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A School for the People

A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Lawrence A. Landis

Foreword by William G. Robbins. Afterword by Ben Mutschler.

10 × 11. Full Color Illustrations. Notes. Index. 352 pages.

2015. ISBN 978-0-87071-822-9. Hardcover, $50.00.

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. A capsule history includes many of the iconic photographs associated with the university.


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 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 included here have never before 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, documenting the inevitable ups and downs of the institution. Overflowing with visual riches, it will appeal to OSU alumni, faculty and staff, and anyone with an interest in the history of higher education in Oregon or land grant institutions generally.

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