Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Robert Claude Wilson Papers, 1920-2004

Scope and Content Note

Accession 2002:089 includes course materials, films, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a self-published autobiography. The course materials were organized in packets by class and contain sylabi, quiz blanks, tool safety guidelines, and project plans. The photographs (207 black and white prints, 26 black and white negatives, 225 color slides, and two color transparencies) document Manufacturing Engineering Department faculty, students, and the various labs and other facilities where classes were held. Among the photos there is also a slide presentation prepared for a summer class in marquetry which features images of Wilson's own work in marquetry. The publication, "A Glimpse into the Past", includes stories of Wilson's experiences at OSU. There are also three films in this accession. Two of the three films are newsreels on the use of the Minimalic Building Construction method to build minitiature scale models of housing structures, the while the third is a panel discussion forum with four unidentified people from an undated program "Sunday Scope." There is also a two-volume catalog of decorative wood samples for use in marquetry in two cases (Hough's American Woods).

Accession 2002:098 includes slides depicting examples of finished craft projects and furniture in a variety of different forms-wood, metal, plastic, and fiber. Examples of lapidary, photography, leatherwork, and wood marquetry (Wilson's specialty) projects are included among these slides. Also included are images of tree fibers used in a presentation on the identification of various types of wood. Information regarding those who created the works portrayed in these slides was not found in this accession. Four lantern slides were also found in this accession.

Accession 2004:014 includes depictions of the tool room, the wood working laboratory, welding equipment, the iron foundry, and a boat building class. In addition to the scrapbook there is also biographical information collected from Wilson's funeral in 2004.


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