A School for the People
352 pages, 10 x 11
Full-colour Illustrations
Hardcover
Release Date:31 Oct 2015
ISBN:9780870718229
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A School for the People

A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Oregon State University Press

A School for the People tells the story of OSU’snearly 150 years as a land grant institution through more than 500photographs, maps, documents, and extensive captions. In-depth chaptersfocus on themes such as campus development, the growth of academics,the evolution of research as a major focus of the university, campuslife and organizations, and, of course, athletics. A capsule historyincludes many of the iconic photographs associated with theuniversity.

As one of the first colleges and universities to offer photographyas part of its curriculum in the early 1890s, OSU is well documentedvisually. Most of those photographic treasures have made their way intothe holdings of the Special Collections & Archives Research Centerat OSU’s Valley Library. Gleaned from hundreds of thousands ofimages at the Center, many of the photos included here have neverbefore been seen by the general public.

Written by a longtime archivist at OSU’s Special Collections& Archives Research Center, A School for the People tells the full,dynamic story of this multi-faceted and living university, documentingthe inevitable ups and downs of the institution. Overflowing withvisual riches, it will appeal to OSU alumni, faculty and staff, andanyone with an interest in the history of higher education in Oregon orland grant institutions generally.

Lawrence A. Landis has been an archivist at OregonState University since 1991. During that time, he has served asassistant university archivist, university archivist, and since 2011,director of the Libraries’ Special Collections & ArchivesResearch Center. He began his archives career as the photographsarchivist for a major special collection at the University of Texas atAustin. He has degrees from the University of North Texas and TexasChristian University, and did postgraduate work at UT-Austin. He hasresearched many aspects of OSU’s history, particularly its builtenvironment and buildings designed by architect John V. Bennes.
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