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Kupono Cooperative House Scrapbook, 1939-1943

Scope and Content Note

The Kupono Cooperative House Scrapbook documents the membership and activities of this housing cooperative for Oregon State College men students in 1939-1943, during the early years of World War II and the years immediately preceding the war. The scrapbook includes descriptions of activities, lists of members, newspaper clippings, ephemera, dance cards, and photographs. The newspaper clippings report on social events, intramurals, and honors and activities of members. Of special note is a written description and newspaper clipping about the April 1941 campus lecture by Bernard Squires, Executive Secretary of the Seattle Urban League, on Racial Minorities in the Colleges. Squires was a dinner guest at the Kupono House during his visit and "spoke of the race problem on our campus" with members.

The photographs depict exterior and interior views of the house, house members, activities and events, snow at the house, a "clothes heap" in the living room, and the members' mothers visiting for Mothers Weekend. A photograph of the residents playing cards was published in the 1941 Beaver yearbook and is available online in the Best of the Archives digital collection.

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