Guide to the Alta McCormick Photograph Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: McCormick, Alta.
Title: Alta McCormick Photograph Collection
Dates: 1905-1931 ( inclusive )
1905-1906 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot, including 4 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 113
Summary: The Alta McCormick Photograph Collection consists of images of Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) students assembled by McCormick. The images depict groups of OAC students in 1905-1906 and a 1931 reunion of the Class of 1906. Cyrus Ross McCormick, Alta's husband, graduated from OAC in 1906 and is shown in the images.
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. 

Biographical Note

Alta McCormick was the wife of Cyrus Ross McCormick.

Cyrus Ross McCormick, from Lebanon, Oregon, graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1906 with a BS in Mining. After graduation, he worked briefly as an Assistant Assayer in Carson City, Nevada. By 1909, he had returned to Lebanon and was a farmer and cattleman.

John R. McCormick, also from Lebanon, graduated from OAC in 1905. In 1931, he was a building contractor in Portland. John and Cyrus may be brothers.

Content Description

The Alta McCormick Photograph Collection consists of four photographic prints assembled by McCormick. Three of the images depict groups of Oregon Agricultural College students in 1905-1906; these include a group of men students (with faculty?)in front of Benton Hall, a group of military cadets, and members of Philadelphian Literary Society. Cyrus McCormick is identified in the literary society photograph.

The fourth image is of the 25th reunion of the Class of 1906 in 1931, taken on the steps of the Memorial Union. It includes Cyrus Ross McCormick and his wife Alta. John R. McCormick is also depicted in the photograph. This photograph was published in the July 1931 issue of the Oregon State Monthly alumni magazine; it was taken by Howells Studio.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Alta McCormick Photograph Collection (P 113), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were acquired by the Archives in the 1960s.

Related Materials :  

Other materials documenting the Class of 1906 are part of the Alice L. Edwards Papers.


  • Personal Names :
  • McCormick, Cyrus Ross.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1906.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Philadelphian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
    • Other Creators :
    • Howell's Studio.

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