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For more information on the building's history, see the Community Hall tab within the OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center website.
The information contained on this page is not comprehensive and is intended only to provide an overview of the building names and namesakes under consideration. The resources are specific to the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Therefore, other relevant secondary sources, as well as primary sources located in other archival repositories, are not included.
OSU Memorabilia Collection:
The Memorabilia Collection is an artificial collection containing items of interest about Oregon State University and to a lesser extent, the city of Corvallis, and the state of Oregon.
Daily Barometer articles: (available on microfilm and bound printed copies)
Oregon Stater article:
Facilities Services Records, 1888-2010:
The Facilities Services Records document the physical campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis as well as OSU facilities throughout the state of Oregon beginning with construction of the first building on the current campus in 1888. The records consist predominantly of architectural drawings and files for the design, construction, and modification to structures. For facilities information on Benton Hall, click here.
*To quickly access files relevant to Benton Hall, hold down the 'Ctrl + F' keys and search for "Benton Hall" in the pop-up search bar*
Benton Hall was named after the residents of Benton County who originally raised the money for its construction. Benton County is named after Thomas Hart Benton, a United States Senator from Missouri.
For information on Benton County history see the following:
For biographical information on Missouri Senator, Thomas Hart Benton visit the senator's United States Senate page.
For information on Thomas Hart Benton's ties to Oregon, visit the State Historical Society of Missouri: Historic Missourians page.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1782-1858
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