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Guide to the Clifford R. Koester Papers Cage.709

Overview of the Collection

Creator:

Koester, Clifford R., 1912-1991

Title:

Clifford R. Koester Papers

Dates:

1927-1972 ( inclusive )

Quantity:

2.5 Linear feet (4 boxes.)

Collection Number:

Cage.709

Repository:

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

Languages:

 

 

Content Description

The primary focus of the collection is the construction and operation of the Grand Coulee Dam. It includes an unpublished history of the dam and a substantial amount of ephemera (primarily newsletters and pamphlets) related to the dam. The collection also includes materials related to larger questions about reclamation and development, some expressing opposition to federal government regulatory powers.

In his history of the dam, Koester focused on the contributions of laborers to the monumental project. In the dedication, he observed that "the ability and achievements of the planners and engineers have often been extolled elsewhere. I wish to speak now of the craftsmen and common workmen who toiled here, and gave a part of their lives to further this great work…"

 

Historical Note

Clifford R. Koester (1912-1991) was born in Amarillo, TX, and spent his childhood in Ismay, MT. From 1941 to 1961 he worked as a journeyman electrician for the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, first at the Leavenworth (WA) fish hatchery and then at the Grand Coulee Dam. He was a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and a resident of the town of Coulee Dam (WA).

 

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :   Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation :   Preferred Citation note

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]; Clifford R. Koester papers, 1927-1972; Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

 

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The papers have been arranged in five series:

Series 1: History of the Columbia Basin Project by Clifford R. Koester, 1945. Three-volume typescript (bound), illustrated with approximately 176 United States Bureau of Reclamation photographs. Discusses many aspects of the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam and includes some information about related Columbia Basin projects.

Series 2: Correspondence and notes; 1945-1955, undated. The materials in this series are related to two main topics: Koester's research for his history of the Grand Coulee Dam, and his opposition to federal government regulation of recreational use of Lake Roosevelt.

Series 3: Newsletters, 1936-1958. Includes issues of the Pacific Northwest Development Association Bulletin, the Columbia Basin Project Safety News, and the Columbian.

Series 4: Reports, pamphlets, and miscellaneous materials, 1927-1972.

Series 5: Photographs; 1948, undated.

Separated Materials :   Separated Materials note

Many printed items have been removed from the papers for separate cataloging. (Note: please contact MASC staff if you need assistance in locating these items in the Griffin online catalog.)

Processing Note :   Processing Information note

The collection was processed in 2006 by Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian.

Acquisition Information :   Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Clifford R. Koester were donated to Washington State University in two separate installments, by Mr. Koester in 1985 (MS 1985-30) and by Ronald and Ronda Koester in 2002 (MS 2002-23).

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: History of the Columbia Basin Project, 1945

Container(s)

 

Description

Box

Folder

 

1

1-3

History of the Columbia Basin Project by Clifford R. Koester (bound typescript and photographs 

), 1945

3 volumes. 

 

 

Series 2: Correspondence and notes, 1945-1955, undated

Container(s)

 

Description

Box

Folder

 

2

4

Correspondence and notes, 1945-1955, undated

1 folder.

Series 3: Newsletters, 1936-1958

Container(s)

 

Description

Box

Folder

 

2

5

M.W.A.K. Columbian newsletter (Mason City, WA: Mason-Walsh-Atkinson-Kier Co.), 1936-1937

2

6-9

The Columbian newsletter (Mason City, WA: Consolidated Builders), 1938-1941

3

15-16

Columbia Basin Project Safety News, 1944-1950

3

17

Columbia Basin Project Safety News, newsletter layouts, circa 1947-1950

3

18-20

Pacific Northwest Development Association Bulletin, 1947-1955

3

21

Miscellaneous newsletters, 1947-1958

Series 4: Reports, pamphlets, and miscellaneous materials, 1927-1972

Container(s)

 

Description

Box

Folder

 

3

22

"Specifications for Construction and Material, Grand Coulee Dam--Columbia Basin Project." Annotated typescript, undated

3

23

"Brown-Boveri Circuit Breaker Tests 230-KV Air-Blast Circuit Breaker, March 14-March 18, 1951" (typescript), circa 1951

3

24

"The Columbia Basin Project, 1890-1940," by J. B. Fink. Speech (typescript), 1940

3

25

"Revelations--1948," by Michael W. Straus. Speech (typescript), 1948

3

26

Appraisal report, Town of Coulee Dam, WA, Federal Housing Administration, 1956

3

27

"Why a CVA?" by Hugh Mitchell, 1945

3

27

"What's Inside the CVA Bill?" by J. K. Cheadle, 1946

3

27

"Do We Want More TVAs?", 1946

3

28

"Bureau of Reclamation Region 1 Employee Handbook", 1950

3

29

"Coulee Dam General Plan" (printed report), 1950

3

30

"The Columbia Basin Project" (printed report), 1950

4

31

"The Grand Coulee Dam Area: A Preliminary Report," by George A. Shipman, 1950

4

32

"The Grand Coulee Dam Area: Final Report and Recommendations," by George A. Shipman, 1954

4

33

"History of Grand Coulee Dam Area: Community Development Study", 1958

4

34

Pamphlets: "Columbia Basin Project," U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation; "The Story of CVA," League for CVA; "The 'Authority' Issue," prepared for Clifford H. Stone; "Columbia Valley Authority," Homer D. Angell; "Question and Answer Handbook about the Columbia Interstate Compact"; "The Repayment of Construction Costs on Federal Reclamation Projects," Ross Morris; Miscellaneous pamphlets about Albeni Falls Dam and McNary Dam, 1945-1959; undated

4

36

"Pacific Builder and Engineer", 1947 December

4

37

"The Journal of Electrical Workers and Operators", 1945 September

4

38

"The 'Palouse Soil' Problem," Kirk Bryan (U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 790-B), 1927

4

38

Miscellaneous or unidentified, 1949-1972; undated

Series 5: Photographs, 1948, undated

Container(s)

 

Description

Box

Folder

 

4

39-42

Photographs, 1948, undated

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