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Cauthorn Club Records, 1893-1940

Overview of the Collection

Cauthorn Club (Oregon State College)
Cauthorn Club Records
1893-1940 (inclusive)
1930-1940 (bulk)
0.5 cubic foot, (1 oversize box)
1 microfilm reel, (25 linear feet)
Collection Number
RG 101
The Cauthorn Club Records document student housing and activities at Oregon State College through financial records (1893-1896 and 1908-1909) and a rollbook and scrapbook (1928-1940).
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The original Cauthorn Hall (now Fairbanks Hall) was constructed in 1892 as the first men's dormitory at Oregon Agricultural College and served as the men's dormitory until 1912. It was named for Oregon Senator Thomas E. Cauthorn, who obtained the state funding for construction of the building.

When Weatherford Hall was completed in 1928, the four units of the structure were named for four prominent supporters of Oregon State College: Thomas E. Cauthorn, Daniel V. Poling, Curtis L. Hawley, and Austin T. Buxton. The Cauthorn Club was an organization of men residents of the Cauthorn wing of Weatherford Hall.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Cauthorn Club Records include financial records documenting room and board paid by men residents of the original Cauthorn Hall for the periods 1893-1896 and 1908-1909 and a rollbook and scrapbook documenting the members and activities of the Cauthorn Club from the late 1920s until 1940. The scrapbook includes photographs and ephemera of club member and student body president, Robert W. (Bob) Henderson.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Cauthorn Club Records (RG 101), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Rollbook, 1928-1938Return to Top

Container(s): Reel 1

The rollbook consists of hand-written entries by Cauthorn Club members during the 1930s that give the member's name, the years he lived in the Cauthorn Club, his activities while a student at Oregon State College, his work after graduation from Oregon State, and occasional comments. The rollbook does not include complete entries for all members. This series also includes lists of members for the late 1920s through late 1930s.

Series II:  Financial Records, 1893-1909Return to Top

The financial records document room and board payments by Oregon Agricultural College men students for the original Cauthorn Hall. The room furniture receipts record the furniture provided for each room and its return by the resident.

Container(s) Description Dates
2-1: Bills
2-2: Board receipts
2-3: Room furniture receipts
2-4: Ledger
2-5: Miscellaneous checks and receipts

Series III:  Scrapbook, 1930-1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

apx 12x17 in.

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, snapshot photographs, several individual and group portraits, dance cards, and ephemera documenting the members and activities of the Cauthorn Club. Of especial note are images of Robert W. (Bob) Henderson and ephemera pertaining to his election as student body president in 1937; photographs of students at Marys Peak; a tribute to Bliss Worth, an Oregon State College student who died in 1934; and photographs of Walther Ott and Alvord Lathrop.