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Rodney Waldron Papers, 1937-2008

Collection Overview

Title: Rodney Waldron Papers, 1937-2008

Predominant Dates: 1954-1984

ID: MSS Waldron

Primary Creator: Waldron, Rodney K.

Extent: 0.85 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Rodney Waldron Papers consist of certificates, Christmas cards, a short article written by Waldron, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to his tenure as Director of OSU Libraries.

Scope and Content Notes

Accession 2001:034 includes a brass wall plaque and a coaster with the OSU Centennial logo, featuring a design which Waldron developed.

Accession 2001:066 and 001 includes material covering subjects of Waldron's retirement from OSU, his service in the military and career before 1942, and the activities of his son, John, as well as the Fall 2001 edition of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Quarterly which features an article on a letter sent by former PNLA President Rodney Waldron to the publication.

Accession 2003:001 includes materials primarily pertaining to Waldron's work as OSU Librarian. The correspondence consists of replies to letters Waldron wrote to Congressman Ron Wyden and Senator Mark Hatfield about particular legislation and issues. A photocopy of the emblem Waldron created for the OSU Centennial Commission is also included among these materials.

Accession 2003:056 includes a copy of "Colorado Magazine" which contains a short article written by Waldron. The article, entitled "Votes Cast for Location of Colorado's Capital," was written by Waldron as a part of a student internship with the Colorado Division of State Archives. Waldron was enrolled in the Library School at the University of Denver at the time.

Accession 2004:026 includes documentation of interaction with other fellow librarians and staff at the OSU Library as well as the larger Oregon librarian community, these papers also include his editorials to the Corvallis Gazette-Times concerning various topics and items pertaining to his earlier career as an archivist in the State of Colorado.

Accession 2009:026 includes a framed letter from Katharine Jefferts Schori, a photograph album, a scrapbook, and a written narrative by Waldron about his military service in World War II entitled "True Tales of a Typewriter Commando." Primarily made up of photographs documenting retirement parties for Waldron, the scrapbook also contains two hand-made booklets honoring Waldron's service to the OSU Library "Sir Rodney Retires, (or) The Last Rod' n Real: A Vignette" and "The Ace Awes 'Em Again and Again." The images in the album also depict retirement events, but also include postcards and notecards showing campus buildings and the Benton County Courthouse.The letter from OSU alumnus Schori to Waldron also contains two newspaper clippings about her position as head of the U.S. Episcopal Church and her OSU connections.

Accession 2010:001 includes three Christmas cards to Waldron from fellow faculty member Nels Sandgren. The cards contain original artwork by the Art Department professor Sandgren, whose mosaic tilework is featured in the OSU Library.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Library Science at the University of Denver, Waldron came to OSU in 1954 to assume the post of Administrative Assistant to the OSU Librarian. In 1962 Waldron was promoted to the position of Associate Director of OSU Libraries and, three years later, to the post of Director. Waldron served as the Director of OSU Libraries from 1965 to his retirement in 1984.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 9 file folders, 1 cubic foot box and 1 document box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Rodney Waldron Papers (MSS Waldron), 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.


Waldron, Rodney K.

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Waldron, Rodney K.

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