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Whitman College and Northwest Archives

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The Whitman College and Northwest Archives curates materials that document the history of Whitman College and the Walla Walla region as well as rare books and other special collections housed in the Penrose Library. The archives collects, preserves, provides access to, and promotes the use of these materials for teaching, learning, and research. The digitized collections in ARMINDA reflect a small portion of our overall collections. For a more complete list of our physical holdings, see our collection guides.

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The collection consists of images that show street scenes, buildings, harvest, landscapes, Whitman College and rural life. The Whitman Centennial and Pendleton Round-up are included. The 1931 Walla Walla flood is documented and a photograph album, sent to Washington, D.C. to document the need for the Mill Creek Project, is part of the collection. These photographs are a selection from the overall collection.
9 Items in Collection
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The William Denison Lyman Papers consists of his diary from 1884 to 1920, a manuscript of "History of Old Walla Walla County," copies of periodicals that contain articles written by him, articles written about him by others, biographical information, and some of the writings of Horace S. Lyman, his father, about Northwest Native American folklore. These documents are a selection from the overall collection.
31 Items in Collection
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The Walla Walla arts ephemera collection contains programs for art shows, theater productions, and musical recitals. The collection dates from 1890 to 1994. These digitized publications are a selection of the overall collection.
18 Items in Collection
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The specific generational scope of this collection is limited to the figures of Dorsey Syng Baker (known as D.S.), his subsequent wives, and his three sons. A small portion contains correspondence and records for Dorsey's parents-in-law, the Tibbetts. Throughout this collection are valuable records, correspondence, legal documents, and diaries relating many aspects of pioneer and early statehood life in the Pacific Northwest, especially for Portland, Oregon, and Walla Walla, Washington. The
13 Items in Collection
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COVID-19 in Walla Walla 2020: Community, Place, and Organization (Sociology 293) was taught online in the fall semester of 2020 by Whitman College Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning. Students learned about the Walla Walla Valley using a sociological perspective, offering a glimpse into the many issues that strengthen, challenge, and complicate the work of, and connections among, local community organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection contains interviews that were
22 Items in Collection
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The Whitman College LGBTQ+ Oral History Project, hosted by the Whitman College and Northwest Archives and supported by the Whitman History Department, was created in 2019 in order to document and preserve the story of Whitman's LGBTQ community. Initially the project was focused on the long-time LGBTQ+ student group PRISM, which was previously known as the GLA, GLBA and GLBTQ, and took the place of the activist group, Coalition Against Homophobia. Due to the confidential and historically off
13 Items in Collection
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The Listeners Project: Queremos Escucharte is a place based project promoting listening as a tool for building community, empowering one another, and celebrating our lives. The project records and shares stories from communities who have been historically left out, lost, or misrepresented in narratives about Walla Walla, Washington. The project emerged through a collaborative process with Colectivo de Arte Social (Socially Engaged Art Collective), a group of creative immigrants and immigrant
6 Items in Collection
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The Whitman College Student Handbooks contain information about campus services, student government, student clubs and organizations, residential life, general resources on campus, and photographs of new incoming students.
49 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of correspondence, commencement committee minutes, records of recipients of honor degrees, and commencement programs. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
52 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, trail reports, notes and journals, genealogical information, images, artifacts and Whitman family and Whitman Mission Bibles. Materials describing the establishment of the Whitman Monument and the celebration of the Whitman Centennial are also included. These items are a selection from the overall collection.
12 Items in Collection
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The Munnick Northwest Ephemera Collection consists of promotional pamphlets featuring towns and cities in Washington and Oregon states as well as photographs of various Pacific Northwest locations, some of which were used in the production of the pamphlets. It also includes some maps of railroad routes as well as other railroad ephemera. These photographs are a selection from the overall collection.
58 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of trustee and overseer meeting materials and minutes, committee meeting materials and minutes including those from the executive, farm, finance, and presidential search committees as well as presidential reports. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
5 Items in Collection
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The collection contains the program for the weekend long event and also a collection of the speeches delivered during the commemoration. The Correspondence file consists primarily of invitations to and responses from dignitaries invited to attend the event.The publicity file provide information about the dissemination of information about the event and its reception.These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
3 Items in Collection
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The Switzer Collection consists of the invoices, business records, correspondence, fraternal organization materials, civic organization information and public office and election records of pioneer Angus McKay. Homestead certificates, deeds and a journal containing the minutes from meetings of the Russell Creek Farm Bureau and associated documents are included in the collection. These photographs are a selection from the overall collection.
4 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of photographs, negatives, proofs, and subject files from the Walla Walla Union- Bulletin. These photographs are a selection of the overall collection.
28 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of printed materials including receipts, letters of correspondence, enrollment records, and charters related to Whitman Seminary. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
4 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of financial records, city charter and land records, city clerk scrapbooks, city council proceedings, newspaper clippings, planning information, published city ordinances and the recordings of departments, commissions, public services, organizations, and celebrations of the City of Walla Walla. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
3 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of individual headshots, group photos, sports photos, color slides, negatives, professional portraits, and scenery photos of Whitman College. These photographs are a selection of the overall collection.

447 Items in Collection
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This collection consists of photographs, slides and negatives depicting planting, harvesting and logging activities. Scenes include mule and horse teams, wheat and pea fields, orchards, ranches and associated industry.
213 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of logs containing daily notations of weather data, newspaper clippings, a journal of letters received, and expense reports collected by the United States Department of Commerce Weather Bureau. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
3 Items in Collection
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The collection includes annual programs which document the dates and locations of meetings, the reading list for the year, and the membership of the club. The secretaries' books contain minutes of the club's meetings. There are also scrapbooks, which contain the annual programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera. The documents are a selection of the overall collection.
3 Items in Collection
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Whitman College and Northwest Archives is creating a digital archive of the Walla Walla community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As our community begins to reopen, it is important to reflect on our experiences of the pandemic, including our experiences at work and school, our social and family interactions, and the changes to our routines. We welcome submissions from all members of the Walla Walla and regional communities. In partnership with the Walla Walla Mutual Aid Network and
25 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of statistics, budgets, recitals, programs, announcements, events, correspondence, history, newsletters, and sheet music. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
4 Items in Collection
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Reverend Myron Eells was a missionary and prolific writer who documented his work, his surroundings, and his travels. The collection contains articles and books, manuscripts, correspondence, speeches and sermons. A series of six manuscripts, titled "The Indians of Puget Sound," contain drawings, photographs and detailed descriptions of his interpretation of the life and culture of those with whom he worked and lived. Travel journals, census reports, books and pamphlets in Pacific Northwest
2 Items in Collection
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This collection includes an assortment of Walla Walla regional material including journals, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, and publications.
41 Items in Collection
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The Pearsons Academy Records consists of printed materials including receipts, publicity, historical, and enrollment records related to what began as Whitman Academy (1882-1905) and later became Pearsons Academy (1905-1912). These photographs are a selection from the overall collection.
18 Items in Collection
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This collection includes publications, administrative records, photographs, scrapbooks and oral history interviews from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, WA. Administrative records contain reports and evaluations of the penitentiary, theater and variety programs put on by the inmates. These documents and photographs are a selection of the overall collection.
24 Items in Collection
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The Stephen B.L. Penrose Jr. Papers chiefly contains the correspondence of Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr., depicting his presidency of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, from 1948-1954, his involvement with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), his work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and his views on and advocacy for Palestinian statehood and Palestinian refugees. These materials represent a selection from the overall collection.
9 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of items related to Walla Walla's Pioneer Pageant of 1923 and 1924. It includes notes, minutes, and agendas of pageant officials; correspondence; financial reports and records; publicity records; photographs of the performances; published programs and script; tickets and other ephemera. These documents are a selection of the overall collection.
12 Items in Collection
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The Roberts Family Papers contains newspaper and magazine articles written by A.B. Roberts about life in the Northwest of the 1850s, the Indian Wars, the fruit industry, and the founding of Walla Walla. It also includes A.B.and Lee Roberts’ personal notebooks and sketchbooks, genealogical materials about the Roberts family and its descendants, and personal correspondence. These photographs are a selection from the overall collection.
13 Items in Collection
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The collection consists of the correspondence, journals, manuscripts, speeches and sermons of Henry Harmon Spalding. The collection also contains the writings of his wives, Eliza Hart Spalding and Rachel J. Smith Spalding. These items are a selection from the overall collection.
47 Items in Collection
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This collection consists of photographs of the Walla Walla community and communities located in Walla Walla County: Burbank, Lowden, Prescott, Touchet, Waitsburg and Wallula. Photographs include portraits, landscapes, street scenes, agriculture, events and celebrations, commercial buildings, churches, schools, and private residences. Aerial photographs are included in the collection and show the landscape surrounding the Walla Walla and Touchet Rivers.

346 Items in Collection
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This collection consists of negatives and prints taken by Lester V. Hodgson. The photographs mainly document the flood on Mill Creek in Walla Walla, Washington that occurred between March 31 to April 1, 1931. Also included are photographs of agricultural scenes, a military parade and buildings and street scenes in Walla Walla, Washington. The collection includes a scrapbook containing photographs and postcards, primarily of natural disasters such as fires and floods that occurred in other parts
77 Items in Collection
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This collection consists of records kept by the Alumni Office. Some of the records include: Alumni Association records, statistical records on alumni classes; records of events and programs; records concerning Alumni Office staff retreats and conferences, and individual files for deceased alumni. These photographs are a selection of the overall collection.
8 Items in Collection
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The Lester R. Armstrong Photographs collection consists of photographic negatives and includes portraits, family events and scenes of rural, city, work, college and civic life. It includes images from the Walla Walla U.S.O. and McCaw Hospital of wartime activities. There are circus, fair, parade and festival scenes and landscapes and seascapes from Washington, Oregon and California. Commercial work provides a view of the businesses, agriculture and community organizations of the area. These
5 Items in Collection