The collection chiefly consists of scrapbooks compiled by Henry L. Bates. The two earliest scrapbooks, which were compiled between 1879-1881 while Bates was a student at Oberlin Theological Seminary, are made up of newspaper clippings on moral, religious and literary topics, with a few maps at the end. The three later scrapbooks, which date from approximately 1893-1931, include a wide variety of ephemeral printed material, much of it related to Pacific University and Tualatin Academy. Types of materials present include programs, ribbons, tickets, fliers and invitations. Subjects covered in the later scrapbooks include plays, music recitals, debates, commencement ceremonies, football games and other sports, fraternity and sorority events, Congregational Church events, and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. In addition to the scrapbooks, the collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and related material.