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Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection, circa 1865-1999View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1910-1970
The Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection consists of images of Oregon State University presidents from W. A. Finley through Paul Risser from a variety of sources and in various formats, primarily b/w prints. The collection includes multiple images for William Jasper Kerr, George W. Peavy, August L. Strand, and James H. Jensen.
ID: P 001
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation: Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection (P 001), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquired: Additions to the collection are expected.
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Series 1: William A. Finley, circa 1865-1870, Add to Shelf
Biography or History: W.A. Finley served as the first President of Corvallis College from 1865 until 1872. He was appointed in 1865 as President of the University's predecessor institution, Corvallis College, by the Methodist Episcopal Church South and was president at the time the College was chosen as the agricultural college for Oregon under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act.
Box-Folder 1.1: William A. Finley, circa 1865-1870 Add to Shelf
Item P001:001: As a young man (possibly taken at time of marriage), circa 1865 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:002: Portrait, circa 1870 Add to Shelf
Extent: 8 prints
Box-Folder 2.1: William A. Finley, circa 1870 Add to Shelf
Item P001:002: Portrait, circa 1870 Add to Shelf
Dimensions: apx 12x17 in.
Extent: 1 oversize print
Series 2: Benjamin Lee Arnold, circa 1875 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: Benjamin Lee Arnold was named president by the bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in the summer of 1872 and arrived in Corvallis in September. Arnold continued as president until his death on January 30, 1892, at the age of 52.
Box-Folder 1.2: Benjamin Lee Arnold, circa 1875 Add to Shelf
Item P001:003: Portrait made in Winona, Mississippi Add to Shelf
Extent: 1 carte de visite and 1 print
Series 3: John M. Bloss, circa 1895 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: John McKnight Bloss served as the third President of Oregon Agricultural College from 1892 until 1896. He was the first OAC president hired directly by the Board of Regents.
Box-Folder 1.3: John M. Bloss, circa 1895 Add to Shelf
Item P001:004: Portrait Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Box-Folder 2.1: John M. Bloss, circa 1895 Add to Shelf
Item P001:004: Portrait Add to Shelf
Dimensions: apx 12x17 in.
Extent: 1 oversize print
Series 4: H.B. Miller, circa 1890-1920 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: A successful Oregon businessman and politician, Miller served as president of Oregon Agricultural College for only eleven months in 1896-1897.
Box-Folder 1.4: H. B. Miller, circa 1890s-1920 Add to Shelf
Item P001:005: Portrait, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:006: Seated portrait, circa 1915 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:007: Portrait, circa 1890s Add to Shelf
Item P001:112: Portrait, circa 1915 Add to Shelf
Series 5: Thomas M. Gatch, circa 1907 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: Gatch was appointed as president of Oregon Agricultural College because of his vast experience in higher education, having previously presided over Willamette University (1860-1865 and 1870-1880) and the University of Washington (1887-1895). He retired from the OAC presidency in July 1907 (at the age of 74), but remained at the College as Professor of Political and Mental Science until the end of 1907.
Box-Folder 1.5: Thomas M. Gatch, circa 1895 Add to Shelf
Item P001:008: Portrait Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Box-Folder 2.1: Thomas M. Gatch, circa 1895 Add to Shelf
Item P001:008: Portrait Add to Shelf
Dimensions: apx 12x17 in.
Extent: 1 oversize print
Series 6: William Jasper Kerr, circa 1905-1940 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: William Jasper Kerr was chosen as President of Oregon Agricultural College in 1907 and lead the College through a 25-year period of tremendous growth in numbers of students and faculty, academic and research programs, and physical facilities. Kerr's influence on Oregon higher education continued as he served as the first Chancellor of the Oregon State System of Higher Education from 1932 until his retirement in 1935.
Box-Folder 1.6: Williams Jasper Kerr, circa 1905-1940 Add to Shelf
Item P001:009: Portrait, 1940 Add to Shelf
Extent: 15 prints
Item P001:010: Standing on campus, circa late 1920s Add to Shelf
Item P001:011: On Memorial Union steps, circa late 1920s Add to Shelf
Item P001:012: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Item P001:013: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Item P001:014: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Item P001:015: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 6 prints
Item P001:016: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Item P001:017: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 9 prints
Item P001:018: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:020: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 10 prints
Item P001:021: Seated at desk, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:022: In cap and gown, 1931 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:023: In cap and gown, 1931 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:024: In cap and gown, 1931 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:025: Pen drawing, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: Williams Jasper Kerr, circa 1905-1940 Add to Shelf
Item P001:026: Portrait, circa 1905 Add to Shelf
Extent: 7 prints
Number: P001:026
Item P001:027: Portrait, 1913 Add to Shelf
Item P001:028: Portrait, circa 1910 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:029: Standing portrait, circa 1910 Add to Shelf
Item P001:030: Portrait, 1923 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:031-P001:032: Portrait, 1923 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:033: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:034: Portrait, circa 1925, Add to Shelf
Item P001:035: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:036: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:037: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Item P001:038: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Extent: 7 prints
Item P001:039: Walking across campus with Lincoln Steffins, 1913 Add to Shelf
Steffins was a speaker at the College Convocation on October 22, 1913; photograph published in 1915 Beaver, p. 60. The original print is at P25:289.
Extent: 1 duplicate print
Item P001:040: Portrait, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 7 prints and 1 copy negative
Item P001:041: Portrait, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:042: Portrait, circa 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:043: Portrait, 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:044: Seated portrait, 1930 Add to Shelf
Item P001:045-P001:046: Portrait, 1930 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:047: Portrait, circa 1934 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints and 1 copy negative
Item P001:048: Portrait, circa 1934 Add to Shelf
Extent: 12 prints
Item P001:049: Portrait, circa 1934 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:050: Portrait, circa 1926 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:051: Portrait, circa 1926 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:052: Portrait, circa 1926 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 prints
Item P001:053: Portrait, circa 1926 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:054: Portrait, circa 1926 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:108: William Jasper Kerr and family, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Standing (l to r): Ralph Reynolds, Vesta Kerr Reynolds, Horace Kerr, Adma Green Kerr, Lynette Kerr McGinnis, Genieve Kerr Henry. Seated (l to r): Leona Kerr Shinn, Leonora Deseret Hamilton Kerr, Robert Marion Kerr, William Jasper Kerr.
Series 7: George W. Peavy, circa 1890-1955 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: George Peavy, Dean of Forestry, was appointed Acting President of Oregon State College in 1932 when President Kerr was chosen as the first Chancellor of the Oregon State System of Higher Education. In January 1934 he was designated President of the College and also continued as Dean of Forestry, positions he held until his retirement in 1940.
Box-Folder 1.8: George W. Peavy, circa 1890-1955 Add to Shelf
Item P001:055: Portrait, circa 1925 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:056: Seated in Library's McDonald Room, 1934 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:057: Portrait, 1938 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:058: Holiday greetings letter, 1935 Add to Shelf
Item P001:059: At Peavy Arboretum, 1935 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4x5 negatives and 7 prints
Item P001:060: At Peavy Arboretum, 1935 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 4x5 negatives and 2 prints
Item P001:061: At Peavy Arboretum, 1935 Add to Shelf
Extent: 1 print
Item P001:062: With students outdoors, circa 1955 Add to Shelf
Color reproduction of a painting by Fred Ludekens. The painting of Peavy with a group of students, made posthumously by the Weyerhauser Timber Company, was used extensively in advertisements in trade journals and the popular press, including The Saturday Evening Post.
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:063: Portrait, 1938 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:064: Portrait, 1938 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:065: Portrait, 1938 Add to Shelf
Extent: 7 prints
Item P001:103: Cabinet card portrait, early 1890s Add to Shelf
Item P001:105: Dressed in field gear, circa 1920s Add to Shelf
Series 8: Frank Llewellyn Ballard, circa 1940-1950 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: After a distinguished career with the Oregon State College Extension Service, Ballard was appointed president in 1940. He served less than a year because of illness and returned to the Extension Service administration. Ballard was the first OSC alumnus to serve as president.
Box-Folder 1.9: Frank Llewellyn Ballard, circa 1940-1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:066: Portrait, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:067: Portrait, circa 1945 Add to Shelf
Item P001:068: Portrait, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:069: Seated portrait at table, 1940 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Series 9: A.L. Strand, circa 1945-1970 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: A.L. Strand was appointed President of Oregon State College in the fall of 1942 and led the College through World War II and the post- war period of extensive growth in students and facilities until his retirement in 1961.
Box-Folder 1.10: A. L. Strand, circa 1945-1970 Add to Shelf
Item P001:070: Portrait, 1947 Add to Shelf
Extent: 9 prints
Item P001:071: Portrait, 1947 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:072: Seated at table smoking a cigar, 1965 Add to Shelf
Extent: color slide
Item P001:073: Making speech (at Bell Field?), circa 1945 Add to Shelf
Item P001:074: Portraits, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:075: Portraits, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:077: In cap and gown, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:078: In cap and gown, circa 1950 Add to Shelf
Item P001:079: Portrait, 1961 Add to Shelf
Extent: 11 prints
Item P001:080: Machine show, looking at GE airplane engine, 1951 Add to Shelf
Item P001:081: Seated at desk, circa 1945 Add to Shelf
Extent: 4x5 negative and 2 prints
Item P001:083: Seated at desk Cropped version of P001:081., circa 1945, Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:082: Seated at desk (copy of drawing by Ralph Iligan), undated Add to Shelf
Item P001:084: Making speech, circa 1948 Add to Shelf
Item P001:085: Portrait, circa 1970 Add to Shelf
Series 10: James H. Jensen, circa 1965 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: An internationally respected scientist, educator, and administrator, Jensen served as Oregon State University president from 1961 until 1969 and led the institution's first steps toward becoming a University in fact as well as name by expanding degree programs in the liberal arts as well as scientific research programs.
Box-Folder 1.11: James H. Jensen, circa 1965 Add to Shelf
Item P001:086: Smoking pipe Add to Shelf
Extent: color slide
Item P001:087: Seated at desk Add to Shelf
Extent: 4 prints
Item P001:088: Portrait Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Item P001:089: Portrait Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Item P001:090-P001:098: Seated at desk Add to Shelf
Extent: 8 prints and 1 contact sheet
Series 11: John D. Letcher, circa 1892-1931 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: Senior Professor John D. Letcher was chosen unanimously by the Board of Regents as the acting president after B.L. Arnold's sudden death in January 1892. According to their report, he was "better acquainted with the duties of the president and the working of the college than any other man living". He held the position in addition to his teaching duties for 4 months until the arrival of John McKnight Bloss in early June.
Box-Folder 1.12: John D. Letcher, circa 1892 Add to Shelf
Item P001:099: Modern print of published portrait, circa 1892 Add to Shelf
Note: See also P077:036.
Box-Item 3.1 Add to Shelf
Folder P001:111: Painting, 1931 Add to Shelf
Painting by W. Maurice Ball of John D. Letcher made in 1931 from a photograph provided to Oregon Agricultural College by Letcher. The original photograph was made during the time that Letcher was affiliated with OAC (1888-1894).
Dimensions: apx 25x30 in.
Series 12: Francois A. Gilfillan, circa 1940 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: F.A. Gilfillan was officially appointed as Acting President of Oregon State College in September 1941 after the resignation of President Ballard. However he had been serving as chair of the Administrative Council and carrying out the president's campus duties since October 1940. He lead the University through the uncertain months of the beginning of World War II until A.L. Strand's arrival in October 1942.
Box-Folder 1.13: Francois A. Gilfillan, circa 1940 Add to Shelf
Item P001:100: Portrait, circa 1940 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Series 13: Multiple Presidents, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.14: Multiple Presidents, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Item P001:101: Composite of Presidents Add to Shelf
Includes William A. Finley, Benjamin A. Arnold, John M. Bloss, H.B. Miller, Thomas M. Gatch, and William J. Kerr.
Extent: 5x7 negative
Box-Folder 4.1: Multiple Presidents, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Item P001:101: Composite of Presidents Add to Shelf
Dimensions: apx 16x20 in.
Extent: Oversize print
Series 14: Robert W. MacVicar, 1942 and early 1970s Add to Shelf
Biography or History: MacVicar came to Oregon State University in 1970 from Southern Illinois University, where he had been a vice president and chancellor since 1964. President MacVicar was a staunch proponent of the land-grant university concept and built close ties during his years as president between OSU and the people of Oregon. He retired in 1984.
Box-Folder 1.15: Robert W. MacVicar, 1942 and early 1970s Add to Shelf
Item P001:102: 2nd Lt. Sanitary Corps, U.S. Army, 1942 Add to Shelf
Item P001:104: OSU's champion hog caller; on Eastern Oregon tour (?), circa early 1970s Add to Shelf
Extent: color slide
Series 15: John V. Byrne, 1985-1995 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: Byrne assumed the presidency in November 1984 and served for 11 years until the end of 1995.
Box-Folder 1.16: John V. Byrne, 1985-1995 Add to Shelf
Item P001:106: Seated at desk, circa 1994 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 color slides
Item P001:107: Portrait, circa 1985 Add to Shelf
Item P001:109: John and Shirley Byrne, 1987 Add to Shelf
Note: News and Communications file no. 254, neg. no. 9.
Series 16: Paul G. Risser, 1996-1999 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: On November 2, 1995, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education named Paul G. Risser to succeed John Byrne as President of Oregon State University. He served as OSU president from 1996 to 2002.
Box-Folder 1.17: Paul G. Risser, 1996-1999 Add to Shelf
Item P001:110: Portrait, 1996 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 prints
Number: P001:110
Item P001:114: Paul and Les Risser (two views), before August 1999 Add to Shelf
Extent: 2 prints
Series 17: Roy A. Young, circa 1970 Add to Shelf
Biography or History: Young, Professor of Plant Pathology, was appointed in 1966 as the University's first Dean of Research with responsibility for campus-wide research coordination. He served as Acting President for one year until the arrival of MacVicar in July 1970, when he resumed responsibility for research coordination as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, a position he held until 1976.
Box-Folder 1.18: Roy A. Young, circa 1970 Add to Shelf
Item P001:113: Portrait Add to Shelf