Doelle Family Photographs, 1910-1941

Overview of the Collection

Doelle Family
Doelle Family Photographs
1910-1941 (inclusive)
.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
PC 176 (collection)
Photographs and ephemeral documents from the Doelle family’s attendance of Washington State College in 1910-1912 and 1939-1941. Primarily deals with fraternity and sorority life.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Henry Doelle graduated from Washington State College (1912 Mining), and went on to become managing director and vice president of British Columbia‘s Sheep Creek Mines.

Doelle had two daughters. Dorothy ('41 English) was a member of Gamma Alpha Chi, the Advertising Club, Panhellenic and Spurs. The other daughter, Shirleigh ('41 General Studies) was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and later was employed by Boeing in drafting.

Shirleigh’s son, Don Lynch, also graduated from Washington State University (’79).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists primarily of photographs and postcards of Washington State College collected by two generations of the Doelle family, from 1910-1912 (25 images), and from 1937-1941 (about 46 images). It also includes about 15 dance cards and other ephemeral documents from 1938-1941.

Henry E. Doelle attended WSC in 1909-1912, and was a founding member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and on the wrestling team. The majority of the items in this timeframe relate to those two activities.

Henry’s daughters, Dorothy and Shirleigh, attended WSC in 1937-1941. Shirleigh was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and the majority of the items in this era appear to be hers, and to relate to her sorority.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Doelle Family Photographs, 1910-1941

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The 1937-1941 materials are placed first in this collection, solely because the more fragile 1910-1912 materials are better preserved by being at the back of the box.

The 1937-1941 materials are broken into three small series. Dance cards are first, organized chronologically. Following that are a series of documents and then a series of photographs and postcards, each of which is organized alphabetically by subject.

The 1910-1912 photographs and postcards occupy a single folder.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on April 1, 2019 by Don Lynch, son of Shirleigh Doelle. They were retained as UPC-1901.

Future Additions

Don Lynch has indicated that at some point in the future he may donate his own WSU materials, which might be then added into this collection.

Processing Note

This collection was processed in April, 2019 by University Archivist Mark O’English.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Dance Cards, 1938-1941Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4

Series 2: Documents, 1939-1941Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 5
Graduation, 1941
1 6
Letters, programs, articles, 1941
1 7
Phone lists, 1939-1941
1 8
Songs and music, 1939-1941

Series 3: Photographs and Postcards, 1937-1941Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 9
Delta Delta Delta, 1940-1941
1 10
Delta Delta Delta, large images, 1939-1941
1 11
Graduation and campus, 1940-1941
1 12
Postcards, general campus, 1937-1941

Photographs and Postcards, 1910-1912Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 13

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Greek letter societies--Washington (State)--Pullman--History

Personal Names

  • Doelle, Dorothy
  • Doelle, Henry E.
  • Doelle, Shirleigh

Corporate Names

  • Delta Delta Delta--History--Sources
  • Gamma Alpha Chi--History--Sources
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity--History--Sources
  • State College of Washington--Students--History--Sources
  • State College of Washington--Wrestling--History--Sources
  • Washington State University--Students--History--Sources
  • Washington State University--Wrestling--History--Sources

Family Names

  • Doelle Family

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Doelle, Dorothy (creator)
    • Doelle, Henry E. (creator)
    • Doelle, Shirleigh (creator)
    • Lynch, Don (creator)