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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Friday Feature: more finding aids!

Following is a list of 9 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed during March 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 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013 and 4 maps collections. As of March 28, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 749 finding aids in NWDA.

Tripp, Rodney, Collection, circa 1870 – 2001 (MSS Tripp)

Rodney Winfield Tripp, ca 1940.

These materials document Tripp’s association with Oregon State University and consist primarily of ephemera, memorabilia, and artifacts. A life-long resident of Albany, Oregon, Tripp earned a BS in Secretarial Science from Oregon State College in 1940.

Andrews, Carol, Papers, 1991-2012 (MSS Andrews)

These materials were generated and assembled by Andrews in the course of her work on website design and construction for Oregon State University, including the University’s first web page in 1995.

Booth, Claud L., Photograph Album, 1919-1973 (P 300)

This photograph album includes 66 photographs assembled by Claud L. Booth to document his student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC); the photographs depict student activities and athletic teams and events. Claud Lorraine Booth attended OAC in 1919-1923 and 1926-1927 and earned a BS in Industrial Arts in June 1928.

Forestry Media Center Slide Collection, 1942-2000 (P 299)

This extensive collection of color slides (approximately 18,800 images) were created, assembled, and maintained by the Forestry Media Center as a source of images for instruction and outreach in the Oregon State University College of Forestry. The collection also includes slides created by W.F. McCulloch, Dean of Forestry from 1955 until 1966. The slides depict forests and landscapes in North America; timber management, harvesting, and processing; and College of Forestry students and faculty.

Carey L. Strome, 1916.

Strome, Carey L., Papers, 1911-1914 (MSS Strome)The

Strome Papers document his agriculture courses at Oregon Agricultural College in the early 1910s. The Papers include class notes, course materials and class assignments, and publications. Strome earned a BS in Agronomy at Oregon Agricultural College in 1916.

Bureau of Land Management Maps of Oregon, 1944-1993 (MAPS BLM)

BLM map segment of the Prineville Unit, 1970.

This collection of 100 maps includes maps published by the Bureau of Land Management for the public as guides for outdoor recreation and prepared for management of forest lands, primarily in western Oregon.

Forest Type Maps of Oregon, 1900 – circa 1995 (MAPS ForestType)

Detail from a map of the northern portion of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve, 1901.

The Forest Type Maps document forest composition at the county, region, and statewide level in Oregon from 1900 to the mid-1950s. They were prepared by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps depict type and quality of timber in a given area as well as non-forested and de-forested land. The collection includes 95 maps.



General County Highway Maps, 1951-1963 (MAPS CountyHwy)

This collection of 70 highway maps were prepared by the Oregon State Highway Department in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. Maps for Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Harney, Lane, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill Counties are included.

Willamette Valley Sketch Map, 1851 (MAPS WVSketch)

This map depicts purchases and reservations made by the Board of Commissioners with Native Americans in Oregon. The map was prepared by George Gibbs and Edmund A. Starling. Gibbs was a geologist and ethnologist who participated in treaty negotiations between the U.S. Governments and native tribes. This collection consists of three reproductions of the original map, which is held in the National Archives.


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Friday Feature: SCARC updates

A lot has been happening around SCARC lately!

We are in the midst of installing a new exhibit on the Obo Addy Legacy Project and Milagro (officially known as the Miracle Theater Group) in the 5th floor foyer. OMA curator Natalia Fernandez will write more about the exhibit in the Oregon Multicultural Archives blog, but here are some fun shots I took this morning.

History of Science librarian Anne Bahde had the Oregon Master Beekeepers program in for a visit this afternoon, but her big work over the past two weeks is a collection accession that will remain somewhat shrouded in mystery, but she reports that her favorite thing recently was bringing in a bag of irradiated dirt collected from Hanford in the 1970s. Here’s the teaser to the mystery – these boxes are now full – but not of dirt. Stay tuned for updates!

Of course my favorite thing from the past week was the OHBA prom launch party — Tap into History.

McMenamins Mission Theater marquee

But I also travelled to Monterey a few weeks ago to present a poster at the National Council on Public History and was interviewed for Library Journal.

Peter Kopp & Tiah Edmunson-Morton, OHBA poster


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Fabulous Finding Aids!

It was another busy month for us in SCARC!

WW2 poster collection.

The following is a list of the 10 finding aids that were completed during February 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 3 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 4 maps collections, and 3 collections that previously had minimal descriptive information available online. As of February 28, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 740 finding aids in NWDA.

Alpha Chi Omega Chi Chapter Minutes, 1918 (MSS AlphaChiOmega)

These minutes document weekly chapter meetings of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority in the winter and spring of 1918.  The Chi Chapter was established at Oregon Agricultural College in 1915.

Roger Weaver Papers, 1989-2012 (MSS Weaver)

The Weaver Papers reflect the poetry and teaching career of Roger Weaver and include biographical materials, books of Weaver’s poems, a journal, and a sound recording.  Weaver was a faculty member in the Oregon State University English Department from 1962 until his retirement in 1996.

Wilson, Warren C., Western Alpines Project Lantern Slides, 1936-1938 (P 298)

These lantern slides consists of 9 photographs made by Warren C. Wilson during a 1936 alpine plant collecting trip in Colorado and Washington.  Wilson graduated from Cornell University and was a plant propagator and nursery owner in Maplewood, Oregon, specializing in alpine flora.

Oregon Drainage Basin Maps, 1957-1992 (MAPS Drainage)

This collection of 28 maps includes statewide maps as well as maps of individual basins.  The maps define basin boundaries and depict the rivers and streams within each basin (or watershed).  Land use maps for several of the basins are also part of the collection.

Oregon State Highway Maps, 1918-1991 (MAPS ORStateHwy)

The Oregon State Highway Maps consist primarily of the official highway map for Oregon produced annually by the Oregon State Highway Department.  The collection consists of 84 maps; many of the maps are available online in the Oregon Maps  digital collection:

Oregon Transportation Maps, 1940-1944 (MAPS ORTransport)

These maps were prepared by the U.S. Public Roads Administration and document transportation in Oregon, immediately preceding and during World War II, in 1940 and 1944.  The maps depict highway, railroads, canals, air lanes, and dredged channels.  The collection includes 24 maps.

Tideland Ownership Maps of the Oregon Coast, 1972-1973 (MAPS Tidelands)

This collection consists of detailed maps for 16 tideland regions depicting the lands owned by the State of Oregon; those that are private; and land owned by ports, cities, counties, or the federal government.

Horner Museum Oral History Collection, 1952-1993 (OH 10)

This extensive collection consists of more than 250 oral history interviews conducted or assembled by the Horner Museum.  The interviews address a variety of topics including Oregon State University faculty, students, and academic departments; Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon; evolving economic and cultural perspectives on natural resources in rural Oregon; the life experiences of Native Americans and other ethnic minorities in the region; and the recollections of American born in the first decades of the twentieth century.  The collection includes 418 audiocassettes and 103 photographs.  A detailed description  of the collection contents is part of the guide.

U.S. Civil War Collection, 1862-1898 (MSS CivilWar)

This small collection includes newspapers, correspondence, handwritten songs, and artwork contemporary to the U.S. Civil War.  Much of the collection was assembled by James H. Lewis, a soldier in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  These materials were originally acquired for the McDonald Rare Book Collection and were separated in 2014 to form this separate collection.  The guide includes an item-level list of the collection contents.

World War II Poster Collection, 1941-1945 (MSS WW2Posters)

These propaganda posters were generated by United States government agencies, civilian service organizations, and foreign agencies between 1941 and 1945.  The collection contains numerous posters addressing U.S. war production, war bond and stamp sales, military recruiting, civil defense, civilian wartime responsibilities, and pro-U.S. propaganda.  The collection includes 216 unique posters and 79 duplicates.  An item-level list of the posters forms the bulk of this guide.


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