University Publications Photographs, 1890-2002

Overview of the Collection

Oregon State University. University Publications.
University Publications Photographs
1890-2002 (inclusive)
1950-1999 (bulk)
17.5 cubic feet, including 40,000 photographs, (36 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
P 094
The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, and other publications. They depict the full range of OSU academic and research programs and include images of students, faculty, and staff; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; research and teaching; athletics; and student life.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

Preliminary container list available online.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of University Publications began in 1912.The office publishes a variety of University publications, including the university's General Catalog; department and college brochures and pamphlets; student housing guides; posters and recruitment materials; and promotional items for special events.

Edwin T. Reed was the first college editor and served until 1943. Subsequent directors of the office included Delmer Goode, 1943-1956; J. Kenneth Munford, 1956-1977; Gwil Evans, 1977-1979; Tom Sanders, 1979-1984; Jeffrey Grass, 1984-2000; and Tina Chovanec, beginning in 2000.

Until 2000, the head of University Publications was also the director of the OSU Press.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The University Publications Photographs consist of images taken or assembled by the publications staff for use in OSU catalogs, brochures, posters, and other publications as well as in OSU Press publications. The images depict the wide variety of academic and research programs; students, faculty, staff, and administrators; campus buildings and views; Oregon scenes; athletics; and student life. Most of the images are not specifically identified.

The photographs include images of students and faculty in classrooms, laboratories, and on field trips and excursions; Corvallis street scenes, public buildings, and businesses; and special events such as commencement, homecoming, Pet Day, and Mom's and Dad's Weekends. Many of the images depict student activities and programs, student housing, fraternities and sororities, ROTC, recreational activities, and intramurals. Photographs of minority students, cultural activities, and the students, faculty, and activities of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) are included. The collection has images of notable speakers, performers, and other campus guests including Robert Packwood, Jesse Jackson, Jay Leno, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Crazy 8's.

Photographers are not identified for most images; however, images by Robert W. Henderson, Walter Boychuk, Howard Sands, and the Oregon Highway Department are part of the collection.

The collection includes a variety of formats: black and white prints, negatives, and contact sheets; color slides; color prints and negatives; nitrate negatives; and a glass positive.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

University Publications Photographs (P 094), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


A small portion of the photographs in the collection have been assigned individual item numbers; the bulk of the collection is arranged by accession. Within accessions, the images may be arranged topically or chronologically and thereunder by topic.

Processing Note

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

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement online.

The archivist-prepared description of this collection uses the phrase "Civil War" to refer to the long-standing athletic rivalry between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. A history of this athletic rivalry, and use of the phrase "Civil War" to describe it, is available online in The Origins of the "Civil War" Football Game blog post.

In June 2020, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced that the term "Civil War" will no longer be used by either university because it "represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery."

We acknowledge the racism represented by the use of this phrase and the harm it may cause our users. In order to provide historical context and to enable standardized searching and access across our collections, we have retained the use of this phrase in the collection description.

[Date of acknowledgement: November 2021]

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred from the Office of University Publications in numerous accessions; the bulk of the materials were transferred between 1996 and 2006. Accession 96:031 was transferred from the collections of the former Horner Museum.

Future Additions

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials

The Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) document the administration and activities of the office and provide detailed information about several OSU Press publications. The OSU General Catalog is available online.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Intramural sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Educational Opportunities Program (Oregon State University) (creator)
  • Oregon Agricultural College.
  • Oregon State College.
  • Oregon State University.

Geographical Names

  • Corvallis (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Film negatives.
  • Glass transparencies.
  • Nitrate negatives.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Boychuk, Walter, 1886-1967. (creator)
    • Henderson, Robert W. (Robert Wesley), 1914- (creator)
    • Reed, Edwin Thomas, 1872-1948. (creator)
    • Sands, Howard. (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Oregon State College. Office of the College Editor. (creator)
    • Oregon State University. Office of Publications. (creator)
    • Oregon State University. Press. (creator)
    • Oregon. State Highway Dept. (creator)