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Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album, 1912-1916

Scope and Content Note

The Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album was assembled by Robinson and documents his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The album includes 212 photographs and several ephemeral items. Many of the photographs have handwritten captions or descriptions. Most of the photographs are snapshots or postcard-size prints.

The photographs document many student activities and student traditions at Oregon Agricultural College during the 1910s and include images of the Oxford Club, commencement, May Day activities, homecoming rook bonfire, tug-of-war, and Senior Flunk Day. A variety of athletic events and recreational sports are depicted in the album, including football, basketball (men's and women's), wrestling, tennis, track and field, canoeing, and baseball. Images of military cadets; students studying, probably in the Oxford Club; and a horticulture exhibit are included.

Most of the photographs depict locations on the Oregon Agricultural campus; however, images of outings to the Oregon coast, including the Peter Iredale shipwreck; Marys Peak; and Newport are included. The album includes an image of flooding in Corvallis.

Of special note are an image of Cosmopolitan Club members; a group of supporters of women's suffrage, perhaps at a YMCA/YWCA conference or convocation on the Oregon coast; and a 1913 Halloween party with several attendees in blackface.

The ephemeral items include a telegram addressed to the Oxford Club, ticket stubs, football ephemera, ribbons, and buttons.

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