Guide to the Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Adamson, Doris P.
Title: Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook
Dates: 1939-1942 ( inclusive )
1939-1941 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot, including 2 photographs (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MSS Adamson
Summary: The Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook was assembled by Adamson and reflects her student experience at Oregon State College. Doris Adamson attended Oregon State College in 1939-1943 as a student in secretarial science.
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. 

Biographical Note

Doris Pauline Adamson attended Oregon State College from fall 1939 through spring 1942 and again in spring 1943 as a student in secretarial science. She completed a Junior Certificate in Secretarial Science, but did not earn a degree from Oregon State. Adamson was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. After World War II, she enrolled at the University of Illinois. Adamson was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on August 30, 1921 and graduated from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, in 1939.

Content Description

The Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook was assembled by Adamson and documents her student experience at Oregon State College, especially for the period 1939-1941. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, decals, event programs, flyers, football game programs, handbooks, photographs, receipts, ribbons, study schedule charts, and ticket stubs. Many of the items document campus events such as musical performances, including a 1940 concert by Paul Robeson; Freshman Week; Women's Weekend; homecoming; and the 1941 Rose Bowl football game. Other materials pertain to student government elections, Adamson's involvement in the Women's Athletic Association, student conduct guidelines, and academic and social regulations. Several worship bulletins from the First Methodist Church in Corvallis are included. Of special note is a budget of anticipated expenses for freshman women and a booklet, How to Study Effectively. The scrapbook also includes copies of the Coed Code, Open Roads, and Save Your Blushes booklets which provide conduct and etiquette guidelines for Oregon State women students.

One of the photographs is an image of the Chi Omega sorority house.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook (MSS Adamson), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The scrapbook was donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center by Elizabeth Russell in 2012.

Related Materials :  

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center collections include extensive documentation of the academic and student life experiences of Oregon State students, including the Jayne Walters Scrapbook and the Daniel P. and Doris Dow Murphy Papers, which also reflect campus life during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Other materials pertaining to the 1942 Rose Bowl are part of numerous collections; of special note are the Rose Bowl Football Game Scrapbooks.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Football.
  • Oregon State College--Students.
  • Rose Bowl (Football game)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Concerts--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Greek letter societies--Oregon-Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scrapbooks.

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