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Presidents of OSU Photographic Collection, circa 1865-1999

William Jasper Kerr with Lincoln Steffins, October 1913. Kerr was the president of Oregon State College from 1907-1932. Steffins was speaker at the College Convocation, October 22, 1913.

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P 001

The Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection consists of images of Oregon State University presidents from W. A. Finley through Paul Risser from a variety of sources and in various formats, primarily b/w prints. The collection includes multiple images for William Jasper Kerr, George W. Peavy, August L. Strand, and James H. Jensen.


OSU Presidents Online Exhibit
OSU Presidents Online Exhibit
Images and biographical sketches of OSU Presidents from 1865 to the present.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.5 cubic foot, including 300 prints, 7 film negatives, 6 slides, and 1 oil painting ; 4 boxes, include 3 oversize boxes


The photographs are arranged in 17 series, primarily by president: I. William A. Finley; II. Benjamin Lee Arnold; III. John M. Bloss; IV. H.B. Miller; V. Thomas M. Gatch; VI. William Jasper Kerr; VII. George W. Peavy; VIII. Frank Llewellyn Ballard; IX. A.L. Strand; X. James H. Jensen; XI. John D. Letcher; XII. Francois A. Gilfillan; XIII. Multiple Presidents; XIV. Robert W. MacVicar; XV. John V. Byrne; XVI. Paul Gillan Risser; and XVII. Roy A. Young.

All images have been assigned individual numbers (P001:001-P001:114).

Related Papers

Other photographic collections containing substantial numbers of presidential photos include Harriet's Collection and the Alumni Association (P 17), Historical (P 25), Faculty and Staff (P 46), News and Communication Services (P 57), Gwil Evans (P 82), President's Office (P 92), Robert W. Henderson (P 98), and Agricultural Communications (P 120) Photographic Collections.

Albumen prints of early 1890s protraits of John M. Bloss and John D. Letcher are available in the Emile Pernot Photographs (P 230).

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