Category Archives: Finding Aids

August Finding Aids

students-studying.JPGThe following 8 finding aids were completed (or updated) during August 2008 and loaded to NWDA (with PDFs on the OSU Archives website).

All have MARC catalog records in the OSU Libraries catalog, Summit, and Worldcat:

Army Specialized Training Corps Records, 1943-1946 (RG 059)

Association of Latin American Students Records, 1994-1999

Gellatly, Robert H., Photograph Collection, circa 1891-1899 (P 074)

Industrial Arts Department Motion Picture Film, 1944 (FV P 189)

KBVR Videotapes, 1979-1980 (FV P 170)

McIlvenna, Don E., Papers, 1970-1978

United States Department of Agricultural Aerial Photographs of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, Oregon, 1972-1994 (P 267) [full]

Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides, circa 1900-1940 (P 217) [full]

Other notes: most (7) are new finding aids, most (6) are collection-level finding aids, 3 are for collections for which we previously had no information available online, other than a title (RG 059, P 074, and P 267).


Finding Aid Additions: July 2008


We’re starting a new feature on our blog, designed to let you know when we add to our existing online resources and descriptions of our collections. Additionally, and as a means of providing some background information, we thought we’d share a bit about or arrangement and description process.

In our effort to get as many collections described and online, we create collection level descriptions for most collections. What is a collection level description? It means that you’re not likely to find a detailed inventory; it’s more in line with the levels of arrangement and description suggested by Greene and Meissner in their “More Product, Less Process” article. This means that you’ll find a note following many of the titles in this list that tells you whether the finding aid is a preliminary guide or in its final form.

For example, in this round:

  • most (11) are collection-level finding aids
  • 2 are full finding aids (RG 062 and P 259)
  • 5 are for collections received in 2007 (Bartholomew, King, Packard, Williams, and RG 235)
  • one is for a collection received in 2006 (P 259)
  • most (11) are new finding aids
  • 2 are updates of existing finding aids (FV P 069 and FV P 182)
  • 5 are for collections for which we previously had no information available online, other than a title (RG 062, P 053; P 090, P 146, and Gilkey)

In the list that follows, you’ll also notice that we give you a link to both the NWDA guide and the locally hosted PDF—you choose your view, both are the same!

Finally, when we create a new finding aid, we load the file to the Northwest Digital Archives, provide a locally hosted PDF on our site, and produce MARC catalog records that are accessible through the OSU Libraries catalog, Summit, and Worldcat.

For July, the following 13 finding aids were completed:

Bartholomew, Frank H., Collection, 1983-1985

College of Engineering Records, 1930-2002 (RG 062) [full]

College of Engineering Videotapes, circa 1995-1996 (FV P 069)

Gilkey, Beulah, Collection, 1905-1960 [preliminary]

Horticulture Department Photographs, 1900-1980 (P 090) [preliminary]

King, David B., Papers, 1982-1994

Nolan, J.M., Photograph Collection, 1889-1902 (P 053)

Packard, Earl, Papers, 1913-1980

Sewell, James A., Photograph Album, circa 1902-1904 (P 259)

Student Affairs Moving Images, 1963-1995 (FV P 182)

Western Center for Community College Development Records, 1979-2004 (RG 235) [preliminary]

Williams, Gerald W., Collection, 1855-2007 [preliminary]

4-H Photograph Collection, 1913-1988 (P 146) [preliminary]

Finding Aids Now Available

Finding aids are now available for four collections that have been a part of the OSU Archives’ holdings for many years. These include the varied and extensive papers of F.A. Gilfillan; the records of the statewide Keep Oregon Green Association; the minutes of a local Corvallis civic organization, the Village Improvement Society; and class notes for a rural sociology course taken at Oregon Agricultural College in 1923.

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F.A Gilfillan Papers, 1909-1984
19 cubic feet (21 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes and 1 roll storage container)
Link to: PDF on OSU website; EAD finding aid in NWDA
The F.A. Gilfillan Papers document Gilfillan’s career as an Oregon State College professor and administrator; his activities to promote science teaching; his student years at Oregon Agricultural College and Yale University; and his interests in languages and rare books and manuscripts. The Papers include correspondence; notepads; scrapbooks and photograph albums; photographs; sound recordings; ephemera and artifacts. Gilfillan earned a BS degree from Oregon Agricultural College in 1918, served as Professor of Chemistry (1927-1939) and Dean of Science (1939-1962), and was the Acting President of Oregon State College from 1940 to 1942.

Keep Oregon Green Association Records, 1945-1957
0.2 cubic foot (1 box)
Link to: PDF on OSU website; EAD finding aid in NWDA
The Keep Oregon Green Association Records consists of minutes and annual, financial, and activities reports assembled by Paul M. Dunn, Dean of the Oregon State College School of Forestry. The Keep Oregon Green Association was founded in 1941 to conduct a statewide fire prevention program of education and information and thereby assist in protecting landowners’ resources

Florence L. Kohlhagen Notebook, 1923
0.03 cubic foot (1 box)
Link to: PDF on OSU website; EAD finding aid in NWDA
The Florence L. Kohlhagen Notebook consists of class notes of the Rural Sociology course taken by Kohlhagen at Oregon Agricultural College in 1923. The course was taught by Hector Macpherson. Topics addressed in the course include the evolution of rural institutions; the rural community, family, and school; rural societies and associations, including churches; rural systems of transportation and communication; the dependence of national welfare upon the rural community; and the role of agriculture

Village Improvement Society Minutes, 1904-1911
0.01 cubic foot (1 box)
Link to: PDF on OSU website; EAD finding aid in NWDA
The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the activities of this Corvallis, Oregon, civic organization which promoted the planting of trees, development of parks, and general beautification of the city.