Guide to the Alice Ash Smith Photograph Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Smith, Alice Ash.
Title: Alice Ash Smith Photograph Collection
Dates: 1930-1936 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.04 cubic feet (56 prints affixed to loose album pages)
Collection Number: P 212
Summary: The Alice Ash Smith Photograph Collection documents student activities at Oregon Agricultural College in the 1930s.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Alumna Alice Arnold Ash of Corvallis attended Oregon State Agricultural College in the early to mid-1930s and graduated in 1935 with a degree in Secretarial Science. She later married Roy V. Smith who was also an OSAC student during that time period.

Content Description

This photographic collection consists of photographic prints collected and assembled by Alice Ash Smith documenting student activities during the 1930s. The collection includes images of football games and players, crew practices on the Willamette River, theater productions, dances, and other student activities and student groups including the Beaver Knights. Of particular note are images of several theater productions, the Junior Follies, and Robin Batcheller; football player, Art Ramponi; construction of the rook bonfire; and the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis. Programs for the Death Takes a Holiday (1933) and Junior Follies productions are also included.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Alice Ash Smith Photograph Collection (P 212), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

Most of these photographs were sent by Alice Ash Smith to Catherine Davis Young Feikert (the widow of D. Palmer Young), who gave them to C.H. "Scram" Graham. Graham donated them to the OSU Archives in 1995. The remainder (about 20) were donated directly to the Archives by Smith in 1999.


  • Personal Names :
  • Batcheller, Robin.
  • Ramponi, Art.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Drama--Study and teaching--Oregon.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Rowing--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Theater--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Willamette River (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.

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