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- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Agricultural Extension Service Pullman Weather Data, 1893-1961
Overview of the Collection
- State College of Washington. Department of Extension
- Agricultural Extension Service Pullman Weather Data
- 1893-1961 (inclusive)18931961
- .5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
- Collection Number
- Archives 276 (collection)
- The collection presents weather recordings taken in Pullman at the Agricultural College (later further specified as the Soil Conservation Experimental Station) from 1893-1961.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The College of Agriculture and the Experiment Station each began as part of the Washington Agricultural College, Experiment Station, and School of Science in 1892. Extension work (originally referred to as Agricultural Extension) at WSU (then WSC) was authorized in 1913 by state legislation. WSU's Institute of Agricultural Sciences combined Extension, Agriculture, and other departments in 1946, but was dissolved into its component departments in 1965 at which point Agricultural Extension was renamed as Cooperative Extension in 1965 and simply as WSU Extension in 2003. In Pullman, early weather recordings were done by people affiliated with the Experiment Station; Professor John A Balmer took many of the early readings.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection is broken into four series: Climatological Observation Records, Characteristics of Principle Storms, Temperature and Wind Movement, and Wind Movement Data. They present readings taken in Pullman at the Agricultural College (later further specified as the Soil Conservation Experimental Station) from 1893-1961.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item Description] Agricultural Extension Service Pullman Weather Data, 1893-1961 (UA 276)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Series One consists of Climatological Observation Records from February 1893 to December 1961, excepting the entire decade of the 1930s, which is missing. The title of these forms changes over the years, from USDA Weather Bureau Voluntary Observers' Meteorological Record to Extention Observers' Meteorological Record to Monthly Climatological Report. They include daily data on temperature minimums and maximums, precipitation, wind direction, "character of day," and other remarks.
Series Two is Characteristics of Principle Storms forms from 1932-1956. These forms tally individual storms on a daily basis, including duration in hours, total inches of precipitation, and intensity of precipitation throughout the storms' duration.
Series Three consists of Temperature and Wind Movement records from 1936-1954. These forms record daily temperature maximums and minimums, and wind movement in miles.
Series Four is Wind Movement Data, 1912-1948. These forms tally daily wind movement in miles.
These materials were transfered to MASC by Sheila Brooks of WSU's Agricultural Research Center on July 17, 2009, and retained as UA2009-14. The reports had been in the College of Agriculture's storage space in the attic of Wilson Hall for an unknown time; their prior provenance is unknown.
This collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in July of 2009.
Reproductions of the forms in Series One, at least for 1893-1949 and 1957-1959, can be found online through the National Climactic Data Center (select Washington and then Pullman and the year range needed), but are freely available there only to certain users; on campus WSU users may freely access these. In early years these are reproductions of these forms (though each version includes some notes not on the other), and in later years the online versions are typed versions while MASC holds the print originals.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Climatological Observation Records Return to Top
Feb. 1893 - 1899
1900 - 1909
1910 - 1919
1920 - 1929
1940 - 1949
1950 - 1959
1960 - 1961
Series 2: Characteristics of Principle Storms Return to Top
Oct. 1932 - 1956
Series 3: Temperature and Wind Movement Return to Top
1936 - 1939
1940 - 1944
1945 - 1949
1950 - Feb. 1954
Series 4: Wind Movement Data Return to Top
Apr. 1912 - Dec. 1948
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Pullman (Wash.) -- Climate -- Statistics.
- Pullman (Wash.) -- Climate -- Tables.
- Washington (State) -- Climate -- Statistics.
- Washington (State) -- Climate -- Tables.
- Balmer, John A. (creator)
- Washington State University. Cooperative Extension. (creator)