Chester H. Kingsbury Papers, 1915-1994  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Kingsbury, Chester H
Chester H. Kingsbury Papers
1915-1994 (inclusive)
2.94 cubic feet, including textual materials and 2 VHS videocassettes (8 boxes)
Collection Number
Papers of Seattle activist and business owner.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but advance notice is required for access to some materials.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Chester Kingsbury was an activist in the University District of Seattle. He was president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (circa 1954), and a delegate to the Socialist Party convention in 1936. He was also a member of the Church of the People in the University District and the owner of the North Seattle Printing Company. His wife, Elsie Kingsbury, was a member of the Seattle Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Kingsbury's political and religious activities, as well as his wife Elsie Kingsbury's interest in pacifism, the cooperative movement, and similar issues, are documented in minutes, newsletters, ephemera, clippings, subject files, writings, and videorecordings, 1915-1994.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged in three accessions: Accession no. 3259-1, 1936-1973; Accession no. 3259-2, 1945-circa 1993 (bulk circa 1980-circa 1993); and Accession no. 3259-3, 1915-1994.

Processing Note

Processing completed in 2005.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Accession No. 3259-001: Chester H. Kingsbury papers, 1936-1973Return to Top

.84 cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Scope and Content: Minutes, newsletters, ephemera, clippings, and subject files, 1936-1973.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Received from Chester Kingsbury, September 21, 1981.

Processing Info: Processed in 2001.

Processing Info: Issues of The New Religious Frontier, the newsletter of the Church of the People, were relocated to the Church of the People Records (Accession no. 1206-7) in the repository in 2001.

Container(s) Description Dates
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 3259-001
Ephemera and Miscellany
1/2 3259-001
Subject Series – ACLU National
Box/Folder Accession
1/3 3259-001
Inter-Church Public Affairs Council
1/4-5 3259-001
League for Columbia Valley Authority
Methodist Federation for Social Action, Pacific Northwest Chapter
Box/Folder Accession
1/6 3259-001
Board of Christian Social Relations
1/7 3259-001
Christian Friends for Racial Equality
1/8, 2/1 3259-001
National Health Act
Box/Folder Accession
2/2 3259-001
North University Way Association
2/3-5 3259-001
Socialist Party USA
1936-1938, 1953
Kingsbury, Elsie
Box/Folder Accession
2/6-7 3259-001
Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (Seattle, Wash.)
Personal Papers
Subject Series
Box/Folder Accession
2/8 3259-001
Separation of Church and State
2/9 3259-001
State Information Committee on Capital Punishment
Box/Folder Accession
2/10 3259-001
2/11 3259-001

Accession No. 3259-002: Chester H. Kingsbury papers, 1945-circa 1993 (bulk circa 1980-circa 1993)Return to Top

1.68 cu. ft. (5 boxes); 2 videocassettes (VHS)

Scope and Content: Ephemera, letters, writings, and videotaped programs concerning pacifism, the cooperative movement (especially Group Health cooperatives), and similar causes, 1945-circa 1993 (bulk circa 1980-circa 1993).

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Acquisition Info: Received from Jan Snyder, July 18, 2003.

Processing Info: Processing Level 1.

Accession No. 3259-003: Chester H. Kingsbury papers, 1915-1994Return to Top

0.42 cubic ft. (1 box)

Scope and Content: Subject files, 1915-1994. Includes correspondence, clippings, publications, ephemera, and photographs related to the cooperative movement, growth in the University District, and Mary Farquharson.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users

Acquisition Info: Received from Jan Snyder, April 2005.

Processing Info: Processing Level 1.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subject Files
Box Accession
1 3259-003
Farquharson Copy Materials
1 3259-003
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom – Pacific Northwest History
1 3259-003
Farquharson, Mary
1 3259-003
Exile of a Race – Anne Fisher
1 3259-003
Hunthausen, Bishop
1 3259-003
Farquharson, Mary – Wage Stabilization Board
1 3259-003
Farquharson, F. Burt
1 3259-003
Lux, Eugene
1 3259-003
University "Ave" [Avenue] Association
1 3259-003
Arthur Flemming Source Meeting
1 3259-003
University of Washington Medical School
1 3259-003
Institute for Global Security Studies – Meconis
1 3259-003
"U" [University] District Traffic
1 3259-003
"U" [University] District Development
1 3259-003
Cooperative Movements

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Church and social problems--Washington (State)
  • Civil rights--Religious aspects
  • Civil rights--Washington (State)--Societies, etc
  • Cooperative societies--Washington (State)
  • Political activists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Political conventions--United States
  • Social action--Washington (State)--Societies, etc
  • Socialist parties--United States
  • Women pacifists--Societies, etc

Personal Names

  • Farquharson, Mary
  • Kingsbury, Chester H.--Archives
  • Kingsbury, Elsie

Corporate Names

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
  • American Civil Liberties Union.  Seattle Chapter
  • American Civil Liberties Union.  State of Washington Chapter
  • Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)
  • Socialist Party (U.S.) National Convention (19th : 1936 : Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Socialist Party (U.S.)--Congresses
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Seattle Branch

Geographical Names

  • University District (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Kingsbury, Elsie (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)