Category Archives: Exhibit

Happy Anniversary to the OSU Press!

OSU Press 50th Anniversary Display

In 1961, Oregon State University officially established a small academic press. What started off quite small is now internationally recognized as a premiere publishing source about the Pacific Northwest.

The OSU Press has had fifty years of experience publishing a variety of nonfiction works in a variety of formats. Once featuring items such as scientific journals and atlases, now they focus on books that spotlight the rich environmental and natural history, culture, social and scientific issues, and literature of our region.

Want to know more? Come see the display in the 3rd Floor Archives Reading Room. Before or after your visit, be sure to check out both digital collections in Flickr including Paging through the Past: A Celebration of OSU Press’ 50th Anniversary and A Captivating Catalog Collection!

Want to learn more? Contact Oregon Multicultural Librarian Natalia Fernández at

Exhibit curated by OSU Press Intern Angela Saraceno and University Archives Student Worker Ingrid Ockert.

Women of OSU!

What do Callahan Hall, The Mercedes A. Bates Family Study Center, Snell Communications and Craft Center, Kidder Hall, Milam Hall, Waldo Hall, and Carrie Halsell Hall all have in common? These campus buildings were all named after seven extraordinary women who attended or worked at OSU.

Want to know more? Come see the display in the 3rd Floor Archives Reading Room and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr!

Want to learn more? Contact Oregon Multicultural Librarian Natalia Fernández at

Exhibit curated by OSU University Archives Student Worker Kelsey Ockert.

The OSU Black Student Union Walkout of 1969

Black History Month Display

Class boycotts, rallies, a walkout — what was happening at OSU during winter term of 1969? In February of 1969 OSU’s head football coach Dee Andros told Fred Milton, a black athlete, to shave his facial hair. Milton’s refusal sparked a local controversy and ignited students to fight for their rights!

Want to know more? Come see the display in the Archives Reading Room and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr!

Want to learn more? Contact Oregon Multicultural Librarian Natalia Fernández at

Exhibit co-curated by OSU University Archives Student Workers Ingrid Ockert, Kelsey Ockert, and Daniel Pearson

Fighters on the Farm Front

New Online Exhibit!

When you think of World War II, how often do you think of food? If you’re like most Americans, it probably doesn’t cross your mind all too often. Believe it or not, during the 1940s, America was constantly on the brink of famine.

As those involved in agriculture left their jobs to join the military and support the war effort elsewhere, a gaping hole in the farming industry formed. In an attempt to fill this hole, the Emergency Farm Labor Service was born. From 1943-1947, the Emergency Farm Labor Service employed women, children, Mexican nationals, interned Japanese-Americans, German Prisoners of War, wounded servicemen, and several other untraditional categories of workers in order to keep America and Americans abroad fed.

Heavily impacted by the Emergency Farm Labor Service, Oregon has a unique and interesting story, which happens to be the feature of our newest exhibit. To learn more about this exciting time in Oregon’s history, check out Fighters on the Farm Front: Oregon’s Emergency Farm Labor Service, 1943-1947!

What’s on the way?


Oregon Is Indian Country Exhibit: April 2, 2009 through April 26, 2009

Learn about Oregon’s Native American heritage with Oregon Is Indian Country, a traveling exhibit produced by the Oregon Historical Society in partnership with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.

Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information never-before-assembled in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures. Oregon’s Indian traditions will be illuminated by many art forms including native voices, historical artifacts, photographs and more, producing a powerful exhibition. Oregon Is Indian Country is currently scheduled for showing in several museums throughout the northwest, including The Valley Library!

To read more about the exhibit, visit the Oregon Is Indian Country website.

To inquire about hosting the exhibit at your museum or library, call 503.222.1741.

New month, new exhibit in the Archives!

Barack Obama eating at American Dream Pizza? Chelsea Clinton speaking at the MU? Yes, it must be that time again when we get those special visitors & make our voices heard with our votes! But presidents and presidential hopefuls aren’t new to OSU…

Stop by the Archives Reference Room and see our May display “US Presidential Sightings at OSU,” put together by our own student assistant, Kristina Wick.

New Exhibit in the Archives

home-management-house.jpgPlease visit the Archives Reference room on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library to see the new exhibit featuring the “home management babies.”

It is estimated that 50 children served as “practice babies” for the roughly 1,500 students enrolled in the six-week mandatory Household Administration Program of the College of Home Economics from 1926 to 1947. The OSU Archives has collections of photographic prints and records relating to the Kent and Withycombe Home Management Houses, which were operated as the practice homes for the Household Administration Program.

OSU’s program was part of a larger movement in the field of Home Economics. It was thought that by establishing these “practical home laboratories” for young women, the universities could give the students a “chance to practice at homemaking before she tries it on her own with a husband” (Oregon Sunday Journal, Jan. 25, 1949).

In 1919, the University of Minnesota started a pilot program in the Home Economics Department that introduced “real life” child care into the home laboratory. The program quickly spread to twenty other universities across America; within a few years, places like OSU, Cornell, Drexel, Iowa State, Tennessee, the Carnegie Institute, New York State Teachers College, and others followed the University of Minnesota’s lead and established their own programs. These schools set up dozens of home management cottages, houses, and apartments; hundreds of babies became teaching tools.

As part of this effort to teach female students about child care, babies were taken from orphanages or single mothers and moved to the home management house. The children usually remained at the house until they were two; at that time, they would be returned to the orphanage, adopted, or, in rare cases, given back to their biological mothers. In most programs, the girls would act as the child’s caregiver for a week; when their week was finished, responsibility for the care of the child would shift to the next student in line.