Guide to the Azalea House Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Azalea House (Corvallis, Or.)
Title: Azalea House Records
Dates: 1953-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.08 cubic ft.
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Azalea House Records document the establishment, construction, and funding of this women's cooperative residence at Oregon State College as well as the programs and activities of the residence after it opened in 1953.
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. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Azalea House, a women's cooperative residence, opened in the Fall of 1953. The idea for the house was formulated in 1945 by the Oregon Home Economics Extension Council, which recognized the post-war need for low-cost housing at OSC. Fundraising began in 1946, and the house was built in 1953. Total cost of the project was $121,450. It was designed to house 58 women.

Content Description

Report excerpts, from 1953, include narrative on the construction and furnishing of the house, furnishings inventory (Sept. 1953), and statements from county extension publications. Minutes date from 1953-54 and 1956. The scrapbook was compiled by the house's Class of 1970 and includes a history, list of contributions, the House Pledge, and House Songs. Gift and contributions summary lists individual donors and monies raised by county organizations.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Azalea House Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into nine series: I. Report Excerpts; II. Minutes; III. Scrapbook/History; IV. Summary of Gifts and Contributions; V. Dedication Program; VI. Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes; VII. Constitutions; VIII. House Rules; IX. Financial Report. Series II and VI are arranged chronologically; series III is arranged by county.

Related Materials :  

Other materials relating to residency housing are located in the Co-Resident Women, Inc., Records (RG 77) and the Florence Lynds Shuff Collection. Photos of Azalea House are included in the Buildings Photographic Collection (P 16), The News and Communication Services Photographic Collection (P 57), and the Agricultural Communications Photographic Collection (P 120).


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Home Economics Extension Council.
  • Oregon State University--Student housing.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Housing, Cooperative--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Scrapbooks.

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