Davis John Allen attended Oregon Agricultural College in 1917/1918 and 1918/1919 as a vocational student in agriculture; in 1919/20 as a special student; and in 1920/21 as a freshman. He was awarded a vocational certificate in June 1918. Allen was born in Rickreall, Oregon, on December 11, 1898 and entered OAC from Corvallis High School. As of 1925, he was living in Rickreall.
The Davis Allen Photographs were made by alumnus Davis Allen during his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The images primarily depict campus views and annual rituals such as the homecoming bonfire, "burning of the green," the bag rush, the rook-sophomore tug-of-war over the millrace, and the queue for fall class registration. Notable campus scene include the Lady of the Fountain, the new Library building (now Kidder Hall), the bandstand in the Library quadrangle, and standing water on lower campus. A few of the images depict off-campus scenes such as the Marys River Dam and a view of the college and surrounding farms from atop a nearby hill.
Davis Allen Photographs (P 261), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.