0.4 cubic feet, including 105
photographs (3 boxes, including 2
The Journalism Department Photographs
consist of images created or acquired by Journalism Department staff for
use in publications and displays as well as photographs taken and mounted
by students for class projects. Subject include student activities, campus
buildings, and Oregon scenic views.
Oregon State University
Journalism courses were first offered at Oregon Agricultural College
during the 1914/15 school year, and the Department of Industrial
Journalism was created in 1918. The department's purpose was to train
students "who wish to take positions on farm and trade journals,
newspapers, and other publications, especially where writing on industrial
subjects such as Agriculture, Home Economics, and Engineering is required"
(1919/20 OAC Catalogue). On three occasions during the 1920s, the State
Board of Higher Curricula was requested to consider restricting or
eliminating industrial journalism at Oregon State. During the 1930s and
1940s, journalism at Oregon State was administered jointly with the
program at the University of Oregon as part of the higher education
reorganization in Oregon. In 1969, departmental majors were offered for
the first time; subsequently, thirty technical minors were added. In 1992,
the Journalism Department was eliminated as part of university wide budget
The Journalism Department Photographs consist of images created or
assembled by Journalism Department staff and students. All of the images
are b/w prints. Subjects depicted in the photographs include the members
and activities of the Sigma Delta Chi journalism honorary society at
Oregon State; students and student activities; campus buildings, including
the Library and LaSells Stewart Center; the sculpture on Jefferson Street
south of the library; and Oregon scenes. Of especial note are images of
Journalism Department faculty, Fred Shideler and John Burtner, and
graduates, Tom Eggers and Shawn Church.
The images in Series IV through VI of student activities, campus
buildings, and Oregon scenes may have been assembled by the department in
preparing publicity for the Association for Education in Journalism and
Mass Communication annual conference held in Corvallis in 1983. Several of
the images are available online and are linked from the item
Photographers are indicated for many of the images and include Allan J.
de Lay, Ed Hershberger, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
Journalism Department Photographs (P 208), Oregon State University
Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Arranged in 7 series: I. Sigma Delta Chi, 1930-1939; II. Beaver Boys
State, circa 1960; III. Journalism Graduates, 1983-1984; IV. Campus
Buildings, circa 1976-1983; V. Student Activities and Academic Programs,
1978-1980; VI. Oregon Views, circa 1980; and VII. Student Projects, circa
Acquisition Information :
Transferred in two accessions in 1995 and 1996 from University
Publications and Student Media.
Related Materials :
Department Records (RG 091) document the technical journalism
curriculum at Oregon State and the administration of the department.
Additional photographs of Journalism Department faculty and programs are
part of the Gwil Evans Photographic Collection (P082:073).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Sigma Delta Chi, 1930-1939
The Sigma Delta Chi photographs depict the members and activities of
this journalism organization during the 1930s. Several of the photographs
were published in the
Beaver yearbook. Descriptions for these
images were taken from the captions attached to the photographs.
P208:01: Initiation, circa
Initiation with 6 men wearing straw hats and carrying parasols.
The annual Barometer Bust, sponsored by Sigma Delta Chi, is scheduled
every spring. All members of the staffs of the Barometer, student daily
paper, attend and are amused by the antics of Sigma Delta Chi members and
prospective pledges. A future SDX member loses his pants as faculty
members laugh in the background.
P208:03: Dick Kennedy
and Fred M. Shideler, undated
Sigma Delta Chi Dick Kennedy, editor of the student daily, and Fred M.
Shideler, head of Journalism Department and alumni member of SDX tap out
stories at the downtown editorial offices of the student daily.
The Publications Committee of Oregon State College controls all student
publications and selects the editors and managers of each one. Member of
Sigma Delta Shi predominate on the committee shown above. At the extreme
right is E.T. Reed, publications editor for the college and an associate
member of Sigma Delta Chi. Seated at the head of the table and third from
the right is Fred M. Shideler, head of the Journalism Department, Chairman
of the Committee, and an alumni member of Sigma Delta Chi. Burch Davis,
fourth from right and Ed Burchell, left are both member of the Oregon
State chapter. Published in 1938
Beaver, p. 117.
The Memorial Union building on the Oregon State College campus. This
student-erected building houses the offices of all publications and the
Journalism Department. Sigma Delta Chi is honored by being one of all
publications and the Journalism Department. Sigma Delta Chi is honored by
being one of the three honor or professional societies who have their own
rooms in the building
P208:06: John C.
Chapter adviser John C. Burtner spreads it on at the annual Barometer
Bust, funfest and party sponsored by Sigma Delta Chi for all students
enrolled in journalism or working on the staff of a major publication on
the campus. Published in the 1939
Beaver, p. 121.
Directory editors , 1938
This group under the guidance of Hal Higgs, Sigma Delta Chi man shown
in front center, edits the campus Student Directory, telephone book
showing home addresses, school addresses, and school registered. Published
Beaver, p. 127.
Part of the "festive board" at the SDX banquet honoring Dr. Rex Harlow,
director of the Stanford School Press Relations Investigation, who is made
an associate member of the OSC chapter last April. Dick Gearhart,
president of the chapter and last year's delegate is shown on the extreme
P208:09: SDX banquet and
C.D. Byrne, director of information for the Oregon State System of
Higher Education and a member of the Wisconsin chapter of SDX, takes a
bite of ice cream between words with Dr. Rex. F. Harlow, professor of
education at Stanford University and director of the Stanford School Press
Relations Investigation. Dick Kennedy, editor of the
Daily Barometer, is on Dr. Harlow's left.
The banquet followed Dr. Harlow's initiation as an associate member of the
professional meeting, 1938
Ben Ames, famed United Press European correspondent, was the center of
interest at one of the Oregon State SDX professional meetings last spring.
A number of the campus "big shots" including President George W. Peavy
(standing) came in for the luncheon meeting. Ames is shown in the center,
thumb in vest. Published in the 1938
Beaver, p. 240.
professional meeting, undated
Another view of the Ben Ames professional meeting, showing Ames (fourth
from the left) with President Peavy, Dr. U.G. Dubach, Dean of Men; the
Japanese consul from Portland; and W.A. Jensen, executive secretary of the
college, following in order. Ames gave one of the most interesting talks
and brought forth more questions than perhaps any other person who
addressed the SDX men during the year.
P208:12: Hall Higgs,
Student Directory Editor, 1938
Sigma Delta Chi is a co-sponsor of the Student Directory. Here, Editor
Hall Higgs directs the activities of the staff from the Barometer
workroom. Published in 1938
Beaver, p. 127.