Category Archives: Finding Aids

New Finding Aids: January – March 2024

SCARC completed 4 new finding aids January – March 2024 and updated 1 finding aid; as of the end of March, SCARC has 1145 finding aids in Archives West.

These finding aids are available through the Archives West finding aids database, the SCARC website, and the OSU Library discovery system a.k.a. “the catalog.” The links below are to the guides in Archon, SCARC’s finding aids website.

New collection guides created this quarter:

Judy Kitzman Papers, 1972-2015

The Judy Kitzman Papers consist of materials generated and collected by alumna and Oregon State University Women’s Crew coach Judy Kitzman. Made up of photographs, scrapbooks, instructional guides, newspaper clippings, a research paper, and historical essays, this collection documents Kitzman’s particpation in competitive rowing for OSU first as a student and then as the coach of the team. Kitzman’s involvement in the Portland-area crew community after her departure from OSU is also reflected in this collection. Kitzman died in 2017.

OSU Kalmekak Community Outreach Program Records, 1994-2018

The Oregon State University (OSU) Kalmekak Community Outreach Program Records document the administration and outreach activities of this organization. OSU Kalmekak was established at OSU in 1996 and was active until 2018. The program sought to serve and advocate for the Latino/a and Chicano/a community of Corvallis – and more broadly the state of Oregon – within higher education, as well as increase cultural and racial awareness within the Corvallis area.

Oregon State University Pennant Collection, ca. 1920-2020

The Oregon State University Pennant Collection is made up of six pennants promoting Oregon State University as well as its earlier incarnations: Oregon Agricultural College and Oregon State College. Two of the pennants specifically commemorate Oregon State College’s participation in the 1942 and 1957 Rose Bowl games. The pennants were donated to the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center by the Office of University Relations and Marketing and two other donors.

Kathleen A. Kerr Papers, 1935-1990

The Kathleen A. Kerr Papers document the instructional career of Oregon State University dance professor Kathleen A. Kerr. This collection is primarily made up of guides to various folk dance styles assembled and written by Kerr for use in her folk dancing classes. These guides include a few generated in the 1930s and 1940s that Kerr collected for reference. Kerr taught dance coursework in the Physical Education Department from 1975 to 1989.

Finding aids that were updated / expanded and re-uploaded to ArchivesWest:

Panhellenic Council Records, 1922-2015

The Panhellenic Council Records document the origins, administration, and activities of sororities at Oregon State University. The Panhellenic Council, established in 1917 at OSU, is the governing body for a portion of the sororities at OSU, responsible for creating rules and oversight that is outside of the institution’s range.

Bonus! Enhanced description of a finding aid:

See the blog post “Enhanced Description for the Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers: highlighting Indigenous Mexican, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Oaxaca Communities” to learn more!

Enhanced Description for the Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers: highlighting Indigenous Mexican, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Triqui Communities 

A folder from the Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers

The Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers document the research and publishing of Gonzales-Berry in the fields of Latino literature and culture and immigration from Mexico to the United States. Her research files include, but are not limited to, a plethora of notes, articles, presentations, book chapters, newspaper clippings, and reports. In the container list for the collection guide, the majority of the folder titles describe the material types but not necessarily the subjects or topics covered within the materials themselves. This was an opportunity for enhanced description, which is related to and supports “reparative description”, which is a “remediation of practices or data that exclude, silence, harm, or mischaracterize marginalized people in the data created or used by archivists to identify or characterize archival resources.” (SAA Dictionary)

In 2023, OSU Masters graduate student Sharon Salgado, shared the need for enhanced description to highlight Indigenous Mexican, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Triqui communities, mostly from the state of Oaxaca, who migrated to Oregon, documented within the collection. She was using the papers for her research project and noted that it would have been helpful to her as a researcher if the representation of these communities within the materials was more explicitly included as part of the collection guide. She shared her research notes, specifically noting the materials she referenced. 

The collection guide was updated to include a “Statement on Description” that included the keywords – so the collection would show as a result when searched – with a link to this blog post. We also added four Library of Congress Subject Headings: Zapotec Indians, Mixtec Indians, Triqui Indians, and Oaxaca (Mexico: State).

This blog post includes a statement from Salgado as well as her research notes which include the folders within the collection she referenced, along with the specific materials she used in her research.

Below is a statement from Salgado: 

“Dr. Erlinda Gonzalez-Berry carefully selects the materials in this collection and includes the works of other important scholars, like Stephen Lynn, who dedicated their lives to telling the stories of Indigenous Mexicans, mostly from the state of Oaxaca, migrating to Oregon. The main ethnicities in the records are Mixtec, Zapotec, and Triqui. However, other Indigenous identities reside in the Beaver State, like Purépechas from Michoacán, Mexico. Even though the materials about the lives and experiences of Indigenous Mexicans in Oregon and in the US are scarce, their importance to the US economy is fundamental. Their work in the fields, service industries, nurseries, and other businesses is essential for developing the state and the Pacific Northwest farming and agricultural sector. 

The materials are collections of newspaper cuts and individual research conducted by scholars, which focus on the struggles of Indigenous Mexican farmworkers to obtain fair wages and stop exploitation in the fields, as well as the struggle to find translators since most of the Oaxacans speak their Indigenous languages and not Spanish or English.”

Sharon Salgado, OSU Masters Student, 2023 Graduate

Below is the list of folders within the collection referenced, along with the specific materials she used in her research. Note: for ease of access, the materials listed have been moved to the beginning of the folder. 

Box-Folder 1.7 Immigration in Oregon, 1995-2009

  • “The New Pluralism in Woodburn, Oregon – A Community Study Conducted in 2003-2004” Summary Report written by Ed Kissam and Lynn Stephen, September 2006. Note: The Mixtec community is represented in the report, and there is a reference to El Oaxaqueno, a newspaper published in California on page 23.
  • “Cultural Citizenship and Labor Rights for Oregon Farmworkers: The Case of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Nordoeste (PCUN)” by Lynn Stephen. Human Organization Vol. 62, No. 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 27-38 (12 pages); Published By: Society for Applied Anthropology. Note: Leonides Ávila, a Mixtec organizer and farmworker who worked for PCUN.

Box-Folder 1.13 Journal Articles, 1995-1996

  • Chapter from the 1995 book Marginal Spaces edited by Michael Peter Smith, Chapter 5 “Mixtecs and Mestizos in California Agriculture: Ethnic Displacement and Hierarchy among Mexican Farm Workers, Contributors” by Carol Zabin 

Box-Folder 1.16: Mexicans in Oregon, 1974-2006 

  • Stephen, Lynn (2004). “The Gaze of Surveillance in the Lives of Mexican Immigrant Workers” Development 47 (1), 97-102. Note: Stephen’s article mentions Indigenous Mexicans; she specifically describes the story of Marina Bautista, a 27-year-old undocumented immigrant from the Mixtec region of Oaxaca.
  • Sarathy, Brinda (2006). “The Latinization of Forest Management Work in Southern Oregon: A Case from Rogue Valley” Journal of Forestry, October/November 2006.
  • Slatta, Richard Wayne (1974). “ Valley Migrant League.”  In Chicanos in Oregon: An Historical Overview (Masters Thesis, Portland State University). [full text available online]
  • McGlade, Michael S. (2002). “Mexican Farm Labor Networks and Population Increase in the Pacific Northwest” APCG Yearbook, Volume 62. Note: The connection between rural and urban, page 51.
  • Executive Order 13166: Limited English Proficiency Resource Document: Tips and Tools from the Field, September 2004. Note: Page 67 “…trainings focused on teaching interpretation skills to speakers of indigenous languages including Mixteco, Triqui, Zapoteco, Nahuatl, Tarasco, Akateco, Kanjobal, and others.”
  • Stephen, Lynn (2004). “Mixtec Farmworkers in Oregon: Linking Labor and Ethnicity through Farmworker Unions and Hometown Associations.” In Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the United States, edited by Jonathan Fox, Gaspar Rivera-Salgado.
  • Fairchild, Stephen T. and Nicole B. Simpson (2004). “Mexican migration to the United States Pacific Northwest.” Population Research and Policy Review, 23 (3).  
  • Dash, Robert C. (2002-2003). “Latinos, Political Change, and Electoral Mobilization in Oregon,” Latino(a) Research Review 5, no. 2-3.
  • Oregon Center for Public Policy (2007). “Undocumented Workers are Taxpayers, Too.” Issue Brief, Revised April 10, 2007. 
  • O’Connor, Pat (2006). “Occupations by Race in Oregon,” Oregon Employment Department, OLMIS.

Box-Folder 1.21 Newspaper Articles, 1943-2007 

  • “Idiomas poco hablados causan problemas en tribunal” El Hispanic News, January 20, 2005. Note: Key words: Texmelucan, Zapoteco, Oaxaca, Mixteco. Información en el artículo: sólo alrededor de 4,100 personas en el mundo [hablan el idioma Texmelucan Zapoteco]
  • “Not Quite Home” by Ernestine Bousquet, The Bulletin, December 26, 2004. Note: Not Quite Home: After settling in Central Oregon, an immigrant family holds tight to its Mexican culture and traditions. 
  • “La Oaxaqueña proves small businesses have a place in the market” by Richard Jones, El Hispanic News, September 29, 2004. Note: Article about La Oaxaqueña Frutería in Portland, Oregon; Lázaro García, owner.
  • “Immigrants from Mexico’s indigenous groups work to preserve traditional medicine,” Juliana Barbassa, El Hispanic News, January 5, 2006.  

Box-Folder 1.25: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and Freedom Ride, 2001-2003

  • PCUN Fighting for Farmworker Rights (compilation of news clippings – blue title page). Note: See the article, “Native Americans join farmworkers in protest against Bracero Bill” 

Box-Folder 2.8: Transnationalism, 1998-2005

  • Presentation Slides “Mexican Transnationalism from Above and Below” Note: Slide 6 “Transnationalism from Below: At Community Level” mention of Mixteco Farmworkers in Salem, OR.
  • Guarnizo, Luis Eduardo, and Michael Peter Smith. “The Locations of Transnationalism.” Transnationalism from Below: Comparative urban and community research (1998): 3–34. 2 copies.
  • Goldring, Luin. “The Power of Status in Transnational Social Fields.” Transnationalism from Below: Comparative urban and community research (1998): 165–195.

New Finding Aids: October – December 2023

SCARC completed 3 new finding aids October – December 2023 and updated 2 finding aids; as of the end of December, SCARC has 1141 finding aids in Archives West.

These finding aids are available through the Archives West finding aids database, the SCARC website, and the OSU Library discovery system a.k.a. “the catalog.” The links below are to the guides in Archon, SCARC’s finding aids website.

New collection guides created this quarter:

Oregon State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Student Experience StoryCorps Collection (OH 053)

The Oregon State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Student Experience StoryCorps Collection is comprised of video recorded testimonies provided by EECS students from non-traditional or historically underserved backgrounds. The stories shared by these students are meant to document their experiences while also providing insight to university and industry leaders on approaches to improve support for Engineering students from underserved communities. The collection is entirely born digital and the raw video of each interview is available online.

COVID-19 at Oregon State University Collection, 2020-2023

The COVID-19 at Oregon State University Collection consists of materials submitted to or collected by multiple projects whose aim was to document university and community life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection includes submissions to a collecting initiative led by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC); two outreach activities sponsored by the OSU Libraries; and an additional collecting project led by OSU Psychology professor Regan Gurung. The collection also includes compilations of university- and library-wide broadcast emails communicating operations adjustments necessitated by the pandemic, as well as university social media posts reflecting the culture of remote work at OSU. The collection is rounded out by a print zine published by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, and an assortment of pandemic-related websites that have been preserved by SCARC staff within the Internet Archive. The collection is largely born digital, supplemented by a smaller paper component.

Julie Green Papers

The Julie Green Papers document paintings and other art works created and exhibited by Art Professor Julie Green. Along with photographs of their pieces, this collection includes published information about exhibitions of Green’s art, in particular, “The Last Supper” series. Joining the Oregon State University Art Department in 2000, Green taught coursework in painting and drawing. They died in 2021.

Finding aids that were updated / expanded and re-uploaded to ArchivesWest:

*These finding aids are featured as part of SCARC’s reparative description work*

United States War Relocation Authority Reports, 1942-1946

The United States War Relocation Authority Reports are comprised of more than fifty mimeographed reports detailing the operation of War Relocation Authority (WRA) concentration camps used to house Japanese American incarcerees during World War II.

Mildred and Frank Miles Scrapbook of the Santo Tomás Internment Camp, 1942-1947

The Mildred and Frank Miles Scrapbook of the Santo Tomás Internment Camp scrapbook includes documents and ephemera produced at Santo Tomás during the Miles’ imprisonment there, as well as materials written about the camp after liberation. Many materials document daily life in the camp. The Santo Tomás Internment Camp was created by the Japanese military after occupation of Manila, the capital of the Phillipines. It was located on the campus of the University of Santo Tomás in Manila, and housed over 4,000 incarcerees for nearly the entirety of World War II.

New Finding Aids: July – September 2023

SCARC completed 2 new finding aids July – September 2023 and updated 2 finding aids; as of the end of September, SCARC has 1138 finding aids in Archives West.

These finding aids are available through the Archives West finding aids database, website, and the OSU Library discovery system a.k.a. “the catalog.” The links below are to the guides in Archon, SCARC’s finding aids website.

New collection guides created this quarter:

James R. Sedell Papers, 1819-2011

This collection consists of materials collected and generated by Dr. James R. Sedell. Sedell was a researcher at Oregon State University, focusing on stream ecosystem research in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, who also held positions at Weyerhaeuser Co., the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest and Southwest Research Stations, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This collection primarily consists of project materials and reference materials, and also includes over 100 of his publications and manuscripts, conference materials, as well as his research from Mount Saint Helens after its 1980 eruption. National Science Foundation Proposals and project justifications are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests to access these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Marion F. Bolton Papers, 1950-1984

The Marion Bolton Papers document Bolton’s career at Kerr-McGee, an American energy company active in uranium mining in the American Southwest during the middle of the 20th century. Materials primarily relate to Bolton’s service as general manager at Kerr McGee’s Shiprock site, as well as the lawsuits brought against the company by the Navajo Nation seeking damages and compensation for the endangerment of Navajo mine workers and the destruction of Navajo land. Due to the presence of medical information within these lawsuits, these files are restricted. All requests for access to this material should be directed to the University Archivist.

Finding aids that were updated / expanded and re-uploaded to ArchivesWest:

Colegio César Chávez Collection, 1965-1982

The Colegio César Chávez was established in 1973 as a four year Chicano serving institution in Mount Angel, Oregon. The Colegio César Chávez Collection consists of correspondence, publications, and photographs from the Arthur and Karen Olivo and Andrew Parodi Family and depicts their time living on the college campus grounds. The majority of the items from this collection have been digitized and are available upon request. Additionally, there is a July 2012 oral history interview with Andrew Parodi and Karen Olivo regarding their experiences living at the Colegio.

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Records, 1983-2016

The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) Records document programs and events sponsored by the Center; students and staff active in the Center; and other student organizations associated with the Center. The Center was established at Oregon State University in 1991 to educate the campus and local community about Asian and Pacific Islander cultures as well as the Asian Pacific American (APA) experience.

And a BONUS from earlier this summer!

The Food and Farming History LibGuide is now public!

The work of farmers and scientists, consumers and producers, writers and historians come together in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.  The guide highlights archival and manuscript collections at SCARC, library books or journals in both our rare books collections and the main stacks, and offers links to our online collections and other resources.  It also offers tips for keywords and search strategies for each section, as well as information about how the content in specific archival collections will meet your needs.

New Finding Aids: April – June 2023

SCARC completed 12 new finding aids April – June 2023!

These finalized finding aids are available through the Archives West finding aids database, our Archon finding aids interface, and the OSUL discovery system a.k.a. “the catalog” or “Alma/Primo” (note: “new” means that a finding is available via all three platforms). The links below are to the guides in Archon.

Twelve new collection guides were created this quarter; as of the end of June, SCARC has 1136 finding aids in Archives West!

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Records (RG 320) ~ The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Records document the activity and outreach of the Oregon State University CAMP office as well as its resources from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. CAMP is a federally funded program operating out of the OSU Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) to support first-year students from migratory and seasonal work backgrounds.

Ellen and Carolyn Dishman Papers, 1998-2014 ~ The Ellen and Carolyn Dishman Papers are the collected materials and photography by the Dishmans documenting their involvement at Oregon State University in the late 1990s to early 2000s. As OSU students, they were involved in prominent LGBTQ+ groups on campus and served as primary advocates for the establishment of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) in 2001; the QRC is now called the Pride Center.

Corvallis Queer Film Festival Collection, 2009-2019 ~ The Corvallis Queer Film Festival (CQFF) Collection documents promotional materials of the community-based, internationally-sourced, and queer-directed film showcase that ran from 2013 to 2019. It also includes promotional materials from related queer film festivals in Portland, Oregon.

Northwest Forest Plan Oral History Collection (OH 48) ~ The Northwest Forest Plan Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted in 2016 and 2017 with thirteen scientists and others whose input proved crucial to the shaping of the Northwest Forest Plan, a monumental set of federal forest lands policies for the Pacific Northwest enacted by the Clinton administration in 1994. The sessions trace the personal and professional lives of these individuals, including their participation in one or more of the major efforts to provide policy makers with scientific information and perspectives. All interviews were collected by historian Samuel Schmieding. The collection is entirely born digital and available online.

Early Written Word Collection, 2046 B.C. – 1837 ~ This collection contains leaves separated from bound manuscripts and printed texts. Some leaves were included as parts of commercially sold leaf portfolios compiled by Otto Ege and Alfred W. Stites. Cuneiform tablets from Iraq, a Balinese palm leaf book, and an example of early Chinese block printing are also included.

Mount St. Helens Oral History Collection (OH 050) ~ The Mount St. Helens Oral History Collection consists of seven interviews conducted in 2015 by historian Samuel Schmieding with five scientists and one administrator who have played a leading role in the study and management of Mount St. Helens, a Cascades Range volcano that famously and catastrophically erupted on May 18, 1980. All of the interviews described in this collection have been transcribed and made available online.

Ninkasi Brewing Company Collection, 1999-2015 ~ The Ninkasi Brewing Company Collection includes materials generated by the Ninkasi Brewing Company that document the various types of beer produced at the brewery. It is primarily an electronic collection, with a much smaller number of printed materials. The Ninkasi Brewing Company formed in 2006 in Eugene, Oregon.

Phil Decker Oregon Crop Festival Photographs Collection, 2010-2016 ~ The Phil Decker Photograph Collection consists primarily of born digital images taken by Phil Decker, a Salem-based photographer, of various crop festivals in Oregon. Decker is an elementary school principal and documentary photographer living in Salem, Oregon.

Deschutes Brewery Collection, 1986-2007 ~ Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish in downtown Bend, Oregon. The Deschutes Brewery Collection includes print and digitized materials related to operations, promotional campaigns, and photographs.

Art Larrance Papers, 1876-2000 ~ Art Larrance is the co-founder of Portland Brewing Company and the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub and Cascade Brewing. He co-founded the Oregon Brewers Festival and collects materials related to Northwest beer history. The Art Larrance Papers include digitized versions of materials held by Larrance, including articles of incorporation for Portland Brewing, company newsletters, and pre-Prohibition hops and brewing advertising and company materials. The digitized materials in this collection are available in Oregon Digital.

Oregon Black Pioneers Oral History Collection (OH 042) ~ The Oregon Black Pioneers Oral History Collection consists of two projects, both of which focused on collecting the stories of figures instrumental to the formation and growth of Black communities in Oregon. One project, conducted in 1993, was led by middle school students primarily interested in female elders in Eugene, Oregon. The second project, carried out from 2018-2020, was sponsored by Oregon Black Pioneers and featured community leaders from Portland, Eugene and Salem. All of these interviews have been transcribed and made available online. Founded in 1993, Oregon Black Pioneers is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and amplify the history of African Americans in Oregon

OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 26) The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection documents the history, culture and ambition of Oregon State University through interviews with alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, current students and supporters. Most of the items held in the collection take the form of life history interviews, their sole common thread being a given interviewee’s association, past or present, with Oregon State University. A total of 243 interviews were conducted for the project, summing to more than 350 hours of recording time. The contents of this collection are available online through a dedicated web portal.

Also of note are 8 findings that were updated/expanded and reuploaded to ArchivesWest:

New Finding Aids: January – March 2023

SCARC completed four new finding aids from January – March 2023! 

These finding aids are available through the Archives West finding aids database, website, and the OSU Library discovery system a.k.a. “the catalog.” The links below are to the guides in Archon, SCARC’s finding aids website.

New collection guides created this quarter:

Gwil Evans Papers (MSS Evans)

The Gwil Evans Papers primarily consist of photographic negatives documenting the Oregon State University Black Student Union rallies and walkout of February 1969, as well as events surrounding the OSU Centennial Lecture series, including presentations by Linus Pauling. Also included are negatives depicting OSU marine sciences and Seafood Laboratory activities; images of a U.S. bicentennial parade held in Corvallis; a report written by Evans titled “A Position of Analysis: Editor of the Oregon State Daily Barometer”; and a printing block of the Daily Barometer masthead. A graduate of Oregon State College, Gwil Evans enjoyed a long and varied career at OSU as a communications officer and administrator.

George H. Taylor Papers (MSS TaylorGeorge)

The George H. Taylor Papers are made up of materials documenting the research and writings of Oregon State University climatologist George H. Taylor. Primarily consisting of reference materials on Oregon weather history assembled by Taylor, this collection also contains drafts of book chapters and newspaper articles. Taylor worked from 1989 until 2008 for the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmopsheric Sciences serving as the Director of the Oregon Climate Service.

Edward and Donna Caldwell Collection (MSS EDCaldwell)

The Edward and Donna Caldwell Collection consists of materials generated and assembled by alumni Edward Caldwell and Donna Drinkard Caldwell documenting their receipt of awards for student scholarship at Oregon State University, and their careers as pharmacists in the Portland area. Edward received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy in 1960, becoming the first African-American to graduate from the OSU School of Pharmacy. Donna graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and later returned to earn a master’s degree in 1968.

Chuck Williams Photograph Collection (P345)

The Chuck Williams Photographic Collection documents the life and work of Oregon photographer Charles Otis “Chuck” Williams. Throughout his decades-long career, predominately between the 1970s-2000s in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Williams photographed a variety of events, locations, and communities. His photographic record includes images of Native American communities as well as events related to environmental activism, cultural celebrations, Pride celebrations, food and agriculture, and the arts. His collection also includes documentation of Oregon’s scenery and recreational activities as well as national parks across the United States. The majority of the collection is comprised of slides, but also includes prints, contact sheets, and negatives. A sampling of Williams’ photography of cultural celebrations is available online via Oregon Digital.

Friday Feature: new finding aids in May!

Look at what we were up to last month! We added finding aids for 8 new collections this May, bringing the SCARC total to 767 finding aids in the Northwest Digital Archives finding aids database!

All are available through the NWDA and on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 4 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 3 maps collections, and one collection for which there was previously only minimal information available online.

Alpha Zeta Oregon State Chapter Records, 1918-1933 (MSS AlphaZeta)

These records document the membership, governance, and programs of the agricultural honor society at Oregon State University. The Oregon State Chapter of this national organization was established in 1918. The collection includes paper records as well as 89 photographs.

Johnson, A. Grace, Collection, 1918-1933 (MSS JohnsonA)

This collection consists of bulletins, circulars, and manuals assembled by A. Grace Johnson to support her teaching and study in household administration at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC).  Johnson was a faculty member at OAC from 1915 until her death in 1933.

Obo Addy Legacy Project Collection, 1970-2013 (MSS Addy)

This extensive collection consists of administrative records, promotional materials, and various forms of media related to the Homowo African Arts and Cultures Organization as well as personal materials of Obo Addy. Obo Addy, a master drummer at the age of six, established the Homowo African Arts and Cultures organization with his wife and manager Susan Addy as a way to celebrate and preserve the traditional music of Ghana and Africa. The organization was established in 1986 and is currently active with community outreach and concerts. The collection includes more than 1500 photographs, 172 videotapes, and 50 CDs and DVDs. A detailed description of the collection contents is part of this guide.

Olson, Geraldine I., 1992-2000 (MSS Olson)

The Olson papers document Geraldine Olson’s teaching, research, and international activities as a home economics faculty member at Oregon State University (OSU).  She joined the OSU School of Home Economics in 1975 as head of the Home Management Department. Olson served as a faculty member at Oregon State until her retirement in 2000.  The collection includes 85 photographs and an audiocassette.

Lincoln County, Oregon, Chronic Geologic Hazard Maps, 1994 (MAPS LincolnHazard)

This collection consists of superseded maps depicting geologic hazards that do not stem from one event and constantly affect the coast, such as landslides and shoreline erosion.  In addition to 19 maps, the collection includes a report and database of erosion rates.

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994 (MAPS OSUCampus)

These 187 maps document the development of the Oregon State campus from the 1890s through the 1990s.  The collection includes campus guides and visitor maps; detailed surveys; campus plans; and maps showing buildings, roads, and walkways.  An item-level list of the maps is part of the guide to this collection.

Wetlands Inventory and Survey Maps, circa 1976 – 1990 (MAPS Wetlands)

These maps document the National Wetlands Inventory as conducted in the western United States and the central Willamette Valley and Pacific Coast in Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Biological Services.

Intercollegiate Athletics Records, 1908-2013 (RG 007)

The Intercollegiate Athletics Records document the operation, marketing, and performance of athletics at Oregon State and the pursuits of thousands of student athletes. The collection is especially strong for the 1930s-1950s and 1970s-1990s and includes an eclectic mix of materials, including game programs, sound recordings, and a few moving images. A folder-level list for the collection is part of the finding aid.

 

Friday Feature: more finding aids!

Following is a list of 9 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed during March 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013 and 4 maps collections. As of March 28, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 749 finding aids in NWDA.

Tripp, Rodney, Collection, circa 1870 – 2001 (MSS Tripp)

Rodney Winfield Tripp, ca 1940.

These materials document Tripp’s association with Oregon State University and consist primarily of ephemera, memorabilia, and artifacts. A life-long resident of Albany, Oregon, Tripp earned a BS in Secretarial Science from Oregon State College in 1940.

Andrews, Carol, Papers, 1991-2012 (MSS Andrews)

These materials were generated and assembled by Andrews in the course of her work on website design and construction for Oregon State University, including the University’s first web page in 1995.

Booth, Claud L., Photograph Album, 1919-1973 (P 300)

This photograph album includes 66 photographs assembled by Claud L. Booth to document his student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC); the photographs depict student activities and athletic teams and events. Claud Lorraine Booth attended OAC in 1919-1923 and 1926-1927 and earned a BS in Industrial Arts in June 1928.

Forestry Media Center Slide Collection, 1942-2000 (P 299)

This extensive collection of color slides (approximately 18,800 images) were created, assembled, and maintained by the Forestry Media Center as a source of images for instruction and outreach in the Oregon State University College of Forestry. The collection also includes slides created by W.F. McCulloch, Dean of Forestry from 1955 until 1966. The slides depict forests and landscapes in North America; timber management, harvesting, and processing; and College of Forestry students and faculty.

Carey L. Strome, 1916.

Strome, Carey L., Papers, 1911-1914 (MSS Strome)The

Strome Papers document his agriculture courses at Oregon Agricultural College in the early 1910s. The Papers include class notes, course materials and class assignments, and publications. Strome earned a BS in Agronomy at Oregon Agricultural College in 1916.

Bureau of Land Management Maps of Oregon, 1944-1993 (MAPS BLM)

BLM map segment of the Prineville Unit, 1970.

This collection of 100 maps includes maps published by the Bureau of Land Management for the public as guides for outdoor recreation and prepared for management of forest lands, primarily in western Oregon.

Forest Type Maps of Oregon, 1900 – circa 1995 (MAPS ForestType)

Detail from a map of the northern portion of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve, 1901.

The Forest Type Maps document forest composition at the county, region, and statewide level in Oregon from 1900 to the mid-1950s. They were prepared by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps depict type and quality of timber in a given area as well as non-forested and de-forested land. The collection includes 95 maps.

 

 

General County Highway Maps, 1951-1963 (MAPS CountyHwy)

This collection of 70 highway maps were prepared by the Oregon State Highway Department in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. Maps for Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Harney, Lane, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill Counties are included.

Willamette Valley Sketch Map, 1851 (MAPS WVSketch)

This map depicts purchases and reservations made by the Board of Commissioners with Native Americans in Oregon. The map was prepared by George Gibbs and Edmund A. Starling. Gibbs was a geologist and ethnologist who participated in treaty negotiations between the U.S. Governments and native tribes. This collection consists of three reproductions of the original map, which is held in the National Archives.

 

Friday Feature: Finding Aids

SCARC staff completed 11 finding aids in January 2013. This month’s batch consists of guides for 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 4 maps collections, and 2 collections that previously had minimal descriptive information available online. As of January 31, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center has 731 finding aids in NWDA.

Whew, that’s a lot of guides! Good thing we have some maps.

Willamette Meridian township plat, 1913. From Central and Eastern Oregon Township Plats (MAPS GLOPlats).

American Fisheries Society Oregon Chapter Records, 1963-2011 (MSS AFS)

These records document the research, education, and public policy activities of the organization in addressing the protection of fish populations and habitats.  The Oregon Chapter was established in 1964 as a professional organization of fisheries and aquatic science professionals.  The collection includes 107 photographs as well as born-digital materials on floppy disks and CDs.

Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook, 1931 (MSS FisherA)

Alice Mary Fisher, 1932.

This scrapbook consists of materials created and assembled by Fisher for a community drama class she completed at Oregon State College in 1931.  Alice Fisher earned a BS in Vocational Education from Oregon State in 1932.

 

Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album, 1928-1934 (P 297)

Zoa Lowthian, 1932.

This album documents Lowthian’s student years at Oregon Agricultural College in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  The photographs include snapshots of campus buildings and scenes, student activities, and Lowthian’s friends and family.  Zoa Lowthian earned a BS in Pharmacy in June 1932.

E. Roxie Howlett Collection, 1948 – circa 2005 (MSS Howlett)

This small collection consists of 6 issues of the Journal of Home Economics with annotations by Howlett, who earned a BS in Home Economics from Oregon State College in 1945.  She held several home economics and public relations positions prior to establishing her own public relations firm in 1968.

John L. Robbins Photographs, 1966-1972 (P 295)

This collection consists of about 4500 photographs taken by Robbins during his student years at Oregon State University in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The images document campus events, student activities, athletics, and campus views and scenes.  Robbins earned a BS in Industrial Arts Education from Oregon State in 1973.

Central and Eastern Oregon Township Plats, 1858-1939 (MAPS GLOPlats)

This collection consists of 556 maps that are reproductions of the original manuscript plat maps for townships in regions of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains.  Most of the plats were prepared in the 1870s-1890s.  The plats show section lines as well as natural features and vegetation such as prairie; timber; soil types; rivers, streams, sloughs, and wetlands; and fields.

Oregon Central Military Road Map, 1865 (MAPS MilitaryRoad)

Detail of the Oregon Central Military Road Map, 1865.

This single map depicts a portion of the Oregon Central Military Road as surveyed in July-September, 1865. The Oregon Central Military Road was constructed and maintained by the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company that was incorporated in Eugene, Oregon, in 1864.

Plans and Profiles of Oregon Rivers, 1923-1971 (MAPS RiverPlans)

This collection consists of 215 detailed maps and profiles of rivers and streams, dam sites, and reservoirs, primarily in Oregon.

Rangeland Resources Department Maps, 1936-1967 (MAPS Rangeland)

These maps (about 120 total) document range type surveys and studies in the Lower Powder River basin, Vale District, and Squaw Butte Experiment Range in eastern Oregon.

The Royal Jackson Papers and WWI Poster collections previously had minimal information available online, but now have full guides.

Royal G. Jackson Papers, circa 1905 – 1992 (MSS JacksonR)

Logging operations, c1970s.

  • The Jackson Papers consists of materials created or assembled by Royal Jackson in the course of his research.  The bulk of the materials pertain to the history of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, McDonald – Dunn Research Forest, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Arboretum, and nature-based tourism in central Oregon and Costa Rica.  Jackson was a faculty member in the Oregon State University College of Forestry from 1970 until his retirement in 2004.  The collection includes more than 1000 photographs, 214 sound recordings of oral history interviews, and maps.  This guides includes a detailed description of the collection contents.
  • http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv31518
  • http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/jacksonr/index.html

World War I Poster Collection, 1917-1919 (MSS WW1Posters)

YMCA war poster, 1918.

This collection consists of 144 war propaganda posters supporting the United States and its allies in  World War I.  The posters were generated by the United States Food Administration, the United States Treasury Department, the American Red Cross, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), and other charitable organizations.  The collection includes numerous posters related to food austerity, U.S. war bond and stamp sales, and the United War Work Campaign of 1918.  This guide includes an item-level list of the posters.

These guides and many others are available through the NWDA finding aids database and on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

 

Friday Feature: Fabulous Finding Aids

Winter storms and holidays limited the number of finding aids completed during December… But there were still guides written for 5 collections, including 3 new collections (received in 2012) and 2 map collections. Arrangement and Decription Archivist Elizabeth Neilsen says “we will return to our normal pace in January,” so be looking for an even bigger list next month!

Rep. Ben Westlund speaking at the dedication of Cascades Hall

Ben Westlund Papers, 1976-2010 (MSS Westlund)

  • http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv34484
  • http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/westlund/index.html
  • This collection documents Westlund’s political career in Oregon. Ben Westlund served as a State Legislator and State Senator from central Oregon from 1997 until his election as State Treasurer in 2008, a position he held until his death in 2010. Westlund advocated for higher education in central Oregon and was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon State University-Cascades campus in Bend. The collection includes a full range of formats including photographs, videotapes and DVDs, compact disks with digital photographs and sound recordings; and born-digital materials on floppy disks.

Leland F. Skillin Collection, 1935-1973 (MSS Skillin)

William H. Taubeneck Papers, 1881-2010 (MSS Taubeneck)

Maps collections:

Crater Lake National Park Maps, 1903-1962 (MAPS CraterLake)

Native American Maps Collection, 1875-1972 (MAPS Native)

All these guides are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

All “new” collections received in calendar year 2012 now have a finding aid available through the SCARC website and NWDA as well as a MARC catalog record. As of December 27, 2013, the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center has 721 finding aids in NWDA.

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