Guide to the Mortar Board Scrapbooks

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mortar Board (Society). Oregon State University Chapter.
Title: Mortar Board Scrapbooks
Dates: 1938-1982 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 cubic feet, including 314 photographs (6 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: MSS MortarBoard
Summary: The Mortar Board Scrapbooks document the members and activities of the Oregon State chapter of this senior women's honorary society. The scrapbooks include clippings, photographs, ephemera, and some organizational records such as newsletters and minutes. Mortar Board was established at Oregon State College in 1933.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

The Mortar Board Honor Society was established at Oregon State College in 1933 as a senior honor society for women that recognizes scholarship, leadership, and service. The Oregon State (Cap and Gown) Chapter has won seven Chapter of Excellent Awards from the national organization. In 1975, Mortar Board began accepting men and by 1978 the Oregon State chapter had three male members. In 1988, the chapter began selling an annual academic planner, which is now known across campus as a "mortar board".

Mortar Board was established nationally in 1918 and was the first national organization to honor senior college women.

Content Description

The Mortar Board Scrapbooks consist of 16 scrapbooks documenting the membership and activities of the Mortar Board chapter at Oregon State University. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings about chapter activities and individual members; photographs; ephemeral items such as programs, invitations, and dance cards; and limited organizational records such as meeting minutes, newsletters, and correspondence.

The photographs are primarily b/w prints; the scrapbooks for the 1970s and early 1980s include color prints. A high proportion of the images were made by Hise Studio; the remainder are primarily snapshots. The photographs depict groups of initiates, members, and their mothers or parents; chapter meetings; and chapter activities including trips to the Oregon coast, dances and dinners, and service projects.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Mortar Board Scrapbooks, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information :  

The scrapbooks were acquired by the Archives in 1999 and prior.

Related Materials :  

The Dean of Women's Office (RG 057) and Student Affairs (RG 102) Records include materials documenting the relationship between Mortar Board and the student affairs administration. The Blue Key Fraternity Records document the comparable honor society for men at Oregon State. Additional photographs of Mortar Board members and activities are part of Harriet's Collection.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Societies, etc.
  • Oregon State College--Students.
  • Oregon State University--Societies, etc.
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Clubs--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scrapbooks.
    • Other Creators :
    • Mortar Board (Society). Oregon State College Chapter.

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