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Austin Mires
Papers, 1872-1936

The papers of Austin Mires, Ellensburg Attorney, were purchased by the Washington State University Library in 1967 from a daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Phillips. They were processed by Terry P. Abraham from 9/1/1967 to 6/15/1968. The literary rights in the unpublished writings of Mr. Mires in these papers are reserved by the Washington State University Library.

Number of containers: 24
Linear feet of shelf space occupied: 17
Approximate number of items: 80,000

DESCRIPTION AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE PAPERS

The papers fall naturally into three series: correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous items.

Series 1: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, dealing with all facets of Austin Mires' political, professional, and personal life. Office notes, invitations (some with pencilled marginalia), bills, and receipts have been retained to provide examples of daily life in the latter period of territorial years and the early part of this century. These papers are valuable in presenting an accurate picture of the diverse activities of Austin Mires. Although Mires himself was not often in public office he was an active participant and candidate and was often called upon by his friends and associates to pass judgment on political situations, party plans, and to give his support to political ambitions.

The correspondence files are separated into two groups: loose papers and letter books. The loose papers are arranged chronologically by year, some by month, and contain incoming letters, telegrams, other miscellaneous loose papers, and some copies of outgoing correspondence. The letter books contain outgoing correspondence and are arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Diaries with daily entries for over sixty years; personal and private comments on his activities, associates, friends and enemies, and the political situations at all levels of government. While he kept his diary private during his lifetime, he realized that they would someday be of value. In addition to his comments, he often kept a daily record of his income and expenditures, in these diaries. The diaries are arranged chronologically. Some were recopied by Mires and these copies are placed with the originals. This series is not indexed. However, a very brief summary of selected excerpts has been prepared and is presented here.

Series 3: Miscellaneous papers, subdivided into groupings of photographs, newspaper clippings, essays and his literary writings, documents, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, eulogies, essays, and miscellaneous items that were gleaned from the collection by Austin Mires.

A detailed index of the correspondence is available: Austin Mires: An indexed register of his papers, 1872-1936. For more information about this index, see the WSU Libraries online catalog. An abridged version of the index is available online.


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

1852 Born February 11, Parrish, Iowa. 1882 LL.B., University of Michigan.
1882 Chief Clerk of Oregon State Senate.
1883 Moved to Ellensburg and entered the practice of law.
1886 February 26, First Mayor of Ellensburg (two terms).
1888 Treasurer of Ellensburg. Vice-President of Ellensburg National Bank. (six years)
1888 Delegate to Territorial Admission Convention.
1889 Delegate to Constitutional Convention.
1898 Chairman Kittitas County Republican Central Committee.
1890 Board of Equalization and Appeal.
1899 Supervisor of Census, Second District of Washington.
1901 President, Washington State Bar Association.
1902 Ellensburg City Attorney (three years).
1904 Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney (two years).
1904 Irrigation Code Commissioner.
1908 Defeated for Superior Court Judge.
1912 Presidential Elector (Roosevelt).
1916 Defeated for State Legislature.
1918 Defeated for U. S. Congress.
1920 State Legislature (one term). Chairman, Committee on Constitutional Revision.
1922 Defeated for State Legislature.
1926 Secretary, Kittitas County Republican Central Committee.
1928 Appointed Kittitas County Superior Court Judge, October 5. Defeated for Superior Court Judge, November 6.
1930 Justice of the Peace. 1933 Honorary President of Repeal Convention, Olympia.
1935 Police Court Judge, Ellensburg.
1936

Died March 4, Ellensburg, Washington.


CONTAINER LIST

Box Folder Year Months
 
Subseries 1: Correspondence
Subseries 1.1: Loose Papers
 
111888
21889January-February
31889June-July
41889August
51889September-October
61889November
71889December
81890
91891
101892
111893January
121893February
131893March
141893April
151893May
161893June
171893July-September
181893October-December
2191894
201895
211896
221897
231898January-June
241898July-September
251898October
261898October
271898November
281898November
291898December
301899January-February
311899March-April
321899May-June
331899July-August
341899September-October
351899November-December
336-371900January
38-391900February
40-441900March
445-471900April
48-511900May
521900Census Maps, Papers
553-551900June
561900July
571900August
581900September
591900October
601900November
611900December
662-631901
641902
651903
661904January-February
671904March
681904April
691904May
701904June
711904July
721904August
731904September-December
7741905
751906
761907
771908
781909
79-811910
82-831911
884-851912
861913
871914
881915
9891916
901917
911918
92-931919
94-951920
96-981921
10991922
1001923
1011924
102-1031925
11104-1051926
106-1071927
108-1091928
12110-1111929
112-1131930
114-1151931
13116-1171932
1181933
119-1201934
1211935
122Undated Papers
 
Subseries 1.2: Letterbooks
 
ContainerBookYears
141231890-1891
1241891-1892
1251892-1893
151261891-1895
1271893-1894
1281893-1900
1291900-1901
1301902-1928

Series 2: Diaries

Box Diary Years
161311871
1321875
1331875
1341876
1351877
1361877
1371876-1877
1381878
1391879
1401878-1879
1411880
1421881
1431882
1441883
1451884
1461885
1471886
17148-1611887-1900
18162-1741901-1913
19175-1861914-1925
20187-1971926-1936

Box Items Description
 
Series 3: Miscellaneous
Subseries 3.1: Photographs
 
21198 Austin Mires, 20 years old.
199 Austin Mires as Supreme Court Judge, with negative.
200 Austin Mires, 84 years old, with negative.
201 Austin Mires' first home in Ellensburg.
202 Austin Mires fishing.
203 Mrs. Mary L. Mires, with negative.
204 University of Michigan Law Class of 1882, 40 individual photographs, many autographed.
205 U. S. Supreme Court, 9 photographs.
206 3 Group photographs (1882?)
207 Alpheus Felch
208 House of Representatives, 1921.
209 Territorial Capitol (in oversize case)
209a Constitutional Convention [participants, Olympia, WA] July 4, 1889 (in oversize case)
210 Graduation picture, Class of 1882 (in oversize case).
210a Geddis Block, Mires' Office.
 
Subseries 3.2: Newspaper Clippings
 
211 Unidentified list.
212 Articles of deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Mires. (Seattle Times, March 4, 1936; Ellensburg Evening Record, March 4, 1936; an unidentified, undated (1940?) clipping.)
213 Picture of Mires as first mayor of Ellensburg (undated).
 
Subseries 3.3: Essays and Writings of Austin Mires
 
22214 Eloquence of Jesus Christ.
215 My first trip to Ruby City and the Okanogan Mines.
216 A trip to the head of Nigger Creek.
217 A hunting trip to Government Meadows.
218 A little trip across an Empire.
219 A trip to Lake Wapsus.
220 An auto trip from Ellensburg, Washington to Southern Oregon.
221 A short hunting trip to Crab Creek.
222 A trip to Oregon.
223 My first trip across the Cascade Mountains.
224 A trip to Upper Naches and Echo Lake.
225 A trip up the Chewawa River.
226 The Umpqua River.
227 The Calapooia River.
228 A short hunting trip in my early youth.
229 Some old Umpqua and Oregon history.
229a Some recollections gold. Umpqua Academy. OHQ Reprint. Vol 19, 1918, p. 38-48.
230 A. W. Purdy.
231 The Roslyn Bank Robbery.
232 Tribute to my law partner, C. V. Warner.
233 An address, George Washington, 1922.
234 The Republican Party.
235a Candidacy for State Representative, 1918.
236a Patriotism, Ms, 1895. Marriage, Ms, 1895.
237a The Nanum Mystery.
238a Swauk, Umpqua Academy address. June 6, 1920.
 
Subseries 3.4: Documents and Diplomas
 
23235 Washington State Bar Association Proceedings, 1897.
236 Proceedings of the Washington Irrigation Institute, November 18-19, 1937.
237 Judicial articles - Constitutional Convention, 1889, Ms.
238 Vote by precincts for members of the Constitutional Convention, 1889, Ms.
239 Committee on Water Rights - Constitutional Convention, July, 1889, Ms.
240 Address of Austin Mires - President, Washington State Bar Association.
241 Names contributing to testimonial presented to Austin Mires - December 15, 1898.
242 Appointment of Austin Mires as 12th Census Supervisor for Washington's Second District, December 12, 1899, by President McKinley.
243 Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Michigan, 1882.
244 Certificate of Law of the Supreme Court of Michigan, 1881.
245 Certificate from Umpqua Academy, 1876.
246 Articles of Constitutional Convention, 1889.
 
Subseries 3.5: Scrapbooks
 
24247 Scrapbook No. 4.
248 Political scrapbook, 1888-1900 (1935).
249 Eulogies
250 Letters related to U. S. Census, 1930 (1900).
251 Old Letters, 1880-1900 (1935).
252 Letters (birthday), 1918-1923.
253 Related to the 70th and 80th birthdays of Austin Mires (1922-1935).