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Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album, 1908-1910

By Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album, 1908-1910

ID: P 228

Primary Creator: Luse, F. D. (Fred Deininger)

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album consists primarily of images collected by Luse while attending Oregon Agricultural College in the early years of the twentieth century.  The images document campus buildings and grounds as well as student activities.  Luse graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1909 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album consists of photographic prints, primarily photographic postcards, collected and assembled by Fred D. Luse, that document campus buildings and grounds and student activities during Luse's years at Oregon Agricultural College. The album includes numerous images of individual campus buildings as well as several campus views. Several of the photographs of campus scenes are panoramic views. Of special note are images of the original Pharmacy Building that was previously known as Alpha Hall and a view of the construction of the new Armory (McAlexander Fieldhouse). An interior view of the old armory (now the Gymnastics Training Center) decorated for the 1908 commencement ceremony is included.

The album includes several photographs of snow on campus in January 1909. Two images of Main Street (2nd Street) in Corvallis are included as well as the board walk on the south approach to the Marys River Bridge. Luse annotated an image of the kitchen staff at Cauthorn Hall with the caption, "Life saving crew". Several images of military cadet training are part of the album as well as photographs of the 1908 May Day festivities. Athletic teams and events are depicted in the album and include football, baseball, and track. A photograph of world champion hurdler, F.C. Smithson, is part of the album.

One image of Albany College (in Albany, Oregon) is included in the album. Multiple images of Stanford University, and views of Fresno, Herndon and Palo Alto, California were assembled during Luse's years of employment in Fresno, California.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

Fred D. Luse, of Lents, Oregon, attended Oregon Agricultural College and graduated in 1909 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He was active in a variety of student activities including the Zetegathian Literary Society, English Association, Glee Club, Society Debating Team, Prohibition Oratorical Contest and College Orator. He also served as the Y.M.C.A. Vice President, Associate Editor of the NW Journal of English and as Captain of ROTC Company G. After graduating he worked as Secretary of the Fresno, California and Chicago, Illinois Y.M.C.A.s, then for Forbes Supply Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 101 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: This photograph album was donated to the Horner Museum by Luse's daughter, Mrs. Robert McLane, in 1970. In 1996 it was transferred from the Horner Museum collections to the University Archives.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center includes many collections documenting campus buildings and student life in the first decade of the 20th century. Notable examples include the Walter R. Baker Photographs (P 018), William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs (MSS Davolt), the Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection (P 235), and the Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album (P 302).

Preferred Citation: Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album (P 228), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Luse, F. D. (Fred Deininger)

People, Places, and Topics

Albany College (Albany, Or.)
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis (Or.)
Fresno (Calif.)
Marys Peak (Or.)
Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College. Cadet Corps
Stanford University
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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