Guide to the College of Business Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. College of Business.
Title: College of Business Records
Dates: 1910-1998 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.6 cubic foot (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
3 microfilm reels
Collection Number: RG 122
Summary: The College of Business Records consist of administrative and curriculum records, including briefs and reports from the 1920s and early 1930s prior to the transfer of the School of Commerce at Oregon Agricultural College to the University of Oregon in 1932. By the mid-1940s, a business curriculum had been reinstated at Oregon State College.
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 in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Commerce instruction, as Business courses were called at the time, was offered at Oregon State University from the time of its founding in 1868, and the first Commerce professorship was established in 1880. In 1898 a two-year curriculum was established, which expanded to a four- year curriculum when the Department of Commerce was established at OSU in 1900, the 11th in the United States and the first in the Pacific Northwest. In 1908, the School of Commerce was established as a professional school with John Andrew Bexell, A.M., as Dean. Bexell Hall, constructed in 1922 as the new Commerce Hall, was named after him. Bexell served as Dean until 1932, when the School of Commerce was transferred to the University of Oregon. All that remained at Oregon State was the Secretarial Science curriculum which was reduced to a lower division, non-degree granting status.

By 1943, a degree curriculum of Business Administration was restored at Oregon State, and the Division of Business and Industry was established in 1945. The division was changed in 1947- 1948 to the School of Business and Technology with Clifford E. Maser as Dean. In 1960, the School of Business and Technology became a fully accredited member of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, and a Masters of Business Administration degree was authorized by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in 1965. In 1983, the name was changed to the College of Business.

Clifford E. Maser served as Dean from 1947 to 1966. During that time period he became renown as an expert on the refugee situation in Europe, and the threat of communism in the world. He gave speeches extensively across the western part of the U.S. at high school programs, commencements, conferences, workshops and annual meetings on these subjects. Most of the records in the first reel relate to those speeches.

After Maser's retirement, Earl Goddard became Dean, a position he held until 1983. He was replaced by Lynn Spruill, who served as Dean from 1984 to 1990. The present dean, Donald F. Parker, has held that position since 1991.

Content Description

The first series consists of Clifford E. Maser's meetings and speeches that he presented while Dean of the college; series two includes curriculum materials used to initiate or continue courses in the college. Series three, Reports and Briefs, consist of annual, budget, and financial reports for the School of Commerce and its departments (including Political Science, Economics, and Sociology) for the period 1910 through 1925. Series three also includes briefs and reports regarding the duplication of courses between the University of Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College and transfer of the School of Commerce degree programs to the University of Oregon (1925-1932) and various reports (including self-studies) on the operation and functioning of the College from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

Series four consists of College of Business student handbooks and faculty handbooks; series five contains awards records pertaining to an award given to Ken and Joan Austin; and series six, Special Events Records, contains an announcement of a Product Testing Laboratory anniversary.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

College of Business Records (RG 122), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The College of Business Records are divided into six series: I. Dean Clifford E. Maser's Meetings and Speeches; II. Curriculum Materials; III. Reports and Briefs; IV. Handbooks; V. Awards Records; and VI. Special Event Records.

Acquisition Information :  

Reel three was originally part of the School of Commerce Records (RG 80) and transferred to this record group in 1999.

Related Materials :  

Materials in Subgroup 7, Series VIII, X and XI of the President's Office Records (RG 13) provide information on the reorganization of the college in the 1930s. Other records of the Political Science, Economics, and Sociology Departments are in the Department of Political Science Records (RG 75) and the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143).

The College of Business Photographs and Videotapes (P 194) include images of faculty and special events and a videotape of the award presented to Ken and Joan Austin. The Jean Mater Papers include College of Business Advisory Council materials.

College of Business publications include the Bexell Times (PUB 10-22z3); College of Business, (PUB 353), which includes MBA brochures; College of Business Exchange (PUB 275); Commerce Bulletin, (PUB 411); and Northwest Business Management (PUB 5-31e).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Dean Clifford E. Maser's Meetings and Speeches, 1943-1965

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Series II:  Curriculum Materials, 1942-1978
1 Proposed course changes, other curriculum material, 1942; 1945-1946
2 Proposed course changes, other curriculum material, 1945-1946 to 1962
1 Graduate programs in business at OSU, 1975
1 Survey results for the business administration undergraduate core by the Undergraduate Program Committee, 1978

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Series III:  Reports and Briefs, 1910-1992
3 1 Annual Budget Report for 1922-1923, 1922
3 2 Report of Instructional Work, 1918
3 3 Board of Higher Curricula meeting transcript regarding duplication of courses at University of Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College, 18 May 1925
3 4 Reports and correspondence regarding duplication of courses, 1913-1925
3 Report of the Dean of the School of Commerce
3 for 1918-1919 and 1919-1920, 1919
3 5 for , 1915
Financial Reports for the School of Commerce
3 6 1917-1918
3 6 1916-1917
3 7 University of Oregon Report to Board of Higher Curricula, 27 April, 1925
3 8 Study of Facts and Figures Bearing on Commerce and Business, 30 January, 1932
3 9 Oregon Agricultural College Brief, 1925
3 10 University of Oregon Brief, 1925
3 11 Annual Budget Report for 1923-1924, 1923
3 12 Annual Budget Report for 1924-1925, 1924
3 13 Report of the Dean of the School of Commerce for 1920-1921 and 1921-1922, 1921
3 14 Report of the Dean of the School of Commerce for 1919-1920 and 1920-1921, 1920
3 Report of the Dean for 1911-1912, 1912
3 Biennial Report for 1912-1914, 1914
3 Report of the Dean for 1917-1918, 1917
3 Report of the Dean for the Fiscal Year 1917-1918 with Estimates and Recommendations for the Year 1918-1919, 1918
3 15 Report to the President, 1910
3 Report to the President, 1912
3 Department Reports to the Dean, 1913-1914
3 16 Alumni Newsletter, 1920
3 Lists of Graduates, 1919-1920
Reports to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education from the School of Commerce, 1932
2 Cost studies for School of Commerce
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2 Room use in all campus buildings
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2 The amount of investment and indebtedness and the number of students living in fraternities, sororities, and dormitories
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2 Credits completed by Commerce graduates
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2 Commerce degree requirements
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2 Enrollment of Commerce students in other departments' courses
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2 Comparison of duplication in courses offered by Oregon State College and University of Oregon in sociology, economics, political science, and business administration
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1 Statement of Objective - Organization - Functions, September 1959; September 1964, 1964
1 Annual Report, 1972-1973
1 Resource Allocation Report, 1976
1 Operational Reports, 1967-1975
1 Self Evaluation Report , September 1959
1 Self Study Report, Part 1; Academic Staff Data, Part 2, July 1974
1 "Oregon's Forest Products Industry: Status and Future Prospects," report submitted to the Oregon Business Council for the OSU College of Business, circa 1986
1 "Rediscovering the College's Charter," by David Sullivan, final memorandum, and working papers, 1980-1992

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Series IV:  Handbooks, 1980-1998
1 Student handbooks, 1980-1998
1 Faculty handbook, 1985

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Series V:  Awards Records, 1996
1 Award nomination for Ken and Joan Austin, 1996

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Series VI:  Special Event Records, 1997
1 Product Testing Lab, announcement of an open house celebrating its 10th anniversary, 1997

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    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon Agricultural College. School of Commerce.
    • Oregon State College. School of Business and Technology.
    • Oregon State University. College of Business.
    • Oregon State University. School of Business and Technology.
    • Oregon State University. School of Business.
    • University of Oregon.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Business education--Oregon.
      • Other Creators :
      • Maser, Clifford Elges, 1910-
      • Sullivan, David R.  ( subject )

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