Guide to the University Publications Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. University Publications.
Title: University Publications Photographs
Dates: 1890-2002 ( inclusive )
1950-1999 ( bulk )
Quantity: 17.5 cubic feet, including 40,000 photographs (36 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: P 094
Summary: The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, and other publications. They depict the full range of OSU academic and research programs and include images of students, faculty, and staff; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; research and teaching; athletics; and student life.
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. 

Historical Note

The Office of University Publications began in 1912.The office publishes a variety of University publications, including the university's General Catalog; department and college brochures and pamphlets; student housing guides; posters and recruitment materials; and promotional items for special events.

Edwin T. Reed was the first college editor and served until 1943. Subsequent directors of the office included Delmer Goode, 1943-1956; J. Kenneth Munford, 1956-1977; Gwil Evans, 1977-1979; Tom Sanders, 1979-1984; Jeffrey Grass, 1984-2000; and Tina Chovanec, beginning in 2000.

Until 2000, the head of University Publications was also the director of the OSU Press.

Content Description

The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, posters, and other publications as well as in OSU Press publications. The images depict the wide variety of academic and research programs; students, faculty, staff, and administrators; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; athletics; and student life. Most of the images are not specifically identified.

The photographs include images of students and faculty in classrooms, laboratories, and on field trips and excursions; Corvallis street scenes, public buildings, and businesses; and special events such as commencement, homecoming, Pet Day, and Mom's and Dad's Weekends. Many of the images depict student activities and programs, student housing, fraternities and sororities, ROTC, recreational activities, and intramurals. Photographs of minority students, cultural activities, and the students, faculty, and activities of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) are included. The collection has images of notable speakers, performers, and other campus guests including Robert Packwood, Jesse Jackson, Jay Leno, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Crazy 8's.

Photographers are not identified for most images; however, images by Robert W. Henderson, Walter Boychuk, Howard Sands, and the Oregon Highway Department are part of the collection.

The collection includes a variety of formats: black and white prints, negatives, and contact sheets; color slides; color prints and negatives; nitrate negatives; and a glass positive.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

University Publications Photographs (P 094), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

A small portion of the photographs in the collection have been assigned individual item numbers; the bulk of the collection is arranged by accession. Within accessions, the images may be arranged topically or chronologically and thereunder by topic.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information :  

Materials were transferred from the Office of University Publications in numerous accessions; the bulk of the materials were transferred between 1996 and 2006. Accession 96:031 was transferred from the collections of the former Horner Museum.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

The Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) document the administration and activities of the office and provide detailed information about several OSU Press publications. The OSU General Catalog is available online.


    • Corporate Names :
    • Educational Opportunities Program (Oregon State University)  ( creator)
    • Oregon Agricultural College.
    • Oregon State College.
    • Oregon State University.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Corvallis (Or.)
    • Subject Terms :
    • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Intramural sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Film negatives.
    • Glass transparencies.
    • Nitrate negatives.
    • Photographic prints.
    • Slides.
      • Other Creators :
      • Boychuk, Walter, 1886-1967.
      • Henderson, Robert W. (Robert Wesley), 1914-
      • Reed, Edwin Thomas, 1872-1948.
      • Sands, Howard.
      • Oregon State College. Office of the College Editor.
      • Oregon State University. Office of Publications.
      • Oregon State University. Press.
      • Oregon. State Highway Dept.

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