Guide to the Davis Allen Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Allen, Davis John, b. 1898
Title: Davis Allen Photographs
Dates: circa 1917-1921 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.02 cubic foot, including 28 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 261
Summary: The Davis Allen Photographs consists of photographs taken by Davis Allen while he was a student at Oregon Agricultural College between 1917 and 1921 depicting student activities and college buildings.
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. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Davis John Allen attended Oregon Agricultural College in 1917/1918 and 1918/1919 as a vocational student in agriculture; in 1919/20 as a special student; and in 1920/21 as a freshman. He was awarded a vocational certificate in June 1918. Allen was born in Rickreall, Oregon, on December 11, 1898 and entered OAC from Corvallis High School. As of 1925, he was living in Rickreall.

Content Description

The Davis Allen Photographs were made by alumnus Davis Allen during his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The images primarily depict campus views and annual rituals such as the homecoming bonfire, "burning of the green," the bag rush, the rook-sophomore tug-of-war over the millrace, and the queue for fall class registration. Notable campus scene include the Lady of the Fountain, the new Library building (now Kidder Hall), the bandstand in the Library quadrangle, and standing water on lower campus. A few of the images depict off-campus scenes such as the Marys River Dam and a view of the college and surrounding farms from atop a nearby hill.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Davis Allen Photographs (P 261), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

The collection consists of duplicate prints made by the Polk County Historical Society from a photograph album loaned to the Society by Ellen Allen.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Marys River (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.

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