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Student Activities Photograph Collection, 1910-1968

By Finding aid prepared by Megan Guerre.

Collection Overview

Title: Student Activities Photograph Collection, 1910-1968

Predominant Dates: 1930-1960

ID: P 045

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Student Activities Photographs have been arranged in one series: I. Student Activities Photographs, 1910-1968.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Student Activities Photograph Collection consists of Oregon State University student group photos and images of students engaged in a number of activities. Photographs of members and officers of Mortar Board, Blue Key, and the Dad's Club are included in the collection.

Scope and Content Notes

The Student Activities Photograph Collection is an artificial collection of photographs documenting student activities at Oregon State University. The bulk of the collection consists of group photographs of student organizations, including the Blue Key Honor Society and Mortar Board Honor Society. Images of members and officers of the Dad's Club are also part of the collection.

Dan Poling, Dean of Men from 1947 to 1972, is pictured with members of the Blue Key Honor Society and the Dad's Club.

The collection includes images made by Howell's Studio and Hise Studio in Corvallis; all the items in the collection are b/w photographic prints.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Oregon State Chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society was established in 1934 to recognize male students with a strong academic background and who demonstrated "superior leadership and unselfish commitment to others". Women became eligible for membership in 1977; prior to that time, Mortar Board was the comparable organization at Oregon State for women students.

The Mortar Board Honor Society was established at Oregon State College in 1933 as a senior honor society for women, recognizing scholarship, leadership, and service. The Oregon State (Cap and Gown) Chapter has won seven Chapter of Excellence Awards from the national organization. In 1975, Mortar Board began accepting men and by 1978 the Oregon State chapter had three male members.

The Oregon State University Dad's Club was founded in October of 1933 during a time of financial difficulty and insufficient enrollment at Oregon State College. With an aim toward recruitment, the Dad's Club organized events (at times in association with the Mothers Club) as well as awarded scholarships in order to increase prospective student interest in attending Oregon State. The Club was active into the 1980s.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 35 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photographs were acquired by the University Archives in the 1960s and 1970s; the source of the photographs is not known.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's holdings include the records of a number of student groups and honor societies affiliated with the University including the Mortar Board Scrapbooks (MSS MortarBoard) and the Blue Key Fraternity Records (MSS BlueKey). Additional materials pertaining to Blue Key and Mortar Board are available in the Dean of Men Records (RG 134), Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057), and the Student Affairs Records (RG 102). Photographs of student organizations and activities are available in many other collections held by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Preferred Citation: Student Activities Photograph Collection (P 045), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

People, Places, and Topics

Blue Key (Fraternity). Oregon State University Chapter
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Hise Studio
Howell's Studio
Mortar Board (Society). Oregon State University Chapter
Oregon State College--Societies, etc.
Oregon State College--Students.
Oregon State University--Societies, etc.
Oregon State University--Students.
Poling, Dan Williams
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Student Activities Photographs, 1910-1968
Series I consists of images depicting student activities at Oregon State Unviersity, primarily group photographs of student organizations.
Box-Folder 1.1
Item P045:01: Group photo, circa 1955
Individuals identified: (back row left to right) Frank Guthrie, Jerry Clark, Ivan Woods, Kenneth "Skip" Thayer, and Tom Pickens; (front row left to right) Lucy Baker, Delores Loring, Larry Beck, and Sally Hornecker.
Item P045:02: Speech winners in NW Forensic Tournament at Linfield College, March 8-10, 1945
Individuals pictured: (front row) Patricia Wallace, Bernice Murray, Shirley Hill, Joyce Kennedy, Helen Peterson, and Barbara Dewey (back row) Professor Paul X. Knoll, Virginia Robinson, Wallace Coleman, Shirleen Barr, Don Dimick, Sylvia Arnold, Dean Bailey, and Dr. Earl W. Wells.
Item P045:03: Group photo, 1951
Identified individuals: V.J. Brust and J. Jones.
Item P045:04: Zelta Weiman, Associated Women Students (AWS) President, 1949
Item P045:05: Group photo, 1950
Identified individual: Ellis Tetsuya Okano.
Item P045:06-P045:07: Women at typewriters creating name tags for an activity, 1950
Identified individual: Betty Sue Shideler.
Extent: 2 prints

Item P045:08: Group photo, 1951
Includes a number of the individuals pictured in P045:03. Identified individual: J. Jones.
Extent: 2 prints

Item P045:09: Home Economics research, 1947 and 1960
The 1947 image depicts an individual in what appears to be an optometrist’s examination room. The 1960 image depicts four men looking at a map. Notation on back reads “Y Round table.”
Extent: 2 prints

Item P045:10: Blue Key group photo, circa 1940
Individuals pictured: (front left to right) Fred Morse, Joe Ross, and John King; (middle left to right) Jack Sather, unidentified, Fred Morse (repeat of the first name), and Cleo French; (back left to right) Dan Poling, T. Nelson, Bill Southworth, Scheiman, unidentified, and Andy Landforce.
Extent: photographic print

Item P045:11: Marie Clark, circa 1945
Portrait produced by Howells Studio.
Item P045:12: Flower arranging seminar, 1949
Item P045:13: Group photo, 1951
Identified individual: V. Brust, back row right.
Item P045:14: Trysting Tree, circa 1910s
Reproductions of an early 20th century photograph of the Trysting Tree.
Extent: 2 prints

Item P045:15: Hostess and Head Resident conference group photo, 1963
Item P045:16: Mortar Board members, circa 1930
Individuals pictured: (left to right) Fern Edwards, Betty Jelinek, Elizabeth Fletcher, Adena Joy, Nadine Millhollen, Estora Ricks and Amy Aldrich.
Item P045:17: Mortar Board members, 1932
Item P045:18: Mortar Board members, 1933
Photograph produced by Howells Studio.
Item P045:19: Mortar Board members, May 1934
Photograph produced by Howells Studio.
Item P045:20: Mortar Board members, 1946
Pictured: Betty Hamlin, Beth Bryant, Marian Murray, Helen Harstad, Joan Mead, Donna Rae Hill, Ruth Faubion, Margaret Buswell, Margaret Roberts, Florence Sims, and Marge Olsen. Photograph produced by Hise Studio.
Item P045:21: Mortar Board members, 1956
Item P045:22: Mortar Board members, circa 1956
Item P045:23-P045:24: Dad’s Club members and officers, 1968
Two photographs depict all the members of the Club. Two images of Hugh Engle Morrison and one image depicting Lee Hansen (Dad’s Club President) and Dan W. Poling (Dean of Men) are included.
Extent: 5 prints

Item P045:25: Dad’s Club Officers, 1968
Individuals identified: Lee Hansen, Ralph Folberg, Les Copenhagen, and Waldo Taylor.
Item P046:26: Dad’s Club Officers, 1968
Individuals identified: Lee Hansen, Ralph Folberg, Les Copenhagen, Waldo Taylor, and Dan Poling.
Extent: 2 prints

Item P046:27: Mortar Board, 1961-1962
Board members: Barbara Altpeter, Judy Atwood, Carolyn Bergen, Judy Blair, Sharon Calder, Lori Connarn, Joan Dobrot, Laura Felbick, Sue Goeller, Jeanne Hawley, Carlene Hise, Anne Hofmann, Joan Kallberg, Heather Maser, Patti McQuaid, Sheila Miles, Sandra O’Neal, Jean Penrose, and Ernestine Sherman. This is a reproduction of a photograph in a Mortar Board scrapbook.
Extent: 2 prints

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