Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

"Enlightened England, the Age of Reason, as the 18th Century has often been termed, has been an area of reading appeal to me from an early age, even before college days. Interested as I was in good writing, I found much to enjoy in such masters as Swift, Pope, Addison, Fielding, Johnson, with their demand that a sense of orderliness should be the dominant force in writing along with a respect for tradition and good taste."

Norman W. Wilson, 1994

Wilson Room Collection, 1493, 1592-1908

East end of The Wilson Room.
Portrait of Norman and Glenville Wilson.
West end of The Wilson Room.
"Gossip table."
"The Farmer's Visit," color print by George Morland.

Information and Credits

RB Wilson

The Wilson Room Collection holds an assortment of literature, historical texts, artifacts, and antiques from Britain's 18th and 19th centuries. Norman and Glenville Wilson spent many years travelling in Britain and indulging their mutual interest in British history. Norman joined the Oregon State University faculty in 1947, teaching English composition and literature until his retirement in 1968. Glenville worked for the USDA Forest Service office in Corvallis for 20 years. Their donation to the library provides an important resource for scholars interested in Georgian and Victorian history.

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Content Description


12 linear feet; 310 items

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