Rodney Tripp Collection, circa 1870 - 2001

Overview of the Collection

Tripp, Rodney.
Rodney Tripp Collection
circa 1870 - 2001 (inclusive)
1940-2001 (bulk)
1 cubic foot, including one photograph, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS Tripp
The Rodney Tripp Collection documents Tripp's association with Oregon State University and consists primarily of ephemera, memorabilia, and artifacts. A life-long resident of Albany, Oregon, Tripp earned a BS in Secretarial Science from Oregon State College in 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: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Rodney Tripp earned a BS in Secretarial Science from Oregon State College in 1940. After military service during World War II, Tripp returned to Albany, Oregon, and pursued business interests in real estate and restaurant development. Tripp was active in the community, co-founded the Albany Regional Museum, and was involved in the Rotary Club and Albany Jaycees.

Rodney Winfield Tripp was born on February 6, 1916 in Denver, Colorado. His family moved from Brownsville, Oregon, to Albany when he was 3 years old. Tripp graduated from Albany High School and attended Albany College for two academic years -- in 1936-1937 and 1937-1938. In fall 1938, he enrolled at Oregon State College and attended for two years until completing his degree in June 1940. Rodney Tripp died in 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Rodney Tripp Collection documents Tripp's association with Oregon State University and consists primarily of ephemera, memorabilia, and artifacts. The collection includes buttons, a coin, a key chain, a membership card, newspaper clippings, a paddle, a patch, publications, a photograph, and a small Benny the Beaver statue. The publications include a 1940 alumni newsletter sent to graduates of the Secretarial Science Department, an 1875 edition of the Benton County Almanac, and the August 13, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated, which featured the 2001 football team. The Almanac includes a brief introduction with information about Benton County, Corvallis, and other communities and advertisements for local and regional businesses. Tripp's membership in the Beaver Club, the booster club for Oregon State Athletics, is represented by the key chain, membership card, and the patch. The collection includes 26 buttons, most documenting Shriner's Club gatherings on Marys Peak in 1946-1981. Buttons for the 1962 homecoming football game, Bill Glass, and the 2001 OSU Alumni Association bowl tour are also included. The paddle reflects Tripp’s' membership in the Theta Xi fraternity. The Benny the Beaver statue is about 10 inches high and is modeled on the Benny the Beaver mascot of the 1990s. It was carved in wood by an unidentified artist. The coin commemorates the 1957 centennial celebration of the founding of Corvallis.

Of special note is a carte-de-visite photograph advertising the Stryker & Dohse Photograph Gallery in Corvallis. It includes portrait images of Stryker, Dohse, and W.S James (designer and illustrator) as well as a description of the gallery's services. David S. Stryker and Henry M. Dohse opened a photograph studio in Corvallis in 1867.

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Preferred Citation

Rodney Tripp Collection (MSS Tripp), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

These materials were transferred to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 2013.

Related Materials

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center's holdings include numerous collections documenting student and alumni activities and the Oregon State University football team. Among these are collections of other secretarial science students during the 1930s-1940s -- the Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook (MSS Adamson), Dona Dinsdale Papers (MSS Dinsdale), and the Jacquelin F. Holland Papers (MSS Holland). The Memorabilia Collection (MC) includes a variety of ephemeral items and additional information regarding the Beaver Club.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Business education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Oregon State University--Football.

Geographical Names

  • Benton County (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Ephemera.
  • Photographic prints.

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Oregon State College. Department of Secretarial Science. (creator)