Camp Adair was established by the United States Army in 1942 as a division training facility; the Adair Cantonment trained three divisions during World War II. The Camp, which covered 66,000 acres from north of Corvallis to Independence, Oregon, was in operation from 1942 through 1946. It served as a prisoner-of-war camp and also housed a U.S. Navy Hospital. During World War II, Camp Adair was the second largest "city" in Oregon. In the late 1950s, the U.S. Air Force had an early warning rader installation at the base that was in operation until 1969. Portions of the former Camp are now part of the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area; the developed areas of the Camp have been incorporated to form the city of Adair Village.
The Camp Adair, Oregon, Maps and Aerial Photographs collection includes topographic maps, orthophotographs, and other maps and images documenting Camp Adair, which was located north of Corvallis, Oregon. Most of the materials in the collection were prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the bulk are from the war years of 1942-1944. The maps offer details on buildings in the cantonment area; artillery ranges; training courses; roads, ditches and culverts; and general land features.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Camp Adair, Oregon, Maps and Aerial Photographs (MAPS Adair), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
This collection is arranged in one series: I. Camp Adair Maps and Aerial Photographs, 1942-1973.
Acquisition Information :
These materials were transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries' maps collection to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014.Related Materials :
Maps of Camp Adair from the post-war period are available in the Facilities Services Records (RG 193). Other materials pertaining to Camp Adair are part of the Dan Poling (MSS Poling), Roland Eugene Dimick (MSS Dimick), and Robert G. Rosenstiel (MSS Rosenstiel) Papers; John H. Gallagher Collection (MSS Gallagher); and George Alderson Photographs (P 248). Photographs of the community at Camp Adair are available in the Douglas and Mabel McKay Papers (MSS McKay).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I consists of maps and aerial photographs of Camp Adair and the surrounding area, primarily during the World War II period.