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Sigurd Peterson Collection, 1909-1963

Collection Overview

Title: Sigurd Peterson Collection, 1909-1963

ID: MSS PetersonS

Primary Creator: Peterson, Sigurd Harlan

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Sigurd Peterson collection contains materials documenting his time as a student at the University of Minnesota and a faculty member at Oregon Agricultural College. The collection includes Petersons' personal papers, including several editorials that he wrote as well as items pertaining to the OAC chapter of Sigma Nu.

Scope and Content Notes

The Sigurd Peterson collection contains many items from his time at the University of Minnesota including a commencement program, a student handbook, and a manuscript of his oration "Modern Feudalism." Also included in the collection are records of his time serving as a faculty member at Oregon Agricultural College, including correspondence and documentation of his appointment as head of the English Department.

Correspondence and other records pertaining to the Sigma Nu fraternity chapter at OAC are also held. Of particular interest is a newsletter article honoring Peterson's life and service to the fraternity.

The collection also contains editorials written by Peterson and published in many papers and journals including the First National Bank Statement, The Balance Sheet, the Daily Barometer, and the Oregon State Technical Record. Personal materials are also housed in the collection and include Christmas cards, correspondence, and "Friendly Letters" - copies of letters authored by Peterson's Sigma Nu brothers and reprinted by Peterson on his basement printing press during World War II.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Sigurd Harlan Peterson was born on December 27th, 1886. He attended the University of Minnesota and obtained his BA in 1910. In 1911 Peterson was hired as an instructor of English at Oregon Agricultural College. He became an assistant professor in 1913 and an associate professor in 1921. He was promoted to head of the English Department in 1932. Peterson also served as advisor to the Sigma Nu fraternity for forty years. He died at age 76, after a long illness.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 document box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Sigurd Peterson Collection (MSS PetersonS), 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.


Peterson, Sigurd Harlan

People, Places, and Topics

Peterson, Sigurd Harlan, 1886-1963.
University History

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