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Journalism Department Photographs, 1930-1984

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Journalism Department Photographs, 1930-1984

Predominant Dates: 1970-1984

ID: P 208

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Department of Journalism

Extent: 0.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged in 7 series: I. Sigma Delta Chi, 1930-1939; II. Beaver Boys State, circa 1960; III. Journalism Graduates, 1983-1984; IV. Campus Buildings, circa 1976-1983; V. Student Activities and Academic Programs, 1978-1980; VI. Oregon Views, circa 1980; and VII. Student Projects, circa 1970s.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Journalism Department Photographs consist of images created or acquired by Journalism Department staff for use in publications and displays as well as photographs taken and mounted by students for class projects. Subject include student activities, campus buildings, and Oregon scenic views.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The Journalism Department Photographs consist of images created or assembled by Journalism Department staff and students. All of the images are b/w prints. Subjects depicted in the photographs include the members and activities of the Sigma Delta Chi journalism honorary society at Oregon State; students and student activities; campus buildings, including the Library and LaSells Stewart Center; the sculpture on Jefferson Street south of the library; and Oregon scenes. Of especial note are images of Journalism Department faculty, Fred Shideler and John Burtner, and graduates, Tom Eggers and Shawn Church.

The images in Series IV through VI of student activities, campus buildings, and Oregon scenes may have been assembled by the department in preparing publicity for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference held in Corvallis in 1983. Several of the images are available online and are linked from the item descriptions.

Photographers are indicated for many of the images and include Allan J. de Lay, Ed Hershberger, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

Journalism courses were first offered at Oregon Agricultural College during the 1914/15 school year, and the Department of Industrial Journalism was created in 1918. The department's purpose was to train students "who wish to take positions on farm and trade journals, newspapers, and other publications, especially where writing on industrial subjects such as Agriculture, Home Economics, and Engineering is required" (1919/20 OAC Catalogue). On three occasions during the 1920s, the State Board of Higher Curricula was requested to consider restricting or eliminating industrial journalism at Oregon State. During the 1930s and 1940s, journalism at Oregon State was administered jointly with the program at the University of Oregon as part of the higher education reorganization in Oregon. In 1969, departmental majors were offered for the first time; subsequently, thirty technical minors were added. In 1992, the Journalism Department was eliminated as part of university wide budget reductions.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 105 photographs; 3 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Transferred in two accessions in 1995 and 1996 from University Publications and Student Media.

Related Materials: The Journalism Department Records (RG 091) document the technical journalism curriculum at Oregon State and the administration of the department. Additional photographs of Journalism Department faculty and programs are part of the Gwil Evans Photographic Collection (P 082) P082:073.

Preferred Citation: Journalism Department Photographs (P 208), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before April 20, 2016.


Oregon State University. Department of Journalism
De Lay, Allan J.
Hershberger, Ed

People, Places, and Topics

Burtner, John C. (John Cole), 1895-
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Journalism--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon. Department of Transportation
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Oregon State College--Students.
Oregon State College. Department of Journalism
Oregon State University--Buildings
Oregon State University--Students.
Shideler, Fred Merle
Sigma Delta Chi. Oregon State Chapter
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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