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Winfred M. Atwood Scrapbook, 1893-1907

By Finding aid prepared by Faye Harkins.

Collection Overview

Title: Winfred M. Atwood Scrapbook, 1893-1907

Predominant Dates: 1902-1907

ID: MSS Atwood

Primary Creator: Atwood, W. M. (Winfred McKenzie) (1883-)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Atwood Scrapbook documents student life at Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) in the 1900s. The scrapbook was assembled by Winfred M. Atwood, who graduated from Cornell College in 1907 and served as Oregon State College botany professor from 1913 until 1950.

Scope and Content Notes

The Atwood Scrapbook contains Cornell College commencement programs; literary society debate announcements; newspaper clippings; grade reports; athletic announcements; and copies of various programs, recitals and announcements. Of note are publications by Atwood and photographs taken by him during his college career. The scrapbook also includes Atwood's grade reports (1893-1900) from the Cherokee, Iowa, Public Schools.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Aurelia, Iowa on July 25, 1883, Winfred M. Atwood served in the Oregon State College Botany and Plant Physiology department from 1913-1950.

Atwood received his A.B. from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1907. During this time, Atwood was a member of three honorary fraternities and two literary societies, and the materials in the collection reflect his interest and activities. After graduation, he taught high school from 1908-1909 at Hampton High school in Iowa. In 1916 he returned to Cornell College and earned his A.M. degree. Enrolling at the University of Chicago, he obtained his M.S. degree in 1911 and his Ph.D. in 1913.

In September 1913, he accepted a position as an instructor in biology at Oregon Agricultural College. He was made an Associate Professor of Botany in 1916 and Professor of Plant Physiology in 1925. During World War I, Atwood worked on research problems related to wheat germination. He served as chairman of the student loan fund administered by the college faculty committee. Winfred Atwood retired from Oregon State in 1950.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 oversize box

Related Materials:

Records of campus literary societies include the Adelphian Literary Society Records (RG 048)Amicitia Literary Society Records (RG 038), Feronian Literary Society and Mask and Dagger Club Records (RG 042), Sorosis Literary Society Records (RG 046), Websterian Literary Society Records (RG 047), Athenian Literary Society Records (RG 061), Hesperian Lyceum Records (RG 065), and Jeffersonian Literary Society Records (RG 067). Several photographs of various literary societies are located in Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC). Additional materials can be found in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) Literary Societies file.

Documentation on the Botany department can be found in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 054) and the Herbarium Records (RG 117). The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Photograph Collection (P 075) includes lantern slides made or assembled by Atwood of Iowa scenes. Information on Atwood can also be found in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: Winfred M. Atwood Scrapbook (MSS Atwood), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon


Atwood, W. M. (Winfred McKenzie) (1883-)

People, Places, and Topics

Atwood, W. M. (Winfred McKenzie), 1883-
College students--Iowa--Mount Vernon.
Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa)
Natural Resources
Student activities--Iowa--Mount Vernon.
University History

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