Stanley A. Smith Papers, 1924-1943

Overview of the Collection

Smith, Stanley Albert, 1889-
Stanley A. Smith Papers
1924-1943 (inclusive)
1 Linear foot of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
Cage 888 (collection)
This collection contains documents generated by off-campus projects Stanley Smith undertook in his role as a Washington State College (later Washington State University) architect. The collection also includes materials generated by projects Smith undertook through his private practice, Smith & Rounds which later became Smith & Weller.
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

Stanley Albert Smith was born in Brookville, Kansas November 25, 1889. He attended Kansas State College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1913, and immediately became an instructor at the college from 1913 to 1920. Smith held professor positions at several universities, including North Dakota Agricultural College (later NDSU), 1920-1923, and the State College of Washington (WSC, later Washington State University), 1923-1955.

While at WSC, Smith was the Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering and the second University Architect, from 1923-1947. While University Architect, he completed fourteen major buildings and fraternity houses. These included: Commons Hall, Duncan Dunn Hall, Bohler Gymnasium, Troy Hall, Hollingbery Field House, Honors Hall, Washington Building, Smith Gymnasium, the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, the Central Steam Plant, Waller Hall, Wilmer-Davis Hall, Pine Manor, and L. J. Smith Hall (Smith Agricultural Engineering Building)." In 1947, the increased load of building work at WSC, Smith resigned as University Architect and concentrated on his position as Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Additionally, Smith took on projects for private homes and commercial buildings in and around the town of Pullman. Many of these projects, both on and off campus, were undertaken by Smith’s private practices: Smith & Rounds in the 1920s during which Fred G. Rounds, an assistant professor of architecture at WSC, worked as Smith’s partner, and Smith & Weller in the 1930s during which Harry C. Weller, also architectural engineering faculty at WSC, worked as Smith’s partner. Occasionally during the 1930s, Smith and Rounds continued to collaborate on projects, including the addition to Pullman High School in the 1930s. This project was undertaken in part through a Public Works Administration (PWA) grant. The addition to the high school was carried out from 1933-1934, less than a year after the passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act which created the PWA.

Following his position at WSC, Smith became the architectural advisor to the Ataturk University Development Committee in Erzurum, Turkey, which in turn advised the Turkish Ministry of Education in the planning of the new university. This development was a joint Turkish-American effort to strengthen education and research in Turkey at the university level at Ankara University and Ataturk University. In 1954 the University of Nebraska was asked to assist with this effort under the university's Agency for International Development (A.I.D.) contract.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists primarily of records pertaining to Stanley Smith’s construction and remodeling projects for buildings near the WSC campus and in the larger Pullman community. These materials include blueprints, heating calculations, correspondence between Smith and his clients, a job index of some of the work done by Smith during this time period, and statements of accounts for services rendered, especially consultation services. The majority of the materials in this collection pertain to Greek Housing just off-campus and to the Pullman High School addition and remodeling that took place from 1933-1934. This collection also contains some correspondence from Smith’s private practice in the 1920s, Smith & Rounds, and in the 1930s, Smith & Weller.

Series 1 consists of correspondence from Smith’s private practice, including correspondence belonging to his partners: Rounds (partner in the 1920s) and Weller (partner in the 1930s).

Series 2 consists of materials pertaining to construction of specific houses near campus as well as buildings in and around Pullman. Series 2 is arranged into two subseries. Subseries 2.1 consists of materials on the construction/remodeling of Greek Housing, private residences, and small businesses in and near Pullman. Subseries 2.2 consists of materials pertaining to the addition and remodeling of Pullman High School.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]

Stanley A. Smith Papers, 1924-1943 (Cage 888)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged in two series.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections on December 14, 1988 by the WSU Architecture School and retained as accession UA88-47.

Processing Note

This collection was processed in October 2017 by Laura Briere.

Separated Materials

This collection was separated from other materials (originally twenty-one additional boxes) in UA 88-47 during processing. These other records contain materials from Washington State College’s Architectural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments from the 1910s-1950s and include some of Stanley Smith’s WSC-associated correspondence and class materials.

Related Materials

Stanley A. Smith Papers, 1954-1963 (Cage 138)

Stanley A. Smith Papers, circa 1900-1946 (Cage 875)

A. E. Drucker House Architectural Drawings, 1927-1928 (Cage 958)

Stanley A. Smith Oral History Interview, 1960 October (Cage 2072)

State College of Washington University Architect Records, 1923-1956 (Archives 239)

State College of Washington Department of Architectural Engineering Lantern Slides, 1927-1947 (PC 25)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: Business correspondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Smith & Rounds, General correspondence
1 2
Smith & Weller, General correspondence
1 3
Architectural Forum Articles, Correspondence

Series 2: Construction projectsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 2.1: Pullman area (job number listed parenthetically, where given)
Box Folder
1 4
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House (1006)
1 5
Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority House (1007)
1 6
Chi Omega Sorority House, Alterations (1012)
1 7
Chi Omega Sorority House, Design Proposal Corr. (1012)
1 8
Henry Holtz Residence (1013)
1 9
C.C. Todd Residence (1014)
1 10
C.C. Todd Residence, Heating Calculations (1014)
1 11
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House, "Specifications for an Addition to the Residence" (1015)
1 12
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House, Repairs (1015)
1 13
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House, Heating Calculations (1015)
1 14
A. A. Cleveland Residence (1020)
1 15
Dr. J.L. Gilleland Office, Alterations (1021)
1 16
Sigma Kappa Sorority House-General Construction (1022)
1 17
Herbert Kimbrough Residence, Alterations (1024)
1 18
O. P. Ricketts Residence, Heating Calculations (1026)
1 19
Tourtellotte & Hummel, Washington Hotel, Superintendents (1034)
1 20
H.E. Culver Residence, A. E. Drucker Residence, B.L. Steele Residence (1035-1037)
1 21
B. L. Steele Residence, Heating Calculations (1037)
1 22
Sigma Chi Fraternity House, Heating Calculations (1038)
1 23
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, Construction (1040)
1 24
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, Heating Calculations (1040)
1 25
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, Repairs (1040)
1 26-27
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House, Construction (1045)
1 28
Walter Berger, Berger's Garage Plans (1048)
1 29
Mrs. Lloy Southworth Garage, Palouse, Construction (1049)
1 30
Mrs. Lloy Southworth Garage, Palouse, Drawings and Calculations (1049)
1 31
Baptist Church, Correction of Plans (1050)
1 32
Dean Edward C. Johnson Residence, Alterations (1051)
1 33
Dr. A. J. Herbst Residence, Consultation (1055)
1 34
Dr. J.L. Gilleland Office, Consultation (1056)
1 35
Henry Holztz Residence (1057)
1 36
Sigma Kappa Sorority House (1059)
1 37
Sigma Kappa Sorority House, Heating Calculations (1059)
1 38
Frank T. Barnard Residence (1063)
1 39
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House, Construction
1 40
Albert W. Thompson Residence, Construction and Remodel
1 41
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Dodderidge Residence, White City, Kansas (1102)
1 42
Harry C. Weller Residence, "Specifications for Mechanical Equipment" (1115)
1 43
Kappa Delta Sorority House, "Mechanical Specifications"
1 44
Paul Anderson Residence
1 45
L. K. Jones Residence (1132)
1 46
Harry B. Carroll Residence
1 47
Robert Neil Residence (1135)
1 48
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House (1136)
1 48
James G. Woodburn Residence, Renovation [Occupied by Otis McCreery]
1 49
Washington Hotel, Pullman, Maintenance
Subseries 2.2: Pullman High School
Box Folder
1 50
Pullman High School, Correspondence with owners
1 51
Pullman High School, Howard Haskell, General Contractor
1 52
Pullman High School, Bidders
1 53
Pullman High School, Delong Co., Heating System
1 54
Pullman High School, Edward Lybeckers, Electrical System
1 55
Pullman High School, William Franzen, Plumbing System
1 56
Pullman High School, Plumbing Fixtures
1 57
Pullman High School, Hardware
1 58
Pullman High School, Extension Agreements
1 59
Pullman High School, Stanley Smith-Fred Rounds Correspondence
1 60
Pullman High School, Contracts, Estimates, Certificates - General
1 61
Pullman High School, Contracts, Estimates, Certificates - Electrical
1 62
Pullman High School, Contracts, Estimates, Certificates - Heating
1 63
Pullman High School, Contracts, Estimates, Certificates - Plumbing
1 64
Pullman High School, Duplicate Forms

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Architecture
  • Greek letter societies -- Washington (State) -- Pullman

Personal Names

  • Smith, Stanley Albert, 1889- -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • Pullman High School (Pullman, Wash.)