Village Improvement Society Minutes, 1904-1911

Overview of the Collection

Village Improvement Society (Corvallis, Or.)
Village Improvement Society Minutes
1904-1911 (inclusive)
0.01 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS Village
The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the activities of this Corvallis, Oregon, civic organization which promoted the planting of trees, development of parks, and general beautification of the city.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Village Improvement Society was active by the 1890s; its members included prominent local business leaders and Oregon Agricultural College faculty and their spouses. Margaret Snell, home economics professor, and George Coote, horiculturist, helped organize the society.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Village Improvement Society Minutes document the membership, activities, and finances of this civic organization. Topics addressed in the minutes include improvements on the grounds of the depot; planting trees around the school; a petition for clearing rubbish from streets and alleys; an investigation of standing water in parks; and the sanitary problems posed by barns and manure piles.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Village Improvement Society Minutes, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

The OSU Archives includes the records of several other Corvallis civic organizations and businesses as well as materials documenting the careers of Margaret Snell and George Coote. The J. Kenneth Munford Collection includes an article about the Village Improvement Society published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on October 10, 1988.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Clubs--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Urban beautification--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.

Geographical Names

  • Corvallis (Or.)