Indian war of 1856, signed by Stevens. Typed transcriptions of other letters (dated 1857-1858) are also included.
1848-1859
1/35
Edmund Sylvester documents
Edmund Sylvester was one of the founders of Olympia, Washington in 1846.
The first document is a property sale agreement between Sylvester and I. Patton Anderson. The second is a similar property sale agreement between Sylvester and Jacob Smith.
February 1, 1854; February 24, 1858
1/36
W. F. Tolmie receipt
W. F. Tolmie was an early pioneer and explorer in Washington Territory, employed by the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Though a botanist, he published an early glossary of the Nisqually language, was part of the first expedition to the base of Mt. Rainier, and later he was Chief Factor at Fort Nisqually and Colville.
This document is a simple double receipt for $350 which was to be remitted by Tolmie to Judge Lauder in Washington D.C.
February 1, 1870
1/37
Mary and Elkanah Walker correspondence
Mary & Elkanah Walker were early missionaries to the Willamette Valley of Washington, arriving in 1838.
These letters are between the Walkers and two other missionaries, C. Hamlin, and Mrs. Marcus Whitman. In the letter to Hamlin they discuss the Bible, and corruption among officials, as well as Catholics. The November 1847 letter to Mrs. Whitman relates Mrs. Walker's feelings on learning of the death of her brother and grandmother, and also relates that she fears that "all may not be quiet between Indians [and] whites." There is also an 1845 letter to their son, in which they encourage him to play some, but learn a Bible verse every day.
1842-1847
1/38
E. M. Walsh and Helen Walsh correspondence
The letters of a family which apparently lived in Portland and then in Seattle, and had members involved in the Alaska Gold Rush. There are letters from E. M. Walsh to Helen, then letters to Helen from a friend (Nannie Green) who wrote from Cleary City, Alaska while working at a mining claim as a cook. Finally, there is a letter to the Commissioner General of the Land Office, requesting her widow's pension, and the reply.
1887-1906
1/39
James H. Watson
A card-sized permit letting the officer of the guard know that James H. Watson is allowed to "all points" by order of Colonel J. C. Haines. It is signed W. I. Short [?]. This file also includes a handwritten note, much later and unrelated. Materials removed from Hitchman's copy of The Siwash by J. A. Costello.
undated
2/1
T. Wiedemann manuscript
Thomas Wiedemann was a Seattle poet and artist
An undated manuscript by Thomas Wiedemann, containing numerous poems, songs, cartoons, and political caricatures.
circa 1906-1915
2/2
Charles W. Wilkes correspondence
Charles W. Wilkes was the head of the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842.
This is a letter to Joseph P. Garram about payment of an account.
circa 1861
2/3
John E. Wool correspondence
John Ellis Wool was a United States General who was based in California, and was put in command of the troops involved in the Oregon Indian wars of the 1850s.
In this letter written during the Civil War, he related that he was unwilling to accept a new command from Washington D. C., as he felt he could do as much for the country where he was.
October 30, 1864
2/4
John V. Yantes loan document
John V. Yantes was a photographer with a studio in Olympia, Washington. Elwood Evans was a lawyer and secretary to Governor Isaac I. Stevens. Later, in 1889, he published an early history of the Pacific Northwest.
This official document records a $115 loan taken out from Edward Lander on August 24th, 1868 against the security of Yantes' business property and effects, to be paid off within about four months at 18% interest. Elwood Evans signed the document as notary public.
August 24, 1868
2/5
Acts of the Washington Territorial Legislature
This folder contains several manuscripts of acts passed by the Territorial legislature:
  • Act dated July 28th, 1867 allowing Calvin H. Hale to build a wharf on first street in Olympia, Washington
  • Act dated January 22nd, 1867 authorizing the payment of R. H. Hewitt and John McMurphy for "advertising proclaimation for the Governor of the Territory"
  • Act dated January 9th, 1867 allowing John and Robert Russell to create and maintain a ferry over the White River and setting the rates
  • Act dated December 1866 allowing D. J. Schnebley to build a bridge over the Spokane River
  • Act dated January 29th, 1867 which incorporated the "Good Templars' Hall Company" in Olympia and named members
  • Act dated January 26th, 1867 which allowed William B. Fish of Olympia to build a dam and divert a stream onto his property
  • Act dated June 23rd, 1867 which amended the Vancouver, Washington act of incorporation to make it easier to maintain sidewalks within city limits, and to automatically make the Mayor president of the Common Council of the City of Vancouver
  • Act dated Juanuary 23rd, 1867 which located the county seat of Yakama [sic] County and appointed temporary officers
1866-1867
2/6-8
Miscellaneous
  • A list of "living pioneers of Pierce and adjoining counties," which lists place of current residence and date of arrival in the Territory. It is dated February 14th 1900, and was compiled by E. Higgins. This is labeled as a "rough copy" with a note that a "clean copy" was mailed to Edwin N. Fuller, who was then the secretary of the Washington State Historical Society.
  • A letter dated November 8th, 1867, from W. N. Goodell of Forest Grove, Oregon, petitioning Governor Moore of Washington for clemency for his step-son David Williams, who had been arrested at age 16 and was being held prisoner at Fort Walla Walla.
  • A letter dated November 19th, 1880, addressed to the quartermaster at Fort Columbia which assigned officers' quarters at that fort.
  • A letter dated June [?] 5th, 1905, written by Paul K. Hobbs (whose address is the Pioneer Saloon in Victoria, B. C.) and addressed to Judge Joe Kichan [?]. The letter explains that he had written a personal history of his life, and details the events included in the book. He asked the Judge to try to sell it for him and promised him 20% of the profits. The letter was mailed with insufficient postage, and is stamped accordingly.
  • Letter assigning Major George W. Patten of the US Army to the command of Fort Steilacoom.
  • A typed stenographer's letter from C. C. Hine of The Insurance Monitor to Henry G. Struve, Secretary of Washington Territory and dated September 30th, 1875. Hine announced his intention to publish a guide to the insurance laws of Washington Territory, and requested copies of all of the relevant laws.
  • A check for $22.16 written to J. M. Mathews and dated January 6th, 1868
  • A receipt for the purchase of two buildings in Tacoma by P. Ferny from H. Burnett for $100, dated September 27th, 1875.
  • A chit authorizing the payment of $37.85 to Daniel Bagley for his services as University Commissioner. It is dated April 20th, 1861 and signed by J. C. Mead, the Territorial Auditor.
  • The signature of A. A. Denny on a scrap of paper.
1861-1905
Autograph collection
These documents were collected by Robert Hitchman primarily during the 1930s, and were kept more for their value as artifacts than for their content.
Arranged alphabetically within the divisions created by Robert Hitchman.
Box/Folder
2/9
C. B. Bagley
September 29, 1927
2/10
Thomas Burke
May 15, 1924
2/11
L. R. Glavis
May 30, 1910
2/12
Edward E. Hale
October 27, 1904
2/13
Cordell Hull
April 16, 1941
2/14
Edmond S. Meany
July 2, 1927
2/15
John M. Moran
May 22, 1914
US House & Senate
Box/Folder
2/16
Francis W. Cushman
June 20, 1903
2/16
W. L. Jones
October 7, 1901
2/16
Fieldette[?]
October 30, 1919
2/16
Homer T. Bone
1937-40
2/16
Harry P. Cain
July 30, 1949
2/16
Clarence C. Dill
1932
2/16
Warren G. Magnuson
1937-1939
2/16
Lewis B. Schwellenbach
1935-1940
2/16
Mon C. Wallgren
1937-1938
2/16
M. A. Zioncheck
August 17, 1935
Washington State Governors
Box/Folder
2/17
R. H. Hartley
April 7, 1925
2/17
M. E. Hay
July 12, 1909
2/17
Clarence D. Martin
May 31, 1940
2/17
W. McGraw
January 18, 1893
2/17
Albert E. Mead
1901-1905
2/17
J. R. Rogers
July 19, 1897
2/17
Albert D. Rosellini
April 26, 1957
Box/Folder
2/18
Marian Anderson
1969
2/18
Hilaire Belloc
1930
2/19
Thomas A. Edison
Includes scrapbook of handwritten tributes from the occassion of Edison's death in 1933, and a commemorative medal.
1931
2/18
Hamlin Garland
Signature on parchment, with a handwritten poem.
2/18
David Greyson
Small scrapbook.
1930
2/18
Herbert Hoover
Small scrapbook.
1947
2/18
Peyton C. March
Small scrapbook.
1933
2/20
Ronald Reagan
1981
2/20
Edwin Arlington Robinson
1930
2/20
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933
2/20
John W. Vandercook
Signature on parchment, with a printed copy of his short story, " Black Majesty" .
2/20
Woodrow Wilson
Including handwritten tributes from his death.
May 4, 1914

Washington Place NamesReturn to Top

The Washington Place Names series contains some of the research materials used by Robert Hitchman in writing his book Place names of Washington.

Original order maintained as received from Hitchman.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Meany manuscripts
This is a part of Edmond Meany's own research materials for his earlier book Origin of Washington Place Names.
1915-1923
By Language
Box/Folder
3/2
Washington Geographic Names Derived from Chinook Jargon
Including a small, undated (but probably 19th century) pamphlet on Chinook Jargon.
3/3
Translations of Geographic Names of Indian Origin in WA State
3/4
Swedish Place Names
By Location
Box/Folder
3/5-6
Cities & Towns
Folder 5 contains 'Washington State Cities and Towns: Information for State Encyclopedia Federal Writers Project.' Folder 6 contains 'University of Washington Libraries bibliography of history books by city.'
By County
Box/Folder
3/7
Clallam County Place Names
3/8
Grey's Harbor County Place Names
3/9
Jefferson County Place Names
3/10
Mason County Place Names
Sites & Markers
Box/Folder
3/11
Historic Sites Notebook
3/12
Historic Markers Notebook
Includes many sketches detailing the location of Historic Markers.
Street Names
Box/Folder
5/1
Seattle Street Names Notebook
5/2
Street Names Notebook
5/3
Street Names - Clippings and Maps
5/4
San Francisco and Detroit Street Names Pamphlets
Box/Folder
5/5
Tacoma & Pierce Counties: Origin of Geographic Names of Tacoma - Pierce County, Washington
Bound typescript by Gary F. Reese, Director of Tacoma Public Library.
1975
5/6
Whidbey Island Place Names Notebook
By Source
Box/Folder
5/7
Source Notebook
"Other Material" and "Miscellaneous"
Box/Folder
4/1
Goldie V. Putnam Colville Scrapbook
5/8
Ida Wilcox Howell Scrapbook
5/9-10
Notes on Washington Place Names
5/11-12
William G. Steel manuscript
This is two copies of a typescript on place names.
5/13
Correspondence
Including letters to and from Edmond Meany, as well as letters from and regarding Robert Hitchman's research on place names while serving in the army during WWII.
5/14-15
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
American Speech, December 1943: " Place Naming in the Northwest," by A. H. Sylvester; " A Geologic Trip Along Snoqualmie, Swauk, and Stevens Pass Highways," by University of Washington Geology Department Staff, Revised by Vaughn E. Livingston Jr. and inscribed to Hitchman by the revisor; and others.
6/1-2
Typescripts
Excerpts from Meany's book, a Blanche S. Douglas typescript on the origin of Washington State place names, marked "WPA Winter project," dated January 3rd, 1939, and including a bibliography. Also " Naming of Pateros Town Recalled by Historians of Other Areas," and " Alfalfa's Death Saddens Pioneer," both uncredited
6/3
Ephemera
6/4
Clippings
6/5-6
Notes
4/2
Miscellaneous
Contains a very large State Highway Records place names notebook, labeled "Donald H. Clark."
6/7
Place Names Notes
Robert Hitchman frequently made notecards on which he recorded the place names mentioned in a particular book, with page number references, as a quick reference kept with each book. Most of these are on notecards, but there are also quite a few on envelopes or scraps of paper. This was part of his research for writing his own book Place Names of Washington.

Personal PapersReturn to Top

This series is divided into five subseries: "Letters on Pacific Northwest History" and "Material removed from books" together contain the bulk of Robert Hitchman's correspondence. "Sighted from the Crow's Nest" and "Book community" relate to his book collecting and involvement in local historical writing, and finally "Other materials" contains his personal papers relating to his other hobbies and interests.
Container(s) Description Dates
Letters on Pacific Northwest History
These letters primarily contain substantive content regarding local history. They were housed separately by Robert Hitchman and are arranged here alphabetically by correspondent. Additional, ephemeral material that Robert Hitchman kept with the letters is presented in folders following the alphabetical listing.
Box/Folder
6/8
A-B
Abdil, George B.
Anderson, Bern
Barker, Dr. Burt Brown
Barry, J. Neilson
Bliss, Leslie E.
Bockmier, Dorothy
Brown, Miss
Bureau of Land Management
6/9
C-F
Cerf, Bennett
Carey, Louella Stevens
Clark, Donald H.
Daiker, Virginia
Davis, Father W. L., S. J.
Department of the Interior (U.S.)
DeSelle, R. D.
Deutsch, Dr. Herman
Emmons, D. G.
Engle, Carl T.
Erickson, Gilbert
Erskine, Robert Chase
Ferris, Joel E.
Flory, Chas H.
6/10
G-K
Gauld, Chas A.
Gould, M. S.
Gould, W. J.
Haines, Frank
Hanson, Howard A.
Hever, Mrs. Chas
Holbrook, Jessie M.
Hult, Ruby
Hurley, Vic
Jacobsen, Mrs. Harry
Jean
A collection of several letters to Hitchman, written by a friend from a US Naval base in Cuba during the 1958 Cuban revolution. They contain observations and descriptions of the political and social climate. Also included is a copy of the Guantanamo base newspaper, The Indian, from July 26th, 1958 and a photograph of a boy.
Kilbourne, Edward Corliss
6/11
L-O
Landeburgh, Scotty
Leechman, Dr. Douglas
LeRoy, Bruce
Lewis, Helice
Ludlum, David M.
Marple, Elliot
Martin, George M.
Mills, Hazel E.
Nevue, Wilfred
Oliver, Mrs.
6/12
P-V
Pollard, Florence
Price, Ruth A.
Rice, Charles M.
Ristow, Walter W.
Rogers, G. W.
Shinn, C. R.
Starrett, E. Morris
Stevens, Dr. S. K.
Sykes, Horace
Todd, J. Ronald
Todd, J. W.
VanOlinda, O. S.
6/13
W
White, Cull
White, J. R.
Whiting, J. S.
Wickersham, D. P.
Wright, George R.
Wyatt, A. S.
Ephemera
Clippings
Photographs
Miscellaneous
Includes a recipe for spruce beer.
Material removed from books from the Hitchman Library
These letters and other materials were housed in the books of Robert Hitchman's library. They primarily relate to the acquisition of these books, and to Robert Hitchman's involvement in the book community through his publication Sighted From the Crow's Nest. Besides correspondence, this subseries contains ephemeral materials, clippings, photographs, periodicals, and other material removed from the books which did not include correspondence. During processing, a printout identifying the item's original location was added to each file.
Letters are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the primary correspondent, and each is housed with a printout of the catalog information for the book in which it was found.
Correspondence & related items
Box/Folder
6/18
A-Be
Adams, Glen
Alcorn, Rowena & Gordon
Alexander, Norman
Anderson, Elsa J.
Appelo, Carlton E.
Asher, Kenneth
Baird, Robert
Baker, Paul E.
Ballou, Mrs. Robert
Barnett, H. G.
Barrett, Helen
Barrett, T. Gale
Barrow, Susan H. L.
Barry, B. T. K.
Bauer, Fred E.
Becker, Ethel A.
Belknap, George
Bennington Museum
Benson, Eva R.
Bentley, A.
6/19
Bi-By
Bischoff, William N., S.J.
Blom, Anna
Bond, Rowland
Borg, Esther
Brekke, Barbara
1958
Brill, L.
Brown, Ernestine
Brown, William Compton
Burns, Robert Ignatius, S. J.
Buttrey, Anna Jordan
Bye, John O.
6/20
C-D
Cameron, Dr. H. C.
Cammon, Betsey
Carson, Joan
Casper, F. Don
Caywood, Louis R.
Chaffin, Yule M.
Chamber of Commerce, Rosalia, Washington
Church
Coutant, Frank R.
Crithfield, June
Daugherty, Richard D.
Davis, Cyril W.
Davis, Lee C.
Dillon, Dick
Doig, Ivan
Ivan Doig is a local author who wrote extensively on subjects of Pacific Northwest history.
Douglas, William O.
Drury, Clifford M.
Druse, Karl Lawrence
Dwelley, Art
6/21
E-F
Edson, Lelah Jackson
Elmore, Helen Troy
Emmons, Della Gould
Enthoven, Richard F.
Erskine, Robert Chase
Evergreen Press
Ferrell, Mary E.
Fish, Edward R.
Fish, Harriet U.
Fisher, Raymond Henry
Flaccus, David P.
Force, Roland W.
Friis, Herman R.
6/22
G-H
Goetzmann, William H.
Goodfellow, James B.
1972
Goldworthy, Fred
Gough, Barry M.
Graham, H. P.
Graham, Patrick J.
Gray, Henry L.
Guerra, Paula
Guie, Heister Dean
H., J. J.
Halliday, William R.
Hammes, JoJane
Hansen, Orval
Hanson, Col. Howard A.
Harvey, Alva L.
1980
Helms, Marjorie Neill
Hinckley, Ted
Hixon, Adrietta Applegate
Holm, Donald R.
Huffstetler, Lillian
Hussey, Dr. John A.
6/23
I-L
Ishii, David
James, Dave
Jenft [?], Sophia
Jessett, Thomas E.
Johansen, Dr. Dorothy O.
Johnson, Olga W.
Jones, Roy and Grace
Jones, Reuben W.
Keith, Gordon
Kirk, Ruth
Kitagawa, Joseph M.
1978
Lamb, W. Kaye
LeRoy, Bruce
LeWarne, Charles Pierce
Livingston, Leo
Lonn, Dot
Lothyan, Phillip E.
6/24
M-P
Marshall, Louise
Martin, George M.
Martin, George W.
Matthews, R. L.
McBride, Del
Miles, Rita
Monroe, Robert D.
Morgan, A. W.
Morgan, Thomas
Nicandri, David L.
Norman, Elof
O'Connor, Bill and Irene
Osness, Richard D.
Parker, J. J.
Patten, L. M.
Pead, Margaret
Peters, Lloyd Sr.
Pinkerton, Dick
Platt, Kenneth B.
Prucha, F. P., S.J.
7/1
R-S
Rhoades, Isa
Robison, Richard
1976
Robinson, E. E.
Robinson, Fred A.
Rosenus, A. H.
Ruby, Robert H., M.D.
Rusk, Claude Ewing
Sampson, William R.
Scheffer, Victor B.
1969
Sealock, Richard B.
Sheller, Roscoe
Sherman, Frederick Barreda
Sherwood, Morgan
Silcox, Zelda
1957
Simmons, Dorothy
1959
Slauson, Morda C.
Smigh, Alonzo H.
Smith, Dwight C.
Smith, R. D. Hilton
Smith, Shirlee A.
Spalding, Beryl A.
Spencer, Layne Gellner
1968
Splitstone, Fred John
Stenzel, Franz, M. D.
Stewart, Edgar I.
Stewart, W. E.
Stoochnoff, John P.
1973-1974
7/2
T-Z
Thompson, Robert E.
Thrower, Norman J. W.
Travis, Helga Anderson
Tweney, George (and London, Joan)
Includes a letter from Joan London (the daughter of Jack London), regarding the biography of Jack London written by George Tweney.
United States Department of Commerce
University of Oregon Press
Van Dyke, Henry
1927
Van Syckle, Ed
Villiers, Alan
Wade, Hugh
Washington State Historical Society
Webbert, Charles A.
White, Gary
Willis, Margaret
Wong, Charlotte
Woods, Wilfred R.
Zabilski, Carol
Box/Folder
7/3-7
Ephemera
7/8-9
Clippings
7/10
Photographs
7/11
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
7/12
Notes and book reviews
7/13
Other materials
Includes receipts, invoices, packing slips, and other material.
Sighted From the Crows Nest
This material relates to Robert Hitchman's publication of Sighted From the Crow's Nest, a bibliographic newsletter that presented and reviewed works on Pacific Northwest history. His personal copies of the publication are included. This newsletter was published from 1952-1979.
1952-1979
Box/Folder
7/14
Correspondence
7/15
Ephemera
8/1-2
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Book community
This subseries contains material relating to Robert Hitchman's involvement in the book collecting community. While some of this material is related to local history (for example, " The Big Smoke" ), most of the content is not directly related to the history of the Pacific Northwest. Rather, it covers Robert Hitchman's more general interest in books and history.
Original order preserved.
Book dealers & publishers
Box/Folder
8/3-4
Correspondence
8/5-8
Ephemera
Catalogs, exhibition guides, etc.
8/9
Clippings
8/10
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
8/11
Book reviews
8/12
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
8/13
Historical libraries and book organizations: periodicals/off-prints, etc.
8/14
Huntington Library manuscripts
" Summary of Manuscripts in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Relating to the Pacific Northwest" , written by Hitchman.
November 5-8, 1958
8/15
Medieval Books: ephemera
Rare book investments
Box/Folder
8/16
Ephemera
8/17
Clippings
Box/Folder
8/18
The Big Smoke: correspondence
UW Libraries - Manuscript Series
Box/Folder
8/19
Correspondence
8/20
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
8/21
Miscellaneous
Other material
These documents cover the recreational and personal interests of Robert Hitchman. They are for the most part not directly related to his study of Pacific Northwest history. They are organized in alphabetical order by Hitchman's file titles.
Collectables
Box/Folder
8/22
Correspondence
8/23-24
Ephemera
8/25
Clippings
8/26
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
9/1
Miscellaneous
29/5
Miscellaneous
1970 Danbury Mint Dwight D. Eisenhower commemorative silver set, with certificate number S11855. The certificate is issued in the name of Mrs. George Silverthorn of Wausau, Wisconsin, but has been signed over to Edward Chamberlin Shell as of June 14th, 1971.
1970-1971
Horticulture
Box/Folder
9/2
Ephemera
9/3
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
9/4
Miscellaneous
Insurance oddities
Robert Hitchman worked as an insurance agent for many years, and he collected clippings and ephemera related to interesting insurance cases.
Box/Folder
9/5
Correspondence
9/6
Ephemera
9/7-8
Clippings
9/9
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
9/10
Manuscripts
9/11
Miscellaneous
Personal papers
Box/Folder
9/12-15
Correspondence
9/16-19
Ephemera
9/20-22
Clippings
9/23-24
Photographs
9/25-28
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
10/1-2
D-Day transport ship logs
Two D-Day transport ship logs and loading diagrams. One volume stamped "secret," then crossed out and initialed RB [?]. Also stamped "Outgoing 12 May 1944." Titled " Specifications of Cargo Vessels Used to Support the Invasion of the Continent, June 1944" Notated: "This copy was used by the 14th Major Port at Southhampton" and signed by Robert Hitchman, Major, T.C. The second volume is titled " U.S. M.T. Ships Details" and is marked "Serial No: 1." A note in the front states: "Specifications of Liberty Ships used to transport vehicles from England to the Continent during the Invasion, 1944. Most of these vessels were in the run from Southampton to the Beaches - later to Le Havre and Cherbourg. This book was used by the 13th Major Port, Plymouth, and later by the 14th Major Port, Southampton." This volume is also signed by Robert Hitchman, as Major, T.C., 14th Major Port.
1944
9/29
Manuscripts
9/30-31
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
10/3
Historical methodology & practice: periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
10/4
Ephemera
10/5
Clippings
10/6
Photographs
10/7
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
10/8
Miscellaneous

Research and background filesReturn to Top

The bulk of the material in this series contains Robert Hitchman's research materials about Pacific Northwest subjects and history.

Divided into six sub-series:
  • Topical
  • People
  • Locations
  • Postcards
  • Photocopies of Manuscripts
  • Historical Periodicals
Container(s) Description Dates
Topical
These files are arranged alphabetically by title. Most of the titles were assigned by Robert Hitchman.
Alaska
Box/Folder
10/9
Ephemera
10/10-13
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
10/14
Map
Map of steamship routes and railroads in Alaska from the Alaska Steamship Company, dated 1917 and printed by Poole Bros., Chicago. Inset of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, and the Alaska Railroad.
1917
Anniversaries (Pacific Northwest)
Box/Folder
10/15
Ephemera
10/16
Clippings
10/17
Miscellaneous
Art (other)
Box/Folder
10/18
Ephemera
10/19
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Box/Folder
11/1
Correspondence
11/2-3
Ephemera
11/4
Clippings
11/5
Photographs
11/6
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
11/7
Film / negatives
11/8
Miscellaneous
Business history (Pacific Northwest)
Box/Folder
11/9
Correspondence
11/10
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
11/11
Manuscripts
Canadian Fur Trade
Box/Folder
11/12
Ephemera
11/13
Typescript
An address by R.H. Chesshire representing the Hudson's Bay Company at a luncheon to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Spokane House.
1960
Cascade Rail Tunnel
Box/Folder
11/14
Correspondence
11/15
Ephemera
11/16
Clippings
Box/Folder
11/17
China: ephemera
Collins overland
Box/Folder
11/18
Correspondence
11/19
Ephemera
11/20
Clippings
11/21
Photographs
11/22
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
11/23-24
Manuscripts and Typescripts
Includes " Land Line to Russia" , by John N. Rupp.
1963
11/25
Miscellaneous
Coupeville - Whidbey Island Blockhouse
Box/Folder
11/26
Ephemera
11/27
Clippings
Exploration and Discovery
These are Hitchman's research files on expeditions and important individuals who played a part in the discovery and early mapping of the Pacific Northwest. Most of the material dates from Hitchman's active collecting during the 1950s through the early 1980s, but there are a few earlier items collected by Hitchman, most notably the late 19th century scrapbooks on the explorations of the Olympic Mountains (see boxes 30 and 31).
Arranged by the date of expedition; individual explorer files are arranged by the date of their Pacific Northwest expedition(s).
Capt. James Cook
Box/Folder
11/28
Correspondence
11/29-30
Ephemera
11/31
Clippings
11/32
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
12/1
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
12/2
Book Reviews
12/3
Miscellaneous
29/1-2
Artifacts
These folders contain a New Zealand medal commemorating the Cook bicentennial in 1969, cased in plastic; an Australian 50 cent piece with Cook on the verso, dated 1970 and cased in plastic; a 'British Columbia Sea Festival Dollar' dated 1978, featuring Cook; 5 New Zealand 50 cent pieces featuring the 'Endeavor' (Cook's ship) dated 1x1967, 3x1973, and 1x1974; and a New Zealand Cook polished grade special issue commemorative coin issue set dated 1969, including a commemorative dollar with a Cook watermark. The coin set is encased in an original vinyl folder.
25/1
Calendar
George Vancouver
Box/Folder
12/4
Photographs
12/5
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Lewis & Clark
Box/Folder
12/6
Correspondence
12/7-8
Ephemera
Includes an Eastern Airlines trade beads ad, referencing the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
12/9-10
Clippings
12/11
Photographs
12/12-15
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
12/16
Bibliographies, typescripts, book reviews, and speeches
12/17
Miscellaneous
Wilkes Expedition
Box/Folder
12/18
Correspondence
12/19
Clippings
12/20
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
12/21
Miscellaneous
Including a notebook with the inscription: "Prepared by Harry W. Higman for a talk given at Seattle in 1951."
1951
Box/Folder
12/22
Correspondence
12/23
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Box/Folder
12/24
Notes on Discovery and Exploration by Sea
Box/Folder
12/25
Genealogy - Washington state - bibliography
Greenback Party
Box/Folder
12/26
Ephemera
12/27
Clippings
12/28
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
12/29
Typescripts
HBS Beaver
See also Scrapbooks: box/folder See also Scrapbooks: box/folder 20/15, SS Beaver
Box/Folder
12/30
Correspondence
12/31
Ephemera
12/32
Clippings
13/1
Photographs and Slides
13/2
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
13/3
Film / negatives
13/4
Miscellaneous
29/3
Artifacts
Contains two exhibit plaques made for the model of the Beaver, a souvenir coin (no. 130) commemorating the 1966 centennial of the Beaver as the first steamship on the Pacific coast, and a gold-plated copper and bronze medallion made from the boiler and fastenings of the HMS Beaver, dated 1892, and accompanied by a notarized certificate of authenticity, dated April 25th, 1901. This medallion and its certificate is noted as a gift to Hitchman from W. O. Thormley.
Box/Folder
13/5
Idaho Mine & Mill Workers Union clippings
13/6
Indexes, miscellaneous
IWW & Labor Unions
Box/Folder
13/7
Ephemera
13/8
Clippings
13/9
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Local history: miscellaneous
These files were housed separately by Hitchman, and contain material about local Pacific Northwest history that was either not significant enough or extensive enough to merit its own file. There is some overlap with his other research files, so any researcher interested in a particular area, period, or topic on which Robert Hitchman collected material would do well to browse these miscellaneous files as well.
Box/Folder
13/10
Correspondence
13/11-12
Ephemera
13/13
Clippings
13/14
Photographs
13/15-17
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
13/18-20
Typescripts
13/21
Miscellaneous
Log Brands
Box/Folder
14/1
Correspondence
14/2-4
Log Brands Directory
Maritime History (Pacific Northwest)
Box/Folder
14/5
Ephemera
14/6
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Mogg - Voyage of the Olga 1907-09
Box/Folder
14/7
Correspondence
14/8
Ephemera
14/9
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
14/10-11
Manuscripts
Manuscript journal by William H. Mogg, " The Voyage of the Motor Schooner Olga to Prince Albert Land for a Whaling and Trading Voyage 1907,8,9" . Also some typed transcriptions of the beginning of the journal.
14/12
Miscellaneous
Native American Art (Predominantly Pacific Northwest-related)
Box/Folder
14/13
Ephemera
14/14
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
14/15
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
14/16
Pacific Northwest historical societies: periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Newsletters and other publications of various Pacific Northwest historical societies.
14/17
Pacific Northwest Prehistory typescript: L. S. Cressman, " Far Western North American Prehistory"
Box/Folder
14/18
Clippings
14/19
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
14/20
Miscellaneous
Olympic National Park
Box/Folder
14/21
Ephemera
14/22
Clippings
14/23
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Oregon Trail
Box/Folder
14/24
Ephemera
14/25
Clippings
14/26
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Pig War
Box/Folder
14/27
Correspondence
14/28
Ephemera
14/29
Clippings
14/30
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
14/31
Miscellaneous
Railroads (Pacific Northwest)
Box/Folder
14/32
Correspondence
14/33
Ephemera
14/34
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Sasquatch
Box/Folder
14/35
Correspondence
14/36
Ephemera
14/37
Clippings
14/38
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
14/39
Film/Negatives
Seattle Fire
This is mostly ephemeral material dating from Robert Hitchman's lifetime.
Box/Folder
15/1
Correspondence
15/2
Ephemera
15/3
Clippings
28/1
Photographs
Sixteen 19th century photographs of Seattle (taken by Smith & Bart) just after the fire.
Spokane House
Box/Folder
15/4
Ephemera
15/5
Clippings
Thanksgiving (Predominantly Pacific Northwest-related)
This collection contains material relating to Robert Hitchman's research about the celebration of Thanksgiving in Washington State, which was part of his preparation for a speech on the subject. The text of his speech is located in folder 15/8.
Box/Folder
15/6
Correspondence
15/7
Clippings
15/8
Typescript
15/9
Notes and Bibliography
Box/Folder
15/10
The Explorers' Club: periodicals/off-prints, etc.
The Sealing Fleet
Box/Folder
15/11
Correspondence
15/12
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
University of Washington
Box/Folder
15/13
Ephemera
15/14
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
15/15
Typescripts
" Historical Sketch of the University of Washington," uncredited and undated, as well as " Baseball and Rowing at the University of Washington," by F. E. Brightman.
undated ; 1952
Box/Folder
15/16-17
Washington State Historical Society
Miscellaneous
Minutes, treasurer's report, a bound typescript titled " People in Washington State History," and short articles released to newspapers between 1961-62.
Box/Folder
15/18
Correspondence
15/19-21
Ephemera
15/22
Clippings
15/23
Photographs
15/24-25
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
15/26
Miscellaneous
Wildlife (Pacific Northwest)
Box/Folder
15/27
Ephemera
15/28
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
William Fife - City in Embryo
This material contains information on Robert Hitchman's research into an early painting of the city of Seattle, with correspondence and ephemera relating to its subsequent exhibition.
Box/Folder
15/29
Correspondence
15/30
Ephemera
16/1
Clippings
16/2
Photographs and slides
16/3
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/4
Manuscripts and typescripts
16/5
Film/Negatives
16/6
Miscellaneous
People
This subseries contains Robert Hitchman's research files on individuals. Many of these people were historical figures, but there are also collections relating to contemporaries of Hitchman (authors, historians, etc). Several of the contemporary files contain typescripts of these individuals' writings, which Hitchman may have edited or proofread (see Harry Majors III, box/folder 17/11-12, and George H. Tweeney, folder 17/19). Some of the most extensive files are those relating to James H. Christie (see boxes/folders 1/4-5, 16/11-16, and 21/2) and Hewitt Jackson (see boxes/folders 16/42-47, and 20/16).
Arranged in alphabetical order by surname.
George N. Belknap
George N. Belknap was in the History Department at the University of Oregon.
Box/Folder
16/7
Correspondence
16/8
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/9
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
16/10
Stuart B. Bradley - Pend Oreille County - typescript: " Rutabagas blowing in the wind"
1968
James Halbold Christie
This collection contains some correspondence between Robert Hitchman and James Christie, as well as original manuscripts and typescipts written by Christie on many subjects, which are collected in the scrapbook. Correspondence also includes letters (including photographs) between Robert Hitchman and Grace Worth from 1968. Later correspondence in the collection describes Robert Hitchman's attempts to create a monument to Christie. There are also photographs and negatives of Christie.
Grace Worth had known Christie, and had recently written an article on him for the local paper. Hitchman sent her a copy of " Across the Olympic Mountains" by Robert Wood.
Box/Folder
1/4
Correspondence
16/11
Correspondence
16/12
Ephemera
16/13
Clippings
1/5
Photographs
16/14
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/15
Film/Negatives
16/16
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
16/17
Medoren Crawford: periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Frank Dobie
Box/Folder
16/18
Correspondence
16/19
Ephemera
16/20
Clippings
16/21
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
David Douglas
Box/Folder
16/22
Correspondence
16/23
Ephemera
16/24
Clippings
16/25
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/26
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
16/27
Ebey, Winfield S.
One handwritten notebook and a typed introduction to the Winfield S. Ebey papers (also held by UW Special Collections), written between June 11-12, 1960. This material was given to the UW libraries previous to the donation of the main collection, and has now been integrated. It was formerly kept with the finding aid for the Winfield S. Ebey Papers.
June 11-12, 1960
John P. Fox, S. J. - Holy Cross Mission, Alaska
Box/Folder
16/28
Correspondence
16/29
Ephemera
Robert Grey
Box/Folder
16/30
Ephemera
16/31
Clippings
16/32
Photographs and slides
16/33
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/34
Miscellaneous
J. A. Harrington
Box/Folder
16/35
Correspondence
16/36
Photographs
16/37
Typescript: " North for Gold - the Journal of J. A. Harrington, April-October 1896"
Francis Henry - The Old Settler
Box/Folder
16/38
Ephemera
16/39
Clippings
16/40
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Three early copies of The Old Settler, one by West Shore Print, Portland OR, another inscribed and dated 1909; the final copy is unmarked, undated, and lists no printer.
16/41
Typescript: " Sequel to the Old Settler"
Hewitt Jackson
Hewitt Jackson was a Pacific Northwest maritime artist, who had an interest in historical vessels. Robert Hitchman was one of his patrons, and helped to organize exhibits, purchased and commissioned works of art, and promoted him in the community.
Besides correspondence, ephemera, and articles about Hewitt Jackson, this collection includes some original artwork.
See also Scrapbooks: box/folder See also Scrapbooks: box/folder 20/16, Hewitt Jackson, which describes Hitchman's successful nomination of Hewitt Jackson for an AASLH award.
Box/Folder
16/42
Correspondence
16/43
Ephemera
16/44
Clippings
16/45
Photographs
16/46
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
16/47
Miscellaneous
Includes several original sketches by Hewitt Jackson, including a rough design for Hitchman's bookplate.
Thomas Jessett - Episcopal Church History
Box/Folder
17/1
Ephemera
17/2
Clippings
17/3
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
17/4
Miscellaneous
William Keil
Box/Folder
17/5
Correspondence
17/6
Ephemera
17/7
Clippings
17/8
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Harry M Majors III
Harry M. Majors III was born in 1945. Hitchman corresponded with him on matters of Pacific Northwest history and bibliography beginning in 1961. Harry M. Majors III was an Anthropology student at the University of Washington in the 1960s, where he put forward a manuscript entitled 'The Northwest Coast of North America, 1542-1841' when he was 21. He served in Vietnam in 1968, and subsequently wrote several books on many aspects of Washington State history and geography.
This collection includes correspondence which illuminates the relationship between Hitchman and Majors between 1961 and 1968. One of the letters was written from Vietnam, and describes the Army camp and events of the war. The bulk of this collection consists of notes Majors lent Hitchman to review during the writing of ' The Northwest Coast of North America, 1542-1841'
Box/Folder
17/9
Correspondence
17/10
Clippings
17/11-12
Typescripts
These are draft versions of the material eventually included in his book The Northwest Coast of North America, 1542-1841.
1961-1966
Polly Jane Purcell
Box/Folder
17/13
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Contains a printing of Autobiography and Reminiscences of a Pioneer.
Alfred J. Smith
Box/Folder
17/14
Correspondence
17/15
Typescript
" Old Lukh: a picture of the home-life of the aboriginal Salish people" Bound typescript with editorial corrections in pencil and pen.
Gustavus Sohon
Box/Folder
17/16
Clippings
17/17
Photographs
17/18
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Box/Folder
17/19
George H. Tweeney typescript: " Bibliophily"
Bound typescript dated 1964, inscribed by the author in 1966.
1964-1966
John Webber
Box/Folder
17/20
Correspondence
17/21
Ephemera
17/22
Clippings
17/23
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Marcus Whitman
Box/Folder
17/24
Correspondence
17/25
Ephemera
17/26
Clippings
17/27
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
17/28
Typescripts
Typescript copy of a manuscript account by Catherine Sager Pringle, one of the survivors of the Whitman Massacre.
17/29
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
17/30
James W. Whittaker certificate
Certificate of merit from the Explorers' Club for his Mt. Everest expedition in 1963, dated 1964.
1964
Locations - Historic Sites
This subseries contains Robert Hitchman's research files on specific places in the Pacific Northwest.
Arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the file.
Most file names were assigned by Robert Hitchman.
Fort Ross, California
Box/Folder
17/31
Ephemera
17/32
Clippings
17/33
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Box/Folder
17/34
Fort Whitman: bound correpondence and government documents
17/35
Hammond, Oregon: photographs
Photo album, late 19th century, titled 'Hammond, OR, Fort Stevens, and Columbia River jetty.'
Mt. Rainier/Mt. Tacoma
Box/Folder
17/36
Ephemera
17/37
Miscellaneous: sketchbook
Uncredited sketchbook with pencil sketches dated between 1896-1901. Drawings are of Mt. Rainier and other Pacific Northwest landscapes.
circa 1896-1901
Box/Folder
17/38
Non-Northwest Monuments: ephemera
28/2
Port Townsend, Washington: miscellaneous map
Original hand-drawn plat map of Port Townsend on a ledger page, undated, but definitely 19th century. Shows street names and some property ownership. Back of page used as a blotter.
Renton, Washington
Box/Folder
17/39
Ephemera
17/40
Typescript
Tenino, Washington - Grade School History Essays
Box/Folder
18/1
Correspondence
18/2
Clippings
18/3
Periodicals/off-prints, etc.
Essays on local history, 1975-76 and My hometown. Photocopies.
1975-1976
Washington Historical Sites & Markers
Box/Folder
18/4
Correspondence
18/5
Ephemera
18/6
Clippings
18/7
Photographs
18/8
Typescripts
" Historical Markers, State of Washington Department of Highways," and " Inventory of Historic Sites"
18/9
Miscellaneous
Postcards
The most extensive part of this collection are cards from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, but there are also quite a few general Pacific Northwest related cards. Some cards in these files have been used and include cancelled postage and correspondence, while others are blank. They are arranged alphabetically within each category.
Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
1909
Box/Folder
19/2
Black & White
1909
19/3
Bird's Eye View
1909
19/4
Edward H. Mitchell (San Francisco)
1909
19/5
Ephemera
1909
29/4
Ephemera
Contains an AYPE exhibition medal on a leather strap from Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, PA. This was a large saw manufacturing company.
1909
19/6
Globe Novelty (Japan)
1909
19/7
Hopf Bros (Germany)
1909
19/8
Lowman & Hanford (Seattle)
1909
19/9
Official Folding Set
1909
19/10
Official Set
1909
19/11
Portland Port Card Co.
1909
19/12
Portland Port Card Co. (Germany)
1909
19/13
Puget Sound News Co. (Germany)
1909
19/14
Vanentine & Sons (Great Britain)
1909
Places
Box/Folder
19/1
Alaska
19/15
British Columbia, miscellaneous
19/16
Bellingham, Washington
19/17
Columbia River
19/18
England
19/20
Mt. Rainier
19/21
Olympia, Washington
19/22
Oregon miscellaneous
19/23
Portland, Oregon
19/25
Puget Sound
19/26
Seattle, Washington
19/28
Tacoma, Washington
19/29
University of Washington folding set
19/30
Victoria, British Columbia
19/31
Washington State miscellaneous
Other views/cards
Box/Folder
19/24
Pacific Northwest Native American Art
19/27
Ships
19/19
Miscellaneous
Typescripts and Photocopies of Manuscripts
This subseries comprises the parts of Robert Hitchman's research files on local history which are copies of originals held elsewhere, or typescripts, some of which can be found as published books; others are unpublished. They are arranged alphabetically by title, and identified as a typescript or a photocopy in the listing. Where possible, the source of the photocopy is listed.
Box/Folder
18/10
Alaska leg: United States Army Air Service first around the world flight, April 6, 1924 to September 28, 1924 - Mudge A. Ransom (Typescript)
1924
18/11
The Causes of the Nez Perce War - Eldon Donald Schock (Typescript)
18/12
" Chart of Travel via South Pass - 1849" (Photocopy - location of original not identified)
18/13
Early Spanish Artists on the Northwest Coast - Dr. Donald C. Cutter (Typescript)
18/14-15
" History of Grays Harbor County" - Lola King Wiler (Photocopies of originals held by the Grey's Harbor County Superintendent of Schools)
18/16
Jack Reddington: Indian Fighter - Hovey McCord (Typescript)
23/1
Journal & Letters of Col. C. S. Bulkley - Telegraph Trail Expedition 1865-1867 (Photocopies of originals held by Oregon Libraries[?])
23/3
Letters of James G. Swan Published in Newspapers
Photocopies of a scrapbook at the University of Washington Libraries containing originals printed in the San Francisco Bulletin, the Washington Pioneer-Democrat, and the Washington Standard
18/17
" A List of Trading Vessels in Maritime Fur Trade - 1785-1825" (Photocopies of originals held by the University of Washington Libraries)
18/18
" Living Pioneers" - Edmond S. Meany (Photocopies of originals held by the University of Washington Libraries)
" Log of the HMS Chatham 1791-1795" - John Sherriff (Photocopies of originals held by the British Public Record Office)
Box/Folder
24/1
Correspondence
24/2
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder
18/19
" Nomenclature of the Northwest Coast" - Deborah S. Wickersham (Photocopies of originals held by the Washington State Historical Society)
23/2
Peter H. Burnett - H. H. Spalding Correspondence (Photocopies - location of originals not identified)
18/20
" Plywood in Retrospect" (Photocopies of originals held by the American Plywood Association)
18/21
" Puget Sound Nomenclature and Description" - Eugene Ellicot (Photocopies of originals held by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley)
18/22
Puget Sound Profiles - Nard Jones (Typescript)
18/23
" Scenes in Washington Territory 1859" - James G. Swan (Photocopies of originals printed in the San Francisco Bulletin)
20/1
Tales of the Pioneers - Colville Valley (Typescript)
23/4
" United States Army Explorations in the North Cascades" (Photocopies of originals held by the National Archives and Records Administration)
20/2
Washington & Oregon Territory - Being The Letters of David & Catherine Blaine 1854-58 (Typescript)
20/3
Washington: The Enterprise State - James Stevens (Typescript)
20/4
Miscellaneous (Typescript)
Includes " Passages from John Jewitt's Narrative of his Life as a Slave Among the Nootka Indians in 1803-6" , " Mine Eyes...Unto the Mountains" by Eugene Semple, arranged by Ruby El Hult, and " My Story of the Last Indian War in the Northwest: the Bannocks, Piutes, and Yakimas During the Summer of 1878" by Thomas Morgan.
Historical Periodicals
These periodicals were collected by Robert Hitchman for their content regarding Pacific Northwest history. Each issue contains an article which was of interest to Hitchman, and this article is referenced after the date, volume and number information. In a few cases, the entire issue relates to Pacific Northwest history.
Originally interspersed with Hitchman's books on related topics, these have been arranged in alphabetical order by title
Box/Folder
22/3
Americana illustrated , Vol. XXIX, no.3: " Early phases of the history of the State of Washington," by Lloyd Spencer and Lancaster Pollard.
1935 July
22/4
The Century, "Christmas Number 1920", Vol. 101, no. 2: " The Hudson's Bay Company and the Pacific Northwest," by Katharine Berry Judson.
1920
22/5
The Frontier, Vol. X, no.2: " Human interest forest fires," by Howard R. Flint.
1930 January
22/6
The Galaxy, Vol. 24, no.6: " The Nez Pierce War," by F. L M.
1877 December
22/7
Geographical review, Vol. XII, no.2: " " The geographical names used by the Indians of the Pacific Coast," " by T. T. Waterman.
1922 April
Harper's new monthly magazine
Vol. 55: " Alaska, Ten Years' Acquaintance With: 1867-1877," by Henry W. Elliot.
Volume removed, catalogued and shelved in the UW Pacific Northwest Collection; call number 051 H v.55.
1877 June-December
Box/Folder
22/8
Vol. 66, no.391: " The Columbia river," by Cleveland Rockwell.
1882 December
1884, Vol. 69: " Wheat Fields of the Columbia," by Ernest Ingersoll.
Volume removed, catalogued and shelved in the UW Pacific Northwest Collection; call number 051 H v.69.
1884 June-December
Box/Folder
22/8
Vol. LXXXV, no.DX: " Nathaniel J. Wyeth and the struggle for Oregon," by John A. Wyeth, M. D.
1892 November
Box/Folder
22/9
The Journal of American History, "First number, second volume": " Memoirs of an American gold seeker," by John Evans Brown.
1908
22/10
Magazine of American History Illustrated, Vol. XII, no.3: " A glimpse of the valley of many waters," by Martha J. Lamb.
1884 September
22/11
The Mentor, Vol. 2, no.20: several articles on Alaska.
1914 December 1
22/12
The Missionary Herald
Includes issue April 1836, Vol. XXXII, no.4: "Brief notice" on page 162 of the Whitmans' departure "for their fields of labor," and September 1837, Vol. XXXIII, no.9: "Indians on the Northwest coast," by Mr. Parker.
1836-1837
22/13
National Geographic magazine, Vol. XVIII, no.7: several articles on Arctic exploration.
1907 July
22/14
The Pacific magazine, Vol. IV, no.2: " Puget Sound Society in Early Days," by Charles Prosch.
1891 July
The Pacific monthly
Box/Folder
22/14
Vol. II, no.3: " The Grand Coulee," by Cleveland Rockwell.
1899 July
22/14
Vol. 7, no.3: " Special Columbia River edition"
1902 March
22/14
Vol. XV, no.2: " Oregon scenery," by Cleveland Rockwell.
1906 February
22/15
Vol. XV, no.6: " San Francisco catastrophe," several articles.
1906 June
22/16
Vol. XVII, no.3: " A day in the land of the moose," by Percival Nash[?]
1907 March
22/16
Vol. XVII, no.6: " The evolution of the Pacific coast sailing fleet," by James G. McCurdy.
1907 June
Box/Folder
22/17
Transactions of the twenty-first annual reunion of the Oregon Pioneer Association, "A number of interesting letters written by Dr. Marcus Whitman and wife."
1893
22/18
West Shore
Includes issues March 1886, 12th year, no.3, which contains many articles relating the Pacific Northwest, and November 30, 1889, fifteenth year, no.132: " New courthouse at Seattle"
1886-1889

ScrapbooksReturn to Top

This series contains the scrapbooks which comprised a part of Robert Hitchman's research files on Pacific Northwest history. Most were created by Hitchman in the 1960s and 1970s, but there are also a few which were created earlier and simply collected by Hitchman (see boxes 30 (30/18), 31, and 33 (33/13). The majority of these scrapbooks include newspaper clippings from Hitchman's lifetime, ephemera, and occassionally some correspondence between Hitchman and other historians. They are listed here alphabetically by Hitchman's title.

The scrapbooks are arranged alphabetically according to titles given by Hitchman.

Scrapbooks were originally filed with related ephemeral material, but they have been housed separately here for reasons of physical size and preservation. Cross-references have been provided throughout this finding aid to indicate the places where related scrapbooks were relocated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
28/3
19th Century Ephemera
Certificate of Oregon Settlement Stock, dated 1832 and signed by J. McNeil; Early 20th century ephemera from the Puget Sound Mill Company in Port Ludlow, Washington; 19th century flyer for a liveryman in Olympia, Washington; photographs of ships; Snohomish County Democratic tickets for 1873 and 1879; a program from the Moran Bros. Company launching of the US battleship 'Nebraska' on October 7th, 1904; a bill of lading from the steamship 'Idaho' from 1871; an invitation to a 'Reception for the President' issued to the Hon. Thomas Burke, dated May 6th, 1891 (he was to give the 'address of welcome' for President Harrison); and other 19th century ephemera.
1832-1891
25/3
Andrew Levitt Diary, 1851-1853
As published in the Seattle Times, in articles by columnist Lucille McDonald.
1952
20/7
Anti-Chinese Riots
Includes numerous clippings from various 19th century newspapers (not always identified), published during the riots.
1886
20/8
Article Clippings from 19th Century Journals on the Pacific Northwest
Includes articles from The Ladies Repository, Appleton's Journal, Century, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and similar. Also includes a bibliography of Pacific Northwest related articles from the magazine West Shore.
1856-1887
20/9
Aviation
21/12
" The Beginning of Mining in the Coeur D'Alenes" by Joel E. Ferris
Published in the Spokane Spokesman-Review, May 30th, 1954.
May 30, 1954
26/1
" By River, Rail, and Trail" by Bruce Mitchell
Published by the Wenatchee Daily World, September 1968
September, 1968
20/10
Chinook Jargon
Mostly comprised of pamphlets.
20/5
A Chronological Summary of Washington State History - Lancaster Pollard
Mostly typescript.
20/11
Diary of Boundary Surveyor Joel E. Ferris, Colville-Spokane Country 1858-62
As published in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
1957 November 17
20/6
Early Reclamation Work - E. L. Blaine
Transcript of a radio interview (KOMO, KJR) dated September 6th, 1940, plus correspondence from 1957.
1940; 1957
21/13
The Eldridge Family, Whatcom County
Newspaper clippings about a prominent family in Bellingham, Washington from the late 1800s and early 1900s, plus some typed materials.
30
Exploration of the Olympics 1885-1890 and other papers - Joseph P. O'Neil
Photographs of members of the expedition; the official order for the exploration, issued by H. Clay Wood; correspondence from Joseph P. O'Neil dated November 19th, 1885; and a long manuscript journal also by Joseph P. O'Neil. Following the journal is a letter to Joseph P. O'Neil from Phil S. Locke, dated October 28th, 1932, regarding the naming of a mountain at Quinalt for Joseph P. O'Neil. There are also photographs taken during the expedition by R. L. Fromme, and correspondence between Hitchman and the National Archives in the late 1940s and early 1950s regarding reports from the expedition. At the end of the scrapbook is material relating to the journal's provenence and a typescript from an interview with Joseph P. O'Neil dated 1936, a short typescript of an autobiography, and transcripts of other notes prepared by Robert L. Wood. Also included is one letter between Hitchman and Harry M. Majors dated June 27, 1962.
1885-1970
31
The Exploration of the Olympics - Seattle Press Expedition - 1889-1890
This scrapbook contains clippings published in The Seattle Press, July 16th, 1890, including James H. Christie's journal. Following this journal are other clippings: a religious column dated May 15th, 1894; a religious poem by G. H. Martin; several clippings from James H. Christie's St. Elias expedition to Alaska dated 1891; many other poems clipped from newspapers; and photographs taken during the expediton in the Olympics, annotated (presumably by Christie). More photos follow these, including one of Robert Hitchman and James H. Christie taken at Christie's home in August, 1937. There is an article from the Seattle Times on June 9th, 1939, stating that libraries were seeking complete copies of the Seattle Press clippings from 1890 regarding the Olympic Expeiditon. Finally, there are two later magazine articles - one from American Forests titled " The Land that Slept Late," dated December 1946, and the other from Puget Soundings titled " The Press Expedition," dated Summer 1955. More photographs of expedition members are interleaved, as are two pamphlets: " Name Calling" by Robert Hitchman, first published in The Mountaineer and dated 1959, and " Press Expedition: Historic Trail," printed by the Boy Scouts of America and undated.
1889-1959
20/12
Fort Ross, CA
20/13
General Henry C. Hodges
An off-print of a letter written by General Henry C. Hodges while stationed at the Vancouver barracks in 1852. Also includes related ephemera and correspondence.
25/2
George Vancouver - 1757-1798
Contains extensive information about the preservation of George Vancouver's childhood home in King's Lynn, England. Photographs, maps, correspondence, and a pamphlet entitled " Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest, King's Lynn: An Illustrated Report," dated December 1945, are all included.
1945-1960
21/14
" The Great Northwest" by C. C. Coffin
Originally printed in the Boston Journal.
February 15, 1871
20/14
Gustavus Sohon
Primarily correspondence between Hitchman and both the Department of the Army and the National Archives, as he sought information on Gustavus Sohon (Isaac I. Stevens' interpreter between 1853 and 1861, and artist). In these letters, Hitchman indicates his desire to write a book on Sohon. He includes a bibliography and short notes.
1949-1950
20/16
Hewitt Jackson
Supporting materials for Hitchman's nomination of Hewitt Jackson for an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) award. Correspondence included in this scrapbook indicates that Jackson won this award for 1976, based on Hitchman's support.
1976
21/15
The Historic Claquato Church: 1858-1958 Centennial
20/17
" History of Sequim (1851-1915)" by Marian Taylor
As published in the Sequim Press, May 11th, 1951.
1951
20/18
Idaho Mine & Mill Workers Union
Clippings, newsletters, and pamphlets from the Coeur D'Alene District Miner's and Smeltermen's Union local 18 during their strike of the spring and summer of 1960. Includes a complete run of the Strike Bulletin, numbered 1-25.
1960
20/19
Indian Wars of 1855-6 and other addresses- Elwood Evans
Elwood Evans was a Judge in Washington Territory and later in Washington State, and an amateur historian. Includes clippings from the Portland Oregonian: " The Indian Wars of 1855-6," dated November 4th, 1886; from the Tacoma Ledger: " Territorial Bench and Bar," dated February 1898; and from the Tacoma Daily Ledger: " History of the Northwest," dated January 27th, 1895.
1886-1898
20/20
Insurance Appraisal Chelan County Schools
Credited to Harold L. Bean. Includes many photographs, maps, etc.
1938
20/21
Insurance Oddities
20/22
" Life and Work of Isaac Ingalls Stevens," by Mary Rhoda Greene
As published in the Seattle Sunday Times, November 9th, 1902. Winner of the Stevens essay prize.
1902
21/1
IWW & Labor Unions
Many pamphlets, clippings, and ephemera related to the Industrial Workers of the World locals in Washington State.
1918-1965
21/2
James H. Christie
Typescripts (apparently typed by Christie) of several short stories and writings: " Black Dolly's Settlement," " Major General Sir S. B. Steele, C.B., D.S.C.," " Reminiscence of Big Bear," and " Letter on the Death of Dave McDougal" Also included are a short biographical note and fragments of other writings.
25/4
Joel E. Ferris - Contributions on Northwest History
Clippings from many newspapers dated 1953-1960, as well as a typescript of a speech given at the dedication of a monument marking the grave of Ranald MacDonald on October 27th, 1951.
1951-1960
25/5
Joseph Thomas Heath Diary 1844-1850
Written by Miss L. F. Ramsey, published in the Seattle Times between October 7th, 1956 and December 23rd, 1956.
1956
21/3
Joshua Green
Blank book "published" for Joshua Green, an early settler of Washington State, on the occassion of his 100th birthday. This copy signed by Green, and interleaved with clippings and ephemera about his life.
25/6
Lake Washington - Past and Present - Lucille McDonald
Includes a series of articles on the history of Lake Washington, published in the Seattle Times between 1954 and 1956, as well as an article by Borothy and R. John Ball, published in the Seattle Sunday Times Magazine (September 10th, 1950), and an article by Willa Hiltner, published in the Mercer Islander (November 9th, 1950).
1950-1956
21/4
Letters on NW History
Miscellaneous notes and clippings, including a postcard from Dr. Erna Gunther (the anthropologist) from the Soviet Union, dated June 23rd, 1960.
21/5
Lieutenant Jonathan Thorn
Includes a copy of a book titled Heroic Life and Tragic Death of Lt. Johnathan Thorn, US Navy, and extensive corresponence between J. Neilson Barry and Charles E. Thorn (a descendant), as well as a letter from J. Neilson Barry to Hitchman.
21/16
The Lincoln Totems
27/1-3
Local History, miscellaneous
21/6
Lynch Law in Seattle
Clippings from the Daily Chronicle, Seattle, Washington Territory, January 18th, 1882. Titled " An Awful Chapter"
January 18, 1882
21/7
McCallister Family
21/8
Pacific Northwest Coast Native Americans
21/17
" This Place Called Ballard" (1851-1951) by Margaret I. Wanderey
Published in the Ballard Tribune by the President of the Ballard Pioneers association.
October 18, 1951-November 1, 1951
28/4
The Praying Machine
Correspondence, clippings, and numerous handwritten notes on the subject of (East) Indian religion and especially prayer wheels; also, a bookplate from William Simpson, who wrote at least one of these articles. The handwritten notes are very tiny, but still legible with magnification.
1866-1894
21/9
President Hayes Visits Seattle
Clippings from the Seattle Post, October 12th, 1880. Also a clipping of an article by Lucille McDonald on the same subject, undated but probably 1950s.
October 12, 1880
25/7
" Relander - History of the Yakima Valley"
Series of articles written by Click Relander, published in the Yakima Sunday Herald and the Yakima Republic
1960
21/10
Seattle Fire
19th century clippings, photocopies of a letter from Mary A. Vestal to her daughter Mrs. William Muth, written from Seattle on June 7th, 1888 [sic], as well as a transcript of a later letter from June 10th. These letters describe the aftermath of the fire. Also included are many clippings from the 1950s.
21/11
Shipwrecks - Compiled by Capt. N.A.(?) McDougall
Index cards documenting shipwrecks; in alphabetical order by vessel, indicating when, where, and sometimes why it sank.
20/15
SS Beaver
A short typescript history of the SS Beaver by Robert Hitchman, accompanied by clippings dated between the 1930s and the 1950s, photographs, and ephemera.
27/4
Thanksgiving
21/18
" Up the Coast" and " Life in Alaska" by Mary O. Reynolds - San Francisco to Sitka
"Extracted from a scrapbook compiled by Eliza Ferry Leary. Newspaper not identified. Robert Hitchman, August 5, 1960."
1880
26/2
" Victory" by Norman R. Smith
Daily column published in the Port Angeles Evening News
1950 June 9 - August 22
21/19
Washington State Historical Sites & Markers
22/1
" Waiilatpu: Failure of a Mission" by Norman B. Adkison
Published in the Lewiston Morning Tribune of Idaho.
1958 January - February
22/2
Who's Who Among Northwest Authors (1957, 1967)
1957; 1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Aeronautics--Northwest, Pacific--History
  • Autographs--Collections
  • Book collectors--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Historians--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Insurance agents--Washington (State)
  • Labor movement--Northwest, PacificSxHistory
  • Names, Geographical--Washington (State)
  • Navigation--History
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Christie, James Halbold
  • Gamwell, Roland G. (Roland Greene), 1863---Archives
  • Garfielde, S. (Selucius), 1822-1883--Correspondence
  • Hitchman, Robert--Archives (creator)
  • Meany, Edmond S. (Edmond Stephen), 1862-1935--Correspondence
  • Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862--Correspondence
  • Wiedemann, Thomas--Manuscripts
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific--Bibliography
  • Northwest, Pacific--Discovery and exploration
  • Northwest, Pacific--History
  • Northwest, Pacific--History, Local
  • Olympic Mountains (Wash.)--Discovery and exploration
  • Olympic Peninsula (Wash.)--Discovery and exploration
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons
  • Washington (State)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autographs (manuscripts)
  • Caricatures
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings
  • Ephemera
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Notebooks
  • Periodicals
  • Research (document genres)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Writings
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Sighted From the Crow's Nest
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Cook, James, 1728-1779
    • Gamwell, Roland G. (Roland Greene), 1863---Archives (creator)