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Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album, 1912-1916

By Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Ockert and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album, 1912-1916

Predominant Dates: 1912-1914

ID: P 215

Primary Creator: Robinson, Charles Leon

Extent: 0.2 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album was assembled by Robinson during his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The album documents student activities and student life during the early-mid 1910s and includes several items of ephemera. Robinson graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1914 with a B.S. in horticulture.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album was assembled by Robinson and documents his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The album includes 212 photographs and several ephemeral items. Many of the photographs have handwritten captions or descriptions. Most of the photographs are snapshots or postcard-size prints.

The photographs document many student activities and student traditions at Oregon Agricultural College during the 1910s and include images of the Oxford Club, commencement, May Day activities, homecoming rook bonfire, tug-of-war, and Senior Flunk Day. A variety of athletic events and recreational sports are depicted in the album, including football, basketball (men's and women's), wrestling, tennis, track and field, canoeing, and baseball. Images of military cadets; students studying, probably in the Oxford Club; and a horticulture exhibit are included.

Most of the photographs depict locations on the Oregon Agricultural campus; however, images of outings to the Oregon coast, including the Peter Iredale shipwreck; Marys Peak; and Newport are included. The album includes an image of flooding in Corvallis.

Of special note are an image of Cosmopolitan Club members; a group of supporters of women's suffrage, perhaps at a YMCA/YWCA conference or convocation on the Oregon coast; and a 1913 Halloween party with several attendees in blackface.

The ephemeral items include a telegram addressed to the Oxford Club, ticket stubs, football ephemera, ribbons, and buttons.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Charles Leon Robinson enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in September 1911 and graduated with a BS in Horticulture in June 1914. Robinson participated in a variety of student activities including the Agricultural Club, Llewelling (Horticulture) Club, the local chapter of the YMCA, intramural basketball, and the Oxford Club.

After completing his degree he worked in orchards and berry farms near Salem, Medford, and Hood River; in 1915, he became field man for the North Pacific Fruit Distributors in Wenatchee, Washington. Robinson served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919 and became a horticultural inspector in Yakima, Washington after his discharge. About one year later, he became Supervisor of Horticulture for the Washington State Department of Agriculture in Olympia; he still held this position in 1924.

Robinson was born in Marshall, Minnesota, in 1893. Prior to attending OAC, he resided in Forest Grove, Oregon, with H.N. Robinson. In 1919, he married Elsie Caspar, a 1916 graduate of OAC.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 212 photographs; 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The album was donated to the Oregon State University Archives in 1996 by the creator's son, Ken Robinson.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center includes many collections of photographs and ephemera documenting the student experience during the early-mid 1910s. These include the A. Freeman Mason Scrapbook (MSS Mason), Willetta Moore Photograph Album (P 269), Nicholas Schneider Photograph Collection (P 148), and the Harold Troxel Vedder Photograph Collection (P 190).

Preferred Citation: Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album (P 215), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Robinson, Charles Leon

People, Places, and Topics

College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Robinson, Charles Leon
University History

Forms of Material

Ephemera (general object genre)
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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