Stevens Hall Records, 1894-1966

Overview of the Collection

Stevens Hall Records
1894-1966 (inclusive)
1998-2002 (inclusive)
approximate 420 items, ( 2.25 linear feet), ( 5 containers)
Collection Number
Archives 133
Includes minutes of house meetings, correspondence, a song book, a handbook, the manuscript copy of the hall constitution, photographs, specifications of the building, reports, and various memorabilia.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

The Collection is open for research use.

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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Stevens Hall, planned by the architectural firm of Stephens and Josephans, was built in 1895 to house women students. It was named in honor of Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens. The building has been utilized consistently as a women's dormitory since it was first occupied. Other campus activities have been temporarily accomodated there as well. For instance, the Music Department was housed in the basement and the Home Economics Department and Women's Physical Education activities were held in the playroom during the 1890's. Following the burning of Ferry Hall in 1897, men were housed temporarily on one floor of Stevens Hall. State conventions have often met in the drawing room, and distinguished guests have visited there, including Helen Keller and her teacher, Miss Sullivan (April, 1915). It has been a frequent tradition for daughters to succeed mothers as residents of Stevens Hall, one of the oldest buildings on the Washington State University campus.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The records of Stevens Hall, ranging from 1894 to 1966, bulk largest from 1917 to 1930; later additions range from 1998-2002. Originally arranged by dividing older and newer material, these records have been rearranged chronologically within functional groups. Predominantly the minutes of house meetings, these records also contain correspondence, a song book, a handbook, the manuscript copy of the hall constitution, photographs, specifications of the building, reports, and various memorabilia.

Acquisition Information

The records of Stevens Hall were transferred to Washington State University Libraries prior to 1980 (WSU 154). Additional records were tranferred to MASC by Sarah Viveiros in October, 2003 (UA2003-15).

Processing Note

The records were processed in February, 1984 by Paul Green; additional records were added by Mark O'English in October, 2008.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Minutes of Stevens Hall Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 item
1 2
1 item
1 3
1 item
1 4
1 item
1 5
1 item
1 6
1 item
1 7
46 items
1 8
95 items
1 9
75 items
1 10
54 items
1 11
25 items
1 12
40 items
2 13
Minutes of the Welfare Board
1 item
2 14
Log of Events
1 item
2 15
Guest Book
1 item
2 16
Specifications for Stevens Hall
1 item
2 17
Reports on Activities and Conditions in Stevens Hall
6 items
2 18
Handbooks and Songbook,
3 items
ca. 1935-1955
2 19
Constitution, Forms, and Insignia Design,
4 items
ca. 1909-1930
2 20
Photographs and Room Dedications,
7 items
ca. 1919-1925

Scrapbooks Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 21
1 item
4 22
2 items (only one present, 10-30-08, MOE)
5 23
1 item

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Dormitories--Washington (State)--Pullman--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Washington State University--Buildings--Archives
  • Washington State University. Stevens Hall--Archives (creator)
  • Washington State University. Stevens Hall--Records and correspondence