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Oregon State University Dads Club Records, 1933-2003

By Trevor Sandgathe

Collection Overview

Title: Oregon State University Dads Club Records, 1933-2003

Predominant Dates: 1965-1975

ID: MSS DadsClub

Primary Creator: Dads Club (Oregon State University)

Extent: 1.7 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is comprised of three series: Series 1: Dads Club, 1933-1976; Series 2: Academic Support, 1968-1975; and Series 3: Events, 1934-2003.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Oregon State University Dads Club Records (MSS DadsClub) document the activities of the Dads Club from its founding in 1933. The collection reflects the efforts of the club to encourage support for education in the state of Oregon including annual events, a scholarship fund, and merit awards presented to high school students. The collection includes correspondence, reports, financial records, meeting minutes, club constitutions, publications, programs, and photographs.

Scope and Content Notes

The Oregon State University Dads Club Records are comprised of materials documenting the club and its activities between 1933 and 2003. Administrative files include correspondence, financial reports, meeting minutes, information on officer elections, and other materials documenting the day-to-day operation of the club. The collection also includes membership lists, constitutions and amendments, photographs, and several publications produced by the club including the Dads Club Bulletin and the OSC Dads News Letter. The collection also includes extensive documentation of the club's philanthropic work including the management of the Dads Club scholarship fund, which provided tuition support to OSU students, and the Dads Club Merit Awards, which were presented to high-achieving high school students.

The collection also documents the annual events held or co-organized by the Dads Club--Dads Day, Dads Weekend, and Dads Banquet. The events encouraged fathers of students to become more involved in support of Oregon State University and featured many programs and activities held on campus. The records include planning materials, registration forms, invitation letters, reports, programs, financial records, and newsclippings.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Oregon State University Dads Club was founded in October 1933 with the charge of loyalty to education in the state of Oregon; preservation of the traditions and usefulness of Oregon State College; and cooperation with kindred organizations. All men supporting this purpose were invited to join. The club ultimately formed subcommittees in numerous counties across the state, which sought donations to the Dads Club scholarship fund and identified recipients for the Dads Club Merit Awards. The Dads Club was also heavily involved in the planning of Dads Day (later Dads Weekend) activities and held an annual banquet for fathers and students. The Dean of Men (and later the Dean of Students) acted as liaison between the university and Dads Club.

Author: Trevor Sandgathe

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 5 boxes; 13 photographic prints

Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: In the late 1970s, the Oregon State University Archives received several accessions to the Student Affair Records (RG 102) containing Dads Club materials. Other Dads Club records were collected in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). In 2017, these materials were aggregated into the Oregon State University Dads Club Records (MSS DadsClub).

Related Materials: Dean of Men Records (RG 134) includes additional materials pertaining to the Dads Club. Photographs and records of Dads Day/Weekend events can be found in the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) Records (RG 011), Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC), and the Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017).

Preferred Citation: Oregon State University Dads Club Records (MSS DadsClub), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection was processed in 2017 and comprises materials transferred from the Student Academic Records (RG 102) and the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).


Dads Club (Oregon State University)
Dads Club (Oregon State College)

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Family relationships--Oregon
Dads Club (Oregon State College)
Dads Club (Oregon State University)
Fund raising--Oregon.
Oregon State University--History.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student aid--Oregon.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Dads Club, 1933-1976
Series 1 is comprised of materials documenting the activities of the Oregon State University Dads Club. Included are administrative files containing correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports, notes, and voting records. The series also includes club constitutions and amendments, memberships lists, and publications produced by the club including the Dads Club Bulletin and the OSC Dads News Letter. The series also contains multiple copies of five unique photographs of Dads Club members and one photo of the Euterpe singers at the Dads Day banquet.
Box-Folder 1.1: Administrative Files, 1933
Box-Folder 1.2: Administrative Files, 1934-1935
Box-Folder 1.3: Administrative Files, 1940-1941
Box-Folder 1.4: Administrative Files, 1941-1942
Box-Folder 1.5: Administrative Files, 1942-1943
Box-Folder 1.6: Administrative Files, 1943-1944
Box-Folder 1.7: Administrative Files, 1944-1945
Box-Folder 1.8: Administrative Files, 1945-1946
Box-Folder 1.9: Administrative Files, 1946-1947
Box-Folder 1.10: Administrative Files, 1947-1948
Box-Folder 1.11: Administrative Files, 1948-1949
Box-Folder 1.12: Administrative Files, 1949-1950
Box-Folder 1.13: Administrative Files, 1950-1951
Box-Folder 1.14: Administrative Files, 1959-1960
Box-Folder 1.15: Administrative Files, 1961-1962
Box-Folder 1.16: Administrative Files, 1962-1963
Box-Folder 1.17: Administrative Files, 1963-1964
Box-Folder 1.18: Administrative Files, 1964-1965
Box-Folder 1.19: Administrative Files, 1965-1966
Box-Folder 1.20: Administrative Files, 1966-1967
Box-Folder 1.21: Administrative Files, 1967-1968
Box-Folder 1.22: Administrative Files, 1968-1969
Box-Folder 1.23: Administrative Files, 1969-1970
Box-Folder 1.24: Administrative Files, 1970-1971
Box-Folder 2.1: Administrative Files, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 2.2: Administrative Files, 1972-1973
Box-Folder 2.3: Administrative Files, 1973-1974
Box-Folder 2.4: Administrative Files, 1974-1975
Box-Folder 2.5: Administrative Files, 1975-1976
Box-Folder 2.6: Constitutions and Amendments, circa 1940-1970
Box-Folder 2.7: Membership Lists, circa 1958-1974
Box-Folder 2.8: Photographs, circa 1960
Box-Folder 2.9: Publications, 1934-1950
Series 2: Academic Support, 1968-1975
Series 2 is comprised of records documenting the Dads Club's philanthropic efforts which included the distribution of merit awards to high-achieving high school students and scholarships to Oregon State University students. The series includes lists of award recipients, correspondence to and from award recipients, donation and financial records, certificate blanks, and notes and memoranda.
Box-Folder 3.1: Merit Awards, 1971
Box-Folder 3.2: Merit Awards, 1974
Box-Folder 3.3: Merit Awards, 1975
Box-Folder 3.4: 1968-1969 Scholarship Program, 1968-1969
Box-Folder 3.5: 1969-1970 Scholarship Program, 1969
Box-Folder 3.6: 1970-1971 Scholarship Program, 1969-1970
Box-Folder 3.7: 1971-1972 Scholarship Program, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 3.8: 1972-1973 Scholarship Program, 1972
Box-Folder 3.9: 1973-1974 Scholarship Program, 1973
Box-Folder 3.10: 1974-1975 Scholarship Program, 1974
Box-Folder 3.11: 1975-1976 Scholarship Program, 1975
Series 3: Events, 1934-2003
Series 3 is comprised of records from Dads Day, Dads Weekend, and Dads Banquet events held at Oregon State University between 1934 and 2003. In the early years of the club, the Dads Banquet was held during Homecoming and Dads Day was held in winter term. The banquet and Dads Day events were later merged and, in 1962, Dads Day was expanded to Dads Weekend, and included events and activities across three days. These events were designed to showcase the university and encourage parental support and involvement. The Dads Club assisted in registering attendees, coordinating events, and providing activities for participants. The records document these efforts and include registration information,  "special letters" which were sent to targeted guests, correspondence, financial data, follow-up reports and newsclippings. The series also includes programs produced for these events between 1934 and 1975.
Box-Folder 3.12: 1940 Dads Banquet, 1940
Box-Folder 3.13: 1940 Dads Day, 1940
Box-Folder 3.14: 1941 Dads Banquet, 1941
Box-Folder 3.15: 1941 Dads Day, 1941
Box-Folder 3.16: 1942 Dads Banquet, 1942
Box-Folder 3.17: 1942 Dads Day, 1942
Box-Folder 3.18: 1951 Dads Day, 1951
Box-Folder 3.19: 1952 Dads Day, 1952
Box-Folder 3.20: 1953 Dads Day, 1953
Box-Folder 3.21: 1961 Dads Day, 1961
Box-Folder 3.22: 1962 Dads Weekend, 1962
Box-Folder 4.1: 1965 Dads Weekend, 1965
Box-Folder 4.2: 1966 Dads Weekend, 1966
Box-Folder 4.3: 1967 Dads Weekend, 1967
Box-Folder 4.4: 1968 Dads Weekend, 1968
Box-Folder 4.5: 1969 Dads Weekend, 1969
Box-Folder 4.6: 1970 Dads Weekend, 1970
Box-Folder 4.7: 1971 Dads Weekend, 1970-1971
Box-Folder 4.8: 1971 Dads Weekend Special Letters, 1971
Box-Folder 4.9: 1972 Dads Weekend, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 4.10: 1972 Dads Weekend, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 4.11: 1972 Dads Weekend Special Letters, 1972
Box-Folder 5.1: 1973 Dads Weekend, 1973
Box-Folder 5.2: 1974 Dads Weekend, 1974
Box-Folder 5.3: 1974 Dads Weekend Special Letters, 1974
Box-Folder 5.4: 1975 Dads Weekend, 1974-1975
Box-Folder 5.5: 1975 Dads Weekend Special Letters, 1975
Box-Folder 5.6: 1999 Dads Weekend, 1999
Box-Folder 5.7: 2001 Dads Weekend, 2001
Box-Folder 5.8: 2003 Dads Weekend, 2003
Box-Folder 5.9: Dads Weekend, undated
Box-Folder 5.10: Dads Day Programs, 1934-1939
Box-Folder 5.11: Dads Day Programs, 1940-1948
Box-Folder 5.12: Dads Day/Dads Weekend Programs, 1950-1959
Box-Folder 5.13: Dads Weekend Programs, 1960-1968
Box-Folder 5.14: Dads Weekend Programs, 1970-1975

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