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Harding School Collection, 1923-2002

Collection Overview

Title: Harding School Collection, 1923-2002

Predominant Dates: 1957-2002

ID: MSS HardingSchool

Primary Creator: Harding School Parent-Teacher Association

Extent: 7.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Harding School Collection consists of materials and records related to Corvallis, Oregon's Harding Elementary School as collected and generated by the Harding School Parent-Teacher Association.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes an account ledger, administrative poetry from the office secretary, brochures, bylaws, a cd, event programs, certificates, correspondence, flyers, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, plaques, scrapbooks, student directories and a student-constructed time capsule from 1998.

The minutes and correspondence were generated by the Harding School PTA. The photographs are primarily portraits of student classes and include imagery of students engaged in classroom activities and special events like the Halloween "Pixie Parade." Also featured is a 1935 photo of the school and shots of Harding School teachers and other staff members.

In addition to documenting the closure of the Harding Elementary School in 2002, these materials also reflect general administrative activities such as budgetary management, fundraising, event organization, and volunteer coordination. Also illustrated in these materials is the PTA's collection of information about past students and staff "alumni" of Harding School.

Numbering about 250 photographs in all (200 prints and 50 negatives), the collection's images primarily depict Harding School classroom scenes. The cd contains digital images of the 2002 International Potluck at the school.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Located in Corvallis, Oregon at 510 NW 31st Street, Harding Elementary School opened to classes in 1924. Originally known as College Hill School, Harding, at it's peak in 1953, enrolled 620 students and employed 20 teachers. Due to decreasing enrollment city-wide, the school closed at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 250 photographs, 3 archives boxes, 2 document boxes, 1 16x20x5 dropfront box, 1 20x24 oversize box

Statement on Access:

Collection is open for research.

Survey forms gauging parent opinion of Harding School on the eve of its closure contain sensitive information. Access is subject to review by reference archivist.

Requests for duplication of more recent photographs in this collection are subject to review by the Reference Archivist.

Preferred Citation: Harding School Collection (MSS HardingSchool), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


Harding School Parent-Teacher Association

People, Places, and Topics

Harding School Parent-Teacher Association

Forms of Material

Born digital.

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