Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection, 1908-1910  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Chapman, Alexander Kesterson.
Title
Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection
Dates
1908-1910 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.30 cubic feet, including 48 photographs, (1 box)
Collection Number
P 235
Summary
The Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection is comprised of photographs assembled by Alexander Kesterson Chapman between 1905 and 1909, when he was a student at Oregon Agricultural College. The collection includes photographs of student groups on campus, but is primarily comprised of individual portraits, both identified and not identified. Chapman graduated in 1909 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Select images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alexander Kesterson (alternately written as Kester, Kesterton, or Kesterin) Chapman was born December 21, 1884 in Mayview, Washington.  His father, Zenas Haines Chapman, served as a private in the Union army (Company K, 147th Regiment Illinois), and received a commendation for Distinguished Service. In February 1884, Zenas married Martha Jane Mark Chapman in Pomeroy, Washington.

By 1900, the Chapman family was living in Grants Pass, Oregon, where Zenas had found work as a carpenter. Zenas passed away two years later, when Alexander was just 18. Martha would never remarry, and raised the couple’s five children – Alexander, Zena, Electa, Susie May, and William – alone. For her husband’s military service she received an “Army widow’s” pension which, in 1908, amounted to $12 per month, with an additional $2 per minor residing in the household.

Alexander began his studies at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1905. He studied electrical engineering and was very involved on campus as a student. Among other things, he was the treasurer of his senior class, track team captain, a member of the Zetegathian Literary Society and, by his senior year, had risen to the rank of Captain of the First battalion, Company C of the OAC Cadets. Of particular note is his status as a charter member of the Sphinx Society, a somewhat enigmatic honor society for select men of the senior class. Of Chapman, the Sphinx membership yearbook states: “He was always sincere in his convictions and lived up to them to the best of his ability…He was a worker and always ready.” Interestingly, his sister Zena also attended classes at OAC in 1905 as a “special,” non-degree-seeking student.

Chapman graduated from OAC in 1909. He moved back in with his mother and siblings still living in Grants Pass, and began work in the Plant Department of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company. On November 9, 1913, Alexander married Jeritza Margaret Turk, an emigre from what is now Slovenia. Jeritza, who went by Margaret, had one child, Alphonse, from a previous marriage; the couple have one child, Lena Margaret, together.

By 1920, Alexander, Margaret, their children, and Alexander’s mother Martha had moved to Portland, Oregon, where Alexander worked as an electrical engineer for the telephone company, and Margaret as a cook in a delicatessen. In 1939 Margaret passed away; four years later, on September 25, 1943, Alexander married Arlie Belle Dorathy. Alexander K. Chapman died July 16, 1968 in Santa Clara, California.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection consists of mounted photographic prints assembled by Chapman as a student at Oregon Agricultural College. Most of the images are individual portraits of OAC students of the Classes of 1909 and 1910, many of which were published in the 1909 or 1910 Orange yearbook. The majority of the portrait subjects are unidentified. Chapman’s fellow Sphinx Society members are also subjects of the collection. Many of the photographs were made by W.S. Gardner of Corvallis.

The collection also includes several images of buildings on campus, including Waldo Hall, Education Hall (now Furman Hall), Benton Hall (now Community Hall), and Apperson Hall (now Kearney Hall). Campus buildings are identified below by the building name used at the time the photograph was taken. In instances where the building name has changed, the name used at the time of the finding aid's publication appears in brackets.

Of particular note are several images of the OAC Cadets taken in 1909 and 1910. One image, P235:05, shows the cadets marching down Main Street (now Second Street) in Corvallis in 1910. The view is to the north, and includes Second Street from Jefferson to Madison Avenues. Several businesses are in the foreground and mid-ground, including B.L. Van Hoosen: Watchmaker and Jeweler, The Bazaar, Kline’s, Beals Brothers, and the Elite Millinery. The second image, P235:06, shows the cadets in a field camp on the University of Washington (UW) campus while visiting the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a world’s fair held in Seattle in 1909. Denny Hall, the oldest building on UW’s campus, can be seen in the background.

Select images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection (P 235), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Photographs, circa 1908-1910Return to Top

The images in the Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection consist primarily of individual portraits of OAC students (many made by Gardner) of the Classes of 1909 and 1910. Many of these images were published in the 1909 or 1910 Orange yearbook. The Collection also includes several campus views and images of student groups and unidentified portraits by photographers in Grants Pass, Oregon. Of particular note is an image of an OAC cadet parade in downtown Corvallis.

Description Dates
P235:01: View to west From Lower Campus
Waldo Hall, Agriculture Hall [Furman Hall], Administration Building [Community Hall], and Apperson Hall [Kearney Hall] can all be seen
circa 1909
P235:02: Administration Building [Community Hall]
circa 1909
circa 1909
P235:04: Military review on Lower Campus
circa 1909
P235:05: Cadets on parade on Main Street [Second Street]
View to north includes Second Street from Jefferson to Madison Avenues (especially businesses on east side)
circa 1909
P235:06: OAC cadets in camp
At the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, June 5-9, 1909
circa 1909
P235:07: Football players
circa 1909
P235:08: Group of women outdoors
circa 1909
P235:09: Linnie Currin
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:10: Fred Deininger Luse
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:11: Cedric Hiram Stone
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:12: Pearl Irene Williams
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:13: Frank Ross Brown
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:14: Roy Clark
Published in 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:15: George A. Cross
Publishd in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:16: Beulah Gilkey
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:17: Helen Gilkey
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:18: Sylvester Benjamin Hall
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:19: Sylvester Benjamin Hall
Track team captain, published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:20: E.A. Hudson
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1907
P235:21: Charles D. Hull
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis. Caption states that Hull was "killed in electric power station, Seattle, December 3, 1909."
1908
P235:22: Emma Leighton
Produced by: Peterson Tacoma
circa 1909
P235:23: Harold D. Marsh
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:24: Irving Province
Published in the 1910 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:25: Mula R. Soi
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:26: Jesse A. Tiffany
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1908
P235:27: F.J. Wilson
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:28: Sinclair A. Wilson
Published in the 1909 Orange, produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
1909
P235:29: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:30: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:31: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:32: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:33: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:34: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Grants Pass Art Studio
circa 1909
P235:35: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:36: Unidentified portait
circa 1909
P235:37: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:38: Unidentified portait
circa 1909
P235:39: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:40: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:41: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:42: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:43: Unidentified portait
circa 1909
P235:44: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:45: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:46: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:47: Unidentified portait
Produced by: Gardner of Corvallis
circa 1909
P235:48: Unidentified portait
circa 1909

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Personal Names :
  • Chapman, Alexander Kesterson.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1910.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Gardner, W. S. (creator)