Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album, 1907-1911

Overview of the Collection

Cooley, Roy M.
Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album
1907-1911 (inclusive)
0.15 cubic foot, including 119 photographs, (1 oversize box)
Collection Number
P 302
The Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album consists of postcard prints assembled by Cooley during his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. Cooley attended Oregon Agricultural College in 1909-1911.
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

Roy Max Cooley attended Oregon Agricultural College for two academic years. In 1909/1910, he was a first-year student in the Secondary Course and in 1910/1911 he was a freshman in agriculture. The Secondary Course was a preparatory curriculum for students who had completed the equivalent of the 8th grade from locations in Oregon without a public high school.

Fay Kitchin enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College in February 1910 as an optional student. She continued in the 1910/1911 academic year and withdrew during the second semester of that year. Kitchin had graduated from Roseburg High School.

Cooley and Kitchin married in Roseburg, Oregon, in 1912. They lived on the family ranch near Chetco until the Depression, when they moved to North Hollywood, California. Fay Cooley died in 1971; Roy Cooley died in 1977.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album consists of photographic postcards and snapshots assembled by Cooley documenting his student years at Oregon Agricultural College. The images include photographs of Cooley with his fellow students in the Chintimini Club; athletics; student activities; and campus views. Several images of Cooley and other male students in their dormitory room, smoking pipes, playing cards, and participating in hazing activities are included in the album; some of these images were probably taken in Cauthorn Hall, the men's dormitory (now Fairbanks Hall). The athletics photographs depict baseball, basketball, football, track, and wrestling athletes, teams, and events. Various student activities are documented in the album, including the Soph-Fresh bag picnic, construction of the rook bonfire, the Domestic Science band, and military training. Postcard prints of campus buildings and views are also represented; of special note among these is the commencement ceremony in the new Armory (now McAlexander Fieldhouse) and the interior of the dairy barn.

The album also includes images of the Oregon State Fair, Crescent City (California), Ashland, and the region near Kerby, Oregon. Some of the postcards were sent to Cooley and include messages to him.

A portrait photograph of Cooley and a full-length photograph of Fay Kitchin are also part of the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Roy M. Cooley Photograph Album (P 302), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The album was donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014 by Cooley's granddaughter, Amanda Cooley Arroyo.

Related Materials

The Walter R. Baker Photographs (P 018), James G. Arbuthnot Photograph Collection (P 191), and Fred Deininger Luse Photograph Album (P 228) include images of Oregon Agricultural College students during the years around 1910. There are many other collections in the Special Collections & Archives Research Center that document this time period at Oregon State.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic postcards.
  • Photographic prints.