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Office of the President: Arnold Bennett Hall records

Identifier: UA 001-005

Scope and Contents

Collection is organized by accession and includes the following material:

Accession 10045.A: consists of surveys of higher education (1927-1930), a Joint Statement by the President's of UO and Oregon State to the State Board of Higher Education (1931), a summary of statements, arguments, and resolutions of UO regarding survey recommendations on Higher Education in Oregon (1931), and a medal and accompanying correspondence commemorating the anniversary of the death of General Lafayette (1934) that was sent to President Hall.

Accession 00005.A: faculty, school, department, committee, and other subject files arranged alphabetically by title, within date ranges (usually a school year), 1926-1936. There is a box and folder listing of this accession attached to the finding aid below.


  • Creation: 1926-1936


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Permanent University Archive public records are available for research, and are subject to state, and in some cases federal freedom of information laws. In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, FERPA and HIPAA, specific records that are legally protected, sensitive, private, or confidential are exempt (not subject to disclosure) and closed to protect individual privacy. Access to paper records will be granted after a professional review of the records occurs based on regulations in state and federal laws. Contact Special Collections and University Archives well in advance in order to access these records.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Arnold Bennett Hall (1881-1936) was a professor of political science and law, college president, and an author.

Hall was president of the University of Oregon during 1926-1932. He is noted for his promise of increased emphasis on scholarship and research. Though funding for some of his projects passed the legislature, many proposals were vetoed or drastically reduced by the governor. President Hall was also known for attempting to gain endowments that would help ensure the quality of the university. In the midst of his attention to fundraising, he also led opposition to a proposal, finally defeated, that would have combined the UO and Oregon State College into one campus in Corvallis. The Arnold Bennett Hall Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts to the university through planned giving, remains his legacy, along with the increased private giving he encouraged.

From 1932 until his death, he was director of the Institute for Government Research, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. He was the author of several books on political science and international law, and was a member of numerous professional and honorary societies.

[Sources: Wisconsin Historical Society,

Presidential History webapge,]


10.5 linear feet (7 containers) : 1 clam shell box, and 6 record storage boxes.

Language of Materials



Arnold Bennett Hall (1881-1936) served as president of the University of Oregon from 1926-1932. The collection contains records that document the functions, activities, and people of the Office of the President.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records have been acquired through occasional transfers from the Office of the President.


Continued transfers of records from the Office of the President are expected indefinitely.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Arnold Bennett Hall at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives biographical single files, UA Ref 7.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jenn Newby, 2012, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Office of the President: Arnold Bennett Hall Records
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Jenn Newby and Tanya Parlet.
2012; 2013
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Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA