E. E. Wilson Photographic Collection (P 101)
ca. 1855-1960 (inclusive); ca. 1890-1930 (bulk)
2 cubic feet (approx. 1300 prints and 700 negatives)

Scope and Content Note

This personal collection of photographs assembled by E. E. Wilson includes images of Wilson, his family, and his friends; the Oregon Agricultural College campus and buildings; OAC students and activities; the Corvallis College building on 5th Street; Corvallis homes and businesses, including the Carriage Factory and the Opera House; the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco (1915); wildlife and animals; camping trips, hunts, and hikes in the mountains and at the Oregon Coast; and Native Americans (Siletz). Many different photographers are represented. Some of the 1890s images of Oregon Agricultural College were taken by John Fulton; there are portraits from many different studios in Corvallis (including L. Goldson and W. S. Gardner), Albany, Portland and outside Oregon.


This collection includes a variety of forms, but consists predominantly of b/w prints, many of which have accompanying original negatives. The negatives are all either glass or nitrate-based. The glass negatives include 315 4x5 plates, 161 5x7 plates, and 6 5x8 plates. Other notable formats include several ambrotypes, daguerrotypes, tintypes, and cyanotypes. Many of the prints are mounted.

Organization and Arrangement

Most of the images have been assigned individual item numbers (P101:1- 1297). Images transferred from the E.E. Wilson Papers have not been assigned individual numbers.

Biographical Note

Alumnus E. E. (Eddy Elbridge) Wilson was born in Corvallis in 1869 and lived there until his death in 1961. He attended Oregon Agricultural College and graduated in 1889 with the first class from the new campus. He received a law degree from the University of Oregon in 1893 and practiced law in Corvallis from then until 1925, when he became President of the First National Bank of Corvallis.

Wilson served on the Oregon Agricultural College Board of Regents for 2 terms, 1906-1915 and 1925-1929, and was treasurer of the Memorial Union Board of Governors from its founding in 1925 until his death in 1961. He was a pioneer in game preservation and member of the State Game Commission for 14 years. Wilson was an only child and never married. Wilson Hall on the OSU campus and the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Refuge north of Corvallis bear his name.

Related Materials

The E. E. Wilson Papers contain materials pertaining to Wilson's personal and professional activities including his involvement with the Board of Regents, Memorial Union Board of Governors, and the State Game Commission. Harriet's Photographic Collection (#805) includes many prints of Wilson.

Shelf Locations:

Prints - 5 boxes on Photograph Collection shelves
Glass Negatives - 2/1
Nitrate Negatives - LS


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