Corvallis, Oregon, Photograph Collection, 1902-1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Corvallis, Oregon, Photograph Collection
1902-1964 (inclusive)
0.25 cubic foot, including 41 prints, 5 nitrate negatives, 5 film negatives, 1 glass negative, and 1 positive transparency, plus 3 mural-size prints, (5 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number
P 051
The Corvallis, Oregon, Photograph Collection consists of images of Corvallis and vicinity that document the city and region in the early and middle 20th century. A variety of formats are represented in the collection, including panoramic prints, nitrate negatives, hand-tinted prints, and large mounted mural-size prints. The photographs were assembled from a variety of sources.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Corvallis, Oregon, Photograph Collection consists of images of Corvallis and vicinity that document the city and region in the early and middle 20th century. This artificial collection was assembled from a variety of sources. The collection includes images of orchards, the Corvallis Fire Department, and an event to promote the Colleges for Oregon's Future bond measure election in 1964. Of special note are 3 mural-size aerial photographs of Corvallis made in 1946, circa 1955, and 1962.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Corvallis, Oregon, Photograph Collection (P 051), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Photographs, 1902-1964Return to Top

Series I consists of photographs of Corvallis, Oregon, and vicinity assembled from a variety of sources. The item numbers P051:02 and P051:05 have each been assigned to two different photographs. The item numbers P051:12 through P051:18 have not been assigned to any images.

Container(s) Description Dates
P051:01: Apple Orchard, Corvallis Orchard Company
2 prints
July 1913
1, 5
P051:02: Peach Orchard in Monroe, Oregon
print and nitrate negative
1, 5
P051:02: Oregon Apple Company Orchards (OACO), Monroe, Oregon
print and nitrate negative
June 1913
1, 5
P051:03: Oregon Apple Company Orchards (OACO) Prune Orchard
print and nitrate negative
June 1913
1, 5
P051:04: Oregon Apple Company Orchards Manure Boxes, Monroe, Oregon
print and nitrate negative
September 1913
1, 5
P051:05: Corvallis Orchard Company House
print and nitrate negative
The Corvallis Orchard Company House was located west of Corvallis, Oregon.
July 1913
P051:05-P051:07: Corvallis Fire Department
P051:05: Firemen on roof of Kline's Store
Hand-tinted image of night-time fire at Kline Building.
circa 1915
P051:06: Firemen climbing ladder to put out fire on a roof
Hand-tinted image of night-time fire.
circa 1915
P051:07: Corvallis Fire Department
Horse-drawn fire wagons in front of the Fire Department. Photograph by Moseley-Linton Photo.
circa 1910
P051:08: Map of Corvallis
5x7 glass copy negative
P051:09-P051:11: Farmstead, road, and railroad tracks along Willamette River between Albany and Corvallis
The road may be a precursor to Highway 20. Three panoramic prints made by L.W. Jones, Portland. Donated by Judge Richard Mengler.
P051:19: Rotary Club member at desk
P051:20-P051:36: Colleges for Oregon's Future Bond Measure Election
Photographs of the Torch of Learning Progress Marathon event to promote this May 1964 bond measure election to support higher education institutions in Oregon. John Fenner, an attorney in Corvallis, was Benton County Chair for Colleges for Oregon's Future. The photographs include images of John Fenner, Erwin Reiman, other individuals, and a crowd in front of the Benton County Courthouse.
P051:37: Postcard with a bird's-eye view of Corvallis
circa 1910
1, n/a
P051:38: Oblique aerial view of Corvallis from southeast looking to Northwest
small copy print, mural-size print, 4 120 copy negatives, and 1 positive transparency
Mural-size print (52 x 76 inches) hangs on the west wall of the maps area on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. This oblique aerial view of Corvallis shows downtown Corvallis (lower right), the Oregon State College campus (middle left), residential areas north and west of the campus and downtown, and the McDonald and Paul Dunn Forests to the northwest. Because it is a composite of two prints, there is some discontinuity of roads in the middle-to-upper right portion. Notable landmarks include the Corvallis Lumber Company at the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers (center bottom); a hops field on the east bank of the Willamette River (bottom right corner); Corvallis High School at the northern extent of residential areas (middle right); the fire-gutted Central School (middle), which was destroyed by fire in 1946; and the Western Oregon Packing Corporation Cannery on 9th Street. The photograph was made by Leonard Delano, Sr. who worked for almost 50 years in commercial photography, including aerial photography for mapping.
P051:39: Oregon Electric Depot at Corvallis in flood
January 8, 1923. Only available in digital form.
P051:40: Porter Building
copy negative
The Majestic Theater is located in the Porter Building. Copy negative of photograph from page 18 of Corvallis magazine, Spring 1962, with following caption; "Porter Building in 1913. The Majestic Theater was here. The store at the right was Witham's ladies shop. Johnson Porter's 1915 Hudson is shown in right front. (Photo by courtesy of Walter Porter, grandson of Johnson Porter.)"
P051:41: Peck residence
This house was originally located on the site of the Valley Library and was likely built in the 1880s or early 1890s for E.E. Wilson and his parents, Lewis and Rose Wilson. When Oregon Agricultural College acquired the parcel for the growing campus, the Wilson House was moved to the corner of 26th and Campus Way to serve as the residence for the superintendent of grounds for Oregon Agricultural College. Arthur L. Peck served in this capacity for a number of years in addition to his roled as Professor of Landscape Architecture.
circa 1935
1, n/a
P051:42: Aerial photo of Corvallis
6 small copy prints and a mounted mural print
Taken by Western Ways, June 6, 1962 at 9000 feet elevation. Mounted mural-size print (60 x 94 inches) hangs on the south wall of the maps area on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. This aerial photograph depicts several notable landmarks including the Willamette River (with a single bridge) and the Corvallis Sand and Gravel Company pit (lower right); the Corvallis Bypass (first phase) which was constructed in about 1960 (bottom); Highland View Middle School (upper middle right), which opened in 1957; Roosevelt School, at the southeast corner of 15th and Western (bottom middle), which closed in 1975. Western Ways, a Corvallis aerial photography company, was owned and operated by the Terway Family from the 1950s until the 1980s. They photographed farms and agricultural land; lumber mills and forests; as well as cities and towns throughout the Pacific Northwest.
P051:43: Aerial photo of Corvallis
Mural-size print (58 inches x 71 inches) hangs on the west wall of the maps area on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. This oblique aerial view of Corvallis shows the Marys River (bottom), Dixon Creek (from middle top to middle right), and the Willamette River as well as downtown Corvallis (middle right) and the Oregon State College campus (middle left). Notable landmarks include Highway 99 from downtown to the north; the Corvallis Lumber Company, at the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers (center bottom); a baseball diamond north of the Marys River; and the new Parker (now Reser) Stadium which had been completed in 1953 (middle left). The photographer of this image is not known.
circa 1955
P051:44: Unidentified group
Group of people at an unidentified event, perhaps in the Benton County Courthouse. The group consists primarily of men, but includes several women and a few boys.
circa 1905

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Courthouses--Oregon--Benton County.
  • Fire departments--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Orchards--Oregon--Benton County.
  • Political campaigns--Oregon.
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Finance.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Colleges for Oregon’s Future. (creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Benton County (Or.)--Photographs.
  • Corvallis (Or.)--Aerial photographs.
  • Corvallis (Or.)--Photographs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Aerial photographs.
  • Aerial views.
  • Film negatives.
  • Glass negatives.
  • Nitrate negatives.
  • Panoramas.
  • Photographic prints.