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The Board of Regents was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly
through legislation passed in February 1885. It replaced the College's Board of
Trustees, which had reported to the Columbia Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. The Board of Regents consisted of nine members
appointed by, and which reported to, the Governor of Oregon. The Board's
ex-officio members included the Governor, Secretary of State, the State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Master of the State Grange. Board
officers included a president, secretary and treasurer, and were appointed to
two-year terms of office. The Board's by-laws were later amended to include a
vice-president. In 1929, the OAC Board of Regents was replaced by the Oregon
State Board of Higher Education, which was created to oversee all of Oregon's
public higher education institutions.
Several Board members figured prominently in OSU's history. Wallis Nash
served from 1886-1898, much of that time as the Board Secretary. James K.
Weatherford, an 1872 graduate of the college, was a Board member for 43 years,
1886-1929. He was Board President from 1901-1929. John T. Apperson served from
1886-1917, and was President from 1895-1901. B. F. Irvine served from
1898-1929, the last 28 years as Board Treasurer. He also served on the Oregon
State Board of Higher Education from 1929-1937. E. E. Wilson graduated from the
college in 1889 and served two terms on the Board -- 1906-1915 and 1924-1929.
He also served on the Memorial Union Board of Governors from 1925-1961. Walter
M. Pierce served as a Board member from 1903-1927, the last four years in an
ex-officio capacity as Governor of Oregon. Clara H. Waldo, the first woman
appointed to the Board, served from 1905-1919.
Series I consists of general correspondence sent and received by the
Board between 1887 and 1918. Series II contains the minutes of the Board's
meetings from 1886-1929. Series III consists of Board Committee records. Of
note are correspondence and minutes of the Executive Committee from 1886-1910.
Other records in this series date from 1899-1907 and pertain to committees such
as the Buildings and Grounds, the Station, and the Finance Committees.
Series IV consists of reports to the Bureau of Education of the U.S.
Dept. of Interior from 1896-1907. Series V includes general reports made
between 1892 and 1929, such as reports of the Board to the governor. Series VI
consists of resolutions proposed by the Board between 1899 and 1904. Series VII
contains financial reports of the College and Experiment Station made between
1891 and 1908, and other miscellaneous financial records from 1888-1917. Series
VIII consists of staff salary schedules for 1896 and 1900. Series IX includes
budgetary information for 1916 and 1917.
Series X consists of contracts. Many of these are insurance policies,
which are arranged by date of expiration. Other contracts were for specific
services to the college, such as providing firewood, or for the construction of
particular buildings. Series XI is list of the candidates for the presidency of
the college in 1892 and includes an analysis of recommendations. Series XII
consists of the Board's by-laws, and includes ones adopted in 1888 as well as
published copies from 1889 and 1910. Series XIII includes drafts of narrative
information used in compiling the college's catalogs between 1888 and 1891.
Series XIV includes information on furniture and equipment purchased by the
college in the 1890s and a 1926 description of a property lot close to
Most of the records are in both paper and microfilm format. Series XI
through XIV are in paper form only.
Other Descriptive Information
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
Board of Regents Records (RG 8), Oregon State University Archives,
The records consists of fourteen series: I. Correspondence; II. Minutes;
III. Committees; IV. Reports to Bureau of Education, U.S. Department of
Interior; V. Reports; VI. Resolutions; VII. Financial Records; VIII. Salary
Schedules; IX. Budgets; X. Contracts; XI. List of Candidates for Presidency of
State Agricultural College of Oregon; XII. By-laws; XIII. Catalogue Data; XIV.
Related Materials :
The Board of Trustees Records (RG 33) document the administration of
Oregon Agricultural College prior to the establishment of the Board of Regents.
The President's Office Records (RG 13) and the E. E. Wilson Papers include
materials pertaining to the Board of Regents. College catalogs, published
annually, listed the members and officers of the Board of Regents. The
Memorabilia Collection includes biographical information on several Board
members. By-laws of the Board of Regents are also available in the Publications
Collection (PUB 1-10b).
Detailed Description of the Collection
received, 1888-1906 and undated
Correspondence received and
sent, 1907-1908 & 1910
Includes copies of letters sent by E.E. Wilson, Board
Correspondence received and
includes letters sent by Wilson
Correspondence with college
business office, 1917-1918
Note: see narrative inventory of correspondence received,
1887-1918, that follows this series/subseries inventory