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George A. Sense Photographs, 1930-1931

By Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: George A. Sense Photographs, 1930-1931

ID: P 249

Primary Creator: Sense, George A. (1910-1978)

Extent: 0.03 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2003

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The George A. Sense Photographs consist of images created and assembled by Sense as a student at Oregon State College and document his student experience in Corvallis, Oregon.  Sense attended Oregon State College for one academic year in 1930-1931.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The George A. Sense Photographs consist of images created, assembled, and annotated by Sense to document his experience as a student at Oregon State College (OSC) in 1930-1931.  The collection includes snapshots of Sense and his roommates, friends, and other football players; the Rook Bonfire; campus buildings and the OSC President's home on campus; the Marys River "swimming hole" and Brook Lane in Corvallis; the First Methodist Church across from lower campus; and the boarding house where Sense lived -- identified as the home of Mrs. Alvin Ball at 2019 Van Buren.  A formal professional photograph of the freshman football team is also included.

Of special note in the collection are unique, candid images of the assembly of materials, construction, and oversight of the bonfire built by the freshmen ("rook") students for homecoming in the fall of 1930.  The photographs of Sense's fellow students include football players Henry Hughes, from Hawaii, and Coquelle Thompson, from Siletz, Oregon.

The images were identified and dated by Sense.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

George A. Sense attended Oregon State College for one academic year in 1930-1931 studying civil engineering.  He was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, but lived with other students in a Corvallis boarding house.  Sense played on the freshman football team.

George Andrew Sense was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on August 27, 1910, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He returned to Berkeley after one year at Oregon State because of the Depression.  He subsequently attended the University of California and served in World War II.  Sense lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for several years before his death.  He died in El Paso, Texas on November 14, 1978.

Author: Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 52 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were donated to the former University Archives in 2003 by George's son, Richard G. Sense.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center is the steward of many collections created by Oregon State students that document their student experience.  These include the following collections assembled by students who attended Oregon State in the early 1930s and are contemporaneous with George Sense's photographs: the Alice Ash Smith Photograph Collection (P 212), Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album (P 297), and Floyd and Lilly Nordgren Edwards Collection (MSS EdwardsFloyd).

Preferred Citation: George A. Sense Photographs (P 249), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information:

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 creator used the names “Chief Thompson” and “Honolulu Hughes” in annotations on the photographs to identify two Oregon State students.  These names have not been used in the archivist-prepared description of the collection; however they have been retained on the original photographs.

[Date of acknowledgement: May 2021]

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces information about the collection that was placed online in 2012.


Sense, George A. (1910-1978)

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Football players--Oregon--Corvallis.
Marys River (Or.)
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State College--Buildings.
Oregon State College--Football.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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