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A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook, 1910-1916

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook, 1910-1916

Predominant Dates: 1913-1916

ID: MSS Downs

Primary Creator: Downs, A. Isabella (Addie Isabella)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook was assembled by Downs during her student years at Oregon Agricultural College and documents student life and the college environment during the mid-1910s. Downs attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1913 to 1916, when she completed a BS degree in Pharmacy.

This scrapbook has been digitized and is available upon request.

Scope and Content Notes

The A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook was assembled by Downs to document her student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) from 1913 to 1916. It includes clippings, dance cards, programs, ticket stubs, notes, various ephemera, and numerous photographs. The materials document student activities and the campus environment during the mid-1910s as well as other pharmacy students and the Class of 1916. Of special note is a student season athletic ticket booklet for 1915-1916 which includes ticket coupons for football, baseball, track, and other campus athletic events. The only item dated earlier than 1913 is Downs' 1910 report card for her 10th grade year at the Stayton, Oregon, school.

Most of the photographs are snapshots of other Oregon Agricultural College students. The scrapbook includes many images of women students; student outings to the Oregon coast, including Seaside; and campus events such as football games, commencement, May Day pageants, the annual tug-of-war, and homecoming. Photographs of snow on campus and students skating and playing ice hockey on a frozen lake are included. An image of flooding, probably near Corvallis, is also part of the scrapbook. Snapshots of picnics, camping trips, and an automobile driving through a dry landscape (perhaps Eastern Oregon?) are included; several images of women in the woods with a rifle (hunting?) are of special note. The scrapbook includes images of campus buildings as well as several structures in downtown Corvallis and the Presbyterian Church in Corvallis. Images of "Dad" and "Mother" Hunter, the cooks at Cauthorn Hall, are included, as well as several snapshots of women students on the Cauthorn Hall fire escape.

The scrapbook includes several non-OAC images of interest, one of which is a a group photograph of Junction City, Oregon, High School students. Several photographs of Native American children, adults, tepees, and a parade are part of the scrapbook; these images may have been taken in Wyoming.

This scrapbook has been digitized and is available upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Addie Isabella Downs enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in September 1913, attended for three academic years, and earned a BS degree in Pharmacy in June 1916. Downs was born July 22, 1896 in Kingston, Wisconsin; she graduated from high school in Silverton, Oregon; her hometown was listed as Canby, Oregon, when she enrolled at OAC.

Downs was working as a pharmacist in Oakley, Idaho, in 1917. She married Curtis Holt prior to 1971 and was living in Portland, Oregon, in 1971. Scholarships for students in pharmacy and marine biology at Oregon State University are supported by the Curtis and Isabella Holt Fund.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 600 photographs; 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The Alumni Association transferred the scrapbook to the University Archives in 1971.

Related Materials: The OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) (MC-Downs, Addie Isabella) includes Downs' diploma, passport, and other materials. The Irwin Betzel Collection (MSS Betzel) includes scrapbooks and a photograph album that were also assembled by a pharmacy student during the 1910s. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's collections include many student scrapbooks and photograph albums documenting student life during the 1910s. Of particular note are the the A. Freeman Mason Scrapbook (MSS Mason), Leslie Miller Scrapbook (MSS Miller), Willetta Moore Photograph Album (P 269), Charles Leon Robinson Photograph Album (P 215), John W. Trigg Photograph Album (P 227), and Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album (P 276).

Preferred Citation: A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook (MSS Downs), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Downs, A. Isabella (Addie Isabella)

People, Places, and Topics

College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Downs, A. Isabella (Addie Isabella)
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Pharmacy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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