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Alumni Association Records, 1888-2008

Oregon State College Graduating class of 1892. This class was the first to include home economics graduates.  From Left to Right: front row - Lois Stewart Osborn, Martha Avery Fulton, Minnie Waggoner Lilly. Second row - John Fulton, Rose Horton Sheldon, James Storms, Lulu Chandler Eppinger, Leon Louis. Standing - Ida Ray Brandes, Charles Johnson, Nellie Davidson Wattenburg, Richard Scott, Nellie Hogue, Barney S. Martin, Anna Denman.

Information and Credits

RG 035

The Alumni Association Records document the alumni of Oregon State University and the Association's administration, programs and activities, and publications. An alumni organization was established at Corvallis College (now Oregon State University) in 1873.

Scope and Content Note

Quantity

12.5 cubic feet, including 1000 photographs; 19 boxes, including 6 oversize boxes; 13 microfilm reels

Arrangement

The records are arrange in four subgroups: 1. Class Files, 1897-2002; 2. Administrative Files, 1914-2008; 3. Publications, 1929-2005; and 4. Microfilmed Records, 1888-1964.

Subgroup 1 (Class Files) consists of three series: I. Class Records, 1897-1966; Class Reunions, 1923-2002; and III. Alumni Register, June 1923 - June 1932.

Subgroup 2 (Administrative Files) consists of 17 series: I. Constitution and Bylaws, 1914-1990; II. Annual and Biennial Reports, 1938-1972; III. Board Meetings Records, 1941-1995; IV. OSU Federation Meeting Minutes, 1950-1976; V. Homecoming Records, 1948-1968; VI. Portland Information Center Files, 1945-1952; VII. School Songs, 1922-1952; VIII. Special Projects, 1945-1961; IX. OSU Centennial Celebration, 1965-1974; X. Alumni Leader's Manual, circa 1953; XI. OSU Fund, 1960-1978; XII. Correspondence, 1927-1975; XIII. Fiscal Records, 1926-1977; XIV. Sound Recordings, 1949-1991; XV. Scrapbook, 1950-1951; XVI. List of Alumni, undated; and XVII. Academy of Lifelong Learning, 2008.

Subgroup 3 (Publications) consists of four series: I. Alumni Magazine, 1929-1998; II. OSU Scope, 1966-1971; III. Orange and Black, 1938; IV. Alumni Directories, 1910-2005.

The microfilmed records (Subgroup 4) consist of 15 series: I. Class Reunion Files, 1891-1959; III. Reunion Weekends, 1939-1942; IV. Class Financial Records, 1924-1934; V. Reunion Lists, 1923-1925; VI. Reunion Letters, 1905; VII. Alumni Mailing List, 1935; VIII. Reunion Banquets, 1916-1946; XI. Alumni Association, 1942; XII. Class Lists, 1926-1945; XIII. Mailing Lists of Alumni, 1940-1941; XIV. Golden Jubilee Lists and Correspondence, 1888-1964; XV. Stadium Fund, 1951-1953; XVI. Correspondence, 1938-1953; XVIII. General Files, 1935-1950; and XIX. Memorial Chapel and Carillon Information, 1944-1959. There are no series II, IX, X, or XVII.

Related Papers

Additional photographs are available in the Alumni Association Photographs (P 017) and the Oregon Stater Photographs (P 195); motion picture films and videotapes are available in the Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 017). The OSU Archives includes many collections assembled and donated by individual alumni as well as the records of other alumni organizations such as the OSU Home Economics Alumni Association Records and the Oregon State University Women's Club Records. Materials pertaining to the Oregon State Forestry Alumni Association are part of the Les Lloyd Papers. The Academy for Lifelong Learning Records provide more detailed information about that affiliated organization.

The Oregon State Yank Collection documents the activities of Oregon State alumni during World War II.

The papers of several individuals who served as Director or Executive Secretary of the Association, edited the alumni magazine, or were significantly involved with alumni matters are part of the Archives' holdings: Edward C. Allworth, Chuck Boice, Ted Carlson, Crawford Henderson ("Scram") Graham, E.B. Lemon, and Edwin T. Reed. The George Edmonston Collection includes a variety of materials pertaining to OSU and regional history as well as his role as Editor of the Oregon Stater from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. The alumni magazine is available in the Archives as a separate collection; the Memorabilia Collection includes extensive materials about OSU alumni and a variety of ephemeral items documenting Alumni Association activities.

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