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Cauthorn Club Records, 1893-1940

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Cauthorn Club Records, 1893-1940

Predominant Dates: 1930-1940

ID: RG 101

Primary Creator: Cauthorn Club (Oregon State College)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Cauthorn Club Records consist of three series: I. Rollbook; II. Financial Records; and III. Scrapbook.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Cauthorn Club Records document student housing and activities at Oregon State College through financial records (1893-1896 and 1908-1909) and a rollbook and scrapbook (1928-1940).

Scope and Content Notes

The Cauthorn Club Records include financial records documenting room and board paid by men residents of the original Cauthorn Hall for the periods 1893-1896 and 1908-1909 and a rollbook and scrapbook documenting the members and activities of the Cauthorn Club from the late 1920s until 1940. The scrapbook includes photographs and ephemera of club member and student body president, Robert W. (Bob) Henderson.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The original Cauthorn Hall (now Fairbanks Hall) was constructed in 1892 as the first men's dormitory at Oregon Agricultural College and served as the men's dormitory until 1912. It was named for Oregon Senator Thomas E. Cauthorn, who obtained the state funding for construction of the building.

When Weatherford Hall was completed in 1928, the four units of the structure were named for four prominent supporters of Oregon State College: Thomas E. Cauthorn, Daniel V. Poling, Curtis L. Hawley, and Austin T. Buxton. The Cauthorn Club was an organization of men residents of the Cauthorn wing of Weatherford Hall.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 oversize box; 1 microfilm reel; 25 linear fee

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Additional information about student life in Cauthorn Hall in the early 1900s is available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file on Cauthorn Hall. Records of other dormitory clubs include the Poling Hall Club Records (RG 036) and the Hawley Club Minutes in the University Housing and Dining Services Records (RG 145), which include additional information on student housing at Oregon State College. The Associated Men's Halls Scrapbook (MSS AssocMensHalls) includes photographs and ephemera from all the Weatherford Hall units during the 1930s.

Preferred Citation: Cauthorn Club Records (RG 101), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: All photographs in the scrapbook are incorrectly labeled as "P 81". This number does not apply to this collection.


Cauthorn Club (Oregon State College)
Oregon Agricultural College

People, Places, and Topics

Cauthorn Club (Oregon State College)
Henderson, Robert W. (Robert Wesley), 1914-2006
Men--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
Oregon Agricultural College--Student housing.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State College--Student housing.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.
Students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social life and customs.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Rollbook, 1928-1938
The rollbook consists of hand-written entries by Cauthorn Club members during the 1930s that give the member's name, the years he lived in the Cauthorn Club, his activities while a student at Oregon State College, his work after graduation from Oregon State, and occasional comments. The rollbook does not include complete entries for all members. This series also includes lists of members for the late 1920s through late 1930s.
Reel 1
Series 2: Financial Records, 1893-1909
The financial records document room and board payments by Oregon Agricultural College men students for the original Cauthorn Hall. The room furniture receipts record the furniture provided for each room and its return by the resident.
Reel-Folder 1.2-1: Bills, 1893
Reel-Folder 1.2-2: Board receipts, 1895-1896
Reel-Folder 1.2-3: Room furniture receipts, 1895-1896
Reel-Folder 1.2-4: Ledger, 1908-1909
Reel-Folder 1.2-5: Miscellaneous checks and receipts, 1908-1909
Series 3: Scrapbook, 1930-1940
The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, snapshot photographs, several individual and group portraits, dance cards, and ephemera documenting the members and activities of the Cauthorn Club. Of especial note are images of Robert W. (Bob) Henderson and ephemera pertaining to his election as student body president in 1937; photographs of students at Marys Peak; a tribute to Bliss Worth, an Oregon State College student who died in 1934; and photographs of Walther Ott and Alvord Lathrop.
Box-Item 1.1
Dimensions: apx 12x17 in.

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