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President's Office Records, 1870-2002

Seal of the Oregon State University President's Office.
University Honors College Director Joe Hendricks and President Paul Risser (center) at a Triad Club meeting, 1996.  Risser assumed the presidency of OSU in January 1996 after serving three years as President of Miami University in Ohio. In addition to his work in university administration, Risser also taught university level botany before coming to OSU. As President, Risser emphasized the need for increased marketing and student recruitment and retention at OSU.

Information and Credits

RG 013

The President's Office Records reflect the administration of the university and include documentation of policy formulation, publication of statistical information, and review of legal issues. Separate finding aids have been prepared for Subgroup 1 (B.L. Arnold), Subgroup 2 (John D. Letcher), Subgroup 3 (John M. Bloss), Subgroup 4 (H.B. Miller), and Subgroup 5 (Thomas Gatch).

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Images and biographical sketches of OSU Presidents from 1865 to the present.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note

Quantity

44.4 cubic ft.; 180 microfilm reels.

Arrangement

Organized into 17 subgroups, 14 of which are designated by presidential administration. Two subgroups are organized into general subject files and another consists entirely of annual and biennial Reports. Records exist in both paper and microfilm formats.

Related Papers

Photographs of OSU presidents are available in the Presidents of OSU Photographic Collection (P 1) and the President's Office Photographic Collection (P 92) as well as many other photographic groups. Moving images of the presidents are available in the President's Office Motion Picture Films and Videotapes Collection (P 92). The manuscripts collections include the personal papers of several OSU Presidents; these include the William A. Finley Scrapbook, the John M. Bloss Collection, the Francois A. Gilfillan Papers, the George W. Peavy Papers, the Roy A. Young Papers, the Robert MacVicar Papers, and the Paul G. Risser Papers.

The largest extant group of William Jasper Kerr's papers can be found in the Edwin T. Reed Papers. Materials pertaining to August L. Strand and James A. Jensen are included in the Fred M. Shideler Papers.

President's Office publications (PUB 247) are also available in the Archives. Various files in the Memorabilia Collection also contain information on the OSU presidents.

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