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Village Improvement Society Minutes, 1904-1911

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Village Improvement Society Minutes, 1904-1911

ID: MSS Village

Primary Creator: Village Improvement Society (Corvallis, Or.)

Extent: 0.01 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the activities of this Corvallis, Oregon, civic organization which promoted the planting of trees, development of parks, and general beautification of the city.

Scope and Content Notes

The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the membership, activities, and finances of this civic organization. Topics addressed in the minutes include improvements on the grounds of the depot; planting trees around the school; a petition for clearing rubbish from streets and alleys; an investigation of standing water in parks; and the sanitary problems posed by barns and manure piles.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Village Improvement Society was active by the 1890s; its members included prominent local business leaders and Oregon Agricultural College faculty and their spouses. Margaret Snell, home economics professor, and George Coote, horiculturist, helped organize the society.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center includes the records of several other Corvallis civic organizations and businesses as well as materials documenting the careers of Margaret Snell and George Coote. The J. Kenneth Munford Collection (MSS Munford) includes an article about the Village Improvement Society published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on October 10, 1988.

Preferred Citation: Village Improvement Society Minutes (MSS Village), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Village Improvement Society (Corvallis, Or.)

People, Places, and Topics

Corvallis (Or.)
Local History
Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
Urban beautification--Oregon--Corvallis.
Village Improvement Society (Corvallis, Or.)

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