Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Edwin T. Reed Papers, 1886-1948

Scope and Content Note

Series I consists of Reed's notes and manuscripts drafts, and original documents pertaining to the history of Oregon State University and, to a lesser extent, the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) and Corvallis. Noteworthy is the substantial body of materials pertaining to the reorganization of Oregon's public higher education in the 1930s and the resulting controversies between Oregon State College and the University of Oregon. Other materials pertain to Reed's tenure as College Editor at OSC and Director of Publications for OSSHE, A. D. Taylor's plans for the OAC campus and Corvallis, and the 1936 student activities fee ballot measure.

Series II includes drafts of a revision of the Orange & Black, titled The First Eighty Years, 1868-1948: A History of Oregon State College; speeches and published articles on higher education, Oregon State College, and William Jasper Kerr; typescripts and a published volume of Reed's poetry, The Bells of Long Ago and Other Memorial Poems; published and manuscript versions of musical works (many of which have words by Reed and music by his brother, Neil); and miscellaneous manuscripts on a variety of subjects.

Series III consists of source materials collected by Reed for his biography of William Jasper Kerr as well as manuscript drafts of the biography. Much of the source material was given to Reed by Kerr, and is arranged according to general subjects determined by Kerr. Materials from other sources have been interfiled with the materials from Kerr. Source materials include speeches, publications, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and Reed's research notes. The biography manuscript consists of drafts of various chapters, correspondence between Reed and Kerr concerning Kerr's review of various chapters, and copies of halftone illustrations that Reed intended to be used in the final publication. Photographic illustrations that Reed intended to use are found in Series VI. Series III constitutes the largest extant body of William Jasper Kerr's personal papers.

Series IV consists of general correspondence with OSC and OSSHE staff and magazine editors. Of note is the correspondence between Reed and William A. Jensen, executive secretary to the OSC president from 1916-1942. Series V contains materials pertaining to organizations and events that Reed belonged to or participated in, such as the Harvard University Tercentenary (1936) and the Old Oregon Trail Centennial (1943). Series VI consists of photographs, postcards, a postcard album, and a photograph album. Photos include aerial views of OSC, and images pertaining to Kerr for use in the biography. Postcards are of Harvard University. The postcard album includes mounted postcards, photographs, and halftone illustrations of college and university buildings, libraries, and courthouses throughout the United States. The photograph album contains views of the Oregon Agricultural College campus taken between 1918 and 1920.

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