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Robert W. MacVicar Papers, 1942-1995

Robert W. MacVicar at his last commencement as President of Oregon State University, June 1984. MacVicar was president of Oregon State University from 1970-1986. MacVicar was also a professor of chemistry and tripled the size of the university's budget. During his years as president, the size of the campus increased by twenty-three additional buildings.

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MSS MacVicar

The MacVicar Papers document the activities of Robert MacVicar, who served as President of OSU from 1970 to 1984. These records primarily focus upon MacVicar's work and personal life outside the university.

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2.1 cubic feet; These records are housed in 2 cubic foot boxes, 2 document boxes, and 1 16x20 oversize box.


These papers are organized into six series: I. Correspondence; II. Publications; III. Speeches; IV. Projects; V. Certificates and Awards; and VI. Photographs and Prints.

Related Papers

An oral history interview with Robert MacVicar is held in the Oral History Interviews, Personal Histories, and Sound Recordings Collection on Agriculture, Forestry, and Oregon History (OH 05). MacVicar's presidency is documented in the record group for the President's Office (RG 13), in subgroup 14. Other institutional records pertaining to to MacVicar can be found in the records of the Alumni Relations (RG 35) office. Among manuscript collections, the Roy A. Young Papers, also include materials pertaining to MacVicar. Photographic images of MacVicar and his family can be found in a number of collections: the Presidents of Oregon State University Photograph Collection (P 1); the President's Office Photograph Collection (P 92); the KBVR Photograph Collection (P 170); and Harriet's Collection (P HC). A recording on videotape of a broadcast interview of MacVicar can be found in the Extension and Experiment Station (FV P 120) Videotape/Film Collection.

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