Daily Archives: March 8, 2009

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day, March 8th

alice-biddle-1870-graduating-class.jpgNationally and internationally, this is the month to celebrate the wide-ranging accomplishments of women all over the world. As a Flickr Commons member, we’re joining with the other Commons institutions to put up photographic sets that recognize and commemorate International Women’s Day. Want to see what we’ve put together? Go to Flickr Commons and do a search for the tag “womensday,” which is what all the institutions have used to identify those photographs that are part of this observation, or take a short cut by clicking here. You can read about the flurry of activity on the indicommons blog. And, if you just want to go straight to our set, check out OSU Archives Celebrates International Women’s Day March 8th. Remember, viewing is good, commenting is better — we want to hear from you, so log in to Flickr and use that comment box!

It’s never enough to put up pictures, so for the next 15 days, we’ll be posting a little bit about each of the women featured in our Flickr set, starting with Alice Biddle. And who better to quote than George Edmonston when celebrating Ms. Biddle, the first woman to graduate from OSU?

“Alice Biddle, from Corvallis, was actually one of three students in Oregon State’s first graduating class in 1870. The other two were men with the last names of Currin and Veach, but Alice is the one we most remember. Perfect grades. Perfect attendance. OSU’s first woman graduate. To top it off, a Bachelor of Science degree in the liberal arts. And she was only 16.”

Want to know more? George has written a wonderful piece on Biddle, which can be found on the Oregon State University Alumni Association page.

Update: Student of the Year for Oregon from the OSU Archives!

Just when we thought winning Doug Schulte winning Student of the Year for OSU was great, we found ourselves with the Student of the Year for the state of Oregon!

Doug is now competing for the Western Regional title, and then will (undoubtedly) be competing for the national title! And, after that, it’s on to bigger, better, and inter-planetary things…

February Finding Aids

The following 13 finding aids for OSU Archives collections were completed or updated in February 2009. They have been loaded to the NWDA finding aids database and have a PDF on the OSU archives’ website and a catalog record in the OSU Libraries’ catalog, Summit, and Worldcat. Seven (7) of these are for collections acquired in 2008; four (4) are for collections for which there was previously no information available online. We now have 381 finding aids in NWDA.

Alpha Epsilon Oregon Upsilon Chapter Records, 1978-1995

Alumni Association Records, 1888-2008 (RG 035)

American Society of Agricultural Engineers Oregon Student Branch Records, 1955-1989

Belcher, Jerry D., Collection of Agricultural College Track Photographs, 1905 (P 128)

Elmore, Pitts, Photographs, 1921-1922 (P 123)

Forestry, College of, Moving Images, 2007 (FV P 061)

Klamath County Timber Cruising Records, 1952-1955

Liberal Arts, College of, Records, 1952-2008 (RG 143)

McCulloch, W.F., Collection, 1936-1968

Moore, Willetta, Photograph Album, 1913-1930 (P 269)

Pride Center Records, 1993-2008 (RG 236)

R.H. Robinson Papers, 1889-1968

  • http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv16702
  • http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/mss/documents/ORErobinson.pdf
  • This collection documents Robinson’s research on insecticides, fungicides, and spray residues conducted as a chemist with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, a position he held from 1911 until his retirement in 1951. The papers includes correspondence, article reprints and publications, research data, reference materials, and publications. The Robinson Papers were acquired by the OSU Libraries in the late 1980s and transferred from Special Collections to the Archives in 2008. This is a preliminary collection-level description with a link to a preliminary container list.

Wright, Marshall S., Photograph Album, 1915-1928 (P 276)

If you have any questions about the collections, just let us know!