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Mock Legislature Records, 1909-1911

By Finding aid prepared by Lawrence A. Landis.

Collection Overview

Title: Mock Legislature Records, 1909-1911

ID: RG 045

Primary Creator: Mock Legislature (Oregon Agricultural College)

Extent: 0.02 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Mock Legislature Records include the journal of proceedings and bills for 1909 and 1911 sessions. The Mock Legislature provided practical knowledge about legislative procedure for Oregon Agricultural College students.

Scope and Content Notes

Records consist of two series: 1. Journal of Proceedings, 1909 & 1911; and 2. Bills, 1911. The records document the proceedings of this organization. Records are available in both paper and microfilm formats.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Herbert Cooke and several other members of the Class of 1908 are credited with conceiving the idea of a mock legislature at Oregon Agricultural College. It was formed in order to give the senior (male) members of the literary societies a practical knowledge of the methods and procedure of the state law-making body. The first mock legislature convened on January 14, 1909 and adjourned on March 9, 1909. Near the end of the session, a bill passed allowing sophomores and juniors to participate.

The 1911 session convened on January 19 and adjourned on February 9. Bills considered in the session included one to change the name of the college from Oregon Agricultural College to Oregon State College, one to consolidate OAC and the University of Oregon, and one pertaining to women's suffrage. John Bexell, dean of the School of Commerce, acted as governor for both the 1909 and 1911 sessions.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 microfilm reel

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: See the 1912 Orange (p. 359) for additional information on the OAC Mock Legislature.

Preferred Citation: Mock Legislature Records (RG 045), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Mock Legislature (Oregon Agricultural College)

People, Places, and Topics

Mock Legislature (Oregon Agricultural College)
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

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