Remember that excruciatingly long and horribly nerve racking experience of applying to colleges and universities during your senior year of high school?  Although the experience was stressful, it all became worth it when you received acceptance letters and packages from the colleges you applied for.  These packages signified the beginning of the exciting journey into higher learning and a period of massive social and intellectual growth which can only be obtain through the college experience.

Since we’re anticipating the beginning of the new school year, I thought it would be appropriate to share with all of you guys the gem that I found hidden away in the Linfield Archives Alumni Collection.  

The class of 1951’s Linfield acceptance package was delivered in 1947 to potential Wildcats and provided a formal invitation for students to take their education to the next level. I found a lot of the pages in the package especially interesting but I chose 4 pages to show you guys.  

First is an introduction to Linfield College and a description of the values the institution had during the time period.  The second page is a brief description of campus life which includes Linfield’s football and basketball teams in addition to a young fencer (an early sign of a start of Linfield’s fencing club?) that Linfield should have a fencing club?).  The final two pages has institutional costs and living costs ($150 for tuition!?) in addition to different scholarships offered to Linfield students. 

Enjoy these images and don’t forget to welcome the incoming Linfield class of 2018!

-Camille Weber

English Major/Creative Writing Minor (Class of ‘16)

Erath Intern






We Went on a Tree Hunt

Earlier today, the Archives Department went on a little adventure. We shed our coats, brushed off the familiar archive dust, and ventured to the other end of campus in search of Jane Claire’s memorial tree. I learned of the tree yesterday; Jane Claire’s obituary printed in the January/February 2004 edition of the Linfield Bulletin mentioned a tree dedication ceremony that was to be held near Melrose Hall. The information, of course, sparked a mini Archives field trip to locate the tree.

Once we arrived at the quad behind Melrose Hall, we utilized the “divide and conquer” technique to search for her tree. Eventually, I found it!


In my three years as a student here at Linfield, I have unknowingly walked passed Jane Claire’s tree hundreds of times; it’s on my usual route to T.J. Day Hall (the building that houses the English Department). I am a bit disappointed that I have not noticed the tree’s dedication before.


Jane Claire’s plaque succinctly summarizes the important aspects of her personality. Written accounts from her students and peers note Jane Claire as a well-respected professor, mentor, and friend. She was a dedicated ecologist and scholar, always researching her beloved forests and trees and frequently contributing papers and her findings to the scientific community.


Jane Claire was the first PhD female hired to teach at Linfield College; she wrote a comprehensive 125-year history of McMinnville’s First Baptist Church titled Roots, Visions, and Mission (currently out-of-print); she organized Linfield’s first Alumni Directory; and created three separate endowed scholarships, one intended for a student studying Biology, one for a student pursuing English or History, and one for a student involved with the Biological Sciences in general. The Linfield and McMinnville communities were positively impacted by Jane Claire. It’s wonderful that her life and legacy continue to live on here at Linfield. I am so glad this beautiful memorial exists and that we were able to find her tree today.

Dr. Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds passed away on December 29, 2003. Her tree at Linfield College was dedicated on Arbor Day, 2004.

Samantha Hilton, class of 2015
English Literature major, Music minor
JCDE Collection, Linfield Archives

Photo Find of the Month

Howdy hi and hello from a long grey table cradling Linfield memories in photos! I’m Terah, a Creative Writing major going into my senior year of college, having recently joined the awesome library Archive staff, alongside Samantha Hilton. Allow me to confirm, if ever there were any doubt—first impressions do indeed count, but not just with the person you shake hands with or smile at today. Pictures, stills and steals of moments in this incredible progression of time, speak louder than whispers. Images can roar and stun regardless of their decade, daring us to re-evaluate ourselves and situations, remember, and move forward.

Most of this month I’ve been (gratefully) nose deep in Alumni photos and memorabilia. Studying such a large collection I often feel like a front row eyewitness to some of the greatest seasons in Wildcat sports, aerial and construction shots of campus and buildings, and all the candid captures of professors and presidents emeriti. Not long into my adventure, the Archive received a request from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta for fully body pictures of the rather elusive Coach Ad Rutschman. My search was very successful—more so than I expected given the multitude of categories, boxes, and folders I’ve been organizing my findings into. Happy as that day was, just last week I was shocked to see that one smart photographer (doubtless in tune to the Vibe of Fascination held by us future Wildcats), documented the football teams of 1949-52—between which time Ad was definitely participating.

So without further ado I am excited to present Ad Rutschman as coach and athlete!

Ad in the middle of the three.

Terah Hall, Class of 2015

Creative Writing Major

LCA Photos

The Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Collection

Hello archive enthusiasts,

My name is Samantha Hilton, one of the newest members of the Archive staff here at Linfield College. I am an English Literature major and Music minor who is in denial about her upcoming senior year in college. Here in the Archives, tucked away in the back corner of the library under layers of scarves and blankets, I have the privilege of working with our recently-acquired Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds collection. 

Jane Claire was an inspiring woman. A Linfield alumna (class of 1937) and professor emerita, Jane Claire is significant to the history of our college. More than that, however, she is (an unfortunately often-overlooked) major player in the field of ecology. Jane Claire was a passionate and dedicated scientist who successfully carved her own path in what was a male-dominated field of study. She helped discover new insects, she published and presented several writings calling for the protection of our ecosystems, and she (most notably) took note of forest regrowth patterns in a once-logged area of Saddleback Mountain, an area which she studied for nearly forty years before it was destroyed by clear-cutting in the 1980s.

At this point I have only spent a limited amount of time with the JCDE collection, but it is populated with some very interesting finds. Among the boxes of research publications, correspondences, and Doctoral thesis drafts are unused crayons, oil pastels, art paper, rusty nails, and a mysterious key. It is a fun, sometimes random, collection to sort and something exciting catches my attention every day. Thus far, Jane Claire’s hand-drawn maps, charts, and graphs are my favorite pieces in the collection. They are incredibly detailed and so meticulously done; reminders of the world pre-SPSS. 

I will share exciting documents as I find them, but until then, I cannot recommend Jane Claire’s book Not Just Trees: The Legacy of a Douglas-fir Forest enough. You should read it if you are interested in Jane Claire, appreciate trees or nature or ecology, or have some free time. The text is moving, eye-opening, and quietly profound; Jane Claire does a fantastic job of portraying her love for her forest. 

Happy reading,

Samantha Hilton, class of 2015
English Literature major, Music minor
JCDE Collection, Linfield Archives

A Quick Farewell To My Life As An Undergrad

Winston Churchill once said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” These words might not have meant anything to me had I seen them six months ago, or perhaps even six weeks ago. Today, though, as I stumbled upon them they hit a bit too close to home. The difference is, today is the two week mark until my graduation from college. For some college grads, the best tid bit Churchill could offer as an exiting line is, “I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me” or the fan favorite, “if you’re going through hell, keep going.” While all of these hold more truth than any of us recent grads would like to admit, it is the first that is, arguably, most important. As we approach the finale of our college career most of us have spent about sixteen years in school. This means that about a quarter of our lives have been spent prepping for the “real world.” This is a very strange thing and even after all that prep work, I feel woefully under prepared…

But… The thing is, this is what makes this stage of life so exciting. We aren’t prepared because there is no way to be prepared for life, we just get to dive in. This really is the end of the beginning and now that the beginning is over we head into the exciting abyss of the middle. At this point in our lives we have fewer responsibilities and more opportunities than we will at any other point. Now we get to apply what we have learned to the real world and continue our education through feelings and experiences. We get to learn from the people we surround ourselves with and the choices we make. This is exciting, so very exciting.

Mitra Haeri

Class of 2014