Jo Anne J. Trow Papers, 1952-2014

Overview of the Collection

Trow, Jo Anne J.
Jo Anne J. Trow Papers
1952-2014 (inclusive)
1965-1995 (bulk)
1 cubic foot, including 7 photographs and 1 videotape, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
The Jo Anne J. Trow Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Trow that document her career as an administrator at Oregon State University as well as her involvement in community and professional organizations. Trow came to Oregon State in 1965 to serve as Dean of Women. She retired in 1995 after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs for more than 20 years.
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, with the exception of employment records that include confidential personal information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jo Anne J. Trow (then Jo Anne Johnson) came to Oregon State University in 1965 to serve as the Dean of Women. In 1969 the university appointed Trow as Associate Dean of Students after a structural reorganization eliminated the Dean of Women position. A year later, she married Clifford W. Trow, a faculty member in the Oregon State University History Department. Jo Anne Trow was one of the central figures in a group of campus women who addressed issues of inequality faced by female faculty, such as salary parity. These discussions and activities eventually led to the formation of the OSU Women’s Network, the Women's Center, and the President's Commission on the Status of Women. In 1984, Trow was named Vice President for Student Affairs -- the first female vice president at Oregon State. She retired in 1995.

Jo Anne Trow has been active in a number of community organizations such as the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Old Mill Center for Children and Families. She has received many honors, including the Howland Special Achievement Award and Corvallis Senior First Citizen, in recognition of her civic actvities.

Trow earned a BA in Sociology at Denison University in 1953 and an MA in Counseling and Guidance, with a minor in Sociology, at Indiana University in 1956. She completed her Ph.D. in Student Personnel Administration in 1965 at Michigan State University. Trow served as Assistant Dean of Women at Denison University (1953-1954) and Washington State University (1959-1963) before joining the faculty of Oregon State University in 1965.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Jo Anne J. Trow Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Trow that document her career at Oregon State University, college education, involvement in professional organizations, receipt of awards, and service in community organizations. The collection includes certificates, correspondence, diplomas, drawings, employment records, greeting cards, a guestbook, newspaper clippings, photographs, plaques, a scrapbook, speeches, student papers, a thesis, and a VHS videotape.

About half of the collection -- which includes the guestbook, scrapbook, videotape, and greeting cards - reflects events and notes of congratulations on Trow's promotion to Vice President and on her retirement. The two professional organizations reflected in these papers are NAWDAC (National Association of Women's Deans, Administrators, and Counselors) and NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). A copy of Trow's doctoral dissertation, Residence Halls Goals and Objectives: Perceptions of Students and Staff, completed at Michigan State University is part of the collection. A student paper, written in the 1980s, about the 1972 murder of Oregon State student Nancy Diane Wyckoff is included with the collection.

The photographs are color prints; five of the prints are included with the scrapbook of letters and other remembrances prepared at the time of her retirement in 1995. The other images are of Trow with other Corvallis civic leaders and a 1995 image of Trow forming the "OSU" letters with two OSU students near her office in the Kerr Administration Building.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Jo Anne J. Trow Papers (MSS TrowJ), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014 by Jo Anne Trow.

Processing Note

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Related Materials

The Student Affairs Records (RG 102) include extensive documentation of Trow's career at Oregon State University. The Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057) and Photographs (P 097), the Associated Women Students Scrapbook (MSS AWS), and the Buena Maris Mockmore Papers (MSS Mockmore) provide information about the work of Trow and her predecessors. Oral history interviews of both Jo Anne and Cliff Trow are available in the Voices of Oregon State University (OH 09) and the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial (OH 26) Oral History Collections.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College administrators--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Deans of women-- Oregon.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State University--Administration.
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • Oregon State University. Dean of Women.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Videotapes.