Guide to the Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wright, Marshall S.
Title: Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album
Dates: 1915-1928 ( inclusive )
1915-1916 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot, including 82 photographs (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: P 276
Summary: The Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album was assembled by Wright during his freshman year at Oregon Agricultural College in 1915-1916. It includes images of the 1915 football team and games, student activities, and campus view and buildings.
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. 

Biographical Note

Marshall S. Wright, from Sierra Madre, California, attended Oregon Agricultural College as a student in agriculture, majoring in farm crops, from fall 1915 until April 1918, when he withdrew for an industrial service grant. Wright was president of the Class of 1919 during its freshman year (1915-1916) and was Editor-in-Chief of the 1919 Beaver yearbook in 1917-1918. In 1925 and in 1980, when the album was donated to the OSU Libraries, he was living in Portland, Oregon.

Content Description

The Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album was assembled by Wright during his freshman year at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1915-1916. It consists of postcard prints and snapshots depicting campus buildings and views, student activities, football games, and the Willamette River. The campus views include an image of snow on campus.

Many of the photos in the album are of the 1915 football team, players, and games. Several of the images depict the team's departure for a game against Michigan Agricultural College and the celebration in Corvallis when the team returned from Michigan after the OAC victory. The celebration included a parade in downtown Corvallis. The album includes programs for the 1915 Michigan Agricultural College team, the OAC vs University of Oregon football game in 1915, and the OAC vs Syracuse University football game played at Multnomah Stadium in Portland in 1915.

The album includes photographs of many student activities, including the rook bag rush, rook bonfire, serpentines at football games, and burning of the green caps. Of special note are images of construction of the rook bonfire in 1915 by Wright's class. Photographs of military cadets are also included.

The album includes a dance card for the Class of 1919 freshman dance in December 1915 and several other ephemeral items. Several loose photographs and a postcard invitation to a 1928 alumni event in Portland are part of the collection, but not affixed in the album.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album (P 276), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

This album was donated to the Oregon State University Libraries in 1980 and transferred to the Archives in 1981.

Related Materials :  

Additional photographs of campus buildings and student activities are available in many OSU Archives' collections, including Harriet's Collection and the Buildings Photographic Collection (P 016). The Archives' holdings include many photograph albums and scrapbooks assembled by Oregon Agricultural College during the 1910s, including the David Robert Marr Photograph Album (P 232), A. Freeman Mason Scrapbook, Leslie Miller Scrapbook, Francis and Lois Wilson Neer Photograph Album (P 206), and Thayer Raymond Collection. Collections with materials pertaining to Oregon State football include the Harvey L. McAlister Collection, Oregon State College - New York University Football Game Scrapbooks, G. Herbert Root Photograph Collection (P 127), James A. Sewell Photograph Album (P 259), and Bill Tomsheck Scrapbook.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1919.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education-Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Willamette River (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums.
  • Photographic postcards.
  • Photographic prints.

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