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Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon, Maps, 1859-1991

Overview of the Collection

Title
Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon, Maps
Dates
1859-1991 (inclusive)
1905-1975 (bulk)
Quantity
2.5 cubic feet, including 236 maps, (10 map folders and 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MAPS Corvallis
Summary
The Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon, Maps include a variety of maps depicting Corvallis and Benton County, including road and street maps, land use and comprehensive planning maps, and plans for city parks. The maps depict roads, parks, schools, public buildings, and natural features. The maps were prepared by numerous organizations and individuals.
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


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The Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon, Maps include a variety of maps depicting Corvallis and Benton County and provide a broad spectrum of information about Corvallis and vicinity. The maps depict changes in the region from the mid-19th century until the early 1990s. About two thirds of the collection consists of maps of Corvallis; the remaining third are of Benton County. The maps depict roads, parks, schools, public buildings, and natural features.

The Benton County maps include road and zoning maps for the county which provide information on highways, city locations, land features, and the locations of many prominent structures. A set of 1913 land ownership maps provide detailed information on surveys and land ownership for the full county.

The Corvallis maps include street maps, city growth and planning maps, maps of public works and the Corvallis water system, and published aerial photography of Corvallis. Of special note are detailed (scale of 1 inch = 100 feet) maps produced in 1971 by the City Public Works Department and master plans for Corvallis city parks prepared in the 1960s.

The maps were prepared by numerous organizations and individuals including the City of Corvallis Public Works Department and other city departments, Benton County, Gordon V. Skelton, and T.J. Starker.

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Preferred Citation

Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon, Maps (MAPS Corvallis), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Benton County Maps, 1903-1975Return to Top

75 sheets

Series I consists of a variety of maps pertaining to areas in Benton County. The maps provide information on land features, highways, county roads, railroads, and postal routes; many note the locations of churches, schools, sawmills, cemeteries, and other structures. Specialized maps include zoning and planning maps as well as section surveys. Site plans for the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) Children's Farm Home north of Corvallis are also included. A map depicting Yaquina and Alsea Bays on the Oregon Coast when that area was part of Benton County is also part of this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
map-folder
1
Benton County Land Ownership Maps
25 sheets
These maps consist of 24 detailed sheets depicting section boundaries and land ownership for Benton County. The majority of these are at scale of 1 inch = 660 feet; an index map is also included.
1913
Benton County Maps
1903-1975
map-folder
2, 11
Map of Benton County Oregon by JP Huffman
3 copies
Two blueline prints and one mylar copy.
1903
2
Map of Benton County
circa 1900
2
Road Index Map of Benton County
6 sheets
Includes two copies of the 1944 map and two copies of the 1950 map.
1927-1950
2
Metsker's Map of Benton County
circa 1950
2
General Highway Map of Benton County
circa 1952
2
Logging Railroads and Road Index Map of Benton County
2 sheets
Compiled by T.J. Starker.
1962-1976
2
Benton County Soils Map
1920
2
Generalized Land Use, Benton County
2 copies
1970
3
Proposed Zoning Map for Benton County
1968
3
General Zoning Map of Benton County
As published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
1974
3
Benton County Zoning
8 sheets
All of Benton County at scale of 1 inch = 2000 feet; includes 6 maps plus legend and guide.
1974
3
Benton County Comprehensive Plan
8 sheets
All of Benton County at scale of 1 inch = 2000 feet; includes 6 maps plus legend and guide.
1974
3
Benton County General Zoning Map
1975
3
Preliminary Community Shelter Program in Benton County
4 sheets
Includes sheets depicting roadside barriers, the 10-year floodplain, and areas with "excessive steepness or forest cover".
1967
Maps of Areas within Benton County
1930-1972
Box
10
Map of Yaquina Bay, and Alsea Bay, Benton County
2 copies
Depicts this area before Lincoln County was established in 1893.
circa 1888
map-folder
3
Record of Survey Done in Sections of Township 12 South, Ranges 6 and 7 West
1972
3
Survey Map of Township 11 South, Range 4 West
circa 1975
3
Survey Map of Township 12 South, Range 5 West
circa 1975
Box
10
Women's Christian Temperance Union Children's Farm Home Plans
5 sheets
Includes original plan (1930) and revised plan (1934).
1930-1934

Series II:  Corvallis Maps, 1859-1991Return to Top

161 sheets

Series II includes a variety of maps of Corvallis, Oregon, including general street maps, detailed plans of individual city parks, land use maps and comprehensive plans, and maps of the Corvallis water system. The maps depict roads, houses, schools, parks, and land features in Corvallis and the vicinity. Of special note is a map of the Community Shelter Program for Benton County that provides instructions for response to a nuclear emergency and a map with locations of shelters in Corvallis.

Container(s) Description Dates
Corvallis City Maps
1859-1991
Box
10
Town of Marysville Map
Reproduction of 1891 copy of 1859 plat map.
1859
10
G.V. Skelton Map of Corvallis
2 copies
1905
10
Map of West Corvallis
1909
map-folder
11
Map of Corvallis, Oregon
One map was encapsulated in two pieces.
circa 1900
11
Map of Corvallis and Surroundings
1912
4
City of Corvallis
Compiled from official records by Department of Highway Engineering at Oregon Agricultural College, under supervision of G.V. Skelton. Scale 1 inch = 500 feet.
1925
Box
10
Map of Corvallis
3 sheets
Two copies of circa 1925 map and one copy of 1942 map.
1925-1942
map-folder
4, 11
Map of Corvallis, Ore. Compiled by Fred J. Porter
3 sheets
The 1920 map is dated as 1920 by G.V. Skelton and is available in folder 11. The other two maps are dated circa 1933 and circa 1937 and are available in folder 4.
1920-1937
4
Corvallis and Vicinity Special Map
3 sheets
Compiled by the Engineer Unit, ROTC, Oregon State College. Scale 1:10,000 with contour intervals of 5 and 10 feet.
1941
Box
10
Map of the City of Corvallis and Vicinity
Compliments of Corvallis' new car dealers; map shows locations of dealerships.
1950
map-folder
4
Chamber of Commerce Map of Corvallis and Vicinity
13 sheets
1953-1976
Box
10
Citizens Bank of Corvallis Map
3 sheets
Includes 1963, 1968, and 1976 maps.
1963-1976
map-folder
4
Community Shelter Program for Benton County
Includes instructions for response to a nuclear emergency and a map with locations of shelters in Corvallis.
1968
5
Corvallis Area Map
Scale 1 inch = 1000 feet; shows location of proposed Walnut Boulevard.
1968
5
City of Corvallis Engineering Department Street Map
2 sheets
1968-1974
Box
10
Corvallis Voting Precinct Map
1971
map-folder
5
Corvallis Area and Vicinity
3 sheets
Prepared by the Oregon State Highway Division.
1975-1983
5
Corvallis Area and Vicinity
2 copies
Metsker Map Company.
circa 1975
5
Corvallis Existing and Future Bikeways
1974
5
Precinct and Ward Boundaries
1974
5
Corvallis Urban Area Map
1976
5
Pittmon's Map of Corvallis, Oregon
Prepared by Oregon Department of Transportation.
1978
Box
10
Corvallis Area Bikeways
2 sheets
1982-1991
map-folder
5
City of Corvallis
Shows areas annexed to city in 1853, 1896, 1909, and 1953. Prepared by CHS (Corvallis High School?) Drafting.
1983
Corvallis Maps with Aerial Photography
1942-1977
Box
10
Corvallis #2 and #3 Orthoquadrangles
2 sheets
1942
map-folder
6
Photomap of Corvallis and Vicinity
Aerial photograph with names of streets and geographic features. Published by Tscheu Publishing Company.
1957
6
City of Corvallis
4 sheets
Scale 1 inch = 400 feet. Compiled from photographs made in 1967 and 1969. Prepared by City of Corvallis Public Works Department.
1969
6
Corvallis, Oregon, Quadrangle Orthophotograph
Published by U.S. Geological Survey; 1:24,000 scale.
1975
Box
10
Corvallis and Vicinity Photo Map
Aerial photograph with streets printed as overlay.
1977
Water System and Public Works Maps
1892-1972
map-folder
7
City of Corvallis Municipal Watershed
Forest cover type map; scale 1 inch = 1000 feet.
1972
7
Contour Map of Corvallis Watershed
2 sheets
By V.L. Goodnight, City Engineer.
1944
11
Map of Corvallis Showing Pipe Lines, Water Works, and Sewerage Systems
1892
Box
10
Existing Distribution System and Proposed Improvements
1958
map-folder
7
General Plan of Corvallis Water System
2 sheets
1959-1971
Corvallis Growth and Planning Maps
1889-1974
Box
10
Map of Job's Additions to Corvallis
Reproduction made after 1900.
1889
10
Sketch Illustrating Growth of Corvallis from 1935 to 1965
1965
map-folder
7
City of Corvallis Annexation Map
2 sheets
Shows extent of original town of Marysville and land annexed in 1857, 1891, 1909, and annually between 1950 and 1971.
1971-1974
Box
10
Long Range Master Plan for Corvallis
1945
map-folder
7
Land Use Plan of Corvallis
1961
Box
10
1965 Comprehensive Plan of Corvallis
1964
map-folder
7
Zoning Map of Corvallis Oregon
4 sheets
1966-1973
Box
10
Corvallis Area Transportation Study
2 sheets
1969
10
Site of Proposed High School
1933
map-folder
7
Property of Mr. Walter K. Taylor, Corvallis
Scale 1 inch = 200 feet; prepared by E. Clair Heilman, Landscape Architect. Shows location of new high school.
1927
map-folder
8,9
Public Works Department City of Corvallis Plans
66 sheets
These detailed maps (at scale of 1 inch = 100 feet and contour interval of 2 feet) depict buildings and structures, vegetation, driveways, private and public roads, creeks, and natural features. An index map is included with the set. The maps were prepared from aerial photography made in the late 1960s-early 1970s.
1971
Corvallis City Parks Master Plans
These maps provide detailed design information for many city parks in Corvallis. They depict vegetation, picnic areas, trail systems, and parking areas within each park as well as information specific to each park. Many of these maps are at a scale of 1 inch = 100 feet; several are as detailed as 1 inch = 20 feet.
1960-1973
map-folder
9
Parks of Corvallis
1971
9
Master Plan and Grading Plan for Arnold Park
1971
9
Preliminary Study for Avery Park
2 sheets
1960
9
General Layout for the Avery Park Master Plan
1971
9
A Revised Planting for Central Park
1965
9
A Master Plan Study for the Garfield School Grounds
1967
9
A Study for Development of John F. Porter Park
1969
9
A Master Plan Study for Pioneer Park
1968
9
Master Development Plan for Pioneer Boat Ramp
1973
9
Play Apparatus Layout for South Corvallis Park
undated
9
A Preliminary Plan for Sunset Park
1965
9
A Proposed Plan for Walnut Park
1968
9
General Layout for the Willamette Master Plan
1961