Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

University Housing and Dining Services Records, 1900-2013

Alpha Hall, ca. 1890. Constructed by Samuel G. McFadden, Alpha Hall was the first residence hall on the OSU campus.

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RG 145

The records of University Housing and Dining Services document the administration of campus housing residence halls and dormitories. In addition to the management of housing, these records also depict student life and culture on campus.

Campus Buildings Constructed for Use as Residence Halls and Dormitories

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


19.3 cubic feet; 36 boxes, including 16 oversize box and 1 map folder; 4 microfilm reels


Organized into ten series: I. Correspondence; II. Staff Meeting Minutes; III. University Housing Committee; IV. Reports and Studies; V. Residence Hall Files; VI. Policy and Procedure Statements; VII. Newspaper Clippings; VIII. Publications; IX. Hawthorne Manor; and X. General Subject Files.

Related Papers

Documentation pertaining to campus housing is also represented elsewhere in the holdings of the OSU Archives. Institutional records reflecting policy development, financing, and administration of residence halls can be found in the following record groups: the President's Office (RG 13), Finance and Administration (RG 131), Business Affairs Office (RG 17), Dean of Men (RG 134), Dean of Women (RG 57), Student Affairs (RG 102), and Associated Students of OSU (RG 11). Student life in residence halls is documented in the Poling Poling Hall Club (RG 36) and Cauthorn Club (RG 101) records. Architectural drawings and other materials relating to the construction and renovation of residence halls and dormitories can be found in the Facilities Services Records (RG 193). Archives' collections also include materials from housing cooperatives Azalea House, Co-Ed Cottage, and Co-Resident Women Inc. (RG 77).

Images of residence halls, cooperatives, and other types of student housing can be found in several photographic collections, including: Harriet's Collection, the Buildings Photograph Collection (P 16), Beaver Yearbook (P 3), Office of University Publications (P 94), Alumni Association (P 17), and Gwil Evans (P 82).

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