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Career Services Reports, 1923-1993
Overview of the Collection
- Career Services Reports
- 1923-1993 (inclusive)19231993
- .5 linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
- Collection Number
- Archives 365 (collection)
- Annual reports of Washington State University’s Career Services (or Placement Bureau) department, which assists graduates in finding employment. The reports compile field, location, and success rate data for the program, among other information.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Washington State University’s Placement Bureau has its roots in one department’s 1920s efforts to place teachers in jobs. The Business Administration and the Agriculture programs then asked for help in placing their graduates, and so the Placement Bureau was formed in about 1927 under the leadership of N.J. Aiken (jokingly referred to during the Great Depression as “No Job” Aiken). The Placement Bureau became Career Services in about 1973.
A multi-page 1946 report in the Summary Data, 1926-1946 folder near the end of this collection gives some information on the history of the program and how it functioned in that era.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists primarily of yearly summary data on the types of jobs student found through the placement center, as well as information on the students’ fields, locations of the jobs, and the success rate of the center. In the earliest years, the placement service focused more on filling teaching positions than anything else. Compiled information runs from 1923 to 1986, with two gaps, and is initially strictly data but grows more detailed and complex over time, moving from a half-page report for 1923-1924 to a 100 page report for 1985/1986. A few folders in the back of the collection compile portions of this data over 10 to 20 year periods in chart or table format.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Copyright restrictions apply.
[Item Description] Career Services Reports, 1923-1993 (Archives 365)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The reports are arranged chronologically, with a few folders of organizational data and compiled summary data located at the end of the collection. As data is usually, though not always, compiled for a school year (September to June), the folders are labeled with school year dates (e.g. “1943/1944”).
The material was retrieved by Debbie Edwards of the Washington State University Academic Success and Career Center after it was discarded circa 2010. She donated it to the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on July 28, 2016, and it was retained as accession UA2016-08.
The collection was processed in July, 2016 by University Archivist Mark O’English. Some loose reports were interfiled into appropriate date ranges, but otherwise the collection was retained as donated.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1923/1924 & 1924/1925|
|48||Organizational documents, 1991-1993|
|49||Summary data, 1926-1946|
|50||Summary data, 1961-1974|