Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Separated Material

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the E. Raymond Attebery Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 3176
Creator: Attebery, E. Raymond (Edgar Raymond), 1895-1944 , creator
Title: E. Raymond Attebery Papers
Date Span: 1913-1979
Quantity: 1.55 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
E. Raymond Attebery, c.1940, at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW 23440z

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Biographical Note

Edgar Raymond Attebery was born in Missouri on Sept. 11, 1895. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, until his studies were interrupted by World War I. In 1917 he joined the Oregon National Guard and served for two years, including 14 months in France. After the war, he earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1921, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and received his bachelor of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1925.

In Sept. 1925 Attebery became pastor of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle (renamed Grace Methodist Church ca. 1939). He would serve in that post the rest of his life. In addition to his work in the ministry, Attebery was active in a number of civic causes. In 1929 he played an active role in the effort to free Industrial Workers of the World members jailed after the 1919 Armistice Day clash between workers and veterans in Centralia. He was also a vocal advocate of Prohibition and a critic of American isolationism.

Attebery joined the Washington National Guard as a chaplain in 1929. He was called to active duty in September 1940, and sent overseas the following year. He died while landing with his division on Biak Island, New Guinea, in May 1944.

Scope and Content

The E. Raymond Attebery Papers document the Seattle pastor's activities as a civic leader, soldier, and military chaplain.

Accession 3176-1 includes correspondence with his family. The bulk of the letters are to his wife, Miriam, written while Attebery was serving as a chaplain during World War II. There are also letters to his children, Eliot, Jerry, Edgar, and Gay. (Edgar also served in World War II and would be killed in action just months after his father's death.) Letters to his mother, Betty, date largely from his time in France during World War I. A scrapbook containing letters and clippings documents Attebery's career from the early 1930s. The Class Notes were made while Attebery was attending Harvard Divinity School.

Accession 3176-2 includes additional personal and church-related correspondence. Of note is a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for Attebery's comments on local social conditions. His stance on Prohibition is outlined in the Writing file. The Friends of City Light subgroup includes correspondence and minutes of the organization, which was formed to support municipal ownership of Seattle's electric utility. The Committee on the Centralia Armistice Day Tragedy subgroup documents the efforts of Washington State church groups and individuals to exonerate International Workers of the World members imprisoned after the 1919 confrontation. The committee was established by the Puget Sound Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1929 to investigate the Centralia shootings and was part of a local movement that eventually led to a joint investigation by several national religious organizations. Attebery served as secretary of that special committee. The correspondence files document Attebery's requests to national organizations to join the effort. The report issued by the national groups in 1930 is also found in this subgroup.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of the collection.

Acquisition Info

Accession 3176-1 was donated by Rev. Attebery's widow, Miriam, in 1980. She donated the materials in Accession 3176-2 in 1989.

Separated Material

Eighteen photographs, largely taken during Attebery's service in World War II, were transferred to the E. Raymond Attebery Photograph Collection in the division in 2004.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 3176-001
E. Raymond Attebery papers, 1918-1944
1.13 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Box/FolderDate
1/1Incoming Letters1936-1943
Outgoing Letters to
1/2Attebery, Bettie L.1918, 1944
1/3-13Attebery, Miriam1939-1944
1/14Attebery, Eliot1942
1/15Attebery, Gerald1943
1/16Miscellaneous1943
General Correspondence
1/17Attebery, Edgar R.1942-1943
1/18Attebery, Gay1943
2/1Correspondence Regarding Application for Rhodes Scholarship1919-1920
2/2Correspondence to Miriam Attebery Regarding E. Raymond Attebery1942, 1944
2/3Speeches and Writings1922-1944
2/4-5Class Notes1922-1924
2/6Appointment Book1937
2/7Legal Documents1919-1927
2/8Diplomas and Honors1921-1944
Box
3Scrapbook1919-1979
Box/Folder
2/9Clippings1943-1979, n.d.
2/10Ephemeran.d.

  
Accession No. 3176-002
E. Raymond Attebery papers, 1919-1943
.42 cubic ft. (1 box)
Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers
1/1Biographical
1/2-3Incoming Correspondence1928-1944
1/4Outgoing Correspondence1938-1944
1/5General Correspondence1940-1941
1/6Writingn.d.
1/7Clippingn.d.
1/8Scrapbook1937-1942
1/9Ephemera1913-1944
Friends of City Light1913-1979
1/10Incoming Correspondence1936-1933
1/11Outgoing Correspondence1932-1939
1/12Minutes1936-1939
1/13Transcript - City Council - Department Efficiency Committee Meeting1937
1/14Financial Documents1936-1939
1/15Ephemera1935-1937
Methodist Episcopal Church, Puget Sound Conference, Committee on the Centralia Armistice Day Tragedy
1/16Incoming Correspondence1929-1930
1/17Outgoing Correspondence1929-1930
1/18Reports - Conclusions of Committee1930
1/19Writingn.d.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Attebery, Bettie L.
Attebery, E. Raymond (Edgar Raymond), 1895-1944--Archives.
Attebery, Edgar R. (Edgar Raymond), 1924-1944.
Attebery, Gay.
Attebery, Miriam.
Organizations:
Friends of City Light.
Grace Methodist Church (Seattle, Wash.)
Grace Methodist Episcopal Church (Seattle, Wash.)
Industrial Workers of the World.
Methodist Episcopal Church. Puget Sound Conference. Committee on the Centralia Armistice Day Tragedy.
Genre Headings:
Scrapbooks.
Last modified: February 16, 2013
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