Guide to the William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Davolt, W. H. (William Harling)
Title: William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs
Dates: 1904-1908 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 cubic foot, including 10 photographs (2 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS Davolt
Summary: The Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs were assembled by William Harling Davolt, a 1908 graduate of Oregon Agricultural College and OAC track athlete. The scrapbook documents track and field events in Oregon and Washington; the photographs depict campus buildings and OAC athletes.
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. 

Biographical Note

William Harling ("Hod") Davolt, from Catlin, Washington, attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1904 to 1908 and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1908. He was a distance runner and set college records in the mile run and cross country.

Davolt attended Oregon Agricultural College as a graduate student during the 1909/10 academic year and subsequently returned to Washington where he was an electrician (1913); an employee of the County Auditor's Office in Kalama, Washington (1917); and worked on the King Creek Poultry Farm in Kelso, Washington (1920s).

Content Description

The William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs document track and field events in Oregon and Washington, the Oregon Agricultural College campus, and OAC athletes.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged into two series: I. Scrapbook and II. Photographs.

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs and scrapbook were donated to the Archives by W.H. Davolt of Kelso, Washington in 1964.

Processing Note :  

The photographs in this collection were originally a separate OSU Archives collection (P 039) and have been combined with the scrapbook to form this collection, the William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs.

Related Materials :  

The M. Sichell Trophy, won by Davolt in 1908, is part of the Memorabilia Collection (MC-Track and Field). Materials pertaining to track and field at Oregon State University in the 1960s and 1970s are available in the Berny Wagner Scrapbooks.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Scrapbook, 1904-1908

The Davolt Scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings about track and field events in Oregon and Washington, primarily featuring Oregon Agricultural College teams; however, articles pertaining to other Oregon, Washington, and California teams are included. The scrapbook also includes a few articles pertaining to the Oregon Agricultural College football team.


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Series II:  Photographs, circa 1907-1908

The photographs include images of campus buildings, a metal working class, the 1907 football team, and track athletes and events.

2 P039:1: Cauthorn Hall, circa 1907
2 P039:2: Education Hall, circa 1908
2 P039:3: Waldo Hall, 1908
2 P039:4: Apperson Hall, circa 1907
2 P039:5: Benton Hall with champion flag, circa 1907
2 P039:6: Metal working class, circa 1907
2 P039:7: Football team, 1907
2 P039:8: W.H. "Hod" Davolt and Beach, circa 1908
Studio portrait in track uniforms.
2 P039:9: "Hod" coming through the finish line, circa 1907
2 prints, including one duplicate print
Track meet at unidentifed location (not OAC).

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Track and field.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Track and field athletes--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scrapbooks.

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