Guide to the Jerry D. Belcher Collection of Oregon Agricultural College Track Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Belcher, Jerry D.
Title: Jerry D. Belcher Collection of Oregon Agricultural College Track Photographs
Dates: 1905 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot, including 2 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 128
Summary: The Jerry D. Belcher Collection consists of Oregon Agricultural track photographs taken by Corvallis photographer, W.G. Emery.
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

Jerry D. Belcher attended Oregon State University in the 1960s and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1969. Belcher played football for Oregon State and won the football team's 1968 Attitude and Scholarship Award.

The 1905 Oregon Agricultural College track team was the champion team of the Northwest. Forrest Smithson won the gold medal in the 110 high hurdles at the Olympics in London in 1908. Claude V. Swann graduated from OAC in 1907 and Miles Bebee Belden in 1906.

Content Description

The Jerry D. Belcher Collection of Oregon Agricultural College Track Photographs consists of two mounted photographic prints of 1905 track and field events. One of the images depicts Claude V. ("Skeeter") Swann completing his first place pole vault in a meet with the University of Oregon. The other image shows the Oregon Agricultural College sprinters in the high hurdles. This image is available online. The racers are identified as Belden [Miles Bebee], Graham [perhaps Thomas Rader?], Swann [Claude V.], Smithson [Forrest], and Cathey [perhaps George Andrew or Collie Flint]. The photographs were taken by William G. Emery, a Corvallis studio photographer and 1883 Oregon State graduate.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Jerry D. Belcher Collection of Oregon Agricultural College Track Photographs (P 128), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were donated to the Archives in the 1960s.

Related Materials :  

The William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs document track and field events in Oregon and Washington during this period (1904-1908). Other photographs of track and field events are available in numerous Archives' collections, including Harriet's Collection, the Athletics-Track Photograph Collection (P 010), and the G. Herbert Root Photograph Collection (P 127).

Materials pertaining to track and field at Oregon State University in the 1960s and 1970s are available in the Berny Wagner Scrapbooks. Additional information about track athletes, coaches, and meets, as well as statistics, are available in the Sports Media Guides (PUB 54) for track and field.


  • Personal Names :
  • Smithson, Forrest.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Track and field.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Hurdling (Track and field)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Track and field athletes--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
    • Other Creators :
    • Emery, W. G.

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