Fred C. Ashley Papers, 1941-1970

Overview of the Collection

Ashley, Fred C., 1899-
Fred C. Ashley Papers
1941-1970 (inclusive)
10.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (21 Boxes)
Collection Number
Cage 294 (collection)
Correspondence, clippings, notes, reports and other papers of Washington State Representative, and Spokane based real estate appraiser, Fred C. Ashley. Subjects include real estate and appraisals, professional organizations, politics and government. Included are some papers of his business partner, W. J. Carrothers.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

Fred C. Ashley: a Register of His Papers, 1941-1970 in the Washington State University Library. Pullman [Wash.]: The Library, 1971.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Fred C. Ashley was born in Spokane in 1899. After his graduation from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, he was commissioned an U.S. Army balloon officer, but the war ended before he had an active assignment. After the end of World War I, he returned to Spokane and was employed by several firms in the automotive and insurance fields until 1938. In that year, he organized his own real estate business. In the 1950's he specialized in real estate appraisals and he and his associates became active in condemnation proceedings involving public works projects. Ashley ultimately became one of the leading figures in the appraisal profession and in recognition was elected to senior membership in the American Society of Appraisers, an organization of which he was regional governor from 1964 to 1968. As an adjunct to his real estate interests, he was a developer and builder of residential homes in Spokane during the early 1940's. He was also a rancher in the Colville area from 1946 to 1963.

Ashley entered politics as a Republican about 1940. He served in the Washington State Legislature as representative from Spokane County from 1942 to 1947. He sponsored the Teacher's Retirement System Law of 1947 and several pieces of aviation legislation. He also authored a wartime resolution commending the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. About 1948, Ashley became a Democrat, and from 1952 to 1958, he served as Stevens County Democratic Chairman. He was an organizer of the 1952 Adlai Stevenson campaign and a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention. He ran unsuccessfully for the Washington State Senate in 1954 and 1958, and in 1960 was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Congressman representing the Fifth District of Washington.

Active in the public electric power movement in both Washington and Idaho, Ashley was for a time a member of the Bonneville Power Administration Advisory Committee. He received another important appointment in 1959 when he was made a member of the Washington State Advisory Board on Public Assistance, and remained a member until its dissolution in 1965. He also held appointment as Director of the Stevens County Civil Defense Unit for several years during the 1950's.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Fred C. Ashley are concerned with his various activities from 1941 to 1970. Approximately one-half relates to real estate appraisals performed by Ashley, or his associate W. J. Carrothers, during the 1950's and 1960's. Although this material contains some private appraisals, much of it is concerned with public works projects, such as the John Day Dam, the Albeni Falls Dam and various highway construction projects.

The collection also contains material related to Ashley's work as a representative of Spokane County in the state legislature; personal papers and photographs; and professional papers relevant to real estate and appraisal organizations, especially the American Society of Appraisers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Literary rights in the unpublished writings and other properties in this collection are reserved by Washington State University Library.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Fred C. Ashley Papers, 1941-1970 (Cage 294)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is organized into seven series. The appraisal papers, as well as certain real estate transaction records, have been retained in Ashley's working arrangement. The remaining series are subdivided by subjects and arranged chronologically within.

Acquisition Information

>The Washington State University Library was gifted these papers by Fred C. Ashley in 1970.

Related Materials

Fred C. Ashley Papers, 1943-1977 (Cage 501)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Political and Governmental Papers.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
This sub-series contains personal political correspondence relative to the Washington State Legislature, the Washington State Democratic Party, the National Democratic Convention of 1956, political appointments and expressions of opinion. Included is correspondence with Mon Walgren, Arthur B. Langlie, Albert Rosellini, Lon Johnson, Daniel Evans, Warren Magnuson, Henry Jackson, Tom Foley, Don Magnuson, Luke Wright, Adlai Stevenson, Averell Harriman, Stuart Symington, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey, and others.
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
Box Folder
2 6
The "Palestine Resolution". Copies of House Joint Memorial No. 1, 1944 Session, letters of support for the resolution and printed material relative to the Palestine situation.
2 7
1947 Legislature Session Bills, with changes and revisions noted.
3 8
Stevens County Democratic Party
3 9
Election returns and maps
3 10
Democratic National Convention
3 11
Clippings and Pamphlets
3 12
State Senate Campaigns
1954, 1958
3 13
Campaign for United States Congress
3 14
Political Miscellaneous
State Advisory Board on Public Assistance.
This sub-series contains correspondence with members of the Board and with officials of the Department of Public Assistance, reports of the Board, minutes of meetings and supplementary information collected for the Board's consideration.
Box Folder
4 15
4 16
4 17
5 18
5 19

Series 2: Professional Papers.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
American Society of Appraisers.
Letters, printed materials, circulars and reports of the American Society of Appraiser's Northwest Regional Office, both before and during Ashley's tenure as Regional Governor. Also included is correspondence of the various local chapters that made up the regional unit.
Box Folder
6 20
Regional Office
6 21
Regional Office
6 22
Regional Office
7 23
Regional Office
7 24
Regional Office
7 25
Regional Office
7 26
Billings Chapter
7 27
Vancouver, B.C. Chapter
7 28
Portland Chapter
7 29
Seattle Chapter
7 30
Spokane Chapter
Box Folder
8 31
Real Estate Organizations. This group contains papers relative to the Spokane Realty Board, National Association of Realty Boards, Idaho Realty Board, National Association of Farm and Land Brokers, and the Spokane Real Estate Trader's Club
8 32
American Right-of-Way Association

Series 3: Personal Papers and PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 33
Personal papers.
This group contains some "random" papers relative to Ashley's insurance policies, charities, book clubs and activities. Included is material from the American Platform Association, a public speaking group, and the text of a speech on the mental health of financial executives. Also included are Ashley resumes and a short biographical sketch.
8 34
Portrait and photograph of Ashley, his family, and professional and political associates. Some identified. Included is a presentation portrait of Warren Magnuson.

Series 4: Business Papers, Miscellaneous.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 35
Account books, balance sheets, and expense and income statements
9 36
Taxation Reports
9 36
Federal income tax reports
9 36
Property tax reports
9 36
Unemployment insurance tax
9 36
Excise tax reports
9 37
Ranch. Deeds, mortgages, cattle and stock, brand registrations, and other papers related to purchase and sale of ranch.
10 38
Idaho Water Power Corporation Charter
10 39
Northwest Farmer's Supply. Profit and loss statement, inventory, and photograph.
10 40
Bill's Shell Station, Addy, WA. Bills, receipts, and legal papers.
10 41
Empire Building Company. Correspondence, legal papers, financial records and corporate minutes.
10 42
Security Homes, Inc.; Rental Homes, Inc.; Hollywood Homes, Inc. Taxation records, financial records.
10 43
Mining Investments

Series 5: Business Papers, Real EstateReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 44
11 45
11 46
Real Estate papers. Contracts, listings, sales agreements, earnest money agreements, correspondence.
Box Folder
11 47
Aa - Cl
11 48
Cm - Ly
11 49
McC - Wi

Series 6: Business Papers, AppraisalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 50
Letters relative to securing contracts, bills for services and correspondence related to appraisals.
Appraisal Notes, papers and reports
Box Folder
12 51
Aa - Car
12 52
Ce - Eastern Washington State College
13 53
Fo - General Services Administration
13 54
General Telephone - Hop
13 55
Hoq - Libby Dam
14 56
Los A - McG
14 57
Na - Ste
14 58
Washington State Highway Department
15 59
Washington State Highway Department
15 60
Washington State Highway Department
16 61
Washington State Highway Department - Yu
16 62-63
Comparable Sales Appraisals
17 64-65
Appraisals in Spokane
18 66
Appraisals in Spokane
16 67
Miscellaneous appraisal papers
18 68
Tribal Lands, Colville Reservation

Series 7: Papers of W. J. CarrothersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
19 69
Correspondence. Letters regarding appraisal contracts and bills for services.
Appraisal notes, papers, and reports.
Notes, reports, and maps relative to the John Day Dam, the Ice Harbor Dam, the Priest Rapids Dam, the Albeni Falls Dam, Bonneville Power Administration, the Kalispell and Cut Bank Air Force Station, and highway projects.
Box Folder
19 70-71
Washington State Highway Department
Federal Government (public works and military agencies)
Box Folder
20 72
20 73
20 74
21 75
Box Folder
21 76
Montana Highway Department

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Legislators -- Washington (State) -- Archives
  • Real estate business -- Washington (State) -- Spokane -- Records and correspondence
  • Real property -- Valuation -- Washington (State) -- Spokane -- Records and correspondence

Personal Names

  • Ashley, Fred C., 1899- -- Archives
  • Carrothers, W. J. -- Archives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Carrothers, W. J. (creator)