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Washington Science Teachers Association Records, 1959-2004

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Washington Science Teachers Association
Title
Washington Science Teachers Association Records
Dates
1959-2004 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 Linear Feet., ( )
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0034wsta (collection)
Summary
The Washington Science Teachers Association collection contains historical information on the origins and activities of this educational association in Washington State. The materials date from the year of the association’s formation in 1959 to the last journal publication in 2004. The bulk of the contents are administrative records and publications. There are also conference and club activities materials that document the interactions of the WSTA among different communities in Washington.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Washington Science Teachers Association formed in 1959 at Jones Hall, College of Puget Sound (now U.P.S.) with the intent of promoting better science education programs in the state of Washington. The WSTA is governed by a written constitution and administered through an elected executive board. In 1961, the WSTA established a long standing collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association.

In 1961, the WSTA developed in-service days for teachers and administrators in the state of Washington to share their teaching innovations. In addition to hosting workshops for science teachers, the WSTA has also granted a number of outstanding science “teacher of the year” awards to recognize dedication and creativity in teachers for K-12 schools. The WSTA also hosts an annual Science and Engineering Contest in the state of Washington for K-12 students.

In 1972, the WSTA established a professional journal. The content and issue of the WSTA journal is strictly controlled by teachers, and serves as a venue for sharing experiments, teaching hints, and opinions. The journal also discusses relevant science issues, and announces up and coming conferences and other events for science teachers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Washington Science Teachers Association collection contains historical information on the origins and activities of this educational association in Washington State. The materials date from the year of the association’s formation in 1959 to the last journal publication in 2004. The bulk of the contents are administrative records and publications. There are also conference and club activities materials that document the interactions of the WSTA among different communities in Washington.

The WSTA administrative records contain correspondence from 1959 to 1989. Also included are constitutions and by-laws, membership lists, minutes of meetings, lists of officers and elections, and reports. Information on the WSTA's efforts to improve science education for K-12 schools is included in the reports and correspondence.

The publications include newsletters and journals that are focused on science and education in the state of Washington.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Washington Science Teachers Association Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Series I:  Administrative Records , 1959-2004 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: General
1959-1989
Box/Folder
1/1
Origins of WSTA
1959
1/2
Constitutions and Bylaws
1959-1977
1/3
Correspondence
1959-1974
1/4
Correspondence
1975-1989
1/5
“A Short History of the WSTA” by Wallace R. Drake
1980
1/6
Officers and Elections of WSTA
1960-1980
1/7
WSTA Membership Lists
1959-1967
Sub-series 2: Minutes
1959-1984
Box/Folder
1/8
Meeting Minutes
1959
1/9
Meeting Minutes
1960-1964
1/10
Meeting Minutes
1965- 1969
1/11
Meeting Minutes
1970-1974
1/12
Meeting Minutes
1975- 1979
1/13
Meeting Minutes
1980- 1984
Sub-series 3: Reports
1959-1980
Box/Folder
1/14
Executive Secretary’s Reports
1959-1982
1/15
Treasurer’s Reports
1959-1974
1/16
Treasurer’s Reports
1975-1984
1/17
Registrar’s Reports
1976-1980
1/18
Editor’s Reports
1974- 1979
1/19
Journal Reports
1972-1981
1/20
Resolutions
1970-1976
1/21
General Administrative Reports
1968-1980
Sub-series 4: Conference Materials
1959-1989
Box/Folder
1/22
Materials
1959-1969
1/23
Materials
1970-1979
1/24
Materials
1980-1989
Sub-series 5: Club Activities
1959-2004
Box/Folder
1/25
Letterheads and Official Forms
1959-2004
1/26
Awards and Recognition
1959-1981
1/27
Newspaper Clippings
1974-1979
1/28
Surveys and Guidelines for Teachers (WSTA)
1959-2004

Series II:  Publications, 1962-2004 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: Newsletters
1962-1972
Box/Folder
2/1
WSTA Newsletters Vol.1 to Vol. 6
1962-1967
2/2
WSTA Newsletters Vol.7 to Vol. 12, No. 1
1967-1972
Sub-series 2: Journals
1972-2004
Box/Folder
2/3
Vol.12, No.2
1972
2/4
Vol.13, No. 1-4
1973
2/5
Vol.14, No. 1-4
1974
2/6
Vol.15, No. 1-4
1975
2/7
Vol.16, No. 1-4
1976
2/8
Vol.17, No. 1-4
1977
2/9
Vol.18, No. 1-4
1978
2/10
Vol.19, No. 1-4
1979
2/11
Vol.20, No. 1-4
1980
2/12
Vol.21, No. 1-4
1981
2/13
Vol.22, No. 1-4
1982
2/14
Vol.23, No. 1-4
1983
2/15
Vol.24, No. 1-4
1984
2/16
Vol.25, No. 1-4
1985
2/17
Vol.26, No. 1-4
1986
2/18
Vol.27, No. 1-4
1987
2/19
Vol.28, No. 1-4
1988
2/20
Vol.29, No. 1-4
1989
3/1
Vol.30, No. 1-4
1990
3/2
Vol.31, No. 1-4
1991
3/3
Vol.32, No. 1-4
1992
3/4
Vol.33, No. 1-4
1993
3/5
Vol.34, No. 1-4
1994
3/6
Vol.35, No. 1-4
1995
3/7
Vol.36, No. 1-4
1996
3/8
Vol.37, No. 1-4
1997
3/9
Vol.38, No. 1-4
1998
3/10
Vol.39, No. 1-4
1999
3/11
Vol.40, No. 1-4
2000
3/12
Vol.41, No. 1-4
2001
3/13
Vol.42, No. 1-4
2002
3/14
Vol.43, No. 1-4
2003
3/15
Vol.44, No. 1-4
2004