Fred Clagett Papers, 1942-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Clagett, Fred
Title
Fred Clagett Papers
Dates
1942-1982 (inclusive)
Quantity
13.42 cubic ft. (16 boxes)
Collection Number
(Accession No. 3543-004)
Summary
Papers of Richland, Washington, civic leader who served on nemerous commissions and boards
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
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all users.

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Frederic Clagett was born in 1912 and graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in chemistry in 1934. He arrived in Richland, Washington, in 1948 to work for the General Electric Company, the operator of the federal nuclear facility at Hanford. Clagett served as a member of the Richland City Council from 1951 to 1972 and was elected mayor by the council for four terms, 1954-1955, 1957-1958, and 1967-1970. From 1972 until his retirement in 1982, he worked for the Washington State Office of Community Development's Planning and Community Affairs Agency. He also served on numerous commissions and boards, including the Washington Thermal Power Plant Site Evaluation Council/Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 1973-1977, and the Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission, 1968-1969. Clagett died in 2001.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers, measuring 13.42 cubic feet and spanning the years 1942-1982, document Clagett's work as a Richland city official and his service on several government and civic councils and commissions. Each of his positions is represented by a separate subgroup of papers.

The Richland City Council subgroup comprises the bulk of the accession. This subgroup documents the city's development from a federally-owned community to a self-governing municipality. Richland Village was established almost overnight as a "government city" for housing employees of the Hanford Engineering Works, a major production center of the U.S.'s atomic weapons program. Construction began on the massive (and top-secret) Hanford complex in March 1943, and within fifteen months the first nuclear reactors were operational. Plutonium produced at Hanford was used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Richland, which was officially known as Hanford Engineering Works Village, gained some measure of self-governance in 1948 and was incorporated as a Washington State city in 1958. Because of Richland's beginnings as a federally-owned community, issues of federal property disposal and housing were particularly important. These and other community and economic development issues are documented in the Correspondence, Minutes, and Reports series. The Hearings series focuses on land disposal legislation considered by Congress in the mid-1950s, and the Subject Series files outline the great range of issues with which the city council dealt. The "Richland Diary" is a short history of Richland's early years co-authored by Clagett. The Richland materials also include eleven volumes of oversized scrapbooks that chronicle events in the city from1948 to 1960.

Among the other subgroups in the collection, the largest documents Clagett's service on the Washington State Community Development Office's Planning and Community Affairs Agency. Energy was a pressing topic during Clagett's tenure with the agency, and the proposed Northern Tier Pipeline is among the issues documented in the Subject Series. Energy issues are also outlined in the Thermal Power Plant Site Evaluation Council subgroup.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights were transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Richland City CouncilReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Biographical Features - Fred Clagett
n.d.
1/2-3
Organizational and Historical Features
1957-1970, n.d.
1/4
Charter - City of Richland, Wash.
1958
1/5-18
General Correspondence
1951-1972
1/19
Incoming Letters
1952-1959, n.d.
1/20-28
Minutes
1950-1957
2/1-14
Minutes
1958-1971
2/15-16
Diary - Richland Diary
1943-1958
2/17-3/17
Reports
1950-1971, n.d.
3/18-23
Hearings
1954-1957; 1962; 1967
3/24-4/2
Speeches and Writings
1951-1972, n.d.
4/3-6
Legislation
1951-1967
4/7
Legal Documents
1948-1960, n.d.
4/8-9
Financial Records
1952-1968
Subject Series
Box/Folder
4/10
Airlines, Airport
1956-1957, n.d.
4/11
Annexation
1958-1965; 1970, n.d.
4/12-13
Anniversary of Hanford, Richland
1968, n.d.
4/14
Appraisals
1953-1956, n.d.
4/15
Atomic Energy Community
1956
4/16
Atomic Museum
1957-1959, n.d.
4/17
Battelle Northwest
1969-1971, n.d.
4/18
Benton Public Utility District
1957-1962, n.d.
4/19
Bureau of the Census
1952, n.d.
4/20
Bus Service
1961-1962, n.d.
4/21
Camas Shopping Park
1967
4/22
Charter
1950-1953; 1971, n.d.
4/23
Citizen Involvement
1956-1970, n.d.
4/24
City Hall
1956; 1958, n.d.
4/25
City Manager Candidates
1958-1959; 1968-1972, n.d.
4/26
City Manager Evaluation
1959-1962; 1966-1969
4/27
City Personnel Plan
1958-1964, n.d.
4/28
Civic Center
1956-1967
4/29
Civil Rights
1964-1965; 1968, n.d.
4/30
Coliseum
1964-1965, n.d.
4/31
Columbia Point
1965-1966, n.d.
4/32-33
Columbia River
1961-1967, n.d.
4/34
Commercial Properties
1956-1963, n.d.
4/35
Conflict of Interest
1959-1967, n.d.
4/36
"Council Talks"
1952
5/1-2
Declarations
1957
5/3
Disposal of Communities at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Richland, Washington
1954-1958
5/4
Election Information
1958; 1960; 1964
5/5
Electric Service
1951
5/6
Electrical System
1950-1967, n.d.
5/7
Fire Protection
1942-1964, n.d.
5/8
Fluoridation of Water Supply
1962-1966, n.d.
5/9
Fuller, Murrey
1968-1969, n.d.
5/10
Garbage Collection
1957-1959; 1965
5/11
Hanford Contractors
1969-1971, n.d.
5/12
Health Department
1954-1959
5/13
Hospitals
1952-1957, n.d.
5/14
Housing Code
1949-1966, n.d.
5/15
Housing Data
1949-1963, n.d.
5/16
Howard Amon Park
1966-1968
5/17
Hydro-Thermal Power Program
1968-1971
5/18-19
I-182 and I-82
1967-1972, n.d.
5/20-21
Incorporation
1951-1964, n.d.
5/22
Inter-City Bridge
1964-1970, n.d.
5/23
Joint Center for Graduate Study
1969-1971, n.d.
5/24-25
Kramer Report
1969, n.d.
5/26
Los Alamos
1951-1968, n.d.
6/1
Marina
1958-1967, n.d.
6/2
Mosquitoes
1951-1969, n.d.
6/3
Natural Gas
1956-1962, n.d.
6/4
Neighborhood Commercial
1964, n.d.
6/5
Open Space Planning
1961-1964
6/6
Pensions
1969
6/7
Police Protection
1962-1966, n.d.
6/8
Port of Benton
1957-1962, n.d.
6/9
Priorities Regulation
1956, n.d.
6/10
Public Lands
1964-1965
6/11
Public Law 221
1954-1955; 1959; 1966
6/12
Public Safety Department
1956; 1961
6/13
Rail
1961-1968, n.d.
6/14
Rent Cutoff
1957
6/15
Richland Civic Center
1958; 1965-1968, n.d.
6/16
Richland Freeholders Charter Committee
1958, n.d.
6/17
Richland Industrial Development
1958-1964
6/18
Sale and Incorporation of Richland
1954-1959, n.d.
6/19
Sewage System
1953-1963, n.d.
6/20
Streets
1948-1965, n.d.
6/21
Telephone
1956-1958, n.d.
6/22
Telephone System
1943; 1954-1957, n.d.
6/23-25
Town Meetings
1953
6/26
Transfer of Functions
1955; 1958-1959, n.d.
6/27
Transition Problems
1955-1959, n.d.
6/28
Underground Distribution
1959-1966, n.d.
6/29
Underground Distribution Workshop
1968
6/30
United States Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
1969
6/31-32
Vernita Bridge and Hanford Highway
1961-1965, n.d.
6/33
Washington Public Service Commission v. General Telephone Company of the Northwest
1958
6/34
Water System
1947-1965, n.d.
7/1
Weter, Roberts, and Shefelman
1958
Box/Folder
7/2
Interview Transcripts - City Councilmen
1967
7/3
Agreements
1963, n.d.
7/4
Proposals - Electric Distribution System
1950
7/5
Statistics
1950-1967
7/6-8
Budget Files
1956-1970, n.d.
Project Files
Box/Folder
7/9
Capital Projects
1951-1959, n.d.
7/10
Street and Utility Construction
1962-1965
Box/Folder
7/11
Court Papers - Port of Benton
n.d.
7/12
Conferences and Conventions
1965
7/13
Bonds
1960; 1963
7/14
Directories
1971
7/15-16
Resolutions
1953-1968, n.d.
7/17-18
Ordinances
1967-1968
7/19
Housing Data
n.d.
7/20
Election Information
1967-1968
7/21
Programs
1958
7/22
Awards
1958-1959
7/23
Election Materials
1951-1957
7/24
Newsletters
1953; 1956-1958
7/25-27
Publications
1943-1972, n.d.
Scrapbooks - Hanford
box:oversize
11
Volume 1
1948-1952
12
Volume 2
1953-1955
13
Volume 3
1956
14
Volume 4
1957
15
Volumes 5 & 6
1958
16
Volumes 7 through 11
1960-1963
Box/Folder
7/28
Petition
1969
7/29
Invitations
1963
7/30-31
Clippings
1957-1972, n.d.
7/32
Ephemera
1957-1958, n.d.
7/33-35
Maps
1958; 1965; 1968
7/36-39
Miscellany
1957-1972, n.d.
7/40
Drug Committee
1969, n.d.
7/41
Ordinance Committee
1956-1958, n.d.

Benton-Franklin Governmental Conference, 1962-1974, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 7/42

Benton Regional Planning Commission, 1962-1966, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 7/43-8/1

Design for Washington Board of Trustees, 1965-1970, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 8/2

Planning Association of Washington, 1963-1966, 1969, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 8/3-4

Richland Park Board, 1963, 1967-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 8/5-6

Richland Planning Commission, 1967-1968, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 8/7

Washington Community Development Office, Planning and Community Affairs AgencyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/8
General Correspondence
1974-1982, n.d.
8/9
Minutes
1974
8/10-14
Writings
1966; 1973-1977, n.d.
8/15
Hearings
1974
8/16-17
Studies
1975-1976, n.d.
8/18
Project Files - Energy Management and Conservation
1975
Subject Series
Box/Folder
8/19-20
Community Development
1965-1973, n.d.
8/21
General Government Policy Document
1974
9/1
Human Rights Commission
1968-1970, n.d.
9/2
Merit Employment Council
1968-1970, n.d.
9/3-6
Northern Tier Pipeline
1976
Box/Folder
9/7
Programs - Growth Impacts In-service
1978
9/8
Lists - Energy Centers in Washington State
1977
9/9
Memoranda
1974-1977
9/10
Notes
n.d.
9/11
Newsletters
1972; 1976; 1979
9/12
Clippings
1976
9/13
Miscellany
1975; 1980

Washington Constitutional Revision CommissionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/14
Minutes
1968-1969
9/15-17
Reports
1971
9/18-19
Constitutions
1968-1969
9/20
Miscellany
1966-1969, n.d.

Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 1975-1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 9/21

Washington Thermal Power Plant Site Evaluation CouncilReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/22
Financial Records
1967
9/23
Reports
1967
9/24
Proposals
1967
9/25
Agreements
n.d.
9/26
Programs - Hydro-thermal Power
1968-1972
9/27-10/6
Hearings - Washington Public Power Supply System
1975
Subject Series
Box/Folder
10/7
Power Plant Siting
1975
10/8
Workshop Committee
1974-1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • City council members--Washington (State)--Richland--Archives
  • City councils--Washington (State)--Richland
  • Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Richland--Archives
  • Energy facilities--Location--Washington (State)
  • Housing--Washington (State)--Richland
  • Municipal government--Washington (State)--Richland
  • Personal Names :
  • Clagett, Fred--Archives
  • Holmes, Otis Halbert, 1902-
  • Corporate Names :
  • General Electric Company
  • Richland (Wash.). City Council
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
  • Washington (State). Office of Community Development
  • Washington (State). Planning and Community Affairs Agency
  • Washington (State). Thermal Power Plant Evaluation Council
  • Washington Public Power Supply System
  • Geographical Names :
  • Richland (Wash.)--Politics and government--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Scrapbooks

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)