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Walter H. Russell Papers, 1923-1982

By Karl McCreary

Collection Overview

Title: Walter H. Russell Papers, 1923-1982

ID: MSS RussellW

Primary Creator: Russell, Walter H. (1902-1982)

Extent: 0.08 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Walter H. Russell Papers consist of materials collected by Oregon Agricultural College alumnus Russell which document his student experience as well as his participation later in alumni reunion gatherings. This collection is made up of certificate, a diploma, event programs, grade reports, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Russell graduated in 1927 with a degee in electrical engineering.

Scope and Content Notes

The Walter H. Russell Papers consist of materials collected by Oregon Agricultural College alumnus Russell that document his student experience as well as his participation in alumni reunion gatherings. Items reflecting Russell's campus years are comprised of his undergraduate diploma, a commencement program, grade reports, a certificate of membership in the Eta Kappa Nu Honorary Society, and a photograph of the homecoming bonfire. Russell's involvement in class reunion activities are documented in photographs and an event brochure.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Portland in 1902, Walter Russell graduated in 1927 with a degree in electrical engineering and was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the honorary society for students in electrical engineering. After college, Russell worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the design of hydroelectric powerhouses for dams. Employed with the Corps from 1935 to 1968, Russell worked on most of the major hydroelectric facilities in the northwest, including the Bonneville Dam, McNary Dam, the Chief Joseph Dam, and The Dalles Dam. He died in 1982.

Author: Karl McCreary

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 5 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred to SCARC by the OSU Alumni Association in 2004. The Alumni Association in turn had received them from Bill Wilson, Russell's nephew.

Related Materials: Other collections in the OSU Special Collections and Archives that document participation by alumni in class reunions include: the Edith Whitelock Lowe Collection (MSS Lowe); the Frances Alva Aitken Collection (MSS Aitken); the Agnes Gregson Collection (MSS Gregson); the Elmer G. Larson Papers (MSS Larson); and the Claud L. Booth Photograph Album (P 300).

Preferred Citation: Walter H. Russell Papers (MSS RussellW), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This guide replaces information placed online in 2012.


Russell, Walter H. (1902-1982)

People, Places, and Topics

Class reunions--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social life and customs.
Engineering students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Russell, Walter H., 1902-1982
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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