The Grant Adelbert Covell Papers consist of materials created and assembled by Covell during his student years and early years as a faculty member at Oregon Agricultural College. The papers include an expense ledger, correspondence, and other materials. The expense ledger itemizes Covell's daily expenditures by month for 9 years, from January 1896 through December 1904. These are primarily miscellaneous personal expenses, such as postage, newspapers, clothing, medicine, football tickets, subscriptions, church donations, and services. The expenses do not include housing or food.
The correspondence consists of letters received by Covell from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) officials in 1889-1896, such as Wallis Nash, Secretary of the Board of Regents, and John M. Bloss, President, regarding his faculty position at OAC. The Papers also include a letter to Covell from L.C. Henrichsen, of Oregon Jewelry Manufacturing Co. in Portland regarding a tower clock.
The collection also includes an oration given by Covell at his high school graduation in Troy, Pennsylvania, in 1883; an essay titled, Man is a Progressive Being; and ephemeral items from the 1887 Cornell University graduation.