Guide to the Villard Hall Centennial Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: University of Oregon. Villard Hall Centennial.
Title: Villard Hall Centennial records
Dates: 1983-1987 ( bulk )
1881-1987 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.75 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: UA 083
Summary: Villard Hall was the second building opened on the University of Oregon campus in 1886. The records document the history of the building as well as planning around the centennial celebration.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Villard Hall opened in 1886 as the second building on the University of Oregon campus. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Henry Villard (1835-1900), namesake of this building, was a German immigrant who worked initially as a newspaper reporter. Eventually he became involved in railway transportation and by 1881 was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad whose transcontinental line was completed in 1883. Later, he headed companies that became, in 1893, the General Electric Company.

Content Description

Collection is organized by accession and includes the following material:

As of 2012 there is only one accession:

Accession 1996.161.A: Office files, correspondence, photographs, artwork, news releases, clippings, and meeting minutes documenting the Villard Hall centennial. Also included are documents relating to convocations, alumni association, gala organizing, program proposals, the School of Music, and Athletic department, Eugene Celebration parade, and the history of Villard Hall. This accession covers events from 1881, 1886, 1899, 1936, and 1985 activities.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections & University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Materials may need to be reviewed by the University Archivist for confidential materials prior to access.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Villard Hall Centennial records, UA 083, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Cassie Schmitt, 2011

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Related Materials :  

Information on Villard Hall Centennial at Special Collections and University Archives: University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6.

Other collections containing information on Villard Hall at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives alphabetical subject files, UA Ref 1; University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6; University Archives photographs, UA Ref 3; University of Oregon Libraries Digital Collections.

For collections relating to Henry Villard at Special Collections and University Archives see: University Archives biographical files, UA Ref 2; University Archives biographical single files, UA Ref 7; Henry Villard letter, SFM 013.


  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Villard Hall Centennial--Records and correspondence.
  • University of Oregon--Buildings.
  • Villard Hall (Eugene, Or.)--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Villard Hall (Eugene, Or.)--History.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Eugene (Or.)--Buildings, structures, etc
  • Subject Terms :
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Office files
    • Photographs

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