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President’s Office Records of B.L. Arnold, 1888-1892

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Collection Overview

Title: President’s Office Records of B.L. Arnold, 1888-1892

ID: RG 013 - SG 01

Primary Creator: Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea) (1839-1892)

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: President’s Office Records of B.L. Arnold are arranged into two series: I: Correspondence, 1888-1892; II: Obituary, 1892. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The President’s Office Records of B.L. Arnold consist of correspondence related to the operation and management of the State Agricultural College of Oregon from 1888-1892 and an 1892 obituary for B. L. Arnold. Arnold was the second President of the State Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), a position he held from 1872 to 1892.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains correspondence sent and received by B. L. Arnold and his staff concerning the State Agricultural College from 1888 to 1892 and includes communications with the Board of Regents, current and future faculty members, government officials, and other parties. The collection also contains a photocopy of Arnold's obituary as it appeared in the Corvallis Gazette on February 12, 1892. Additional correspondence from the Arnold presidency 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

Benjamin Lea Arnold was born October 29, 1839 in Mecklenburg, Virginia. He received his B.S. from Randolph Macon College and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. After serving in the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee, Arnold taught at colleges in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Benjamin L. Arnold became the second president of the State Agricultural College in 1872 and served in that capacity until his death on January 30, 1892. During his twenty year career, he oversaw major funding and organizational changes to the college, growth of the institution to a dozen faculty members and more than 150 students, and the development of new academic departments including Military Science, Agriculture, and Household Economy and Hygiene.

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: Related content from Arnold's presidency can be found in the Benjamin L. Arnold Collection (MSS Arnold) and Subgroup 12 of the President's Office Records (RG 013). Additional materials 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), 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 B.L. Arnold (RG 013 - SG 01), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Creators

Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea) (1839-1892)
Oregon State Agricultural College
Oregon State Agricultural College. Board of Regents
Oregon State Agricultural College. Office of the President

People, Places, and Topics

Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis College
Education, Higher--Oregon.
Universities and colleges--Curricula--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Law and legislation--Oregon.
Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis--Administration.
Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis--Finance.
University History


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, 1888-1892
This series contains correspondence between B. L. Arnold and members of the State Agricultural College Board of Regents, various state and federal officials, and private citizens concerning the management and operation of the State Agricultural College of Oregon between 1888 and 1892. Subjects discussed include availability of military officers for service as instructors, faculty candidates, course offerings, budgets, and upkeep of the college grounds. Additional correspondence from the Arnold presidency can be found in the President's Office Records of John M. Bloss, Series I.
Box-Folder 1.1: Correspondence, 1888-1889
Box-Folder 1.2: Correspondence, 1890
Box-Folder 1.3: Correspondence, 1891-1892
Series 2: Obituary, 1892
This series contains a photocopy of B. L. Arnold's obituary published in The Corvallis Gazette on February 12, 1892.
Box-Folder 1.4: Obituary of B. L. Arnold, 1891-1892

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