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Horner Museum Records, 1924-2001

Collection Overview

Title: Horner Museum Records, 1924-2001

ID: RG 199

Primary Creator: Horner Museum

Extent: 75.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Horner Museum Records contain materials pertaining to the management of the Horner Museum. These materials include reports, proposals, correspondence and a list of records and photograph collections held in the museum.

Scope and Content Notes

The administrative records from the Horner Museum include inventory, accessioning, cataloging, exhibits, IMS grants, collection and facility security and maintenance, policies and procedures, visitors, research requests, and the complete catalog of donors to the museum. There are also records of exhibits loaned or de-accessioned, the museum store, floor plans, and publicity materials.

The collection also includes records, receipts, and bills from the OSU Foundation Fund and Friends of the Horner Museum. An auction catalog, publicity materials, and related documentation and correspondence relating to the October 1990 auction for the Friends of the Horner Museum are also in the collection.

In addition, correspondence records between the Museum Director, J. Leo Fairbanks, and potential donors, suppliers, and the public are in the collection. Materials relating to the closing of the Horner Museum in 1995 include correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings, and reports.

Accession 2002:105 consists of the report "Future Directions for the Horner Museum of OSU." The report was prepared by Museum Management Consultants, Inc.

Accession 2003:053 includes records concerning a proposal written by University Archivist Michael Holland for the transfer and disposition of Horner Museum collections. In addition to several draft versions of the proposal, there are also brochures, correspondence, memoranda, notes, and a list of records and photograph collections in the Horner Museum deemed appropriate for transfer directly into the holdings of the Archives. Following the approval of Holland's disposition proposal in 1996, a number of records and photograph collections were subsequently transferred to the Archives.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Established by the university in 1925 and housed in various locations on campus, the Horner Museum officially closed to the public in 1995 due to budget cutbacks resulting from the passage of ballot measure 5 in 1990. After its close, the museum's collections were managed by the University Archives and resided in the basement of Gill Coliseum. Custody of the materials was later transferred to the Benton County Historical Society. In Spring 2008, the physical collection was moved from the OSU campus to the Historical Society's collections storage facility in Philomath, Oregon.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 89 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Horner Museum Records (RG 199), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Horner Museum
Benton County (Oregon) Historical Society and Museum
Oregon State University. Office of the President
Oregon State University. University Archives

People, Places, and Topics

Horner Museum
Oregon Multicultural Archives
University History

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