Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album, 1928-1934

Scope and Content Note

The Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album was assembled by alumna Zoa Lowthian to document her student experience at Oregon Agricultural College in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In addition to campus buildings and views, the album includes snapshots of friends and family in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota. The images include portrait photographs of Lowthian and other students; candid snapshots of friends; and views of construction of the homecoming bonfire. Many of the family photographs include children as well as pet dogs and cats. Several of the images are hand-colored.

The album also includes some clippings from newspapers and magazines and a drawing. Most of the clippings are poems or quotations. The collection also includes several ephemeral items that are not affixed to the album -- Lowthian's diploma from Oregon State Agricultural College; her membership certificate in the Rho Chi Honorary Society; a junior standing certificate; and a reference letter from A. Ziefle, School of Pharmacy Dean, stating that she had completed her BS in Pharmacy in 1932. A small leather certificate holder with the Oregon Agricultural College seal on the cover is also part of the collection.


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