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Alumni Magazine, 1912-2014

By Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Alumni Magazine, 1912-2014

ID: PUB 003-11a

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Alumni Association

Extent: 3.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Alumni Magazine is arranged in 4 series: 1.  OAC Alumnus, 1912-1927; 2. Oregon State Monthly, 1930-1936; 3. Weekly Alumni News Section in the Barometer, 1937-1940; and 4. Oregon Stater, 1941-2014.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The Alumni Magazine is published by the Alumni Association for distribution to alumni and friends of Oregon State University.  The magazine provides information  on campus activities, research and teaching, athletics, and news of the lives and activities of alumni.  Regular publication began with the first issue of the OAC Alumnus in 1915.

All issues of the Alumni Magazine are available online in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Alumni Magazine is published by the Alumni Association for distribution to alumni and friends of Oregon State University.  It contains information on campus activities, research and teaching, athletics, and news of the lives and activities of alumni.  The magazine has been published under several titles:  OAC Alumnus (1915-1929); Oregon State Monthly (1929-1937); and the Oregon Stater (beginning in 1940).

The collection also includes the Alumni Annual, a 4-page news-sheet issued in the summer or fall of 1912.  This one-time publication preceded the initial issue of the OAC Alumnus by 3 years.

The alumni magazine has been published at least several times per year since its inception and for a period was issued monthly during the academic year (10 issues per year).  From 1972 through the September 1999 issue, the Oregon Stater was published 4-6 times per year as a tabloid-type publication.  Beginning with the December 1999 issue, the Stater has been published 3-4 times per year as a 4-color magazine.

From the fall of 1937 through the summer of 1940, alumni news was published as a weekly news supplement to the Barometer campus newspaper.  These 1937-1940 issues are available as part of the Barometer.  Photocopies of all issues and a bound volume of issues from October 1939 through May 1940 are part of this collection.

An annual report of giving to the OSU Foundation was published regularly as part of the Oregon Stater in the 1960s-1970s.

This archival collection ends with the 2014 issues of the magazine.  Later issues are available in the History of Oregon State University (HistOSU) Collection and online in the Alumni Magazine digital collection in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Alumni Association was founded in February 1873 and the first permananent officers were chosen in June of that year: Hugh M. Finley, President; George F. Burkhart, Vice President; W.F. Herrin, Secretary; and Oscar L. Ison, Treasurer. A list of "Alumni et Alumnae" and current addresses was included in each edition of the college catalogue. In 1914 a formal constitution was adopted that provided for a five-member board. E.B. Lemon became the first regular alumni secretary in 1915 and started the alumni magazine, the OAC Alumnus. In 1929, the alumni magazine became the Oregon State Monthly; it was renamed the Oregon Stater in 1940 and has retained that title since.

In 1929, the alumni office was moved from the Commerce Building to the newly completed Memorial Union. The CH2M Hill Alumni Center was completed on campus in 1997; it was built as a conference and meeting center and as the home of OSU Alumni Association events and administrative offices.

The magazine is currrently published three times per year in spring, fall, and winter.



Author: Larry Landis and Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 8 boxes, including 5 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The alumni magazine was received on distribution by the University Archives and the Special Collections and Archives Research Center beginning in the 1960s.

Related Materials: Editorial records of the alumni magazine are part of the Alumni Relations Records (RG 035) and photographs (both published and unpublished) taken or assembled by the magazine staff are in the Oregon Stater Photograph Collection (P 195) and the Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017).  Collections of the professional papers of two former editors --  Chuck Boice (1969-1986) and  George Edmonston, Jr. (1986-2005) and are also held by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Preferred Citation: Alumni Magazine (PUB 03-11a), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Creators

Oregon State University. Alumni Association
Boice, Charles Allan
Edmonston, George P.

People, Places, and Topics

Class reunions--Oregon--Corvallis.
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Fund raising--Oregon.
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
Oregon State College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State University--Faculty.
Oregon State University--History.
Oregon State University. Alumni Association
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Public relations--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: OAC Alumnus, 1912 - 1927
Series 1 consists of some individual issues of the OAC Alumnus.  All copies of the OAC Alumnus are available online and in the History of  OSU (HistOSU) Collection (LH1.O76).  This series also includes the Alumni Annual (volume 1, number 1) that was published in summer or fall of 1912.  The 4-page news-sheet includes campus news, information about the recent reorganization of Oregon Agricultural College alumni, and a list of future class reunions.
Box-Folder 1.01: 1917-1921
Box-Folder 1.02: 1924-1926
Box-Folder 1.03: 1926-1927
Box-Folder 3.01: Alumni Annual, 1912
Series 2: Oregon State Monthly, 1930-1936
Series 2 consists of some issues of the monthly alumni magazine published between 1930 and 1936.  All copies of the Oregon State Monthly are available online and in the History of OSU (HistOSU) Collection (LH1 .O76)
Box-Folder 1.04: 1930-1933
Box-Folder 1.05: 1935-1936
Series 3: Weekly Alumni News Section in the Barometer, 1937-1940
Series 3 consists of photocopies of all issues of the weekly alumni news sections that were published as an insert to the Barometer campus newspaper from 1937 to 1940. A bound volume of the original issues published from October 1939 through May 1940 is also part of this series.
Box-Folder 1.06: Photocopies, 1937-1940
Box-Folder 3.02: 1939-1940
Series 4: Oregon Stater, 1941-2014
Series 4 consists of some issues of the Stater published in 1941-1977.  All issues of the Stater published from 1978 to 2014 are part of this series.  Bound volumes of issues published in 1992 thru 1997 are also available in this series.  A complete run of the Oregon Stater is available online and in the History of OSU (HistOSU) Collection (LH1 .O77).
Box-Folder 1.07: 1941-1947
Box-Folder 1.08: 1950-1952
Box-Folder 1.09: 1953-1956
Box-Folder 1.10: 1957-1959
Box-Folder 8.01: 1960-1961
Box-Folder 8.02: 1962-1963
Box-Folder 8.03: 1964-1965
Box-Folder 8.04: 1966-1968
Box-Folder 8.05: 1969
Box-Folder 8.06: 1970-1971
Box-Folder 3.03: 1972
Box-Folder 3.04: 1974 and 1977
Februrary 1947 and January 1977 issues.
Box-Folder 3.05: 1978
Box-Folder 3.06: 1979
Box-Folder 4.01: 1980
Box-Folder 4.02: 1981
Box-Folder 4.03: 1982-1983
Box-Folder 4.04: 1984
Box-Folder 4.05: 1985
Box-Folder 5.01: 1986
Box-Folder 5.02: 1987
Box-Folder 5.03: 1988
Box-Folder 5.04: 1989
Box-Folder 5.05: 1990
Box-Folder 5.06: 1991
Box-Folder 7.01: 1992
Box-Folder 7.02: 1993
Box-Folder 7.03: 1994
Box-Folder 7.04: 1995
Box-Folder 7.05: 1996
Box-Folder 7.06: 1997
Box-Folder 7.07: 1998-1999
Box-Item 6.01: September 1992 - June 1993
Box-Item 6.02: September 1993 - June 1994
Box-Item 6.03: September 1994 - June 1995
Box-Item 6.04: September - December 1995
Box-Item 6.05: February- December 1996
Box-Item 6.06: February - December 1997
Box-Folder 2.01: 1999-2000
Box-Folder 2.02: 2001-2002
Box-Folder 2.03: 2003-2004
Box-Folder 2.04: 2005-2006
Box-Folder 2.05: 2007-2008
Box-Folder 2.06: 2009-2010
Box-Folder 2.07: 2011-2012
Box-Folder 2.08: 2013-2014

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