Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Veterinary Medicine Records, 1923-1976

Scope and Content Note

The College of Veterinary Medicine Records contains two subgroups: 1. School of Veterinary Medicine; and 2. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The first subgroup consists of papers written for Veterinary Medicine Classes, and translations of veterinary medicine papers from German to English. The second subgroup, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory contains reports, correspondence and other administrative records. Included are annual progress and final reports on various research projects, annual reports of the lab, monthly clinical necropsy records compiled in cooperation with the State Wildlife Commission; correspondence pertaining to test results; press releases; inspection reports of the lab; fee scales; and equipment specifications. The administrative correspondence includes requests for office and medical supplies, advice to prospective veterinary students, travel arrangements, thank you notes, and requests for payment of travel expenses.

An addition to the College of Veterinary Medicine Records (Accession 2012:073) consists of materials generated and collected by the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) that document various aspects of the program, including: instruction, accreditation review, faculty research, establishment of a regional program with Washington and Idaho, lobbying to Oregon State legislators, the awarding of scholarships, student matriculation, response to animal rights protests, curriculum development, policies/procedures, and building construction. These files consist of architectural drawings, brochures, correspondence, course syllabi, curriculum vitae, floppy disks, grant proposals, handbooks, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, scrapbooks, signed petitions, sound recordings, videotapes, and a plaque. Primarily made up of newspaper clippings about the CVM, the scrapbooks also contain event programs, flyers, press releases, photographs, membership lists, and letters. Numbering about 5700 photographs in total (1500 prints, 2000 negatives, 2200 slides), the images depict students, faculty/staff members, research projects, classroom instruction, Magruder Hall, and graduation ceremonies. Compiled annually to document students going through the program, the class and graduation files contain commencement programs, correspondence, handbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, speeches, statistical information, and survey materials. Confidential and personal student information found in these files have been weeded. The petitions were gathered in response to a plan to close the CVM in 1995.


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