Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998

Scope and Content Note

The President's Office Photographs consist of photographs documenting the activities the presidents of Oregon State University, primarily from 1960 through 1995, as well as individual portrait photographs of Oregon State faculty and staff from the 1930s through 1960s. The faculty and staff photographs, which comprise over half of the collection, were submitted with the employees' employment applications or were part of the personnel files. Most are formal portraits; however, some are snapshots. Many of the images were made by Hise Studio in Corvallis.

Photographs documenting the activities of Oregon State presidents A.L. Strand, James H. Jensen, Robert W. MacVicar, and John Byrne form a substantial part of the collection. These include images of special events, such as commencement, awards presentations, University Day, groundbreaking and dedication events, and alumni and donor events. Photographs of campus buildings and facilities are included as well as images of the presidents with alumni, prominent visitors, and dignitaries. Of special note are several images of Governors Tom McCall and Victor Atiyeh and Senators Mark Hatfield, Bob Packwood, and Ron Wyden.

The collection includes only a few photographs of President Paul Risser and activities during his administration.

The bulk of the images are b/w prints; many of the images from the Byrne years are color prints. The collection also includes b/w and color negatives and color slides.

Images from the collection are available online in the Best of the Archives digital collection.

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