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President's Office Records of John M. Bloss, 1892-1897

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Collection Overview

Title: President's Office Records of John M. Bloss, 1892-1897

ID: RG 013 - SG 03

Primary Creator: Bloss, John M. (John McKnight) (1839-1905)

Extent: 0.25 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The President's Office Records of John M. Bloss are arranged into four series: I: Correspondence, 1892-1897; II: Marriage Announcement, 1893; III: Speeches, 1894; Reports, 1893-1894. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The President's Office Records of John M. Bloss are comprised of correspondence and reports related to the management and operation of the Oregon State Agricultural College between 1892 and 1897. The collection also contains an announcement from the Corvallis Gazette of Bloss' marriage to Mary A. Woods and a transcript of a speech given by Bloss to the Oregon State Horticultural Society.

Scope and Content Notes

The President's Office Records of John M. Bloss contains correspondence from Bloss' presidency, a bound volume of correspondence from the Arnold, Letcher, and Bloss presidencies, a microfilmed copy of a Corvallis Gazette article announcing Bloss' marriage to Mary A. Woods, the transcript of a speech on pollination given by Bloss, two reports to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior describing the state of the college, and information on students, faculty, and course offerings compiled for President Bloss.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

John McKnight Bloss was born in 1839 in New Philadelphia, Indiana. After graduating from Hanover College in 1860, he joined the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment and fought in several battles including the Battle of Antietam. Bloss resigned his commission in 1864 and enrolled in the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati where he attended school through 1865. Bloss served first as a teacher and then an administrator for a number of public schools in the midwest until, in 1892, he was simultaneously appointed President of the State Agricultural College of Oregon, director of the Experiment Station, and professor of Mental and Moral Science. During his tenure as President, Bloss introduced football to the college, established a school color and mascot, oversaw the construction of several new campus buildings, and established new course offerings including the Farmer's Short Course. Bloss resigned from his post in 1896 as a result of failing health and returned to Hamilton Township in Indiana. There, he established Royerton, the first consolidated school west of the Allegheny Mountains. John M. Bloss died on April 26, 1905.

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 Bloss' presidency can be found in the John McKnight Bloss Collection (MSS Bloss) and Subgroup 12 of the President's Office Records (RG 013). Additional materials relating to the presidents of Oregon State University include the 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 John M. Bloss (RG 013 - SG 03), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Bloss, John M. (John McKnight) (1839-1905)
Arnold, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lea) (1839-1892)
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

Bloss, John M. (John McKnight), 1839-1905
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
Education, Higher--Oregon.
Oregon State Agricultural College
Oregon State Agricultural College. Agricultural Experiment Station
United States. Bureau of Education
United States. Department of Agriculture
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
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, 1892-1897

This series is comprised of loose correspondence between Bloss, faculty of the State Agricultural College, the Board of Regents, employees of the State of Oregon, and private citizens. Included in this series are annual reports from the faculty of the college, correspondence regarding an exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair, inquiries from prospective students, requests for Bloss' attendance at various engagements, and communications with educators and community leaders throughout Oregon.

This series also contains bound correspondence dating from the Arnold, Letcher, and Bloss presidencies.

Box-Folder 1.1: Correspondence, 1892
Box-Folder 1.2: Correspondence, January - May, 1893
Box-Folder 1.3: Correspondence, June - July, 1893
Box-Folder 1.4: Correspondence, 1894
Box-Folder 1.5: Correspondence, 1895
Box-Folder 1.6: Correspondence, 1896
Box-Folder 1.7: Correspondence, 1897
Box-Folder 1.8: Correspondence, undated
Box-Item 1.9: Bound Correspondence, 1892-1896
Series 2: Marriage Announcement, 1893
This series is comprised of a photocopy of an article from the Corvallis Gazette announcing the marriage of John M. Bloss to Mary A. Woods on September 22, 1893.
Box-Folder 1.10: Marriage Announcement, September 22, 1893
Series 3: Speeches, 1894
This series is comprised of a transcript of a speech titled "Pollination" given to the Oregon State Horticultural Society in January 1894 by John M. Bloss.
Box-Folder 1.11: "Pollination.", January 1894
Series 4: Reports, 1893-1894
This series is comprised of reports submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and information compiled for use by President Bloss. The reports include details of Oregon State Agricultural College student enrollment, budget information, faculty duties and schedules, and course offerings.
Box-Folder 1.12: Reports to the Secretary of Agriculture, 1893-1894
Box-Folder 1.13: Reports to the Secretary of the Interior, 1893-1894
Box-Folder 1.14: Administrative Information, undated

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