Watercolor Society of Oregon Records, 1958-2009  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Watercolor Society of Oregon.
Title
Watercolor Society of Oregon Records
Dates
1958-2009 (inclusive)
1966-2009 (bulk)
Quantity
4.3 cubic feet, including 2362 photographs, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Watercolor
Summary
The Watercolor Society of Oregon Records document the activities, membership, and administration of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. These records date back to the organization's establishment in 1966 and include materials from the Oregon Amateur Watercolor Society, which merged with the Master Watercolor Association to form the Watercolor Society of Oregon.
Repository
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
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) was formed in 1966 by members of two Oregon-based organizations, the Master Watercolor Association and the Oregon Amateur Watercolor Society. Seeking to "further the interest of transparent watercolor painting and to encourage a wider experience, enjoyment, and education to the painter and the viewing public," WSO founders stipulated that the society would hold two juried shows a year at two different locations throughout the state. Upon the conclusion of these shows, the featured artwork would then travel as part of a traveling exhibit throughout the state. The first WSO show took place in Lincoln City in April 1966 and the tradition of the two semi-annual shows continues to this day. Starting out with a membership of 38 artists at the time of its establishment, the WSO counted about a 1000 members by 2012.

Tom Allen, one of the founding members of the WSO, worked for the Oregon State University Botany Department from 1962 until 1991. At Oregon State University, he established the Art About Agriculture program in 1983 and served as the university's first artist-in-residence.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Watercolor Society of Oregon Records document the activities, membership, and administration of the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO). These records primarily consist of notebooks assembled by WSO members that reflect the two shows of WSO artwork held annually as well as painting workshops and board meetings. In addition to photographs, the notebooks contain exhibit catalogs, flyers, meeting minutes, membership rosters, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and reports. One of the notebooks contains materials from the Oregon Amateur Watercolor Society, which pre-date the formation of the WSO in 1966.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Watercolor Society of Oregon Records (MSS Watercolor), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The Watercolor Society of Oregon Records are arranged into 8 series: 1. Notebooks, 1958-2006; 2. Photographs, 1988-2000; 3. Handbooks, 1984-1996; 4. Correspondence, 1973-1984; 5. Show Entry Lists, 1966-1974; 6. Exhibit Catalog for 25th Anniversary Show, 1990; 7. Newspaper Clippings, 2009; and 8. Account Ledger, 1966-1975.

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred to the Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2015 by the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Related Materials

There are other collections that document WSO founder and Oregon State University Botanist Tom Allen. Images of Allen, his paintings, and his  research projects can be found in the Robert W. Henderson Photograph Collection (P 098), the Frederick Earl Price Photograph Collection (P 073), and the Media Services Photograph Collection (P 119). An interview with Tom Allen is featured as a part of the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection. Documentation of the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University, established by Allen in 1983, is included in the Memorabilia Collection, the OSU Development Office and Foundation Records (RG 144), and the College of Agricultural Sciences Photograph Collection (P 036).


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Notebooks, 1958-2006Return to Top

Series 1 is comprised of notebooks assembled by Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) members that contain bylaws, calendars, committee reports, correspondence, exhibit catalogs, flyers, meeting minutes, membership rosters, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, posters, and survey materials. These notebooks primarily document the planning process and activities associated with the two shows of WSO member artwork organized every year by the society. The first and oldest notebook in this series contains meeting minutes and membership rosters from the Oregon Amateur Watercolor Society, one of the predecessor organizations to the WSO. This series contains 2165 color and B&W photographic prints.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.1
1958-1971
1.2
1972-1974
1.3
1975
1.4
1976
1.5
1977
1.6
1978
1.7
1979
1.8
1980-1981
1.9
1982
1.10
Spring Show-Corvallis
1983
1.11
Fall Show-Bend
1983
1.12
Fall Show-Bend
1983
1.13
Spring Show-Forest Grove
1984
1.14
Fall Show-Roseburg
1984
1.15
Fall Show-Roseburg
1984
1.16
Spring Show-Eugene
1985
1.17
Spring Show-Eugene
1985
2.1
Fall Show-The Dalles
1985
2.2
Spring Show-Portland
1986
2.3
Spring Show-Portland
1986
2.4
Fall Show-Medford
1986
2.5
Spring Show-Salem
1987
2.6
Spring Show-Salem
1987
2.7
Fall Term-Bandon
1987
2.8
Fall Show-Bandon
1987
2.9
Spring Show-Albany
1988
2.10
Spring Show-Albany
1988
2.11
Fall Show-Bend
1988
2.12
Spring Show-Portland
1989
2.13
Fall Show-Newport
1989
2.14
Fall Show-Newport
1989
2.15
Spring Show-Salem
1990
2.16
Spring Show-Salem
1990
3.1
Fall Show-Ashland
1990
3.2
Fall Show-Ashland
1990
3.3
25th Anniversary Exhibit at OHS
1990
3.4
25th Anniversary Exhibit at OHS
1990
3.5
25th Anniversary Exhibit Slides/Bios
1990
3.6
25th Anniversary Exhibit Slides/Bios
1990
3.7
Spring Show-Eugene
1991
3.8
Spring Show-Eugene
1991
3.9
Fall Show-Timberline Lodge
1991
3.10
Spring Show-Grants Pass
1992
3.11
Spring Show-Grants Pass
1992
3.12
Spring Show-Grants Pass
1992
3.13
"Splash" Auction and Sale
1992
3.14
Fall Show-Astoria
1992
3.15
Spring Show-Corvallis
1993
3.16
Spring Show-Corvallis
1993
4.1
Fall Show-The Dalles
1993
4.2
Fall Show-The Dalles
1993
4.3
Spring Show-Roseburg
1994
4.4
Fall Show-Coos Bay
1994
4.5
Spring Show-Troutdale
1995
4.6
Fall Show-Medford
1995
4.7
Fall Term-Medford
1995
4.8
Spring and Fall Shows-Salem and Bend
1996
4.9
Spring Show-Eugene
1997
4.10
Fall Show-Joseph
1997
4.11
Spring Show-Hillsboro
1998
4.12
Fall Show-Newport
1998
4.13
Spring Show-Portland
1999
4.14
Fall Show-Medford
1999
4.15
Spring Show-Corvallis
2000
4.16
Fall Show-Florence
2000
4.17
Spring Show-Hood River
2001
4.18
Fall Show-Grants Pass
2001
4.19
Spring Show-Portland
2002
4.20
Fall Show-Astoria
2002
4.21
Spring Show-Springfield
2003
4.22
Fall Show-Forest Grove
2003
5.1
Fall Show-Ashland
2004
5.2
Spring and Fall Shows-Burns and Roseburg
2005
5.3
Spring Show-Tualatin
2006
5.4
WSO Presidents, ca. 1991

Series 2:  Photographs, 1988-2000Return to Top

Series 2 is made up of photographs depicting the paintings exhibited at the 1994 Fall Show and receptions for shows in 1988 and 2000. The 197 images in this series consist of color prints and color film negatives.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.5
Paintings from 1994 Fall Show
1994
5.6
Spring and Fall Show Installations and Receptions
1988-2000

Series 3:  Handbooks, 1984-1998Return to Top

Series 3 consists of handbooks outlining the duties of WSO officers and the show chairman.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.7
Job Descriptions
1984
5.8
Show Chairman's Handbook
1998

Series 4:  Correspondence, 1973-1984Return to Top

Series 4 is made up of correspondence received by WSO President Mae Cronant that reflect administrative activities of the society such as tour publicity, the selection of show judges, and the receipt of photos taken of the shows. Among the items Interfiled with the correspondence include: financial worksheets, meeting minutes, and a membership roster.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.9
1973-1984

Series 5:  Show Entry Lists, 1966-1974Return to Top

Series 5 is made up of lists of the artwork featured at the Watercolor Society of Oregon shows.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.10
1966-1974

Series 6:  Exhibit Catalog for 25th Anniversary Show, 1990Return to Top

Series 6 consists of three copies of the exhibit catalog published for the Watercolor Society of Oregon's 25th Anniversary Exhibition. The publication includes an essay on the history of the WSO.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.11
1990

Series 7:  Newspaper Clippings, 2005-2009Return to Top

Series 7 consists of newspaper clippings with stories about WSO members Mike Hill and Blenda Tyvoll. There is also a feature about the 2005 WSO Spring Show in Burns.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.12
2009

Series 8:  Account Ledger, 1966-1975Return to Top

Series 8 is made up of an account ledger listing expenditures, deposits, membership dues received, and account balances.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5.13
1966-1975

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Artists--Oregon.
  • Traveling exhibitions--Oregon.
  • Watercolor painting--Oregon.

Corporate Names

  • Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Film negatives.
  • Photographic prints.