1.2 cubic feet, including 385 photographs (3 boxes including 2 oversize boxes)
The Irwin Betzel Papers are comprised of materials assembled and generated by Irwin Betzel during his years as an Oregon Agricultural College student and OAC Instructor of Pharmacy. Included are
two scrapbooks, a photograph album, several loose photographs, three pharamcy notebooks, and a small collection of pharmacy ephemera.
Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Research Center
Irwin Leonard Betzel graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1915 with a BS degree in Pharmacy. While an OAC student, Betzel was a member of the Oxford Club, participated in intramural (class) football and drama
productions, and served as business manager of the C-P Journal and as assistant manager of the 1915 Orange during 1913/14. In September 1915, he was appointed
Instructor in Pharmacy, a position he held until he was excused for war duty in 1918. After World War I, he served as a drug company representative in Portland and later as a pharmacist in Eugene.
The Irwin Betzel Papers are comprised of materials assembled and generated by Betzel during his tenure as an Oregon Agricultural College student (1911-1915), OAC Instructor of Pharmacy (1915-1918), and practicing pharmacist
(circa 1920). The collection includes two scrapbooks and a photograph album containing photographs, newsclippings, programs, brochures, dance cards, grade reports, certificates, patches, ribbons, and other ephemera
documenting Betzel's involvement in the Oxford Club, the OAC Cadets, theater productions, and various Class of 1915 social activities. Included is an extensive collection of photographs featuring Irwin Betzel; members of the
Oxford Club; OAC student Florence Knight; and images of other OAC students, faculty, and events.
Also included are three notebooks generated as part of Betzel's work as a pharmacist containing handwritten formulas for an assortment of health treatments and hygiene products. The notebooks also contain recipes for a wide
variety of household products including paints, photo-developing chemicals, and beer. The notebooks are accompanied by a small collection of pharmacy-related ephemera including advertisements and instructions for
pharmaceuticals, bottle labels, and a certificate of membership for the C. C. Co. Spatula Club of Good Mixers.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
Irwin Betzel Papers (MSS Betzel), Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
The Irwin Betzel Papers are arranged into two series: Series I: Scrapbooks & Photographs, 1911-1920; Series II: Pharmacy Notebooks & Collected Ephemera, circa 1920.
Acquisition Information :
The scrapbooks and photograph album were obtained by the OSU College of Pharmacy and the OSU Alumni Association in January 1998 and transferred to the OSU Archives. The notebooks and accompanying ephemera were donated to OSU
by Northwest Christian University in 2013. The collection now resides in OSU's Special Collections & Archives Research Center.
Series I consists of two scrapbooks, a photo album, and several loose photographs documenting Irwin Betzel's time as a student and instructor at Oregon Agricultural College. Included are photographs of OAC students,
faculty, and events, newsclippings, brochures, pamphlets, grade reports, dance cards, and other ephemera often accompanied by handwritten notations.
Scrapbook I, 1911-1914
This scrapbook is comprised of photographs, newsclippings, pamphlets, programs, certificates, grade reports, dance cards, and other ephemera representing OAC students, faculty, and events from 1911-1914.
Photographs and ephemera document the activities of Betzel, including his participation in the Oxford Club, OAC Cadets, and various Class of 1915 social activities including class picnics, plays, dances, and
bonfires. Also included are photographs of OAC football and women's tennis; the cast of A Case of Suspension; a May Day pageant; and scenes of Corvallis including campus, the
Corvallis steel bridge, the Oregon Electric Station, and the surrounding countryside.Students pictured in the scrapbook include Jack and Oliver Groce, W. E. Metzger, John Wilhelm, Ann Rutledge, Florence Knight, "Tubby" Wright, "Chuck" Williamson, Ann Rutledge, Dick Case, Elvia Lagg, Charles L.
Robinson, E. J. Scudder, Ralph Wright, P. J. Hennesey, Ralph Chenault, Otto Ballhorn, Tom Rice, "Ollie" Hayes, "Chet" Packey, Esther Harumg, Roy Miller, Rose Mason, Karen Hansen, "Doe" Allan, A. O. Mangold, A.
Freeman Mason, Ben Culver, Henry O'Deen, and Jim Everdon, Shirley and Berry Hamilton, and others. Featured faculty members include E. T. Reed, S. H. Peterson, G. W. Peavy, W. F. Gaskins, G. F. Sykes, Ida Kidder,
E. D. Ressler, H. L. Beard, A. B. Cordley, "Jim" Arbuthnot, and J.B. Horner.
Scrapbook II, 1914-1917
This scrapbook contains photographs, newsclippings, patches, brochures, dance cards, and other ephemera representing life at OAC during the 1910s. Included are materials documenting OAC football; the 1916 prom;
commencement for 1914, 1915, and 1916; OAC Glee Club, Cadet Band, and Theater productions; and various other social events. Of particular note are materials, including photographs, documenting Betzel's
participation in Oxford Club, OAC Cadet Corps, Senior Class (1915), and Pharmacy events and activities. Also included are photographs of the Betzel family home in Portland, OR; his Oregon Board of Pharmacy exam
results and membership card; course registration cards and grade reports; and Betzel's American Pharmaceutical Association certificate of membership.Also included are photographs of Florence Knight, Mrs. G.L. Swafford, Josephine Smith, Ernest Knight, Adolph Ziefle, and Sergeant Dugger; scenes of Corvallis after snowfall and a major flood; the Oregon State Game
Farm; the Albany State Bank; storefronts in Great Britain; the Paris, France waterfront; and South Market Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Photograph Album, circa 1911-1920
This photograph album is composed predominately of portraits of OAC staff and students between in the 1910s. Photographs also capture the Oxford Club members (1911-1917) and the Oxford Club house; activities of
the Class of 1915; an OAC theatrical production; pharmacy students visiting Portland (1915 and 1916); and the Parke-Davis and Co. posting class (1920).The album includes photos of Irwin Betzel, Florence Knight, C. A. Dickey, W. E. Metzger, M. P. Cook, Frank W. Kehrli, Lena Godfrey, Carrie Baleom, Boyd Bridges, S.R. Brown, Connor W. Edwards, J. Wilhelm, Leo A.
Shaver, Ralph Chenault, Neal C. Jamison, Dick Case, Otto Ballhorn, Earl F. Tee, Virginia Hajack, Roy Miller, Joy Scudder, James E. Norton, Ralph V. Wright, Chas J. Williamson, Hiram Currey, J.W. "Tubby" Wright,
H. C. Belton, E. E. Brown, Henry C. Gilbert, Paul Harvey, G. E. Hollowell, J. H Edwards, W. J. Koenig, Clifton T. Smith, G.E. McCollum, Ernest F. Knight, Glen H. Roberts, William R. Stow, G.M. Gragg, Nick Tarter,
Henry C. Richter, Roy E. Samuel, Paul M. Lewis, Helen McDonald, Florence Kopan, Charles A. McCollum, Dutch Kooreman, Herschel M. Cummings, L.J. Tolls, A. W. McComb, Levi A. Wheeler, and Ruth Jacobs.Also pictured are the 1915 pharmacy graduates (Carmin Hittson, I. L. Betzel, C. A. Fryer, Stella Dean, V. H. Leweaux, C. S. Smith, E. Tucker, J. L. Shirley, W. D. Hamilton, Beryl Camp, J. E. Chinn, N. L. Tarter,
C. L. McFadden, C. C. Daylord, and E. J. Seeley) and the 1916 pharmacy graduates and faculty (I. Downs, A. D. Foster, I. L. Betzel, H. R. Shields, F. Codey, I. Codey, C. E. Storz, Prof. Ziefle, Pres. Kerr, Mr.
Seeley, R. R. Palmer, F. Waterman, E. J. Scudder, K. F. Hammerly, W. E. Wright, J. L. Mackel, and N. E. Mamock); and ROTC Company H.
Loose Photographs, 1915
Included are three portrait photographs of Betzel (two by Ball Studio and one uncredited) and a photograph of the 1914/15 Oxford Club members (as featured in the 1916 Beaver
Series II contains three notebooks and several items of ephemera that appear to date from Betzel's time as a professional druggist. The notebooks include formulas for health treatments and household chemicals,
chemical bottle labels, and other notes. The ephemera includes instructions and advertisements for an assortment of patent medicines.
"Druggist's Formulary" Notebook, circa 1920
This notebook is comprised predominately of handwritten formulas for assorted treatments, hygiene products, and household chemicals. Included are recipes for cold cream, toothpaste and tooth powder, shampoo, hair
tonic, washes, antiseptic powder, and Betzel's own liniment. Also included are treatments for asthma, eczema, lumbago, poison oak, gonorrhea, and other ailments. Other recipes include baking powder, rose jelly,
glove cleaner, shellac varnish, gin, and oil of pines. Many recipes include measurements written in a shorthand script. Also included are pasted-in labels from various chemical bottles, instructions for examining
urine specimens, several poems, and notes on U.S. state and federal political structures. The notebook is arranged alphabetically and includes a complete index of its contents.
Untitled Notebook I, circa 1920
This notebook is comprised of handwritten formulas for assorted treatments and hygiene products including treatments for rheumatism, halitosis, oily hair, sore throat, and dyspepsia. The notebook also includes
recipes for flash powder for photo-taking and instructions for beer brewing. Many recipes include measurements written in a shorthand script.
Untitled Notebook II, circa 1920
This notebook is comprised of handwritten formulas for pharmaceutical goods and household chemicals. Included are treatments for chilblains, corns, delirium tremens, earaches, and freckles, among other ailments.
The notebook also includes notes on poisons and "explosives in medicine" and contains recipes for pesticides, silver polish, a wide range of colored paints, and developer and fixing solutions for photography. It
also includes a table containing data on radiator capacities by automobile make. The contents have been removed from their original three-ring notebook. The recipes and notes are arranged alphabetically and
contain measurements written in a shorthand script.
Ephemera, circa 1920
This folder is comprised of loose ephemera from Betzel's notebooks. It includes advertisements and instructions for pharmaceutical treatments for rheumatism, gynecological ailments, constipation, dyspepsia,
urinary tract and blood infections, sexual disorders, respiratory diseases, and parasites, and bottle labels for Marmola, Concentrated Pine Mixture, and Toris Compound Mixture. This folder also contains Betzel's
certificate of membership from the C. C. Co. Spatula Club of Good Mixers, a professional organization for druggists designed to "prevent the evils of substituting and price-cutting" and promote the pharmaceutical