The Virgil L. Choate Collection consists of ephemera and photographs assembled by Choate during his student years at Oregon State College in the mid-1950s. The ephemeral items include a dance card, newspaper clippings, the January 29, 1954 Dad's Day issue of the Daily Barometer campus newspaper, a campus map, and basketball game tickets. The game tickets are for NCAA Western Regional championship games played at Gill Coliseum. The campus map indicates the locations of the Deans' offices on campus.
The photographs are all duplicate prints of the original images; most are b/w and a few are color. The bulk of the images depict activities at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, including house dances. Images of the interior and exterior of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house and of fraternity members are also included. Several images depict the fate of University of Oregon students who were captured after an attempt to prematurely light the homecoming bonfire.