Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

George Edmonston, Jr. Collection, 1907-2011

George Edmonston.
"Sunday morning on top of the 'Shack.'" Real photo postcard created for OAC student Edgar Pierce, ca. 1911-1913.
Four Oregon State Presidents and First Ladies. From left: John and Shirley Byrne, Robert and Clarice MacVicar, James and Chris Jensen, Roy and Marilyn Young, September 1984. Photo by Allan J. de Lay.

Information and Credits

MSS Edmonston

The George Edmonston, Jr. Collection primarily consists of materials collected and generated by Edmonston over the course of his nineteen years (1986-2005) as editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, during which time he wrote dozens of articles on the history of the university. The collection includes original and reproduced photographs and other primary sources used by Edmonston in his research and writing on OSU and the Willamette Valley. Also included are materials documenting the activities of the Oregon Stater, the OSU Alumni Association and the OSU 30-Staters Clubs both before and during Edmonston's time at OSU, as well as items written by Edmonston for publication outside of the Oregon Stater.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


2.8 cubic feet, including 497 photographs, 2 compact discs and 2 DVDs; 717 megabytes born digital; 6 boxes including 2 oversize boxes


The collection is arranged into five series: I. Photographs, 1909-2005; II. Subject Files, 1907-2008; III. Manuscripts and Publications, 1994-2002; IV. OSU Alumni Association Records, 1938-2011; V. Oregon Stater Records, 1964-2005.

Related Papers

The history of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine is outlined in the papers of Chuck Boice, editor from 1969-1986, as well as the Oregon Stater Photograph Collection (P 195), which is largely comprised of images taken for use in the publication. The OSU Libraries hold a complete run of the Oregon Stater (PUB 3-11a) as well as the publication that preceded it, Oregon State Monthly. A detailed index to both publications is available online. Also available online are many of the OSU-related pieces that George Edmonston wrote for the Oregon Stater and the Alumni Association.

The activities of the OSU Alumni Association are also reflected in multiple collections held by SCARC, including the Alumni Association Records (RG 035) and Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 017), and the Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017). The papers of several individuals who served as Director or Executive Secretary of the Association or were significantly involved with alumni matters are also part of SCARC's holdings. These individuals include Edward C. Allworth, Ted Carlson, Crawford Henderson ("Scram") Graham, E. B. Lemon and Edwin T. Reed.

Components of the George Edmonston Collection have been separated out for inclusion in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection (MC), which is itself a major resource for research on the history of OSU.

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