Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Office of Multicultural Affairs Records, 1987-2004

Scope and Content Note

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Records document the establishment of the office in 1991 and its administration and programs under the first director, Phyllis Lee. The Records represent the many issues pertaining to ethnicity, gender, and multiculturism at Oregon State University in the 1990s and early 2000s as well as the extensive activities, both on- and off-campus, of Phyllis Lee.

An addition to the Office of Multicultural Affairs Records (Accession 2009:107) consists of materials generated and collected by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) documenting the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee and the President's Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs at OSU (BOV). In addition to meeting minutes and agendas, this transfer contains bylaws, correspondence, event programs, flyers, membership rosters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, publications, reports, and tickets. This accession also includes a history of tributes at OSU organized in honor of MLK Jr. Made up of about 510 images in total (320 prints and 190 negatives), the photographs depict the annual MLK Peace Breakfast, OMA staff, unidentified cultural center events, and a holiday gathering of BOV members. Among those pictured in the photographs are Phyllis Lee, Elaine Luttrull, Melanie Spraggins, and Lisa Taylor.

A second addition to the Office of Multicultural Affairs Records (Accession 2010:015) consists primarily of materials documenting the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee that includes meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, event programs, fliers, newspaper clippings, notes, publications, reports, sign-in sheets, and tickets. Other records found in this transfer relate to the design and distribution of the multicultural resource guide; outreach activities oriented toward Native Americans, African-Americans, and Asian Americans; and the President's Board of Visitors. There are also materials that reflect event planning (in conjunction with Corvallis Partnerships for Diversity) to bring activists and scholars such as Jane Elliot and Tim Wise to campus for presentations.


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