Southwestern Washington Research Unit Records, 1943-1975

Overview of the Collection

Southwestern Washington Research Unit Records
1943-1975 (inclusive)
5.5 linear feet of shelf space, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
Archives 72 (collection)
This collection contains the records of the Southwestern Washington Research Unit.
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

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Southwestern Washington Research Unit, located in Vancouver, Washington, is an agricultural experiment station which operates under the auspices of Washington State University's College of Agriculture. The Research Unit is situated on the site of the former Clark County Poor Farm in northern Vancouver. Experimentation and research were begun in October, 1943; but it was not until early 1949 that the University gained control of the full 80 acres.

The station conducts research in commercial vegetables and fruit crops, insect and disease control, fertilizer development, irrigation, animal science, soils, seeds, and a variety of horticultural areas. Clark County is located at the northern end of the Willamette Valley, and it is roughly half urban and half rural. Vancouver, the county seat, is a fruit and vegetable processing center.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the records of the Southwestern Washington Research Unit covering the years 1943-1975. Includes correspondence, reports, memos, etc., related to both government and the private sector. Information on crop experiments, technological developments, etc., from agricultural and industrial resources. Series III contains the personal files of D. F. Allmendinger, Perry Crandall (both were Research Unit Superintendents) and Glenn Wolfe, an experiment aide.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Southwestern Washington Research Unit Records

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The records at the Southwestern Washington Research Unit are arranged in six distinct series. The first series, Correspondence, 1950-1968, is comprised of both incoming and outgoing general correspondence. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically, by incoming correspondent (the correspondent may be a person, business or institution), This group of letters and documents concerns a wide variety of University correspondence, professional correspondence, and information from agricultural and industrial sources. The second series, Subject File, 1943-1959, contains reports, memoranda, data, and other correspondence with related agencies in both government and the private sector. That series is arranged alphabetically by subject and covers the years 1943-1959, but bulks largest in the early 1950s. Series 3, Staff Correspondence Files, 1965-1975, contains the personal files of D. F. Allmendinger and Perry Crandall (both Research Unit Superintendents), and Glenn Wolf, an experiment aide. These files were labeled as such in the original accession and contain correspondence to various colleagues. Series 4, Project Reports, 1943-1964, is a collection of project reports and evaluations. Included in this series is information on crop experiments, technological developments (such as the mechanical bean pole harvester), and programs conducted by the research unit. Series 5, Photographs, is a collection of photographs and negatives depicting various scenes around the research unit, scientific data, and research project results. These photographs are generally not dated. The final series, 6, is an oversized ledger containing information pertaining to blackberry and strawberry research, growth records, and other data. It is dated 1946-1967.

Acquisition Information

The records of the Southwestern Washington Research Unit were transferred to the University Archives, Washington State University, in February, 1979 (UA 79-05).

Processing Note

The collection was processed from September to October, 1981 by Andrew J. Gregg.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-1968Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
A-Z, 1950-1951
A-Y, 1952-1953
A-Z, 1954-1955
A-Q, 1956-1957
R-Z, 1956-1957
A-Z, 1958
A-Z, 1959
A-Z, 1960
A-L, 1961
M-Z, 1961
A-Z, 1962
A-Z, 1963
A-Z, 1964
A-O, 1965
P-Z, 1965
A-Z, 1966
A-Z, 1967
A-Z, 1968

Series 2: Subject File, 1943-1959Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
Abruzzi Foundation, 1953-1954
Advisory Board-Station, 1954
Budget, 1954-1955
Correspondence: Mt. Vernon, 1953-1954
Correspondence: Puyallup, 1953-1955
Correspondence: Unspecified, 1952-1957
County Agent, Clark, 1952-1954
Cowlitz County, 1950-1954
Crop and Soil Recommendation, 1951
Fertility Committee-Statewide, 1953-1954
Flat Pea, 1953
Fluorine Prospects, 1957-1959
Forage Committee, 1952-1954
Forestry and Range, 1956
Infiltration Data; 1954
Irrigation Data, 1955-1956
Lime, 1951
Leaflets, 1951-1955
Midwest Barley Improvement, 1953-1955
New Bulletin Lists, 1953-1955
Projects, 1953
Organizational Correspondence, 1944-1950
Outlying Testing Program, 1953-1954
Planting Data Calculation, 1949
Project Reports, 1953-1957
Publications Procedures, 1953-1954
Publicity, 1956
Red Russian Wheat, 1953
Severe's Pasture Plots, 1946-1947
Silage, 1943, 1951-1955
Soil Moisture, n.d.
Soil Sampling, 1955-1956
Soil Test Results, 1953-1955
Speech, 1952
Thompson's Seeder, 1943
Turf and Lawn, 1952
Weeds, 1952

Series 3: Staff Correspondence Files, 1965-1975Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
Allmendinger, D. F., 1959-1960
Crandall, Perry, 1965-1967, 1973-1975
Wolf, Glenn, 1965-1968

Series 4: Project Reports, 1943-1964Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
Barley Varieties, 1955
Bean Data, 1959-1960
Field Day Programs, 1948-1964
Horticulture Reports, 1943, 1950-51
Mechanical Pole Bean Harvester Data, 1956-1962
Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1959
Pole Bean Harvester Data, 1959, 1960
Washington Irrigation, 1945
Winter Injury Report, 1955

Series 5: Photographs, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
Cherries under microscope, n.d.
Chromosomes, negatives and data, 1958
Facility and personnel, n.d.
Negatives, microphotography, n.d.
Negatives, photographic research, n.d.
Prints, photographic research, n.d.
Christmas trees, prints and negatives, n.d.

Series 6: Data Ledger, 1946-1967Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Data concerning projects and experiments, 1946-1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top