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Diane Nicholson Photographs, 1974-1975

By Finding aid prepared by Ryan Atwood and Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Diane Nicholson Photographs, 1974-1975

ID: P 153

Primary Creator: Nicholson, Diane

Extent: 0.01 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in two series: I. Sally Wilson Birthday Party, 1975 and II. Campus Buildings and Views, 1974.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Diane Nicholson Photographs consist of images taken by Nicholson in the mid-1970s that include snapshots of a birthday party for University Archivist, Sally Wilson, and photographs of campus buildings and views. Diane Nicholson attended Oregon State University in 1970-1974 and earned an undergraduate degree in history; she may have worked in the University Archives during her student years or during the summer of 1975. Nicholson died on January 3, 2012.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Diane Nicholson Photographs consist of photographs taken by Nicholson in the mid-1970s. The photographs include snapshots of a birthday party in the Archives for University Archivist, Sally Wilson, on July 31, 1975 depicting Wilson, other Archives' staff; and other Oregon State University employees, including Allan Mathany, Dick Greenwood, and Gene Todd. Sarah J. (Sally) Wilson was the University Archivist from 1969 until 1978. The collection also includes images of campus buildings and views. Of special note are two photographs of the Martin Kukucin sculpture on campus.

The collection includes two film formats -- 126 color film negatives and 110 film color slides, formats that were used in popular instamatic cameras during the 1960s and 1970s. A print of one of the negatives is also part of the collection.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Diane Leith Nicholson was a student at Oregon State University (OSU) from 1970 to 1974, graduating with an undergraduate degree in history in 1974. Nicholson may have been on the Archives staff during her years as an OSU student and/or during the summer of 1975. Nicholson enrolled at Texas Tech University after graduating from OSU and completed a Master’s degree in Museum Science in 1976. She joined the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry Center in West Virginia that year and assumed her first permanent position at the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site as a museum technician in 1979. In 1980, Nicholson began working as a museum curator at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Three years later Nicholson became the regional curator at the Western Regional Office of the National Park Service, working in that position until 1991, at which time she returned to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Nicholson began a second tour-of-duty as Regional Curator for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service in 2007. During her 35-year career with the National Park Service, Nicholson was instrumental in development of the Park Service's museum program. A memorial stated: "Her passion for her work and fierce commitment to furthering the protection of museum collections and mentoring many in the museum field were renowned."

Nicholson was born on November 27, 1951, in San Francisco, California. She died suddenly while leaving work on January 3, 2012.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 30 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photographs were received by the University Archives in the mid-1970s.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include numerous collections with photographs of campus buildings and views. Additional images of University Archives staff are available in the University Archives Photographic Collection (P 169).

Preferred Citation: Diane Nicholson Photographs (P 153), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: The collection includes items numbered P153:01-P153:08 and P153:13-P153:33; items with numbers P153:09-P153:12 are not part of the collection.


Nicholson, Diane

People, Places, and Topics

College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
Nicholson, Diane
Oregon State University--Buildings
Oregon State University--Employees.
Oregon State University. University Archives
University History
Wilson, Sarah J. (Sarah Jackman), 1924-1978

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Sally Wilson's Birthday Party, 1975
Series I consists of photographs taken at Sally Wilson's birthday party in the Archives on July 31, 1975. The images include Sally Wilson, University Archivist; other Archives staff; and employees of other Oregon State University administrative units.
Extent: 8 126 film color negatives and 1 color print

Box-Folder 1.1
Item P153:01: Marcia A. Feuerstein
Item P153:02: Sally Wilson
Item P153:03: Sally Wilson and Internal Auditors
Item P153:04: Sharon M. Iverson and Allan R. Mathany
Item P153:05: Marcia A. Feuerestein and Sharon Iverson
Item P153:06: Allan R. Mathany and student
Item P153:07: Sally Wilson and Thyrza Anderson
Item P153:08: Gene Todd, Dick C. Greenwood, Auditors, and Leroy Hammon
Extent: 126 film color negative and color print

Series 2: Campus Buildings and Views, 1974
Series II consists images of buildings and views on the Oregon State University. The series includes two images of the Martin Kukucin sculpture near the Library.
Extent: 21 110 film color slides

Box-Folder 1.2
Item P153:13-P153:15: Benton Hall
Item P153:16: Kidder Hall
Item P153:17: Kerr Library
Item P153:18: Library Quad
Item P153:19-P153:23: Memorial Union Exterior
Item P153:24-P153:27: Memorial Union Quad
Item P153:28-P153:29: Milam Hall
Item P153:30-P153:31: Mitchell Playhouse
Item P153:32-P153:33: Martin Kukucin sculpture at Library
This sculpture depicts Martin Kukucin (1860-1928), a Slovak writer, physician, and humanitarian. It was sculpted by Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962), a Croatian artist, in 1959. The sculpture in on loan to Oregon State University from Dr. and Mrs. Julius Rudinski, Oregon State University faculty.

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