Guide to the Village Improvement Society Minutes

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Village Improvement Society (Corvallis, Or.)
Title: Village Improvement Society Minutes
Dates: 1904-1911 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS Village
Summary: The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the activities of this Corvallis, Oregon, civic organization which promoted the planting of trees, development of parks, and general beautification of the city.
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 Village Improvement Society was active by the 1890s; its members included prominent local business leaders and Oregon Agricultural College faculty and their spouses. Margaret Snell, home economics professor, and George Coote, horiculturist, helped organize the society.

Content Description

The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the membership, activities, and finances of this civic organization. Topics addressed in the minutes include improvements on the grounds of the depot; planting trees around the school; a petition for clearing rubbish from streets and alleys; an investigation of standing water in parks; and the sanitary problems posed by barns and manure piles.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Village Improvement Society Minutes, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Related Materials :  

The OSU Archives includes the records of several other Corvallis civic organizations and businesses as well as materials documenting the careers of Margaret Snell and George Coote. The J. Kenneth Munford Collection includes an article about the Village Improvement Society published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on October 10, 1988.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Clubs--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Urban beautification--Oregon--Corvallis.

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