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Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album, 1928-1934

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album, 1928-1934

Predominant Dates: 1930-1932

ID: P 297

Primary Creator: Lowthian, Zoa

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album documents Lowthian's student years at Oregon Agricultural College in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The collection includes snapshots of campus buildings and scenes, student activities, and Lowthian's friends and family as well as several ephemeral items. Lowthian earned a BS in Pharmacy in June 1932.

Scope and Content Notes

The Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album was assembled by alumna Zoa Lowthian to document her student experience at Oregon Agricultural College in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In addition to campus buildings and views, the album includes snapshots of friends and family in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota. The images include portrait photographs of Lowthian and other students; candid snapshots of friends; and views of construction of the homecoming bonfire. Many of the family photographs include children as well as pet dogs and cats. Several of the images are hand-colored.

The album also includes some clippings from newspapers and magazines and a drawing. Most of the clippings are poems or quotations. The collection also includes several ephemeral items that are not affixed to the album -- Lowthian's diploma from Oregon State Agricultural College; her membership certificate in the Rho Chi Honorary Society; a junior standing certificate; and a reference letter from A. Ziefle, School of Pharmacy Dean, stating that she had completed her BS in Pharmacy in 1932. A small leather certificate holder with the Oregon Agricultural College seal on the cover is also part of the collection.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Zoa Lowthian earned a BS in Pharmacy from Oregon State Agricultural College in 1932. She enrolled in the fall of 1928 and attended the College during the 1928-1929 through 1931-1932 academic years. Zoa D. Lowthian was born in Akley, Minnesota, on October 12, 1909 and graduated from high school in Milbank, South Dakota in June 1928.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 153 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photograph album and other materials were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center by Ron Shelby, Lowthian's grand nephew, in 2013.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center includes many photograph albums, scrapbooks, and other materials documenting the experiences of Oregon State University students. Of particular note are these collections, also assembled by women, in the late 1920s and early 1930s: Helen Lepper Diary (MSS Lepper), Kareen Peiffer Laboratory Notes (MSS Peiffer), and the Spike Sisters Scrapbooks (MSS Spike).

Preferred Citation: Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album (P 297), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Lowthian, Zoa

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Lowthian, Zoa
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Ephemera (general object genre)
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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