Scope and Content Note
The Football Photograph Collection is made up of approximately 408 photographic prints, 376 negatives, and 13 color slides. These images mainly depict football players during practices and games. The bulk of the photographs were produced from around 1910 to the late 1950s. These images document different aspects of practices such as punting, passing and receiving, and sprinting drills. Some photographs are action shots while others appear to be posed. The majority were taken at Bell Field or Parker Stadium. Action shots at games depict Oregon State athletes facing off against players from Multnomah Athletic Club, Washington State, Idaho, Michigan State, Montana and other schools and organizations. Of special note are several images of games between Oregon State and the University of Oregon, known as the Civil War.
Images in the Football Photograph Collection also depict coaches and trainers, fans and spectators in the stands at Bell Field and Parker Stadium, construction of the aforementioned facilities, and players receiving equipment. The collection includes images of Paul Schissler, Lon Stiner, Kip Taylor, and Tommy Prothro, who were head football coaches from the 1920s to mid-1960s. Of special note is a manuscript titled "My Day with the Team" that describes a day in the life of an Oregon State football player from the perspective of a faculty member. This manuscript includes images of players. Team photographs from a number of years are included in the collection as well as images of the 1942, 1957 and 1965 Rose Bowl games. There are also a few images of other sports, including baseball, track, and basketball.
Many of the photographs were made by Hise Studio in Corvallis; images by W.S. Gardner, Richard Gilkey, and J. Kenneth Munford are also included. Approximately 80 of the images are available online in the Best of the Archives digital collection. Links to individual images are available from the individual images.
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