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Materials Documenting the Establishment of a Four Year College in Southwest Washington

Identifier: WSUV-SpeColl-007

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials documenting efforts to establish a four-year college in Vancouver and Clark County. Includes briefs from the Clark County Four-Year College Association, copies of legislation documenting the authorization of WSU Vancouver as a branch campus, early documents from WSU Vancouver's advisory council and a copy of WSU Financial Report 1989-1990 featuring branch campus groundbreakings.


  • ca. 1966, 1986, 1988, 1988-1989, 1995, 2002

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Biographical/Historical note

WSU Vancouver officially opened its doors as a branch campus of Washington State University in 1989. In the years prior to the campus opening, attempts were made to establish an institute of higher education and a four year university. In 1966 the Clark County Four Year College Association submited briefs in support of locating Washington State's next four year college in Southwest Washington. Twenty years later, the Southwest Washington Joint Center for Education established an institute for higher learning at Hudson's Bay High School and on the campus of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. As a lead institute in the formation of the center, WSU began offering graduate courses to residents of Southwest Washington. In an effort to address the need for a better trained and educated workforce in the region local legislators, business leader, and educators assembled proposals to establish a Vancouver branch of Washington State University. In 2006 WSU Vancouver became a four year university, 40 years after the initial vision proposed by the Clark County Four Year College Association.


0.209 Linear feet (. One document box.)


The documents contained in this collection were gathered from numerous sources over the years by the WSU Vancouver Library. The overall theme of the collection is the history of higher education in Southwest Washington used for documenting the establishment of WSU and four year university in Vancouver, Washington. Items include a brief by the Four Year College Association dated 1966 and a brief for the State of Washington to locate its next four year college. Other information includes the Southwest Washington Joint Center for Education planning for higher education, WSU Vancouver Advisory Council and founding legislation for the establishment of Southwest Washington Joint Center for Education and the WSU Vancouver branch campus.


The collection is arranged in one document box in its original order.
Guide to Materials Documenting the Establishment of a Four Year College in Southwest Washington.
Finding aid prepared by Robert Schimelpfenig
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Repository Details

Part of the Washington State University Vancouver, Archives and Special Collections Repository

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver WA 98686 United States