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Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album, 1915-1928

Scope and Content Note

The Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album was assembled by Wright during his freshman year at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1915-1916. It consists of postcard prints and snapshots depicting campus buildings and views, student activities, football games, and the Willamette River. The campus views include an image of snow on campus.

Many of the photos in the album are of the 1915 football team, players, and games. Several of the images depict the team's departure for a game against Michigan Agricultural College and the celebration in Corvallis when the team returned from Michigan after the OAC victory. The celebration included a parade in downtown Corvallis. The album includes programs for the 1915 Michigan Agricultural College team, the OAC vs University of Oregon football game in 1915, and the OAC vs Syracuse University football game played at Multnomah Stadium in Portland in 1915.

The album includes photographs of many student activities, including the rook bag rush, rook bonfire, serpentines at football games, and burning of the green caps. Of special note are images of construction of the rook bonfire in 1915 by Wright's class. Photographs of military cadets are also included.

The album includes a dance card for the Class of 1919 freshman dance in December 1915 and several other ephemeral items. Several loose photographs and a postcard invitation to a 1928 alumni event in Portland are part of the collection, but not affixed in the album.

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