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Letitia Shamhart Dunn Photograph Collection, 1924

Collection Overview

Title: Letitia Shamhart Dunn Photograph Collection, 1924

ID: P 174

Primary Creator: Dunn, Letitia Mae

Extent: 0.0 . More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Letitia Shamhart Dunn Photograph Collection contains images of OAC students, staff, buildings and events that reflect Dunn's experience as an OAC undergraduate.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The photos in this collection document a wide array of activities including buggy rides, a military parade, a class initiation, the Civil War football game and a "co-ed ball" featuring all-female couples, some of them in male dress. An image of particular note is that of the Lady of the Fountain statue being driven in a car onto Bell Field in front of a large crowd. The collection also includes a number of group photos.

Most of the individuals depicted in this collection are unidentified and all but one of its photographs are undated. Individuals who are identified include Celice Wilson, Mary Noble, Mary McLean Dixon, Mrs. Gaines (housemother at "Beta Kappa" - Shamhart's sorority?), Vera Affield, Letitia Shamhart and Mrs. Scott (housemother of Waldo Hall).

The collection also includes a number of photos - both originals and reproductions - of campus buildings, including an image of the Langton Hall pool while under construction.

The photos in the Shamhart Dunn Collection appear to have originally been mounted in a scrapbook, which were subsequently cut out and saved along with a smaller number of annotations.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in 1903, Letitia Mae Shamhart was raised in Merrill, Oregon, attending high school in both Merrill and in Heppner, Oregon. She attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1921-1925, studying pharmacy. At some point following her college years, she married Lowell P. Dunn.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 folder containing 62 photographs

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Letitia Shamhart Dunn Photograph Collection (P 174), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information:

This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement online.

The archivist-prepared description of this collection uses the phrase “Civil War” to refer to the long-standing athletic rivalry between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. A history of this athletic rivalry, and use of the phrase “Civil War” to describe it, is available online in The Origins of the "Civil War" Football Game blog post.

In June 2020, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced that the term  “Civil War” will no longer be used by either university because it “represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery.”

We acknowledge the racism represented by the use of this phrase and the harm it may cause our users. In order to provide historical context and to enable standardized searching and access across our collections, we have retained the use of this phrase in the collection description.

[Date of acknowledgement: November 2021]


Dunn, Letitia Mae

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Dunn, Letitia Mae
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