Pacific Northwest Waterways Association records, 1907-2007  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Pacific Northwest Waterways Association records
1907-2007 (inclusive)
1933-1978 (bulk)
118 linear feet, (121 boxes, 2 map tubes, 6 loose scrapbooks)
Collection Number
This collection contains the record of the formation and subsequent organizational and lobbying efforts of the Inland Empire Waterways Association, later renamed the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1934 the Inland Empire Waterways Association was established as an advocacy group to represent the interests of the transportation industry, forestry, agriculture, energy producers, and local governments in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Most notably, they lobbied at the federal level for the construction of the locks and dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

In 1971, as the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the association was expanded to include Puget Sound and coastal members. Today, the association represent over 100 members in public and private sectors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and California. Members include public ports, navigation, transportation, international trade, tourism, agriculture, forest products, energy and local government interests.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contain the correspondence, reports, maps, financial records, and other materials pertaining to the meetings and the annual conferences held by the association between 1930 and 2007.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, in 1973, after 1978, and on March 28, 2007. The accession numbers are retro-0017 and 2007-033.

Processing Note

Original order, when preserved, has been followed. Some separated materials are noted.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Corporate records, 1907-1978Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
These files contain extensive correspondence and subject files for the association, which includes contacts with United States Congressmen, associated waterways organizations, and leaders in cities and towns concerned with development of the Pacific Northwest rivers. Reports of Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) hearings and state and U.S. congressional bills are contained here. In addition, river transportation discussions can be found here, from barges to bridges, freight rates to tonnage.
At least two donation groups resulted in the split arrangement. Both are per association alphabetizing. Boxes 1-33 contain correspondence from 1934-1957; boxes 34-41 contain correspondence from 1958-1977.
Freight rate commission record
Incomplete records of the Washington Public Service Commission hearing, cause number T-8332, docket number 29458, Inland Navigation Company versus Big Creek and Telocaset Railroad Company.
1949 November 21
Corporate records
Articles of incorporation and personnel biographical files for board members and regional county vice presidents.
Missions to Washington, D.C.
Records of lobbying efforts include contacts, donors, photographs, financial reports, statements, and agendas. Also found here are the records of testimony given to various governemnt agencies. The association also labeled these records "overall programs."

2:  Meetings records, 1934-1977Return to Top

Detailed records of each year's planning and organization, agendas, speeches, resolutions, committee reports, and board meetings.

Container(s) Description Dates
25 linear feet
Records of yearly meetings, including correspondence, planning notes, brochures, meeting notes, speeches, resolutions, finacial reports, photographs, registration materials, and plans and reports for visits to Washington, D.C.
Administrative records of resolutions.
International Conference on Water For Peace
Material on the World Meterological Organizations conference held in Washington, D.C.
May 1967

3:  Financial records, 1934-1972Return to Top

Records of receipts and expenditures.

Container(s) Description Dates
Expense vouchers
Banking records
This contains cancelled checks, check and deposit registers, bank statements, and deposit books. The most complete group is registers, which cover 1934-1967. Other items cover the time frame 1957-1971.
1935-1971; 1957-1971
89 1-5
Fiscal year cash books
1934-1959; 1961-1965
89 6-7
Financial statements
Receipt and expense ledger
This ledger is a record of an account with Baker-Boyer National Bank.
1934 March 1-1936 July
Membership account ledger
The account ledger kept by James W. Davis.
Employee payroll records
This contains material relating to social security taxes, unemployment compensation, and payroll.

4:  DedicationsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 71-77

This contains records of planning for dedications of dams the association lobbied for, as well as dedications of other construction projects in the Pacific Northwest.

5:  Northwest Rivers and Harbors Congress records, 1960-1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 95-98

These are the records of the organization that dissolved in 1971 and immediately joined the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.

6:  Membership recordsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 91-94

Contains loyalty oaths, biographical material, and membership and recruitment lists, from individuals, counties, and ports.

7:  Scrapbooks, 1933-1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 107

These scrapbooks contain clippings of newspaper articles pertaining to issues of interest to the association.

8:  Maps, photographs, and publications, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Photograph album
Album of images featuring Attalia Tank Farm, Port Kelley Wheat Elavators, and images of dam building and river travel.
99-100 MC.5.15
Photographs of dignitaries, dam dedications, river transportation, and association members attending meetings. Oversized items are rolled.
1-2 MC.5.15
Rolled and foldered maps of dam areas, dam dedication plans, maps of the Pacific Northwest, Corps of Engineers' surveys, and United States Geological Survey maps.
Publication materials
Promotional newsletters, flyers, programs, brochures, correspondence with printers, printing dies, and other print material. Also, there is a small section of what are labeled business books, to include a dictionary and a book detailing how to save estate and gift taxes.
Newspapers and other printed material
The newspapers are the 1968 Tri-Cities Herald John Day Dam Edition series.
John Day Dam concrete pour
Photographs and maps, with some notes.
Audio and visual recordings

Accession 2007-033, 1930-2007Return to Top

Container(s): Box 109-121

12.3 linear feet, (13 boxes and 2 reels)

This is an unprocessed addition to the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association records received in 2007. The materials include, annual reports, budgets, photographs of various sites, information from the Board of Executives, issues of "Nor'wester" a PNWA newsletter, correspondence, videos and audiotapes of meetings, agendas, and testimonies.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Anderson, H. Calvert
  • Baker, Charles F.
  • Cowan, Bruce L.
  • Davis, James W.
  • Magnuson, Warren Grant
  • West, Herbert G.

Corporate Names

  • Inland Empire Waterways Association
  • Oregon. Upper Columbia River Basin Commission
  • Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission
  • Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • United States. Bonneville Power Administration
  • Water Resource and Development Association
  • Water Resources Council (U.S.)
  • Western States Water Council