Jeannette I. Cox Collection, circa 1915-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Cox, Jeannette Ingle, 1910-1994
Jeannette I. Cox Collection
circa 1915-1986 (inclusive)
0.7 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
The Jeanette I. Cox Collection consists of photographs of Corvallis (Oregon), nearby communities, and sites throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as well as administrative correspondence of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory for the period 1962-1969, when Cox was a secretary to the Director. Cox attended Oregon State College and was a life-long resident of Corvallis and avid photographer.
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.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alumna Jeannette Ingle (Cox) attended Oregon State College for two academic years, 1931/32 and 1932/33. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1910, she graduated from Albany (Oregon) High School and was a lifelong resident of Corvallis. Cox was an avid photographer and was active in the Alpha Rebecca Lodge of Corvallis and the Beulah Rebecca Lodge of Albany.

From 1950 until the early 1960s, Cox was employed as a clerk/stenographer in the Chemistry Department at Oregon State College; in the 1960s, she worked as the secretary to the Director of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory.

The Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory was established in the early 1960s, first housed in temporary offices on the OSU campus and later in a new building on 35th Street completed in 1966. The Laboratory was initially part of the US Public Health Service and in 1967 was transferred to the Federal Water Pollution Control Adminstration within the Department of Interior. The Laboratory became part of the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 and is now known as the EPA Corvallis Enviromental Research Laboratory.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of materials created or collected by Jeannete I. Cox and includes administrative correspondence of the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory for the period 1962-1969; several items of personal and Oregon State College memorabilia; and photographs.

The administrative correspondence documents routine matters handled by the Director, J. Wendell Gray; quarterly reports of the Laboratory; and materials pertaining to the construction of the Laboratory bulding.

The Oregon State College memorabilia consists of a metal clip- like bookmark and a desk-top notepad holder.

The photographic component of the collection consists of about 550 images, primarily color snapshot prints (approx. 400) with some b/w prints (65) and color slides (75) and a few b/w and color negatives. Most of the photographs are of events such as parades and picnics in Corvallis, Albany, and Philomath and of sites (tourist and/or historical) throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest taken during the 1950s-1970s. Of especial note are images of the Oregon Electric Depot in Albany (circa 1915); the Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory building and its construction; the Corvallis Centennial (1957); the Memorial Union; and the Philomath College building.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Jeannette I. Cox Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon
  • Parades--Oregon
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College
  • Geographical Names :
  • Albany (Or.)
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Philomath (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Film negatives
  • Photographic prints
  • Slides
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Gray, J. Wendell (John Wendell), 1905- (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Pacific Northwest Water Laboratory (creator)