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Neal VanDevender Papers, 1950-2002

Collection Overview

Title: Neal VanDevender Papers, 1950-2002

ID: MSS Vandevender

Primary Creator: VanDevender, Neal

Extent: 3.9 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Neal VanDevender Papers consist of materials collected by VanDevender as an undergraduate, including notes and papers from the courses that he took while a mechanical engineering student at OSU.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes course handouts, assignments, dance cards, a freshman handbook (rook guide), homecoming game buttons, nametags, a sticker, ticket stubs, a patch, lab manuals, line drawings, a workbook and exams. Among the courses represented in this collection are: fluid mechanics, statistics, mechanical analysis and design, theory of structures and chemistry.

An addition to the VanDevender Papers (Accession 2008:028) is made up of certificates, correspondence, employment records, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, research project reports, scrapbooks, student papers and exams, textbooks, and jacket letters for sports played in grade school/high school. Documenting Van Devender's career as an engineer with the Boeing Company, these materials also reflect his student experience at OSU, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. School work and scrapbooks from Van Devender's grade and secondary school years in Noti, Oregon, were also found in this transfer. Materials related to OSU include items associated with Heckart Lodge and the Thanes Club. The correspondence includes letters from mother, friends from Noti, and fellow OSU buddies. The five scrapbooks reflect various eras from Van Devender's life from grade school to graduate studies at Stanford and contain greeting cards, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, publications, report cards, and schoolwork.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Neal VanDevender graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1965.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3 cubic foot boxes, 1 document box and 2 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Photographs taken by VanDevender as a student, which primarily depict student life at Heckart Lodge on campus, are described in the Neal VanDevender Photograph Collectin (P 242).

Preferred Citation: Neal VanDevender Papers (MSS VanDevender), 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.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


VanDevender, Neal

People, Places, and Topics

History of Science
University History
VanDevender, Neal

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