Records, ca. 1893-1979

Oyen, Odin Julius, 1865-1926

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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Physical Details
    • 45.0 c.f. (23 archives boxes, 1 record center carton, and 35 flat boxes)
  • Finding Aids
    • Register


  • Restricted: Oversize designs and sketches cannot circulate through the ARC network without permission of the Conservation Officer. The boxes that may circulate are Box 25-34 and 37-58.
  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Graphic designs and business records, mainly 1893-1940, of a prominent La Crosse, Wisconsin interior design firm that was established by Odin J. Oyen in 1888 and that continued through the 1930s under the management of his son Leighton Oyen. The firm was known across the Midwest for its work on theaters, courthouses, and other public buildings. After World War I, the firm turned to local residential work. Designs and sketches, many unidentified, are the bulk of the collection. Present are presentation quality drawings; preliminary sketches; photographs; business records including estimates, specifications, and contracts, inventories, correspondence, and subject files; general records including catalogs received, clipped illustrations saved for reference, sample forms, and other items; and miscellaneous family papers. In addition, the collection contains information on a 1979 exhibit about Oyen at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse curated by Joan M. Rausch and Leslie F. Crocker.


  • Presented by Leighton Oyen, La Crosse, Wisconsin, via the Murphy Library of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1992-1995 and 2003; additional material purchased from Andy Maravelas, 2003.
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