Roy Adams WSC Cadet Photographs, 1900-1942

Overview of the Collection

Adams, Roy G., 1877-1919
Roy Adams WSC Cadet Photographs
1900-1942 (inclusive)
0.25 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
PC 194 (collection)
Sixteen photographs primarily of military cadet training on the campus of Washington State University in the first decade of the nineteenth century, plus four military photos and documents from the 1930s and 1940s.
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

Roy Gay Adams (1877-1919) of Fairfield, WA, was part of the WSU (then WAC) preparatory (high school) school program from 1899 until he graduated in June of 1902, and then entered college proper and received a B.A. in Agriculture from WSU (by then WSC) in June 1906. He was active in the campus military cadets throughout his time at WSU, advancing to cadet colonel by the time he left. He engaged in a career in agriculture after graduation, including two and a half years as an extension agricultural agent in Adams County. In March 1919, he died after contracting influenza. His three children included Roy M. Adams (1915-1984).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The materials primarily depict cadet life and activities, on the WSU campus and at their annual encampments, from 1900-1906, when Roy G. Adams attended. The materials were collected by Roy G. Adams; he was not the photographer for any of them. A few photos and documents come from military activities of his son, Roy M. Adams, from 1933-1942.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

As the creator of most of these materials is unknown, those materials remain under copyright for 120 years from their date of creation.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Roy Adams WSC Cadet Photographs, 1900-1942 (PC 194)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are in subject-based folders, filed alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

Milton L. Wagy of Shoreline, WA, purchased these materials in an auction in Seattle. He donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on January 25th, 2021, where they were retained as UPC 21-01.

Processing Note

University Archivist Mark O’English processed this collection in February, 2021. The two photographs of Roy M. Williams had been glued to a sheet with descriptions of the photos; that original layout was photocopied prior to the images being removed from the sheet, and the photocopy is included in the collection.

Related Materials

Other images from WSU military cadets can be found in a number of places, most notably in the ROTC series in the WSU Photographs, Subject File, 1892-1999, PC 4.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Cadets.
3 images
1 2 Cadets, groups.
4 images
1902 and undated
1 3 Encampment, Camp Bryan, Clarkston, WA.
4 images
1 4 Groups.
2 images
1900 and undated
1 5 Portraits, Roy G. Adams.
3 images
1 6 Roy M. Adams. 2 images, plus a WSC military training certificate, and a U.S. army medical replacement training center specialist school certificate (Camp Barkeley, TX).
4 items
1 7 Donor information and family research. 2020

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Military cadets -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- History
  • Military education -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- History

Personal Names

  • Adams, Roy G., 1877-1919 -- Archives
  • Adams, Roy M., 1915-1984 -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • Washington State University. Department of Military Science -- History