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Pete Smith Papers, 1983-1994

Collection Overview

Title: Pete Smith Papers, 1983-1994

Predominant Dates: 1989-1993

ID: MSS SmithP

Primary Creator: Smith, Pete

Extent: 2.75 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Pete Smith Papers detail Smith's work as a volunteer assisting in the organization of history tours for the Horner Museum. The collection also includes scrapbooks documenting the Horner Museum tours.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes documentation of a tour of Oregon Trail sites and a tour of bridges on the Oregon Coast designed by OSU Engineering Professor C. B. McCullough. Other documented tours are: "Hot Rocks and Other Flying Objects" (#65), "Bridges as Art, Design, and Engineering: The Career and Work of C.B. McCullough" (#55-2), "Travelling the Oregon Trail" (#68), and "The Falls of the Willamette" (#62). Led by Pete Smith and Jim Howland, the tour of "The Falls of the Willamette" consisted of a river cruise from Portland to the Willamette Locks at Oregon City as well as an exploration of Oregon City's historic homes.

Among the attractions and sites represented in these scrapbooks are Mount St. Helens, the Trojan Power Plant, the Long Beach Kite Festival, the town of Sumpter, the Tygh Valley, Whitman Mission, Ladd Canyon, the Cant Ranch near John Day, and the construction of a bridge in Waldport.

Included in the records are brochures, correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, postcards, publications, restaurant menus, and travel itineraries. Publications prepared especially for the tours, including flyers, itineraries, and tour booklets penned by alumnus Ken Munford, are also found in the collection.

Among the regions documented by these tours are: Astoria/mouth of the Columbia River, Harney County, coast range pioneer trails, The Dalles/Columbia Gorge, coastal lighthouses, and Walla Walla, Washington.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Shortly after his graduation from OSC in 1940, Pete Smith worked as Assistant Manager and, later, as Manager of the University Bookstore. He retired from the Bookstore in 1981. Following his retirement, Smith assisted fellow OSU alumnus Kenneth Munford in the organization of tours for the Horner Museum, and in background research and the scouting of accomodations and sites for overnight trips. The tours started in 1982 and were led by Munford and Horner Museum Director Lucy Skjelstad.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2 cubic foot boxes, 5 file folders and 2 document boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Pete Smith Papers (MSS SmithP), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


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