Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

George Edmonston, Jr. Collection, 1907-2011

Scope and Content Note

The George Edmonston, Jr. Collection is a rich resource for those interested in the history and traditions of Oregon State University. The collection contains nearly five hundred original and reproduced photographs depicting campus events and culture from the early 1900s to the end of the 20th century. Of particular interest are a set of real photo postcards created ca. 1911-1913 for OAC student Edgar Pierce, which document numerous campus scenes and activities contemporary to the time.

The collection likewise holds an extensive set of topically organized subject files, consisting of original and reproduced primary source materials gathered by Edmonston in his research on campus history. The results of this research are presented in Edmonston's publications, many of which are compiled in manuscript form in this collection. The entirety of Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips - an informal history of Oregon State University written by Edmonston and published as a web serial in 2001-2002 - is available in the collection, as are numerous manuscripts developed for use in various publications, including the Oregon Stater. Three books authored by Edmonston and one book manuscript are also available: Tales from Oregon State Sports (with Jeff Welsch, 2003), Double Duty. John & Dorothy Fenner: A Story of Honor, Commitment and Love (2007), Second Chance: The Cliff & Donna Grow Story (2011), and All I Wanted Was An Opportunity: The Ken Austin Story (manuscript, 2010).

The collection also features extensive sets of records reflecting the history, growth and activities of both the OSU Alumni Association and the Oregon Stater magazine. Within these materials are records of the 30-Staters Clubs, local alumni organizations created "to support and further the interests of the O.S.C. Alumni Association" by "serv[ing] as a nucleus in any community around which to rally the services of the alumni whenever the occasion warrants." The records also include documentation of numerous Alumni Association awards events, materials concerning Oregon Stater budgets and expenses, and biographical information on Edmonston himself.

In addition to the paper materials held in the collection, two compact discs and two DVDs - containing photographs, Powerpoint presentations, and an event video production - are present in series I, II and IV. These born digital materials have been copied to the SCARC file server for purposes of both preservation and access.

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