Guide to the Pacific Photo Company Postcards

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Pacific Photo Company (Salem, Or.)
Title: Pacific Photo Company Postcards
Dates: 1913-1915 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot, including 8 postcards (1 box)
Collection Number: P 023
Summary: The Pacific Photo Company Postcards consist of photographic postcards of the Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) campus and students at a football game between OAC and the University of Oregon.
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

Edwin Cooke Patton operated a Post Card Studio (the Patton Post Card Company) in conjunction with Patton Brothers Bookstore in Salem. He transferred the business to his lead camera man, Eugene Everett Lavalleur, during World War I, who operated the business as Pacific Photo Company in Salem.

Content Description

The Pacific Photo Company Postcards consist of 8 photographic postcards depicting Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) campus scenes and buildings and students at a football game between OAC and the University of Oregon. The postcards show lower campus; the Agriculture Building (now Strand Agriculture Hall), bandstand, and Mines Building (now Batcheller Hall); and OAC students at a football game versus the University of Oregon in Corvallis. One of the postcards of the Mines Building shows the structure near the completion of construction in 1913. One of the images of the football game shows a photographer with a camera on a tripod in the foreground.

The images are individually number P023:1 through P023:8. They also include original captions and numbers printed by the postcard company (no. 10, 37, 42, 54, 63, 73, 115, and 145). One of the images (no. 54; P023:7) was published by the Patton Post Card Company.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Pacific Photo Company Postcards (P 023), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The postcards were acquired by the OSU Archives in 1966 or earlier.

Related Materials :  

Many OSU Archives photographic collections include photographic postcards of campus scenes and athletic events, including the Buildings Photographic Collection (P 016) and Harriet's Photograph Collection.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic postcards.
    • Other Creators :
    • Patton Post Card Company (Salem, Or.)

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