General Extension Service Bureau of Correspondence Courses Course Materials, 1959-1973

Overview of the Collection

General Extension Service Bureau of Correspondence Courses Course Materials
1959-1973 (inclusive)
2 linear feet of shelf space, (4 boxes), (44 course guides)
Collection Number
Archives 364 (collection)
Course “study guides,” or syllabi, lectures, and other instructional materials, for a variety of mail-based courses offered by Washington State University.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The State College of Washington’s Extension Service was authorized by the state in 1913, primarily as a means for the college to reach farmers and homemakers who could not come to Pullman. A 1919 reorganization added a focus on non-agricultural extension, the General Extension Service. This department uses a variety of methods to reach students who could not attend the college in person in daytime hours. These included classes offered in other cities, notably Spokane, Tri-Cities, and at various Experiment Stations; night courses; workshops, institutes, and conferences; and correspondence classes offered by mail. The General Extension Service would eventually morph through the Office of Continuing University Studies (1975), Continuing Education and Public Service (between 1982 and 1985); Extended Degree Program (within the Office of Continuing University Studies); Distance Degree Program (2001); WSU Online (2010); and the Global Campus (2013).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of “course guides” for a variety of correspondence courses taught by mail through Washington State University. The guides consists of syllabi, lectures, tests, study materials, and other information the students would need to take the course.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Bureau of Correspondence Courses Course Materials, 1959-1973

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are arranged alphabetically by course number.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were compiled and preliminarily listed on July 3, 1979, by someone with initials P.M.G. They were moved to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) sometime prior to 2001, but their precise provenance is unknown.

Processing Note

The collection was processed in July, 2016 by University Archivist Mark O’English. A small amount of supplemental readings, not associated with any of the courses in this collection, were discarded in processing. Ten additional course guides which had been individually retained in WSU Publications 83 (General Extension Service) were incorporated into this collection at that time.

Related Materials

A small amount of materials from the General Extension Service can be found in the WSU Publications collections, as WSU 83.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Architecture 101x--Graphic Communication 1971
2 Architecture 310x--Housing 1972
3 Business Administration 210x--Law and Business I 1971
4 Business Administration 230x--Principles of Accounting I 1964
5 Business Administration 231x--Principles of Accounting II 1964
6 Business Administration 311x--Law of Commercial Transactions 1971
7 Business Administration 360x--Functional Analysis of Business: Marketing 1964
8 Civil Engineering 211x--Statics 1972
9 Communications 220x--Introduction to Journalism 1968
10 Electrical Engineering 261x--Electrical Circuits I 1972
11 English 101x--Intermediate Composition 1962
12 English 201x--English Composition 1962
2 13 English 255x--English Grammar 1966
14 English 421x--Romantic Poetry 1965
15 English 422x--Victorian Poetry 1962
16 English 427x--The English Novel from Defoe to Meredith 1973
17 Entomology 340x--Agricultural Entomology 1965
18 Food and Nutrition 130x--Nutrition for Man 1971
19 French 101x--First Semester French 1972
20 Geography 105x--Fundamentals of Economic Geography 1969
21 History 101x--Europe 1500-1815 1971
22 History 102x--Europe Since 1815 1971
23 History 455x--Political and Social History of the Pacific Northwest 1968
24 Horticulture 130x--Home Flower Gardening undated (between 1945 and 1965)
3 25 Horticulture 220x--Vegetable Crops 1964
26 Horticulture 260x--Home Landscape Design 1963
27 Humanities 101x--An Integrated Course in the Humanities. 1970
28 Mathematics 001x--Elementary Algebra 1961
29 Mathematics 002x--Elementary Algebra 1961
30 Mathematics 101x--Intermediate Algebra 1962
31 Mathematics 102x--Plane Trigonometry 1963
32 Mathematics 104x--Analytic Geometry undated (1960 or later)
33 Mechanical Engineering 210x--Materials and Processes 1972
4 34 Mechanical Engineering 301x--Thermodynamics 1972
35 Music 051x--Intermediate Harmony 1968
36 Music 310x--History of Music 1960
37 Political Science 101x--American National Government 1969
38 Psychology 306x--Industrial Psychology 1965
39 Psychology 350x--Social Psychology undated (1954 or later)
40 Social Studies 007x--A Course in Current World Problems, Geography, and History undated (1956 or later)
41 Sociology 102x--Social Problems 1959
42 Sociology 160x--Contemporary Social Problems 1967
43 Sociology 230x--Criminal Behavior 1959
44 Zoology 061x--Principles of Pest Control 1960

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