A bit tardy ~ new guides for July!

Finding aids are maps to collections and the following is a list of the 6 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed or updated during July 2014.  All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website, and MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for  5 “new” collections that were received in 2013 or 2014 and  1 maps collection.  As of July 31, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 780 finding aids in NWDA.

New collections received in 2013 or 2014:

Badura, George J. and Florence, Collection, 1921-1947 (MSS Badura). The materials in this collection, which include 6 photographs, document the Baduras’ student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in the early 1920s.  George J. Badura graduated from OAC in 1923 with a BS in Commerce.  Florence Bedell attended OAC for two academic years in 1920-1921 and 1921-1922.

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department Faculty Research Publications, 1973-2010 (RG 255). These publications consist of journal articles written by faculty and graduate student researchers at Oregon State University conducting toxicology-based research on the effects of chemicals on humans and the environment.

Maple Manor Cooperative House Records, 1940-1995 (MSS MapleManor). These records document the establishment, members, and activities of this men’s housing cooperative at Oregon State College and the activities of the members during and following World War II.  Maple Manor was established in 1940 and operated until the spring of 1943.  The collection includes 150 photographs.

McKay, Douglas and Mabel, Papers, 1905-2014 (MSS McKay). The McKay Papers document Douglas McKay’s student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC), his military service during World Wars I and II, and his political career.  Douglas McKay graduated from OAC in 1917 and married Mabel Christine Hill that same year.  McKay was a successful businessman and politician, serving as an Oregon State Senator, Oregon Governor, and Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The papers include 850 photographs.

Oral Histories of the 1959 Oregon State College Wrestling court, 1983-2013 (OH 27). This collection consists of born-digital audio files and transcripts as well as supporting research materials compiled by Brittany Backen, an OSU undergraduate student, for her research on the wrestling court and the controversy it provoked.   The collection includes interviews with members of the court, the former editor of the campus newspaper, and a former member of the 1959 wrestling team.

State of Oregon Maps Collection, 1866-2000 (MAPS ORMaps). This collection consists of more than 500 maps and includes a diverse selection of maps of the full state of Oregon as well as counties, cities, and regions.  Topics of the maps include geology, soils, agriculture, recreation, traffic flow, dams and reservoirs, land use, and physiography.


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Friday Feature: an inspired post, two strange portraits

Collections Archivist Karl McCreary has had a crazy summer, bringing in scrapbooks from the closing Co-ops and slides from the relocating School of Design and Human Environment, but I admit that this is the strangest thing since we accessioned a keg.

The treasures this time were woodcut faces of past Deans, 3-D though you can’t tell.

This is Karl’s story.

The fence along Benton Place was long and impenetrable. If my mission
were to succeed I would need to negotiate the bushy dark wilderness
skirting Kidder Hall. Emerging from the thicket, I came before the temple of Business, known to the locals as “Bexell Hall.” The task at hand required
tact and precision, as I passed by the ancient wood murals on the wall to
the inner sanctum. Moments later, the harsh summer sun blinded my eyes
as I re-emerged with an armful of history salvaged from the temple.

As I surveyed the spoils to be added to the Library’s Special Collections, my
eyes felt the gazes of others upon me. Then I noticed the wooden faces of
Deans Clifford Maser and Earl Goddard staring up from the library cart and into my soul. “These were the guardians of the temple” I muttered to myself, long histories of service to the college and revered in those halls of Bexell.

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It was a flood of finding aids in June!

“Sunday morning on top of the ‘Shack.’” Real photo postcard created for OAC student Edgar Pierce, ca. 1911-1913.

Another busy month for SCARC-ers with 11 finding aids completed or updated during June 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for five “new” collections that were received in 2013 or 2014, one maps collection, and three collections for which there was previously only minimal information available online. In addition, two existing finding aids were updated during June. As of June 30, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 774 finding aids in NWDA.

Milagro (Miracle Theater Group) Records, 1966-2014 (MSS Milagro).

Masks in the “Applause!” exhibit.

This extensive collection documents the establishment and administration of Milagro, the premier Latino arts and culture program in the Northwest, as well as its educational programs and productions of Latina plays, music, and dance. The collection includes photographs, videotapes and DVDs, audiocassettes, and born-digital electronic records. A detailed list of the collection contents is part of the guide.

Fendall, Roger, Papers, 1953-1981 (MSS Fendall). These papers document Fendall’s role as Head Advisor in the School of Agriculture at Oregon State University and his coursework at North Dakota State University. Roger Kenneth Fendall earned a BS in Farm Crops from Oregon State College in 1960 and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from North Dakota State University in 1964. He joined the faculty of Oregon State in 1968 and held various administrative positions until his retirement in 1993.

Medhus, Sigurd D., Papers, 1947-1949 (MSS Medhus). The Medhus Papers document “Dewey” Medhus’ student years at Oregon State College from 1946 to 1950, especially his membership in the Delta Upsilon fraternity, activities as a yell leader and member of the rally squad, and military training in the Air Force ROTC summer camp at Hamilton Air Force Base. Medhus earned a BS in Business and Technology from Oregon State in 1950. The collections include 34 photographs, a yearbook from the 1949 ROTC summer camp, and a felt Oregon State pennant.

Rosenkoetter, Sharon E., Papers, 2002-2009 (MSS Rosenkoetter). These papers document Rosenkoetter’s research in early childhood development, especially transition planning between settings for children with special needs, and leadership development to promote quality services across early childhood agencies and disciplines. Sharon E. Rosenkoetter was an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University from 1999 until her retirement in 2010.

Wang, Chih H., Papers, 1947-1984 (MSS Wang).

Description: Chih H. Wang posing on top of the TRIGA nuclear reactor, 1971.

The Wang Papers document Chih Wang’s career as a chemist and nuclear scientist, the founding and development of the Oregon State University (OSU) Radiation Center, and the growth of nuclear science research and training during the 1960s and 1970s at Oregon State. Wang was a faculty member in the OSU Chemistry Department, Director of the OSU Radiation Center, and Head of the Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. This guide includes a folder-level list of the collection contents.

Early Topographical Maps of the Oregon Coast, 1868-1915 (MAPS CoastTopo).

Segment of a topographical map of the Oregon Coast from Yaquina Head to Cascade Head. Originally draw in 1887.

This collection of 5 maps document topographic surveys of the central Oregon coast conducted by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1868 and 1887 with updates added through the 1910s. The maps are high-quality reproductions.

Edmonston, George, Jr., Collection, 1907-2011 (MSS Edmonston).

The Edmonston Collection consists primarily of materials collected and generated by Edmonston over the course of his 19 years (1986-2005) as editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, during which time he wrote dozens of articles on the history of Oregon State University. The collection includes almost 500 photographs and born-digital electronic records.

Fraternities and Sororities Photograph Collection, 1915-1989 (P 034).

Chi Omegas at the Inter-fraternity Council Sing practice, ca. 1960s. Barometer Photographs (P 035).

This collection of 51 photographs documents activities and events sponsored by Greek organizations at Oregon State University as well as various fraternity and sorority houses. The guide includes an item-level list with descriptions of individual images.

Student Activities Photograph Collection, 1910-1968 (P 045). These 35 photographs include images of Oregon State student groups and of students engages in a number of activities. Photographs of members and officers of Mortar Board, Blue Key, and the Dad’s Club are included in the collection. The guide includes an item-level list with descriptions of individual images.

Radiation Center Records, 1953-2008 (RG 202).

The Radiation Center Building soon after construction, 1964. President’s Office Photographs (P 092).

The Radiation Center Records document the creation and operation of the Oregon State University Radiation Center. The collection includes administrative correspondence; records of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Center’s facilities and equipment; documentation of research conducted at the Center; and records of the day-to-day operations of the Center. Classes in nuclear physics and radiochemistry began in the early 1950s and, in 1955, a cyclotron was constructed. Funding was secured in 1962, and construction on the OSU Radiation Center began in early 1964. In early 1967, a 250 kilowatt research reactor was completed. The collection includes photographs, born-digital electronic records, and various forms of radiographs. This guide includes a folder-level list of the collection contents. This extensively updated guide incorporates a substantial addition that was received in 2013 as well as former separate collections for the Radiation Safety Department Records and Radiation Center Photographs. Separate finding aids for those two collections have been superseded by this new guide.

Student Affairs Moving Images, 1963-1992 (FV P 182). This guide has been updated to include additional information about the Paths with Proud Moments video and a link to it online: https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_6t3c757f. The video was created by the Indian Education Office in about 1992 for the purpose of recruiting Native American students to Oregon State University. The production includes footage of Native American undergraduate and graduate students describing their experiences at Oregon State; campus views; and scenes of students in classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor settings.

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Field trip to Milam, or “the day I wore a plastic spring skirt”

Last week Karl McCreary and I took a morning trip to Milam Hall, former home of the College of Home Economics and soon-to-be former home of the School of Design and Human Environment.

Karl was there to go through MANY, MANY slide carousels of MANY, MANY slides used in classes. We found carousels dedicated to styles of the 60s, fur, undergarments, Polynesia, and the Victorian period.

I did manage to help transfer some to slide sleeves, but not before I took lots of pictures and put on a skirt decorated with MANY, MANY plastic springs.

We also found many other treasures in the room, most headed to the OSU Surplus Store.

Or to their “black hole temp.”

But also others that are priceless and headed our way, but I really hope that Karl nabs this glove-making kit!

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The closing of the co-ops, the adding of some archives

With the closing of Avery Lodge, Azalea House, Oxford House, and Dixon Lodge in June 2014 our collections archivist Karl McCreary has been REALLY busy.

He brought in nearly 25 cubic feet of items, dating from the 1950s to 2014, mainly framed class pictures and photo albums with pictures that show all sorts of college hijinks… Here are few snaps I took of his back table — notice all the frames he had to take apart!

Determined to preserve their community for current and future students, a group of co-op residents and alumni have established the goal of starting a new off-campus co-op in Corvallis. Organizers of the newly formed Cooperative Housing Alumni Association are now seeking a dwelling for the soon-to-be-displaced students in an effort to continue the co-op tradition. In addition to the challenge of locating an appropriately large residence, procuring sufficient start-up funding is now of chief concern to the CHAA. With fundraising efforts underway, the Association hopes to secure a house and organize a new co-op by fall term of 2014. If successful, the formation of this new co-op would help protect and promote the co-op lifestyle for future generations of OSU students. CHAA is currently accepting donations to fund this important project.



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Friday Feature: new finding aids in May!

Look at what we were up to last month! We added finding aids for 8 new collections this May, bringing the SCARC total to 767 finding aids in the Northwest Digital Archives finding aids database!

All are available through the NWDA and on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 4 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 3 maps collections, and one collection for which there was previously only minimal information available online.

Alpha Zeta Oregon State Chapter Records, 1918-1933 (MSS AlphaZeta)

These records document the membership, governance, and programs of the agricultural honor society at Oregon State University. The Oregon State Chapter of this national organization was established in 1918. The collection includes paper records as well as 89 photographs.

Johnson, A. Grace, Collection, 1918-1933 (MSS JohnsonA)

This collection consists of bulletins, circulars, and manuals assembled by A. Grace Johnson to support her teaching and study in household administration at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC).  Johnson was a faculty member at OAC from 1915 until her death in 1933.

Obo Addy Legacy Project Collection, 1970-2013 (MSS Addy)

This extensive collection consists of administrative records, promotional materials, and various forms of media related to the Homowo African Arts and Cultures Organization as well as personal materials of Obo Addy. Obo Addy, a master drummer at the age of six, established the Homowo African Arts and Cultures organization with his wife and manager Susan Addy as a way to celebrate and preserve the traditional music of Ghana and Africa. The organization was established in 1986 and is currently active with community outreach and concerts. The collection includes more than 1500 photographs, 172 videotapes, and 50 CDs and DVDs. A detailed description of the collection contents is part of this guide.

Olson, Geraldine I., 1992-2000 (MSS Olson)

The Olson papers document Geraldine Olson’s teaching, research, and international activities as a home economics faculty member at Oregon State University (OSU).  She joined the OSU School of Home Economics in 1975 as head of the Home Management Department. Olson served as a faculty member at Oregon State until her retirement in 2000.  The collection includes 85 photographs and an audiocassette.

Lincoln County, Oregon, Chronic Geologic Hazard Maps, 1994 (MAPS LincolnHazard)

This collection consists of superseded maps depicting geologic hazards that do not stem from one event and constantly affect the coast, such as landslides and shoreline erosion.  In addition to 19 maps, the collection includes a report and database of erosion rates.

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994 (MAPS OSUCampus)

These 187 maps document the development of the Oregon State campus from the 1890s through the 1990s.  The collection includes campus guides and visitor maps; detailed surveys; campus plans; and maps showing buildings, roads, and walkways.  An item-level list of the maps is part of the guide to this collection.

Wetlands Inventory and Survey Maps, circa 1976 – 1990 (MAPS Wetlands)

These maps document the National Wetlands Inventory as conducted in the western United States and the central Willamette Valley and Pacific Coast in Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Biological Services.

Intercollegiate Athletics Records, 1908-2013 (RG 007)

The Intercollegiate Athletics Records document the operation, marketing, and performance of athletics at Oregon State and the pursuits of thousands of student athletes. The collection is especially strong for the 1930s-1950s and 1970s-1990s and includes an eclectic mix of materials, including game programs, sound recordings, and a few moving images. A folder-level list for the collection is part of the finding aid.


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Student workers in SCARC, we couldn’t get along without them

Dance contest, December 1964

We have a whole load of people graduating at the end of this year and I can guarantee that their work has had an impact on your work — yes, even if you just read this blog.

I can’t say enough about how much we value the work that students do in SCARC. We asked a lot of these graduates over their time with us, and they always rose to the occasion. It’s with mixed feelings that we watch them go… While we all know that they are ultimately temporary employees since it’s their work to move on, it’s still a shock each year when the people you’ve watched grow and mature leave. We wish them well and hope that their time working with us was both fun and educational!

This term we say goodbye to Desiree Gorham, Megan Guerre, Andy Hahn, Patch Leishman, Buddy Martin, and John Ngo (who was hired in Sept. 2008!), so we threw them a party that included cake, pizza, healthy snacks, and a white elephant gift exchange. The healthy snacks were the biggest hit for sure.

See how much fun we had?

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Fabulous new finding aids!

Look out! Our arrangers and describers have been busy this month.

C.C. Hall, Ira Yarnall and Aldo Leopold at Tres Piedras, Carson National Forest, New Mexico. Ca. 1911-1912. From the C.C. Hall Photograph Album (P 301)

10 finding aids for SCARC collections were completed during April 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database, as well as on the SCARC website, and MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for  4 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 4 maps collections, and 2 collections for which there was previously only minimal information available online. As of May 1, 2014 we have 759 finding aids in NWDA.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the preparation and review of these new guides – this work is definitely a group endeavor!

Corvallis-OSU Piano International Records, 2008-2013 (MSS COPI). These records document the concert series and educational programs sponsored by the organization, which was established in 2009 to build a culture of piano in Corvallis, Oregon.

Gregson, Agnes, Collection, circa 1870 – 1971 (MSS Gregson). The Gregson Collection includes materials reflecting her student experience at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC).  Agnes Gregson graduated from OAC with a degree in home economics in 1921.  The collection consists of various ephemeral items and 64 photographs.

Oregon Nutrition Council Records, 1924-1988 (MSS ONC). These records document the establishment, governance, and activities of the Council.  The Oregon Nutrition Council was established in 1924 to coordinate efforts of multiple organizations and health agencies in Oregon active in nutrition and health education.  Oregon Agricultural College was a charter member institution.

Quinn, William H., Papers, 1943-1995 (MSS Quinn). The Quinn Papers document his research on the El Niño phenomenon as a research faculty member in physical oceanography at Oregon State University.  The bulk of the collection consists of a 3-volume compilation of papers written by Quinn.   The collection also includes 33 photographs.

Camp Adair, Oregon, Maps and Aerial Photographs, 1942-1973 (MAPS Adair). This small collection of 9 maps includes topographic maps, orthophotographs, and other maps and images documenting Camp Adair, which was located north of Corvallis, Oregon.  Camp Adair was a U.S. Army training facility during World War II.


McDonald Forest and Peavy Arboretum Maps, 1934-1993 (MAPS McDonaldForest). This collection of 22 maps consists primary of detailed maps of the Arboretum and Forest prepared from the mid-1930s through early 1940s.   The maps document topography, forest site and timber types, and plantings in the Arboretum.  Peavy Arboretum and McDonald Forest were established in the 1920s as a teaching laboratory and experimental forest for the forestry students of Oregon State College.

Oregon Department of Forestry Maps, 1914-1985 (MAPS ODF). The Oregon Department of Forestry Maps primarily support the Department’s role in fire protection for private, state, and federal forests in Oregon.  The collection includes maps of forest protection districts and fireman’s maps.  Of special note is a 1914 map of the full state depicting areas with merchantable time and other forest lands.  The collection includes 103 maps.

Maps of Washington (State) and the Pacific Northwest, 1863-1994 (MAPS PNW). This collection consists of historic and superseded maps depicting forest resources, geology, public lands and land use, hydroelectric projects, highways, and railroads in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region.  The regional maps include Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and in some cases, California and Wyoming.  The collection includes 158 maps.

C.C. Hall Photograph Album, 1906-1933 (P 301). This album consists of 54 photographs collected by C.C. (Charles Chandler) Hall during his career with the U.S. Forest Service.  The photographs depict the forest rangers and statins from Hall’s time as a forest reserves supervisor in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, and Oregon.  Rare photographs of Aldo Leopold are included in the album.  The album was received as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection in 2008 and was separated to form this photograph collection in 2014.  All photographs in the album are available online.

VanLeeuwen, Liz, Spotted Owl Collection, 1973-2004 (MSS VanLeeuwen). These materials, pertaining to the listing of the Northern Spotted Owl as a protected endangered species in Oregon, were collected and generated by former State Representative Liz VanLeeuwen to document the listing’s effect on the Oregon’s timber industry.  VanLeeuwen graduated from Oregon State College in 1947 and served in the Oregon Legislature as State Representative from 1981 to 1999.  The finding aid includes a detailed listing of the collection contents, including a document-level list for a portion of the materials.


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Our Beaver on Broadway – Roosevelt “Roo” Credit

Thanks to Mike Dicianna for this blog post about his interview with Roosevelt Credit!

SCARC had a special opportunity to interview one of OSU’s most enthusiastic alumni, Roosevelt Credit, Class of 1990. Roo’s claims to fame are his rich, baritone voice and an effusive personality which have served him well in a career in the music industry. He is our “Beaver on Broadway”, appearing in two Tony nominated musicals, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Hal Prince’s Show Boat. A complete listing of all the productions he has been involved with is available online. Credit is currently appearing in a national tour of Porgy and Bess.

Roosevelt Andre Credit hails from the Bay Area of California. He made his choice to become a Beaver based on two factors: OSU had the top rated Engineering School in the nation and Corvallis was far enough away (yet only a bus ride) if he got homesick. As a new student, Credit was cast as the lead in OSU’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. His only problem was, to be a lead actor, you had to also be a Music major.  Much to his parents’ chagrin, Roo changed his major from Engineering to Music! And he never looked back…

Roosevelt prefers to have his friends call him “Roo,” and I dare say everyone he meets soon is enveloped in his larger-than-life personality and hearty laugh. They are immediately friends – I certainly was. We only had a small slice of his time for an interview for the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project (OH150)  and you can see the full interview on the web site soon. We learned about his early years and interests in music, his time at OSU, and some wonderful stories about his life on the “great white way.”  I even persuaded Roo to sing for us. In true Beaver fashion, Roosevelt sang our Alma Mater “Carry Me Back to OAC”, which he says is one of his favorite songs.

Listen to it on Facebook!

Oregon State University has entered into an institutional partnership with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. The celebration of this partnership included a special concert featuring Roosevelt Credit and the OSU Choir at the Memorial Union on Friday, April 25th.  This concert brought Roo home to OSU, for only a short one-day visit. It was an incredible concert and he directed the choir in a rousing rendition of our Alma Mater.

SCARC’s time with Roosevelt Credit was short, but he definitely left an impression on all who met him.

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Layers: Past & Present

We love it when students use our collections creatively.  In Winter term Julia Bradshaw, Assistant Professor in the Art Department asked Ruth Vondracek to conduct a class for Art 399: Concepts In Digital Imaging.   The students learned how to use the SCARC finding aids and had fun picking out photos at the same time. As one student said, “… it was very intriguing to see all of the old photographs and to learn what is offered through the archives.”

The student’s assignment was to find an archival photograph of a Corvallis location in the SCARC collections, re-photograph the same location and blend the old and the new.  We think you will agree that the results draw the past evocatively into the present.

Watch for our exhibit of the student’s photographs to be held in the Valley Library later in Spring term.

Amy Ortwein

Amy Ortwein

My primary interests lay in nature. I originally searched through the Digital Archive online for pictures of the Willamette River and found one from Mary’s River that was of good quality. I am not sure of the exact date of the original photograph or of the original spot.  I did though have a faint idea of where the original image was taken because of the location of Mary’s Peak in the background.  I ended up taking over a hundred photographs of the area; I then made a collage in order to create an image similar in style to the original large format image.

Jerome Stretch

I chose a photo from 1970 looking along 3rd Avenue in Corvallis.  The photograph was actually mislabeled as “Looking north on 4th Ave”, but through talking to a classmate and going to the site of the photo, I determined that it was actually 3rd avenue.  I decided to use the image because I thought that it was interesting that the Safeway has not changed locations since 1970.  I am also interested in street scenes and so the photograph spoke to me.  The fact that I had to figure out where it was taken, and the history behind it, was also pretty neat. 

Teresa Yoshiura

My photo project was about the comparison of 1980s and modern Women’s Basketball.  I chose this theme because I wanted to try something different from landscape or building, which were the themes for everyone else.

Tomas Patlan

I chose an image from the first Oregon State graduation held in Gill Coliseum because I wanted to create an eerie and ghostly image of the past. As the student population ever increases at Oregon State, the venues of graduation have also changed. Before having graduation in Gill, it was held in the pool area of Langton. Now, the student population is so large that the only area to house thousands and thousands of graduates is the Reser football stadium.

Stirling Gorsuch

I chose to make a photomontage of the original “Campus Store” combined with the present day location on Monroe St. I find it interesting how the space has changed into the “University Center” of today, which houses Dutch Bros. Coffee and office spaces above. I also cropped out most of the vintage photo’s surrounding environment, which shows how the town has developed immensely since then. . I thought it was clever to have a couple people bicycling; I is almost as if they are biking into the world of when the Campus Store existed in this location. There is certainly a nostalgic feeling in the Campus Store photo. We can see how the area has changed, but also see from where the University has come. It was fun to see this come to life!

Heather March

I chose this picture because of the subject matter, Fairbanks Hall, and the interesting elements in the image, created by the walkway and the trees along the left side. I’m not sure when it was taken, but I think sometime around the thirties based off other images I saw that looked to be taken at the same time and the look of the outfits of the people in the photograph. Looking through all these pictures showed me how much campus has changed.

Jackie George

The photo I picked was of Weatherford Hall from 1941. I have always heard stories about the building, since most of my family has attended Oregon State. I knew that it used to be the ROTC building, but didn’t know much else about it. I thought that it was so interesting that the building itself looks exactly the same, but the inside and the surrounding areas have changed so much. I wanted to show that the building used to be just in the middle of an open field and how now it is surrounded by buildings. I did this by making a panoramic photo and layering in the old photo.

Merri Lewis

I chose to photograph the McAlexander Fieldhouse because I am an Army ROTC cadet and the building is a big part of my life here at OSU. I absolutely loved looking through the boxes of the old photographs of the building and found that it was originally an Armory. My project represents a balance between the past and the present and how both are necessary pieces of the whole. In Army ROTC, history is an important part of our learning in developing leadership so it was really fun to be able to blend history into the present with this building since it such a big part of my life right now.

Rachel Boucher

I ended up choosing a photo of the Benton County Courthouse. I chose this photo because that building has always interested to me due to its old architecture. When composing my piece it was interesting to see the lack of changes to the building. Besides some slight changes, the building has remained the same. In contrast to the courthouse, the outer environment has changed drastically with new additions of paved roads and power lines.

Kaylee Weyrauch

The four photographs I chose were of places on campus. The first one is of Azalea House, then “Lover’s Lane”, then Campus Way and the last photo was of Fairbanks Hall. I picked these four because when they are put together, they show the route I take every day to school. They mean something to me and were fairly easy to locate in the Archives.

Shae Williams

I chose this image for my project because it depicted Benton Hall. I spend a lot of my time in Benton and I know it is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Though the building has changed little (on the outside) everything around it has been greatly altered by time. The view from which the original photo is taken is now almost completely obscured by trees. It was cool to compare the original image with the image I ended up taking from the same spot side by side.

Emily Lyons

I chose to use this photo of E.E. Wilson because it seemed to capture the essence of Oregon State through both the architecture and the human activity. Before this assignment, I had no idea that Benton Hall had been a part of Oregon State’s history for so long. I felt compelled to use it in my work. Another reason why this photo grabbed my attention was because of the man on the bicycle. Riding a bike on and through campus is a mode of transportation which students and faculty alike use on a daily basis today and I was surprised to see that it was just as important in the early 1900′s. When originally making the decision about the image, I was drawn to the postcards; I loved the nostalgic qualities and tactility. I paired the photo with the old postcard format. I then meshed an original photo I took with the older one and created a postcard which could possibly be sent out through the university for some occasion.

Manasa Adajian

I choose the courthouse because it’s a magnificent building and I walk by it every time I am downtown. I think it an important landmark in Corvallis. Also, I think it’s pretty tight to see how things have changed over time.

Tiffany Cha

For my project I used the photos of the Lady in the Fountain, and it was great to learn about some of the history of OSU. It was heartbreaking to hear that the fountain was repeatedly vandalized and eventually destroyed only about 20 years after being at OSU, but it was reassuring to see that there were students who cared and guarded the statue.  It’s great that you have these photos that show a part of the history of OSU that is no longer here. Seeing this statue almost a century after it was destroyed is amazing, and I’m glad that I got to see and learn about it.


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