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Benton County Foundation Records, 1947-2004View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1953-1975
The Benton County Foundation Records document the activities of the Foundation from its establishment in 1953 through the 1990s. The collection contains materials that describe the Foundation's history, activities of its Board of Directors, financial status, and its involvement in supporting and improving community programs in Benton County, Oregon.
ID: MSS BentonCoFoundation
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
Scope and Content Notes
Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Benton County Foundation Records (MSS BentonCoFoundation), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The bulk of the materials were received in the 1970s or 1980s by the University Archives; small additions were transferred in 1997 and 2004.
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Container List

Series 1: History of the Foundation, circa 1965-1997 Add to Shelf
Series I contains documents pertaining to the establishment, history, and workings of the Benton County Foundation. The documents consist of manuscript drafts of a final pamphlet, circa 1965, titled simply The Benton County Foundation that is also included in this series. This series also includes three histories of the Foundation prepared in 1971, 1989, and 1997. Cheryl McLean edited the 1989 and 1997 volumes.
Box-Folder 1.1 Add to Shelf
Item 1: The Benton County Foundation Pamphlet and related materials, circa 1965 Add to Shelf
Item 2: The Pendleton Foundation Pamphlet, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.2: The Benton County Foundation, 1953-1971, 1971 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.3: The Benton County Foundation, 1953-1989, 1989 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.1: The Benton County Foundation, 1953-1997, 1997 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Foundation Establishment Records, circa 1953 Add to Shelf
Series II contains records pertaining to the establishment of the Foundation, including the Articles of Incorporation, 1953, and Legal Notice of Appointment of Waldo W. Bell and Bruce K. Myers as the Directors of the Benton County Foundation, 1953. The series also contains a letter written by W.M. Harper stating his acceptance of his appointment as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
Box-Folder 1.4 Add to Shelf
Series 3: Newspaper Articles, 1954-1970 Add to Shelf
Series III consists of newspaper articles that describe gifts received by the Foundation as well as programs that it established in Benton County. The majority of the articles were taken from the East Oregonian. The East Oregonian article describes the Pendleton Foundation.
Box-Folder 1.5 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Newsletters, 2004 Add to Shelf
Series IV consists of a newsletter published by the Benton County Foundation in the fall of 2004.
Box-Folder 1.6 Add to Shelf
Series 5: Board Meetings, 1953-1975 Add to Shelf
Series V consists mainly of minutes from Board of Directors meetings as well as follow up materials, primarily amendments to the Foundation’s by-laws. Announcements of upcoming Board of Directors meetings, agendas for these meetings, and treasurer’s reports are also included.
Box-Folder 1.7 Add to Shelf
Series 6: Correspondence, 1953-1974 Add to Shelf
Series VI contains correspondence received and sent by the Foundation concerning funding requests, gifts received, the Foundation’s establishment, and reports created by the Rotary Club regarding the Foundation. The series also includes correspondence related to specific gifts and individuals involved with the Benton County Foundation as well as a number of thank you notes from gift recipients.
Box-Folder 1.8 Add to Shelf
Item 1: Requests for Funding, 1964-1974 Add to Shelf
Item 2: Gifts, 1960-1971 Add to Shelf
Item 3: Rotary Club of Corvallis, 1953-1973 Add to Shelf
Item 4: Appointments to the Board of Directors, 1953-1973 Add to Shelf
Item 5: Other correspondence, 1962-1974 Add to Shelf
Item 6: Petri Foreign Study Scholarship, 1972-1973 Add to Shelf
Item 7: Capital Consultants, Inc., 1971-1972 Add to Shelf
Series 7: Financial Reports, 1947-1975 Add to Shelf
Series VII consists of financial documents such as budget worksheets, reports, and wills produced or collected in the course of running the Foundation.
Box-Folder 1.9 Add to Shelf
Folder 1: Budget Considerations, 1968-1973 Add to Shelf
Item 2: Treasurers Reports, 1966-1974 Add to Shelf
Item 3: Income Distribution and Expense Reports, 1967-1970 Add to Shelf
Item 4: Petri Foreign Study Scholarship, 1959-1973 Add to Shelf
Item 5: Foundation History Book - Donations and Expenses, 1970-1972 Add to Shelf
Item 6: Stock and Bond Reports, 1962-1975 Add to Shelf
Item 7: Miscellaneous, 1954-1971 Add to Shelf
Item 8: Wills and Testaments (Paul Petri and Robert Johnson), 1947-1957 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.10: Financial Statements, 1964-1973 Add to Shelf