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Robert W. MacVicar Papers, 1942-1995

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence in series I documents interaction between MacVicar and friends and colleagues concerning MacVicar's retirement from OSU, receipt of various honors and accolades, community speaking engagements, the economic and political state of higher education in Oregon, Southern Illinois University, and international projects MacVicar pursued as a consultant.

Primarily made up of journal article reprints, the publications also include membership directories, a chapter from an annual report, and various items from Southern Illinois University (SIU). The materials from SIU consist of 3 yearbooks, student unrest reports, and a underground student newspaper. Series III contains notes for a eulogy in honor of former OSU president James Jensen.

Series IV pertains to various projects pursued by MacVicar primarily after retirement as a consultant or committee member and includes budgetary materials, correspondence, donor lists, grant proposals, meeting minutes, reports, publications, studies, survey records, and treasurers reports. Among the subjects addressed by these projects include pharmacy education in the northwest, a supercollider facility in Oregon, the impact of Ballot Measure 5, a Sea Grant Program in Latin America, Peruvian agriculture, and the development of NorthWestNet by the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium. Committees documented in this series include: the United Nations Day Committee (for the State of Oregon), the Benton/Corvallis Library Art Committee, and the Northwest Academic Planning Forum, which MacVicar chaired from 1985 to 1987.

Series V is primarily made up of certificates of recognition presented to MacVicar by various Corvallis service organizations, honor societies, OSU clubs, and various branches of the U.S. armed forces honoring MacVicar for his service to OSU and involvement in the military. In addition to a honorary doctorate from Dankook University in Korea, this series also features small posters of poetry and sayings, including a copy of a poem read by William Stafford, Poet Laureate of Oregon, at the second inauguration of Victor Atiyeh as Governor of Oregon in 1983. The photograph and prints in series VI consist of an image of John E. Kirkpatrick, (who was a major supporter of the Oklahoma technical branch campus in Oklahoma City), a print of the Memorial Union by Alma Schulmerich, and a print of a doorway in "Old Kuwait".

An addition to the MacVicar Papers (Accession 099:037) includes Southern Illinois University yearbooks for 1969-1970; materials pertaining to Dr. MacVicar's trips to Nigeria and Chile in 1977; directories of organizations to which he belonged; and the OSU Distinguished Service Award citation presented to him in 1988.


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