Guide to the John Leo Fairbanks Collection
ca. 1850 - ca. 1930

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Overview of the Collection

Collector: Fairbanks, John Leo, 1878-1946.
Title: John Leo Fairbanks Collection
Dates: ca. 1850 - ca. 1930 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.2 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Fairbanks Collection consists of photographs and postcards of artwork and architecture in Europe collected by Oregon State College Art Professor, John Leo Fairbanks.
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 inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

John L. Fairbanks was born in Payson, Utah on April 30, 1878. He received certificates from three art schools in Paris between 1906 and 1909. In 1916 he married Pauline White. From 1918-1922 Fairbanks was Extension Instructor at Utah and Utah State Universities. From 1923 to 1946 he was Professor of Art and Architecture and chair of the department at Oregon State College. Fairbanks died in Corvallis on October 2, 1946. Fairbanks Hall, which houses the Art Department, is named for him.

Content Description

Includes photographs and postcards of artwork and architecture in Europe collected by Fairbanks.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

John Leo Fairbanks Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into two series: 1. Postcards; and 2. Photo and postcard albums. The postcards are arranged by location.

Custodial History :  

These materials were transferred to the Archives from the Kerr Library in August 1979.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to Fairbanks are in the Library Records (RG 9) and the Memorabilia Collection.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--Europe.
  • Art--Europe.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums.
  • Postcard albums.
  • Postcards.

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