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Olympia Light and Power Co. records

 Collection
Identifier: Bx 089

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, financial records, and legal papers, and photographic prints, 1891-1912.       

The forty three vintage prints documenting the construction of dams and other utility infrastructure systems, c. 1890s-1910s.

Dates

  • 1891-1912

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Olympia Light & Power Company, organized in 1890, brought the first electricity to Olympia and Tumwater, Washington. The waterwheel-generated hydro-electric power plant also powered the streetcars between Olympia and Tumwater. In 1923 it became Puget Sound Power & Light Co.

Sources: Olympia, Washington government website: http://olympiawa.gov/documents/Admin/CFP/Final%20CFP/Drinking%20Water%20A.pdf http://olympiawa.gov/documents/Admin/CFP/Final%20CFP/Front%20Matter.pdf

Extent

4 linear feet (3 containers, 1 volume)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Olympia Light and Power Company, a waterwheel-generated hydro-electric power plant that was organized in 1890, brought the first electricity to Olympia and Tumwater, Washington. The collection contains correspondence, reports, financial records, and legal papers.

Arrangement

Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by (General) Hazard Stevens, a former president of Olympia Light and Power Co.

Physical Description

2 record storage boxes, 1 volume; Photobox: 1 - 8x10 box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff. Photographs processed by Normandy S. Helmer.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Title
Guide to the Olympia Light and Power Co. Records
Status
Complete Description
Author
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA