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Virgil L. Choate Collection, 1953-1957

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Virgil L. Choate Collection, 1953-1957

ID: MSS Choate

Primary Creator: Choate, Virgil L.

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The Virgil L. Choate Collection consists of ephemera and photographs assembled by Choate during his student years at Oregon State College (OSC). Choate attended OSC in 1953-1958 and earned a BS in Agricultural Education. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Scope and Content Notes

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Virgil L. Choate attended Oregon State College in 1953-1958 and earned a BS in Agricultural Education in June 1958. Choate was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was enrolled as a graduate student for one term in the fall of 1958. Virgil Lewis Choate was born on March 5, 1935 in LaGrande, Oregon; he graduated from LaGrande High School in 1953. After completing his degree at Oregon State, Choate worked for the Columbia River Bank and lived in The Dalles, Oregon. Choate received a Diamond Pioneer Award from the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences in 2010 for his work in the banking sector and his service to many agriculture-related organizations and events.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 25 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 2012.

Related Materials: The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity - OSU Chapter Record Book (MSS PhiDeltaTheta) and the Bill Tomsheck Scrapbook (MSS Tomsheck) include additional information about the Phi Delta Theta chapter at Oregon State. Additional information about Phi Delta Theta and other fraternities is available in the OSUMemorabilia Collection(MSS MC), the Dean of Men Records (RG 134), Student Involvement Records (RG 232), Greek Life Office Records (RG 223), the Living Groups Index (MSS LivingGrps), and many other collections held by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Preferred Citation: Virgil L. Choate Collection (MSS Choate), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Creators

Choate, Virgil L.

People, Places, and Topics

Choate, Virgil L.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Oregon Beta Chapter
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Ephemera (general object genre)
Photographic prints.


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