John W. Trigg Photograph Album, 1915-1918

Overview of the Collection

Trigg, John W.
John W. Trigg Photograph Album
1915-1918 (inclusive)
1915-1916 (bulk)
0.05 cubic foot, including 54 photographs, (1 box)
Collection Number
P 227
The John W. Trigg Photograph Album consists of photographs assembled by Trigg, primarily during the academic year 1915-1916 when he attended Oregon Agricultural College as a vocational student in agriculture. The images depict campus buildings and views, athletics, student activities, and military cadets.
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

John William Trigg, from Ferndale, California, attended Oregon Agricultural College during the 1915-1916 academic year as a vocational student in agriculture and earned a vocational certificate in June 1916. In 1925, he was working as a dairyman in Ferndale.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John W. Trigg Photograph Album was assembled by Trigg during the 1915-1916 academic year and includes images of campus views and building, athletics, student activities, and military cadets. The campus views include an image of Benton Hall in snow and the interior of the Armory (now McAlexander Fieldhouse). The album includes several views of the Corvallis area, especially of the 1916 flood in the Willamette Valley. Images of the Oregon Electric Railway Station and a farmhouse submerged in 3 feet of water are of special note.

Student activities are depicted in photos of serpentines on the football field and the Class of 1919 forming the numerals "19" on the parade field (lower campus). Several images of individual cadets, military cadets in formation and drilling, and a platoon-level group photograph of 39 cadets in uniform are part of the collection. This was the last year for military cadets as the ROTC program was initiated in 1917.

The only photograph in the collection that post-dates the 1915-1916 year is a 1918 photographic postcard of a group of students and cadets in uniform with the title The Fate of Folly. The image appears to memorialize two OAC students who died in World War I. This photo was probably added to the album after Trigg learned of the death of his classmates.

Photographs of football games, players, and a football coach; the basketball team; and several track and field events, including shot put, javelin, and pole vault, are part of the album. Of special note are several images of a rodeo.

The photographs in the album are primarily photographic postcards with a few snapshots. Several loose photographs, not affixed in the album, are also part of the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

John W. Trigg Photograph Album (P 227), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Robert Smith Trigg and James K. Trigg donated the album and photographs to the Horner Museum in 1973.

Acquisition Information

The album and photographs were transferred from the Horner Museum Collection to the Archives in 1996.

Related Materials

The Archives' holdings include many photograph albums and scrapbooks assembled by Oregon Agricultural College students during the 1910s, including the David Robert Marr Photograph Album (P 232), A. Freeman Mason Scrapbook, Leslie Miller Scrapbook, Francis and Lois Wilson Neer Photograph Album (P 206), Thayer Raymond Collection, and Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album (P 276), which was also assembled during the 1915-1916 academic year. Additional photographs of track and field events in the early 20th centry are part of the Track Photographs (P 010) as well as the William Harling Davolt Scrapbook and Photographs, James A. Sewell Photograph Album (P 259), and the Jerry D. Belcher Collection of Oregon Agricultural College Track Photographs (P 128).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Floods--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Track and field athletes--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Track and field.

Geographical Names

  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Willamette River (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photograph albums.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Photographic postcards.