Guide to the Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Brumbaugh, Jesse Franklin
Title: Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers
Dates: circa 1875-1958 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS Brumbaugh
Summary: The Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers consist primarily of teaching materials for psychology and law courses he taught at Oregon State College from 1915 until the 1940s.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
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

Jesse F. Brumbaugh served as professor of psychology at Oregon State College from 1915 until his retirement in about 1939 when he became professor emeritus. He continued teaching into the 1950s.

Brumbaugh (originally spelled Brumback) was born in Kewanna, Indiana on May 29, 1868. He received degrees from Depauw University (A.B., 1894), University of Chicago (A.M. 1902), and the State Law School of South Dakota (L.L.B., 1910). Prior to his tenure at Oregon State, Brumbaugh taught at Depauw University (1894-1896 and 1902-1906), Dakota Wesleyan (1897-1901), and the State University of South Dakota (1909-1913).

Brumbaugh taught a wide range of classes during his years at Oregon State, including Elementary Psychology, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Reflective Thinking, Logic, and Ethics. He authored numerous articles and three books - Legal Reasoning and Briefing (1917), Legal and Public Speaking (1932) and Child Psychology (1933) (the books are available in the Valley Library). Brumbaugh was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu honorary societies and the Society of Applied Psychology. He married Anna Cook of Sheldon, South Dakota in August 1899. They had four children. Brumbaugh probably died around 1959.

Content Description

The collection, organized into nine series, consist of Brumbaugh's teaching materials from psychology and law courses, writings, personal correspondence, biographical information, grade school notebook from the mid1870s, clippings and memorabilia, and photographs.

The first series is the grade school notebook from about 1875 which includes hand-drawn maps of states and related geographical information, other drawings, writing lessons, mathematical problems, historical essays and poetry. Series two is biographical and family genealogical information. Series three includes correspondence with professional colleagues, family members and publishers. Series four consists of law related teaching materials, including a 1915/16 Farmers' Short Course in law and government. Series five contains teaching materials (primarily lecture notes) pertaining to the various psychology courses taught by Brumbaugh at Oregon State.

Series six contains other writings including poems written by Brumbaugh. Series seven contains a variety of personal financial records including insurance policies, tax statements, property deeds and stock information. Series eight includes newspaper clippings on a variety of subjects and various items of memorabilia. Series nine consists of photographs; those identified include a portrait of daughter Madeline Brumbaugh and an image of Jesse Brumbaugh pushing a reel mower.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is organized into nine series: I. Grade School Notebook; II. Biographical Information; III. Personal Correspondence; IV. Law Teaching Materials; V. Teaching Materials; VI. Writings; VII. Financial Records; VIII. Clippings and Memorabilia; and IX. Photographs.

Custodial History :  

The Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers were transferred to the OSU Archives by the Benton County Historical Society in June 1998. The collection had been anonymously donated to the Society many years ago.

Related Materials :  

The Faculty and Staff Photograph Collection (P 46) contains a group photograph of Oregon State College faculty members including Brumbaugh (P46:98). Other materials pertaining to psychology at OSU include the Othniel R. Chambers Papers.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Grade School Notebook, circa 1875

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Series II:  Biographical Information, 1908-1915
1 Genealogical information, undated
1 Resume and letters of recommendation, 1908-1915

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Series III:  Personal Correspondence, 1926-1958

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Series IV:  Law Teaching Materials, 1915-1916 and undated
1 Extension Courses in Law and Government, 1915-1916
Farmers Short Course
1 Notes and Arguments
1 Untitled manuscript

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Series V:  Teaching Materials, 1917-1946
Child Study, undated
2 Child Psychology: Questions based on text "Nature at Work in the Child"
2 Chapter XI, Outline Study of Child Development Education
2 Outline Course in Principles of Education, 1917
Questions in Educational Psychology (Psy 322)
Theories of Education
Ethics lecture notes
Vocational Psychology
2 Outline of Vocational Psychology (Psy 312)
2 Vocations in Fiction
Syllabus on Reflective Thinking (Psy 114), 1933
2 Modern Logic and Scientific Method (Psy 212, 213, 214), outline and notes
2 Notes on methods
2 Titled notes (analogy, elimination, hypothesis)
Background of Social Science, syllabi and outlines (Ssc 101), 1933
Psychology outlines and exams, 1936 and 1938
Notes (titled and untitled)
Exam questions?
Teaching materials of other educators
2 "American Civics and Government Test for High Schools and Colleges," F.A. Magruder and R.J. Clinton, Oregon State College, and M.M. Chambers, Teachers College of Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1946
2 Advertisement for The Comparative Anatomy of the Nervous System of Vertebrates Including Man, circa 1940

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Series VI:  Writings, 1953 and undated
2 Typescript (partial) - study of human reaction time involving automobiles
1 Poems, 1953 and undated

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Series VII:  Financial Records, 1898-1957

Household receipts, checks, insurance policies, property tax statements, stock information, property deeds

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Series VIII:  Clippings and Memorabilia, 1922-1955
1 Newspaper clippings, various subjects, 1945-1953
1 Memorabilia - notecards, membership cards, recipes, dime novel catalog, 1922-1955

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Series IX:  Photographs, circa 1930-1946
3 Unidentified children (grandchildren of Brumbaugh?), circa 1930-1946
3 Portrait of Madeline Brumbaugh, circa 1930
3 Unidentified old woman standing next to a tree
3 Jesse Brumbaugh? in suit pushing mower, circa 1940
3 Composite photograph of young women (sorority or living group?)
3 Aerial photograph of ranch house and orchard, Klamath Falls?
Kennel-Ellis, Klamath Falls

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Extension Service.
  • Oregon State Agricultural College. Dept. of Psychology.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Education, Primary--Indiana
  • Farmers--Education--Oregon
  • Law--Study and teaching--Oregon
  • Psychology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Maps
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs

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