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Jo Anne J. Trow Papers, 1952-2014

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Jo Anne J. Trow Papers, 1952-2014

Predominant Dates: 1965-1995


Primary Creator: Trow, Jo Anne J.

Extent: 1.0 . More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Jo Anne J. Trow Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Trow that document her career as an administrator at Oregon State University as well as her involvement in community and professional organizations. Trow came to Oregon State in 1965 to serve as Dean of Women. She retired in 1995 after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs for more than 20 years.

Scope and Content Notes

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Jo Anne J. Trow (then Jo Anne Johnson) came to Oregon State University in 1965 to serve as the Dean of Women. In 1969 the university appointed Trow as Associate Dean of Students after a structural reorganization eliminated the Dean of Women position. A year later, she married Clifford W. Trow, a faculty member in the Oregon State University History Department. Jo Anne Trow was one of the central figures in a group of campus women who addressed issues of inequality faced by female faculty, such as salary parity. These discussions and activities eventually led to the formation of the OSU Women’s Network, the Women's Center, and the President's Commission on the Status of Women. In 1984, Trow was named Vice President for Student Affairs -- the first female vice president at Oregon State. She retired in 1995.

Jo Anne Trow has been active in a number of community organizations such as the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Old Mill Center for Children and Families. She has received many honors, including the Howland Special Achievement Award and Corvallis Senior First Citizen, in recognition of her civic actvities.

Trow earned a BA in Sociology at Denison University in 1953 and an MA in Counseling and Guidance, with a minor in Sociology, at Indiana University in 1956. She completed her Ph.D. in Student Personnel Administration in 1965 at Michigan State University. Trow served as Assistant Dean of Women at Denison University (1953-1954) and Washington State University (1959-1963) before joining the faculty of Oregon State University in 1965.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 7 photographs and 1 videotape; 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research, with the exception of employment records that include confidential personal information.

Acquisition Note: The papers were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014 by Jo Anne Trow.

Related Materials: The Student Affairs Records (RG 102) include extensive documentation of Trow's career at Oregon State University. The Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057), Dean of Women's Office Photographs (P 097), Associated Women Students Scrapbook (MSS AWS), and the Buena Maris Mockmore Papers (MSS Mockmore) provide information about the work of Trow and her predecessors. Oral history interviews of both Jo Anne and Cliff Trow are available in the Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection (OH 009) and the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 026).

Preferred Citation: Jo Anne J. Trow Papers (MSS TrowJ), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.


Trow, Jo Anne J.

People, Places, and Topics

College administrators--Oregon--Corvallis.
Deans of women-- Oregon.
Oregon State University--Administration.
Oregon State University--Students.
Oregon State University. Dean of Women
Trow, Jo Anne J.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.
Video recordings (physical artifacts)

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