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Illustrated Booklets, 1911-1930

By Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Illustrated Booklets, 1911-1930

ID: PUB 488

Primary Creator: Oregon Agricultural College

Extent: 0.85 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Illustrated Booklets are arranged in 3 series:  1. Unbound Items, 1911-1930; 2. Bound Volumes, 1911-1929; and 3. Correspondence, 1925.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Illustrated Booklets were published by Oregon Agricultural College during the 1910s and 1920s to promote and publicize the College to potential students and Oregon residents.  The booklets include numerous photographs of the campus in Corvallis as well as students in laboratories and classrooms and participating in student activities.  Edwin T. Reed edited and wrote many of the booklets.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The Illustrated Booklets were published by Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) during the 1910s and 1920s to promote and publicize the College to potential students and Oregon residents and provide vocational guidance to youth and young adults.  In addition to general information about academic and research programs of the College, booklets focused on agriculture, engineering, music, science, landscape architecture, business, and home economics were produced.  Several booklets promote opportunities for women at OAC.  Two booklets published during World War I highlight military training and the roles of OAC students and faculty in the war.  One booklet describes campus buildings and facilities as of 1922 and another is dedicated solely to the newly completed Memorial Union.

Edwin T. Reed edited and wrote many of the booklets.  The booklets include numerous photographs and graphical elements.  The photographs depict campus buildings and scenes, students in classrooms and laboratories, and student activities. The first bulletin was described as “elegant … handsomely illustrated … [and] beautifully printed”.  One review of the 1911 bulletin stated, “Every home in Grant County should have a copy.”

Individual copies of most of the bulletins are part of this collection; the bound volumes that comprise Series 2 include two additional bulletins.  Limited correspondence from the College Editor soliciting content for the 1926 booklet on the theme of science; production information for one of the booklets; and news clippings about the first booklet, published in 1911, are also part of this collection.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

Edwin T. Reed was appointed the first Editor of Publications for Oregon Agricultural Coillege in 1912, a position he held until his retirement in 1943.  During this time he edited hundreds of college bulletins and circulars and wrote many as well.

Author: Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These publications were received by the University Archives begiinning in the 1960s as part of the College Bulletins; they were segregated to form this separate collection in 2017.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center has extensive collections of publications and related materials promoting Oregon State University’s academic and research programs and outreach to the state of Oregon and beyond; the Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) includes a wide variety of promotional materials.  The bulk of the college bulletins from this time period are described as the College Bulletins (PUB 005-11a).  The Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) and the Edwin T. Reed Papers (MSS Reed) provide information about the publishing at Oregon State.  Many of the photographs published in the Illustrated Booklets are available in photographic collections held by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, especially Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC).

Preferred Citation: Illustrated Booklets (PUB 488), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon Agricultural College
Bexell, J. A. (John Andrew) (1867-1938)
Oregon State Agricultural College
Oregon State College.
Peck, Arthur L.
Reed, Edwin Thomas (1872-1948)
Rodenwold, Zelta Feike (1895-1987)

People, Places, and Topics

Agriculture--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Business education--Oregon--Corvallis.
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College publications--Oregon.
College publicity--Oregon--Corvallis.
Engineering schools--Oregon--Corvallis.
Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Landscape architecture--Study and teaching--Oregon.
Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
Music in universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College
Oregon State Agricultural College
Oregon State College
Science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Vocational guidance--Oregon.
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Unbound Items, 1911-1930
Series 1 consists of individual copies of the illustrated booklets and includes most (27 of 29) of the published illustrated booklets that comprise this collection.
Box-Folder 1.1
Item 1: Dignifying the Industries, 1911
College Bulletin no. 52.
Item 2: Dignifying the Industries, 1912
College Bulletin no. 60.
Item 3: The Enrichment of Rural Life, 1913
College Bulletin no. 86.
Box-Folder 1.2
Item 1: The Life Career, 1914
College Bulletin no. 150
Item 2: The Trail Blazers, 1915
College Bulletin no. 200.
Item 3: Uniting Learning and Labor, 1916
College Bulletin no. 236.
Item 4: O.A.C  and U.S.A., 1918
College Bulletin no. 284.
Box-Folder 1.3
Item 1: Leadership, 1919
College Bulletin no. 305.
Item 2: Education Pays, 1920
College Bulletin no.333.
Item 3: Training for the Vocations, 1921
College Bulletin no. 355.
Box-Folder 1.4
Item 1: The Campus, 1922
College Bulletin no. 371.
Box-Folder 1.5
Item 1: College and State, 1923
College Bulletin no. 378.
Item 2: The College Girl at O.A.C., 1923
College Bulletin no. 383.
Item 3: The College Girl at O.A.C, 1924
College Bulletin no. 383.
Item 4: A Liberal and Practical Education, 1924
College Bulletin no. 396.
Box-Folder 1.6
Item 1: Music the Educator, 1926
College Bulletin no. 414.
Box-Folder 1.7
Item 1: Science for Service, 1926
College Bulletin no. 419.  Written by Edwin T. Reed, College Editor.
Item 2: Women's Career Through Training in Home Economics, 1927
College Bulletin no. 437.  By Zelta Feike Rodenwold.
Item 3: Science: The Key to Education, 1928
College Bulletin no. 438.  By Edwin T. Reed, College Editor.
Item 4: Music the Educator, 1928
College Bulletin no. 439.
Item 5: What Career?, 1928
College Bulletin no. 445.  By Edwin T. Reed, College Editor.
Item 6: Modern Business, 1928
College Bulletin no. 446.  By J.A. Bexell, Dean of the School of Commerce.
Item 7: Landscape Architecture, 1929
College Bulletin no. 457.  By  Arthur L. Peck, Professor of Landscape Architecture.  Includes 2 copies.
Box-Folder 1.8
Item 1: Training for Farming, 1929
College Bulletin no. 458.
Box-Folder 1.9
Item 1: Occupations for the Agriculturally Trained, 1930
College Bulletin no. 464.  Prepared by Edwin T. Reed, College Editor.  Includes information on the vocational guidance booklets and production information for this booklet.
Item 2: What Can a Woman Do with Home Economics Training?, 1930
College Bulleti nno. 469.  By Zelta Feike Rodenwold.
Item 3: The Memorial Union, 1930
College Bulletin no. 470.  By Edwin T. Reed, College Editor.
Series 2: Bound Volumes, 1911-1929
Series 2 consists of bound sets of a selection of the Illustrated Booklets.  Of special note are clippings about the 1911 Dignifying the Industries booklet bound with that publication.  Series 2 includes 2 bulletins that are only available in bound volumes:  Called to the Colors and Shall I Choose Engineering?.
Box-Item 2.1: Dignifying the Industries, 1911
Includes clippings about the publication.
Box-Item 2.2: Dignifying the Industries, 1912
Box-Item 2.3: Illustrated Booklets, 1913-1917
Includes The Enrichment of Rural Life, The Life Career, The Trail Blazers, Uniting Learning and Labor, and Called to the Colors.
Box-Item 2.4: Illustrated Booklets, 1917-1924
Includes Called to the Colors, O.A.C. and U.S.A., Leadership, Education Pays, Training for the Vocations, The Campus, and  A Liberal and Practical Education.
Box-Item 2.5: Illustrated Booklets, 1923-1924
Includes College and State and The College Girl at O.A.C.
Box-Item 3.1: Vocational Guidance Booklets, 1927-1929
Includes What Career?, Shall I Choose Engineering?, Woman's Career, Modern Business, and Landscape Architecture.
Box-Item 3.2: Illustrated Booklets, 1926-1928
Includes Science for Service and Science, The Key to Education.
Series 3: Correspondence, 1925
Series 3 consists of a letter to department heads from the College Editor, Edwin T. Reed, requesting content for the illustrated booklet to be published in 1926 on the theme, Science for Service.
Box-Folder 3.3

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