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University Publications Photographs, 1890-2002

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: University Publications Photographs, 1890-2002

Predominant Dates: 1950-1999

ID: P 094

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. University Publications

Extent: 17.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: A small portion of the photographs in the collection have been assigned individual item numbers; the bulk of the collection is arranged by accession. Within accessions, the images may be arranged topically or chronologically and thereunder by topic.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, and other publications. They depict the full range of OSU academic and research programs and include images of students, faculty, and staff; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; research and teaching; athletics; and student life.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, posters, and other publications as well as in OSU Press publications. The images depict the wide variety of academic and research programs; students, faculty, staff, and administrators; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; athletics; and student life. Most of the images are not specifically identified.

The photographs include images of students and faculty in classrooms, laboratories, and on field trips and excursions; Corvallis street scenes, public buildings, and businesses; and special events such as commencement, homecoming, Pet Day, and Mom's and Dad's Weekends. Many of the images depict student activities and programs, student housing, fraternities and sororities, ROTC, recreational activities, and intramurals. Photographs of minority students, cultural activities, and the students, faculty, and activities of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) are included. The collection has images of notable speakers, performers, and other campus guests including Robert Packwood, Jesse Jackson, Jay Leno, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Crazy 8's.

Photographers are not identified for most images; however, images by Robert W. Henderson, Walter Boychuk, Howard Sands, and the Oregon Highway Department are part of the collection.

The collection includes a variety of formats: black and white prints, negatives, and contact sheets; color slides; color prints and negatives; nitrate negatives; and a glass positive.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Office of University Publications began in 1912.The office publishes a variety of University publications, including the university's General Catalog; department and college brochures and pamphlets; student housing guides; posters and recruitment materials; and promotional items for special events.

Edwin T. Reed was the first college editor and served until 1943. Subsequent directors of the office included Delmer Goode, 1943-1956; J. Kenneth Munford, 1956-1977; Gwil Evans, 1977-1979; Tom Sanders, 1979-1984; Jeffrey Grass, 1984-2000; and Tina Chovanec, beginning in 2000.

Until 2000, the head of University Publications was also the director of the OSU Press.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 40,000 photographs; 36 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Materials were transferred from the Office of University Publications in numerous accessions; the bulk of the materials were transferred between 1996 and 2006. Accession 96:031 was transferred from the collections of the former Horner Museum.

Related Materials: The Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) document the administration and activities of the office and provide detailed information about several OSU Press publications. The OSU General Catalog is available online.

Preferred Citation: University Publications Photographs (P 094), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information:

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement online.

The archivist-prepared description of this collection uses the phrase “Civil War” to refer to the long-standing athletic rivalry between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. A history of this athletic rivalry, and use of the phrase “Civil War” to describe it, is available online in The Origins of the "Civil War" Football Game blog post.

In June 2020, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced that the term  “Civil War” will no longer be used by either university because it “represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery.”

We acknowledge the racism represented by the use of this phrase and the harm it may cause our users. In order to provide historical context and to enable standardized searching and access across our collections, we have retained the use of this phrase in the collection description.

[Date of acknowledgement: November 2021]

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Oregon State University. University Publications
Boychuk, Walter (1886-1967)
Educational Opportunities Program (Oregon State University)
Henderson, Robert W. (Robert Wesley) (1914-2006)
Oregon State College. Office of the College Editor
Oregon State University. Office of Publications
Oregon State University. Press
Oregon. State Highway Department
Reed, Edwin Thomas (1872-1948)
Sands, Howard

People, Places, and Topics

College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis (Or.)
Intramural sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
Local History
Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State College
Oregon State University
Oregon State University. University Publications
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Glass transparencies.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).

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