Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Liberal Arts Records, 1945-2008

Scope and Content Note

The College of Liberal Arts Records consist of records of the Dean's Office as well the records of several individual departments and academic programs in the College. The records primarily document the liberal arts curriculum at Oregon State University; publications by faculty; and conferences, lectures, and special events sponsored by the College.

Records of the American Studies Program and the Departments of Art, Anthopology, Economics, English, History, and Sociology are included in this collection.

Of special note in the Dean's Office records are reports from a 1974 Board of Visitors to the College; materials pertaining to the retirement celebration for Dean Bill Wilkins in 1994; and student credit hour reports for the late 1970s through 1980s.

The Economics Department records consist of publications by faculty and include multiple publications by Thomas D. Bible; Lafayette G. Harter, Jr.; B. Starr McMullen; R. Charles Vars, Jr.; and Murray Wolfson. Several of the publication pertain to the economics of forestry and wood products.

The English Department records include a text on report writing by J.F. Ligon and the proceedings of the Summer Conference on Science Writing.

In addition to department annual reports, the Sociology Department materials include a reading packet for a course on Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture taught by Dwaine Plaza and Kathleen Stanley.

The History Department records include a substantive file documenting the visit of Paul C. Warnke to OSU in 1983 to deliver the Ava Helen Pauling Lectureship for World Peace and papers written by students in History 310 pertaining to a variety of OSU-related topics using primary sources in the OSU Archives.

Of note in the Anthropology Department records are an historic register nomination for Waldo Hall prepared in 1996 and a report of an archeological excavation conducted in downtown Corvallis in 2001. The Art Department records include data summaries provided by the Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project that provides detailed information on the arts in higher education. The data include enrollment, degrees offered, operational budgets, and faculty salaries.

The microfilmed records include correspondence and related materials documenting the Oregon State Penitentiary University which offered college-level courses to inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary taught by OSU faculty.

An addition to the College of Liberal Arts Records (Accession 2011:057) consists of biographical files documenting five history faculty members that were compiled by Professor Emeritus Paul Farber as Chairman of the History Department and the General Science Department. Primarily made up of personnel documents, these files also contain correspondence, curricula vitae, newspaper clippings, and a photograph. The five faculty represented in these files are: Cairns Smith, Carolyn Iltis, George B. Carson, Willard Humphreys, and Berkeley Norborne.

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