Unifine Milling Company Records, 1949-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Unifine Milling Company
Title
Unifine Milling Company Records
Dates
1949-1996 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 containers., (1.5 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 691
Summary
The records of the Unifine Milling Company of Pullman, Washington include correspondence, photographs, and plans related to the development of the unifine process at Washington State University in addition to the company's own operating records. The collection also includes files created by Clarice McCartan, one of the shareholders of the mill. The unifine process of milling flour was the idea of an Englishman, John Wright, who brought the process to Washington State University for experimentation and further development in the late 1940s.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Unifine process of milling flour was the idea of an Englishman, John Wright. This process of milling flour produced a whole wheat flour with a lengthier period of rancid-free storage than ordinary whole wheat flour. Moreover, the flour had baking properties similar to enriched white flour. Wright approached the Washington State College Division of Industrial Research with his idea in the late 1940s, and period of experimentation with the mill soon began. The mill could not be patented, but Washington State College controlled the registration of the name "Unifine" until 1975.

One commercial application of the unifine technology was the Unifine Milling Company of Pullman. In 1981 this company began producing flour for sale to the public under the name "Flourgirls." This firm continued in operation until about 1995.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records the Unifine Milling Co. consist both of company records (meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, and marketing reports), along with correspondence, photographs, and plans related to the development of the unifine mill at Washington State College. Additional Unifine Milling Company records stand separate from the larger body of records because these originally were the files of Clarice McCartan, one of the shareholders.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 691, Unifine Milling Company Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Series 1: Research and development - Unifine processReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Unifine mill inquiries
1952-1962
Early correspondence
Box Folder
1 2
1949-1952
1 3
1952-1953
1 4
1953-1960
1 5
1949-1955
Box Folder
1 6
(RP 121/6 [original filing code]) Unifine flour mill
1950-1962
1 7
Unifine experimental mill photographs
undated
1 8
Early designs
1965; 1982
1 9
Resurvey
1958; 1970-1971
1 10
Trademark application and information
1951-1981

Series 2: Unifine Milling Company RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Minutes, Board of Directors
Box Folder
1 11
1981
1 12
1982
1 13
1983
1 14
1984
1 15
1985
1 16
1986
1 17
1987
1 18
1988
1 19
1989
1 20
1990
1 21
1991
1 22
1992
1 23
1993
1 24
1995
1 25
1996
Box Folder
1 26
Manager applications
Nov 1985
1 27
Manager's reports
1987
1 28
Manager's reports
1988
1 29
Artwork for flour bag
undated
1 30
Expired licenses
1986-1989
1 31
Unifine Flour: Twenty Five Years Later-Mary Corbett Stevens
ca 1975
1 32
Newspaper clippings
1975-1991
1 33
Feature stories (source material)
1991-1994
1 34
Unifine
1957-1982
1 35
Bindered material (Marketing, finances, minutes, correspondence)
1985-1986
1 36
Minutes, marketing, finance, correspondence, photograph of owners
1981-1985
1 37
Minutes, marketing, finance, correspondence, bylaws
1977-1984

Series 3: Records kept by Clarise McCartanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 38
Minutes: Management team, Board
1986-1989
2 39
Minutes: Management team, Board
1981-1985
2 40
Contacts for buying/distributing Flourgirls flour
1987-1991
2 41
Product information about Flourgirls flour, business cards
undated
2 42
Cookbook - Draft and early ideas
undated
2 43
Shareholder memos and correspondence
1981-1987
2 44
Handwritten business notes
1985
2 45
Marketing
1982
2 46
Letters to and from Clarice McCartan
1982-1987
2 47
Letters to or concerning Mary Stevens
1982-1985
2 48
Finances and Treasurer's reports
1984-1989

Oversize itemsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
o.s. 49
Unifine Mill plans
1952

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Flour
  • Flour mills--Washington (State)
  • Flour mills--Washington (State)--Pullman--Records and correspondence
  • Unifine flour
  • Personal Names :
  • McCartan, Clarice
  • Corporate Names :
  • Unifine Milling Company--Archives (creator)
  • Unifine Milling Company--Washington (State)--Pullman