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President's Office Records of John D. Letcher, 1892

By Finding aid prepared by Trevor Sandgathe

Collection Overview

Title: President's Office Records of John D. Letcher, 1892

ID: RG 013 - SG 02

Primary Creator: Letcher, John D. (John Davidson) (1853-1938)

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher are arranged into one series: I: Correspondence, February 1892. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher contain correspondence between Letcher and Wallis Nash, Secretary of the Board of Regents, during the month of February 1892. The correspondence relates to Letcher's appointment to Acting President of the college following the death of President B. L. Arnold and operation of the State Agricultural College.

Scope and Content Notes

The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher contain six letters from Wallis Nash, Secretary of the Board of Regents, to John D. Letcher between February 16 and February 27, 1892. The correspondence pertains to various administrative matters including student enrollment, Letcher's appointment to Acting President, details of a memorial service for B. L. Arnold, the appointment of J.D. Horner as Chair of English, the prohibition of tobacco in campus buildings, and an exhibit at the World's Fair. Additional correspondence from the Letcher administration can be found in the President's Office Records of John M. Bloss, Series I.

In addition to the original paper documents, a partial, microfilmed copy of this collection is available upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

John Davidson Letcher, a Virginia native and son of Virginia's Confederate Governor, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1873 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He joined the staff of the State Agricultural College in 1888 with a double appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Engineering and Professor of Military Science and Tactics. Following the death of President B. L. Arnold, Letcher was named Acting President of the college until the appointment of John M. Bloss later that year. In 1894, Letcher took a position as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oregon. In 1896 he returned to Virginia where he remained until his death in 1938.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These records were transferred to the University Archives by the OSU President's Office. The collection is now held by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

Related Materials: Reports spanning Letcher's term as acting presidency can be found in Subgroup 12 of the President's Office Records (RG 013). Additional collections relating to the presidents of Oregon State University include President's Office Records (RG 013), Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection (P 001), President's Office Photographs (P 092), the President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes (FV 092), Board of Regents Records (RG 008), Board of Trustees Records (RG 033), and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: President's Office Records of John D. Letcher (RG 013 - SG 02), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Letcher, John D. (John Davidson) (1853-1938)
Nash, W. Gifford (Wallis Gifford) (1867-1920)
Oregon State Agricultural College. Board of Regents
Oregon State Agricultural College. Office of the President

People, Places, and Topics

Arnold, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
Education, Higher--Oregon.
Letcher, John D. (John Davidson), 1853-1938
Nash, W. Gifford (Wallis Gifford), 1867-1920
Oregon State Agricultural College
Oregon State Agricultural College. Agricultural Experiment Station
Universities and colleges--Curricula--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis--Administration.
University History
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

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