2.75 cubic feet, including 216
photographs (4 boxes, including 1
oversize box) 4 microfilm reels
The College of Liberal Arts Records
consist of records of the Dean's Office and of several departments in the
college, including the Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, History, and
Sociology Departments. The materials primarily document the liberal arts
curriculum at Oregon State University, publications by faculty, and
lectures and conferences sponsored by the College.
Oregon State University
At the time that it gained land grant status in 1868, Oregon State
University (then Corvallis College) was a typical liberal arts college of
the day. As the college's curriculum expanded into the sciences and
technology in the early 20th century, the liberal arts were de-emphasized;
they were grouped in to the Division of Service Departments. In 1919, the
division was renamed the School of Basic Arts and Sciences. With the
reorganization of Oregon's public higher education in 1932, the liberal
arts at OSU were de-emphasized further. The ensuing Lower Division was
limited to freshman and sophomore level courses.
After World War II, President A. L. Strand pushed to expand the liberal
arts at the college. In 1959, divisional majors in humanities and social
sciences were offered for the first time, and in 1961 the School of
Humanities and Social Sciences was established. Various degree programs
were developed in the 1960s. In 1973, the school became the College of
Gordon Gilkey served as the first Dean of the School of Humanities and
Social Sciences, a position he held until his retirement in 1978; David J.
King was Dean of the College from 1978 until 1982; Bill Wilkins served as
Dean from 1982 until his retirement in 1994.
The College of Liberal Arts Records consist of records of the Dean's
Office as well the records of several individual departments and academic
programs in the College. The records primarily document the liberal arts
curriculum at Oregon State University; publications by faculty; and
conferences, lectures, and special events sponsored by the College.
Records of the American Studies Program and the Departments of Art,
Anthopology, Economics, English, History, and Sociology are included in
Of special note in the Dean's Office records are reports from a 1974
Board of Visitors to the College; materials pertaining to the retirement
celebration for Dean Bill Wilkins in 1994; and student credit hour reports
for the late 1970s through 1980s.
The Economics Department records consist of publications by faculty and
include multiple publications by Thomas D. Bible; Lafayette G. Harter,
Jr.; B. Starr McMullen; R. Charles Vars, Jr.; and Murray Wolfson. Several
of the publication pertain to the economics of forestry and wood
The English Department records include a text on report writing by J.F.
Ligon and the proceedings of the Summer Conference on Science Writing.
In addition to department annual reports, the Sociology Department
materials include a reading packet for a course on
Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture
taught by Dwaine Plaza and Kathleen Stanley.
The History Department records include a substantive file documenting
the visit of Paul C. Warnke to OSU in 1983 to deliver the Ava Helen
Pauling Lectureship for World Peace and papers written by students in
History 310 pertaining to a variety of OSU-related topics using primary
sources in the OSU Archives.
Of note in the Anthropology Department records are an historic register
nomination for Waldo Hall prepared in 1996 and a report of an
archeological excavation conducted in downtown Corvallis in 2001. The Art
Department records include data summaries provided by the Higher Education
Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project that provides detailed information on
the arts in higher education. The data include enrollment, degrees
offered, operational budgets, and faculty salaries.
The microfilmed records include correspondence and related materials
documenting the Oregon State Penitentiary University which offered
college-level courses to inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary taught
by OSU faculty.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143), Oregon State University
Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
The records are arranged in 9 subgroups: 1. Dean's Office, 1952-1985;
2. American Studies Program, 1968-1979; 3. Economics Department,
1968-1984; 4. English Department, 1953-1965; 5. Sociology Department,
1976-2008; 6. History Department, 1983-2006; 7. Anthropology Department,
1969-2001; 8. Art Department, 1983-2006; and 9. Microfilmed Records,
Subgroup 1 (Dean's Office) consists of 5 series: I. Correspondence,
1953-1971; II. Committee Records, 1952-1974; III. Board of Visitors, 1974;
IV. Special Events, 1984-1994; and V. Student Credit Hour Reports,
Subgroup 2 (American Studies Program) consists of one series: I.
General Office Files, 1968-1979. Subgroup 3 (Economics Department)
consists of one series: I. Research Reports, Papers, and Journal Articles,
Subgroup 6 (History Department) consists of two series: I. Special
Events, 1983-2006 and II. History 310 Student Papers, 2004.
Subgroup 9 (Microfilmed Records) consists of three series: I.
Correspondence, 1957-1968; II. General File, 1958-1967; and III. Oregon
State Penitentiary University, 1965-1967.
Subgroups 4-5 and 7-8 are not organized into series.
Processing Note :
Microfilm reel 4 for the Oregon State Penitentiary University was
previously a separate collection (RG 137); it was transferred to the
College of Liberal Arts Records in 1999.
Acquisition Information :
Materials were transferred in numerous accessions from the 1960s
Future Additions :
Additions to the collection are expected.
Related Materials :
The College of Liberal Arts Photographs (P 186) and Videotapes (FV P
186) provide visual documentation of the College's programs and
Collection includes files for the College of Liberal Arts, the
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the academic programs and
departments that comprise the College.
The Archives' holdings include separate collections for some College of
Liberal Arts departments, including
Studies (RG 227),
(RG 091), Music (RG 148), Political Science (RG 075), Speech
Communication (RG 181), and University Theater (RG 180).
The Archives collections also include the Center for the Humanities
Records (RG 221) and the papers of Peter Copek, longtime Center
Detailed Description of the Collection
Subgroup 1: Dean's
The Dean's Office records document the curriculum and policies of the
College, especially during the tenure of Dean Gordon Gilkey, as well as
special events sponsored by the College.
Series I: Correspondence, 1953-1971
Administration, Dean of, 1962-1969
Army ROTC, 1969
College Bowl, 1962-1963
Council on Curriculum & Academic Policy, 1963-1968
Development Office, 1966-1970
Elementary Teacher Education, 1963-1969
English Department, 1960-1962
Facilities Planning and Use Committee, 1965-1969
Faculty, Dean of, 1963-1970
Forest History Society, Inc., 1968-1969
Freshman Lectures, 1969
Print Exhibitions, 1969
Research, Dean of, 1966
Speech Department, 1966
State Board of Higher Education, 1970-1971
Students, Dean of, 1966-1970
University (OSU) Press, 1960-1961
Series II: Committee
Memos and Correspondence, 1963-1972
CLA Policy Committee, 1963-1974
Memos, Correspondence, Reports, and Miscellaneous, 1963-1974
Liberal Arts Program
Memos, Correspondence, Programs, Schedules, and
Liberal Arts Lectures Posters, 1963-1964
Humanities and Social Sciences Policy Committee, 1968-1969
Minutes and memoranda.
Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, 1967-1969
Minutes and memoranda.
Series III: Board of
Report of the Board of Visitors to the College of Liberal Arts
of Oregon State University, June 1974
Clipping regarding report, June 26,
Liberal Studies, Anthropology, Architecture and Landscape Architecture,
Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Journalism, Modern Languages,
Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and
Series IV: Special
Signed statement by Governor Visitor Atiyeh, 1985
Retirement Events for Bill Wilkins, 1993-1994
These materials document an open house reception and dinner honoring
the retirement of Bill Wilkins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. The
materials include correspondence, flyers, invitation lists, newspaper
clippings, a newsletter, and photographs. The photographs include color
and b/w prints, color negatives, and contact sheets (192 total images) and
depict guests, speeches, and the table decorations at the reception and
College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Spring 1999
Series V: Student
Credit Hour Reports, 1975-1988
Series V consists of student credit hour reports by department for the
College of Liberal Arts for the 1975-1976 through 1987-1988 academic
years. The reports provide student credit hour data for all College of
Liberal Arts departments by level of course for individual terms. The
series also includes summary reports and memoranda and other enrollment
reports for the College of Liberal Arts.
The English Department records consist of a 1953 textbook,
An Introduction to Report Writing, written
by J.F. Ligon and published by the OSC Cooperative Association and the
published proceedings of the Summer Conference on Science Writing, held at
OSU in 1965. This conference was organized and sponsored by the English
Department and the Summer Session, was offered to OSU staff in both the
sciences and humanities, and focused on writing well for professional
publication as well as communicating clearly in non-technical language
with the public.
The Sociology Department records consist of annual reports for
1977-1978 and 1988-1989 through 1992-1993, correspondence of the
department chairman (1976-1986), and records regarding a cooperative
agreement between OSU and Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand
(1988-1989). The subgroup also includes a course reading packet for SOC
Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture
taught by Dwaine Plaza and Kathleen Stanley in June 2008. This includes a
research study on college football by Plaza and Stanley using football
The History Department records consist of announcements and materials
documenting special events sponsored by the department and student papers
written using primary sources in the OSU Archives.
Series I: Special
The Special Events records materials pertaining to the Ava Helen
Pauling Lectureship for World Peace, the Horning Lecture and Conference
Series, the Holocaust Memorial Week, and other lectures.
Announcements of Lectures, Conferences, and
Ava Helen Pauling Lectureship for World Peace (Paul C.
Series II: History 310 Student
Student papers written for the Spring 2004 Historian's Craft course
(HST 310) that used primary sources in the OSU Archives. The papers
address a variety of topics including the origins of the
Daily Barometer campus newspaper, Title IX
implementation and compliance at OSU, OSU during World War II, the 1937
water shortage in Corvallis, Native Americans at OSU, the changing face of
home economics education at OSU; the development of the Oregon State
curriculum in general the the history curriculum specificially; student
life in the 1930s-1950s; Snell and Withycombe Halls; and the Nancy Wyckoff
murder in 1972.
The Anthropology Department records consist of a proposal for
development of an Anthropology Department at Oregon State University
(circa 1969); a nomination of Waldo Hall to the National Register of
Historic Places prepared in 1996; and a report of a 2001 archeological
excavation at the site of the former Copeland Lumber building in downtown
Corvallis. The Waldo Hall nomination was completed by two Anthropology
Departmen graduate students in 1996 as part of a class project and was
never submitted for review. It includes descriptions of history and
construction of the building; photocopies of historic photographs from the
OSU Archives; and 24 color and b/w photographs. The report of the
excavation of the Copeland Lumber site (411 SW Second Street) was prepared
for the Benton County Historical Society by Anthroplogy Department
graduate student and project leader Kirsten Pourroy Hebert.
The Art Department Records consist of data summaries of the Higher
Education Arts Data Services Project for 1986-1987 through 1991-1992;
information on course equivalencies for transfer (articulation agreements)
between OSU and Art Departments at various Oregon community colleges for
1983-1990; and a brochure publicizing a series of three programs in March
2006 that highlighted performance art.
The microfilmed records consist of correspondence and subject files
pertaining primarily to curriculum, courses, and policies as well as
materials documenting the Oregon State Penitentiary University
Series I: Correspondence, 1957-1968
The bulk of the correspondence pertains to courses to be offered during
summer session. In addition, the series includes memoranda documenting the
development of policies by the new School of Humanities and Social
Sciences in the early 1960s and correspondence received from prospective
students interested in pursuing degrees in the liberal arts at Oregon
Departmental Memos, 1957-1968
Correspondence Incoming Students A-M, 1963-1965
Series II: General
Series II consists of correspondence, policies, and related materials
pertaining to the academic programs in the humanities, social sciences,
and liberal arts. Of special note are materials pertaining to the
development of a progam in communication studies in the mid-1960s.
1: Policy letters, memos, and statements from
Dean to Department Heads, 1965-1967
2: Graduate Council minutes, 1965-1966
3: Equipment Requests, 1958-1962
1: Accreditation, 1960-1961
2: Advanced Placement Program, 1963
3: Arts Festival, 1966
4: Barometer, 1963
5: Beaver Open House, 1967
6: Beaver Open House, 1966
7: Beaver Preview, 1961-1964
8: Campus Planning Materials, 1963
9: Communications Studies, McKown
10: Development Office, 1967
Series III: Oregon State Penitentiary
Series III consists of general correspondence and related materials
documenting college-level courses offered to inmates of the Oregon State
Penitentiary by Oregon State University faculty, who donated their time
during the 1966-1967 academic year. The records include newspaper and
magazine articles and general information about the educational program at
the Penitentiary. Information about the Upward Bound program in 1967-1968
and the Junior Class Book Drive in 1966-1967 is also included.