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A Century of Women's Athletics

WSU Baseball
WSC baseball team, circa 1925.

The collection contains over 350 digitized photographs, postcards, book illustrations, and certificates documenting women's athletics at Washington State University from 1899-2000.
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Faith Beamer Cooke Collection

Faith Beamer Cooke
Faith Beamer Cooke.

Poet Faith Elinor Beamer Cooke (1910-2001) spent the majority of her life in Washington. The collection consists of Cooke’s poetry, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and her personal research, illustrating her life, work, and efforts as a poet, intellectual, and advocate of the liberal arts in Richland, Washington. The collection includes Cooke’s published and unpublished poetry spanning over seven decades, 1934-1998, and other evidence of her contribution to poetry, culture, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest. The collection is intended to illuminate a little known aspect of women’s history and identity in Cold War America.
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Catherine May Congressional Papers, 1959-1970

Catherine May
Catherine May.
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Native American Women from the Lucullus V. McWhorter Photograph Collection

Morning Dove
Mourning Dove, 1915.

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Washington State Women's History Selections, 1870-1950

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PhysEd bulletin, State College of Washington, 1936.

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Women at Washington State University

WSU Women
Women's rifle team, undated.

This collection was established in 2009 with over 1,400 images selected from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbook items, and printed ephemera. Women from Washington State University and the surrounding community are the primary focus, including women students in the military, theater and dance, home economics, sororities, clubs, and other organizations. The collection also includes women in administrative and faculty positions at WSU, for example, faculty members Sue Durrant, who was a plaintiff in a 1978 court case arguing for equal opportunities for female athletes under Title IX, and Ruth Slonim, a poet and long-time WSU English professor.
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NEH Grant Projects: 

The Women of the West Oral Histories Collection, the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing and Education papers, and the Hilda Roberts Collection were funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" grant for Washington Women's History to the Washington Women's History Consortium, a part of the Washington State Historical Society. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Women in the West Oral Histories Collection

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Intercollegiate Center for Nursing and Education and Hilda Roberts Papers

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Physical Education (Womens) Records 1973-1981

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Womens' Resource and Research Center Survey 1987

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Womens’ Recreation Association Papers 1938-1968

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Special Collections
Holland and Terrell Libraries

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Cheryl Gunselman
Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections
509-335-6691

Washington State University
Holland and Terrell Libraries
PO Box 645610
Pullman, WA 99164-5610