Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Fred Tooley Photograph Collection, 1910-1961

Scope and Content Note

The Fred Tooley Photograph Collection consists of photographs assembled by Tooley during his student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1910-1911 and of the 25th and 50th reunions of the Class of 1911 in 1936 and 1961. The photographs include images of a study desk, probably in a dormitory room. Tooley and his mother are shown in 1911 after commencement on a boardwalk southeast of campus; Education Hall and the Gymnasium (now Gymnastics Training Center) are in the background of this image. Campus views depict cadets in an OAC formation; Agriculture Hall, the Bandstand, and the Pharmacy Building (Alpha Hall); lower campus and the fountain; the Armory (McAlexander Fieldhouse); and Waldo Hall. Of special note is an image of the Mechanical Arts Building (Merryfield Hall) that also depicts the Horticulture Building (and greenhouses) and the heating tower. A photograph of the 1910 commencement exercises in the Armory (McAlexander Fieldhouse) is included. One image shows the seniors entering the Gymnasium for the alumni banquet and another depicts the banquet underway in the interior of the Gymnasium in 1911

The collection includes several group photographs: juniors on junior flunk day in spring of 1910; Class of 1911 graduates in front of Benton Hall; and the Class of 1911 attendees at their 25th reunion in 1936 and the 50th reunion in 1961. Tooley's wife is also pictured in both the reunion photographs. The 50th reunion program is part of the collection and indicates that Tooley spoke on "Memories of College Days". The 1961 50th reunion photograph is available online in the Best of the Archives digital collection.

The postcard print of Waldo Hall was sent to Floyd Mason in Hood River, Oregon, from Joy (Tooley's wife) while she was an OAC student. The postcard of the Junior Flunk Day group was sent to Tooley's sister, Pearle Tooley, in Portland, Oregon with a note from Fred.

Most of the images are photographic postcards. G.C. Blakeley took the photograph of the 1911 graduates; Howells Studio made the 1936 reunion photograph. Photographers are not identified for the remainder of the images.


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