William C. Ruegnitz papers, 1906-1944

Overview of the Collection

Ruegnitz, William C.
William C. Ruegnitz papers
1906-1944 (inclusive)
1.68 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number
Forester, labor organization leader
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ruegnitz was a forester and a labor organization leader. He served as Western representative for Bates & Rogers Construction Company, 1903 to 1915; secretary and manager of the Loyal Legion of Loggers & Lumbermen, 1921 to 1926; president of the Loyal Legion of Loggers & Lumbermen, 1926 to 1936; and secretary and manager of Columbia Basin Sawmills and Columbia Basin Loggers from 1937 onward.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, business records, a notebook, and other material relating to the construction and lumber industries, including the activities of labor unions in the lumber industry.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged in 2 accessions:

  • Accession No. 4205-001, William C. Ruegnitz papers, 1917-1944
  • Accession No. 4205-002, William C. Ruegnitz notebook, 1906-1915

Related Materials

Two scrapboook volumes created by Ruegnitz are held in the scrapbook collection of the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Accession No. 4205-001: William C. Ruegnitz papers, 1917-1944Return to Top

1.47 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, some printed material, and business records, all reflecting Ruegnitz's interest in labor relations in the Northwest lumber industry. His activities as an officer of lumbermen associations and a sawmill are also documented.

William C. Ruegnitz papers

Accession No. 4205-002: William C. Ruegnitz notebook, 1906-1915Return to Top

.21 cubic feet (1 box)

Acquisition Info: Source: Robert Hansen, June 2008.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Scope and Content: This personal notebook belonging to W. C. Ruegnitz contains bids and other materials, such as notes for construction projects in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Canado on behalf of Bates & Rogers Construction Company (based in Chicago, Illinios). The bids include details about the locations (highlights include the Fremont Avenue Bridge and projects for the Great Northern Railway Company and Northern Pacific Railway Company), lists of materials and their estimated cost.

William C. Ruegnitz notebook

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Foresters--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Labor leaders--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Labor movement--Washington (State)
  • Labor unions--Washington (State)
  • Labor--Washington (State)
  • Lumber trade--Washington (State)
  • Lumbermen--Labor unions--Washington (State)
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Ruegnitz, William C.--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company (creator)
    • Weyerhaeuser Timber Company (creator)