A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Welcome to A Photographic History of Oregon State University

This selection of historic photographs of Oregon State University has been developed to introduce you to A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University (OSU Press, 2015).  A School for the People tells the story of OSU’s nearly 150 years as a land grant institution through more than 500 photographs, maps, documents, and extensive captions. In-depth chapters focus on themes such as campus development, the growth of academics, the evolution of research as a major focus of the university, campus life and organizations, and, of course, athletics.

As one of the first colleges and universities to offer photography as part of its curriculum in the early 1890s, OSU is well documented visually.  Most of the those photographic treasures have made their way into the holdings of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU’s Valley Library.  Gleaned from hundreds of thousands of images at the Center, many of the photos in the book and on this site have never before been seen by the general public.

Please enjoy this selection of historic images of OSU. To find out more about A School for the People, visit the OSU Press at http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/school-for-people.

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