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Jeannette I. Cox Collection, circa 1915-1986

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Jeannette I. Cox Collection, circa 1915-1986


Primary Creator: Cox, Jeannette Ingle (1910-1994)

Extent: 0.7 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Jeannette I. Cox Collection consists of photographs of Corvallis (Oregon), nearby communities, and sites throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as well as administrative correspondence of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory for the period 1962-1969, when Cox was a secretary to the Director. Cox attended Oregon State College and was a life-long resident of Corvallis and avid photographer.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of materials created or collected by Jeannette I. Cox and includes administrative correspondence of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory for the period 1962-1969; several items of personal and Oregon State College memorabilia; and photographs.

The administrative correspondence documents routine matters handled by the Director, J. Wendell Gray; quarterly reports of the Laboratory; and materials pertaining to the construction of the Laboratory bulding.

The Oregon State College memorabilia consists of a metal clip- like bookmark and a desk-top notepad holder.

The photographic component of the collection consists of about 550 images, primarily color snapshot prints (approx. 400) with some b/w prints (65) and color slides (75) and a few b/w and color negatives. Most of the photographs are of events such as parades and picnics in Corvallis, Albany, and Philomath and of sites (tourist and/or historical) throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest taken during the 1950s-1970s. Of especial note are images of the Oregon Electric Depot in Albany (circa 1915); the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory building and its construction; the Corvallis Centennial (1957); the Memorial Union; and the Philomath College building.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Alumna Jeannette Ingle (Cox) attended Oregon State College for two academic years, 1931/32 and 1932/33. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1910, she graduated from Albany (Oregon) High School and was a lifelong resident of Corvallis. Cox was an avid photographer and was active in the Alpha Rebecca Lodge of Corvallis and the Beulah Rebecca Lodge of Albany.

From 1950 until the early 1960s, Cox was employed as a clerk/stenographer in the Chemistry Department at Oregon State College; in the 1960s, she worked as the secretary to the Director of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory.

The Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory was established in the early 1960s, first housed in temporary offices on the OSU campus and later in a new building on 35th Street completed in 1966. The Laboratory was initially part of the US Public Health Service and in 1967 was transferred to the Federal Water Pollution Control Adminstration within the Department of Interior. The Laboratory became part of the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 and is now known as the EPA Corvallis Enviromental Research Laboratory.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Jeannette I. Cox Collection (MSS Cox), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Cox, Jeannette Ingle (1910-1994)
Gray, J. Wendell (John Wendell) (1905-)
Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory

People, Places, and Topics

Albany (Or.)
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis (Or.)
Cox, Jeannette Ingle, 1910-1994
Natural Resources
Philomath (Or.)
University History

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).

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