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Office of the Registrar Reports, 1917-1974
Overview of the Collection
- Washington State University. Office of the Registrar
- Office of the Registrar Reports
- 1917-1974 (inclusive)19171974
- 3.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (4 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Archives 353 (collection)
- The collection contains both summary reports generated by the Office of the Registrar at Washington State College, as well as records held there. This is one of the few places that any sort of comprehensive year-by-year data can be found predating the computer era.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
The majority of this collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Washington State University was founded as the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science in 1890, though it was known as Washington State College for most of the period covered by the papers in this collection. During World War II, the campus both continued providing college educations but also served as a military training facility for the United States' Armed Forces. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for handling student records; the role of the registrar dates to the earliest days of the campus, though the first registrar also served a secretarial role. Today it's responsible for virtually all non-medical student data.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains both summary reports generated by the Office of the Registrar at Washington State College, as well as records held there. This is one of the few places that any sort of comprehensive year-by-year data can be found predating the computer era. In addition to one overall summary data volume dealing with multiple subjects, the collections contains reports on admissions, enrollment, advanced standing, registration, and summer school, with data often broken down by sex, origin of the student, student standing in school, veteran status, and school or origin (for transfer students).
The collection also holds numerous papers relating to courses taught on campus during the World War II years, both through WSC and through the military. They appear to have primarily been retained to aid the Registrar in later assigning transfer credits. Information on early distance education ("Correspondence Courses") can be found here as well.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Copyright may apply. Several grade sheets are held in the military series in this collection; those have been retained in their appropriate folders, but placed in sealed and labeled envelopes. Material in those grade sheets is protected under FERPA during the lifetime of the students involved.
[Item Description] Office of the Registrar Reports, 1917-1974 (Archives 353)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in several informal series and subseries, organized by subject matter. Series 1, in box 1 contains papers once held in the Registrar's Office, dealing with World War II education, distance education, and then a few single folders dealing with other topics. Series 2, in boxes 2 to 4, contains statistical reports and data from that office, broken down by subject matter and then by date within that.
The materials in this collection, along with a variety of student grade books and some Regents Minutes, were given to MASC by Dave Guzman of the Washington State University Registrar's Office on June 17, 1996, and retained as accession UA1996-12. In July 2015 they were separated from the other materials and processed.
This collection was processed by Evelyn Moos and University Archivist Mark O'English.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Papers and RecordsReturn to Top
World War II Training at WSC
Army Specialized Training Program - Courses. 1943-1945
Army Specialized Training Program - U.S. Army Radio Gunnery School. 1942-1945
Engineering, Science, and Management War Training - Boeing Drafting course. 1942-1945
Engineering, Science, and Management War Training - Engineering Defense Training. 1941-1945
Army Air Forces Training. 1943-1963
Civilian Pilot Training. 1942
Air Force/WSC Intensive Japanese Language course. 1942-1953
Extension courses - Spokane. 1919-1951
Correspondence Course Bulletins. 1919-1933
Correspondence Course Bulletins. 1935-1942
Miscellaneous Papers and Reports
Committee of Twenty-Five. 1951
German teacher training. 1953
Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. "Survey of the Academic Experiences of Athletes in the Pacific Conference." 1953
Teaching Certificate requirements. 1922-1943
Series 2: Statistical Reports and DataReturn to Top
Office Procedures and Statistical Data (2 bound copies). Explanation of record-keeping and office procedure for the Office of the Registrar, followed by summary statistical data from 1919-1932 for student enrollment. Includes charts and graphs. 1932
Summary annual data by student location. 1916-1928
Summary semester data by student location and classification. 1925-1947
Applications for admission. Summary semester data by student sex and classification. 1918-1946
Summary annual data by originating institution or country. 1917-1944
Summary annual data by originating institution. 1917-1934
Summary annual data by originating institution. 1934-1946
Summary semester data by originating institution. 1926-1934
Summary semester data by originating institution. 1934-1947
Summary semester data by department. 1926-1947
Registration. Daily tallies. 1947-1950 includes tallies by student locations and veteran status. 1918-1950
Summary data by sex, veteran status, and classification. 1947-1961
Summer School. Summary data. Varies each year but often includes sex, department, and student location. Also includes directory of enrollees.
Enrollment. Daily tallies. Includes data by sex, standing, and veteran status. 1919-1974.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Universities and colleges -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- Administration.
- Washington State University -- Administration.
- Washington State University -- History.
- Washington State University -- Students.
- Washington State University. Office of the Registrar -- Records and correspondence.