Though the first graduate degree at OSU
was conferred in 1875, a formal graduate program was not established until
1933. The Graduate School Records document the work of the OSU Graduate
Committee/Council, the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) Graduate
Division, and the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the Graduate Dean as
well as research conducted by graduate students.
Oregon State University
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The first graduate degree at Oregon State was conferred in 1875. In 1910
the Committee on Advanced Degrees (known as the Graduate Committee) was
established. Gordon V. Skelton was chair of the committee from 1910-1933. When
OSSHE formed a Graduate Division in 1933, the subdivision at OSU was the
College Graduate Council (which replaced the Graduate Committee). This marked
the beginning of formalized graduate programs at OSU. In 1946, an autonomous
graduate school office was established. Henry P. Hansen became the first dean
of the new office in 1947; he served until 1972.
Series one is on microfilm. Series two, General Files, is informally
grouped by decade. It includes correspondence, program information, statistical
data, and reports. OSSHE Graduate Division materials include information
pertaining to the OSU Graduate Committee. Series five includes research
progress reports from the 1950s.
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
Graduate School Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
Restrictions on Access :
Certain grant files contain confidential information; permission from
Organized into 7 series: I. Thesis Abstracts; II. General Files; III.
Graduate Committee/Council Minutes; IV. OSSHE Graduate Division; V. Grants; and
VI. Advisory Committee for the Selection of the Graduate Dean; and VII.
Registration and Advanced Degree Reports. Series I and II are arranged
alphabetically and series III-VI chronologically.
Related Materials :
Photographs of graduate faculty and students are available in the
Graduate School Photographs (P 67). The Archives' holdings also include the
Henry P. Hansen Papers.