The Jo Anne J. Trow Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Trow that document her career at Oregon State University, college education, involvement in professional organizations, receipt of awards, and service in community organizations. The collection includes certificates, correspondence, diplomas, drawings, employment records, greeting cards, a guestbook, newspaper clippings, photographs, plaques, a scrapbook, speeches, student papers, a thesis, and a VHS videotape.
About half of the collection -- which includes the guestbook, scrapbook, videotape, and greeting cards - reflects events and notes of congratulations on Trow's promotion to Vice President and on her retirement. The two professional organizations reflected in these papers are NAWDAC (National Association of Women's Deans, Administrators, and Counselors) and NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). A copy of Trow's doctoral dissertation, Residence Halls Goals and Objectives: Perceptions of Students and Staff, completed at Michigan State University is part of the collection. A student paper, written in the 1980s, about the 1972 murder of Oregon State student Nancy Diane Wyckoff is included with the collection.
The photographs are color prints; five of the prints are included with the scrapbook of letters and other remembrances prepared at the time of her retirement in 1995. The other images are of Trow with other Corvallis civic leaders and a 1995 image of Trow forming the "OSU" letters with two OSU students near her office in the Kerr Administration Building.