Guide to the M. Ellwood Smith Papers
1913-1961

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Smith, Mahlon Ellwood, 1884-
Title: M. Ellwood Smith Papers
Dates: 1913-1961 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.15 cubic foot (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS SmithME
Summary: The M. Ellwood Smith Papers consist of publications and reports written by Smith, a list of his publications, and a small quantity of correspondence. Smith was an English Professor, Dean of Basic Arts and Sciences, and Dean of the Lower Division for Oregon Agricultural College from 1919 until his retirement in 1949.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

English Professor and Dean of the Lower Division, M. Ellwood Smith came to Oregon Agricultural College in 1919 to be Dean of Basic Arts and Sciences. After the reorganization of Oregon higher education in 1932, he served as Dean of the Lower Division until his retirement in 1949. Smith earned his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1906 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1909 and 1912. He returned to Syracuse University as a faculty member after completing his graduate degrees and remained there until 1919.

Throughout his administrative career at Oregon State College and for several years after his retirement (until 1953), Smith continued to teach courses in Shakespeare, Tennyson, Browning, and the Great Books. He was an authority on the English fable and published extensively in philological and educational journals.

Content Description

The M. Ellwood Smith Papers consist of publications and reports written by Smith, a list of his publications, and a small quantity of correspondence. The publications include reprints of papers published in scholarly journals of English literature. Of particular note is The Old Familiar Faces or Crumbs from Forgotten Banquets, a compilation of poems, odes, and other recollections written by Smith and read at many faculty events between 1919 and 1949, including dinners of the Faculty Men's Club and the Order of the Spoon. Subjects of these poems include William Jasper Kerr, George W. Peavy, G.V. Copson, F.A. Gilfillan, Kate W. Jameson and many other faculty and administrators.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

M. Ellwood Smith Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection consists of two series: I. Lists of Publications and Correspondence and II. Publications and Reports.

Acquisition Information :  

These materials were originally acquired as part of the Faculty Author Collection and were separated to form the M. Ellwood Smith Papers in 2000.

Related Materials :  

Additional biographical information about Smith is available in the Memorabilia Collection and the biographical files of the News and Communication Services Records (RG 203). The Lower Division Records (RG 119) include materials pertaining to the establishment of the Lower Division under Smith. The Archives' holdings include the Faculty Men's Club Records and the Order of the Spoon Records.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Lists of Publications and Correspondence, 1939-1961
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Series II:  Publications and Reports, 1913-1949
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Reprints and Publications, 1913-1942
1 A Hundred Years of Higher Education for Women, 1932
typescript
1 Lower Division in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Special Reference to the Oregon State System of Higher Education, circa 1932
1 The Old Familiar Faces or Crumbs from Forgotten Banquets, 1949

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Copson, G.V. (Godfrey Vernon), 1884-
  • Gilfillan, F.A. (Francois Archibald), 1893-1983
  • Jameson, Kate W.
  • Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947
  • Peavy, George Wilcox, 1869-1951
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Old familiar faces
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College. Lower Division.
  • Oregon State System of Higher Education.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Fables, English--History and criticism.

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