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Office of the President: Clarence Valentine Boyer records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 001-006

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection contains records between the 1930s and 1950s, which cover's Boyer's tenure as president (1934-1938), but there are also records that cover the tenure of presidents' Donald M. Erb (1938-1943), Harry K. Newburn (1945-1953), O. Meredith Wilson (1954-1960), Arthur Fleming (1961-1968), and Robert D. Clark (1969-1975).

The collection is organized by accession. As of 2013 there is only one accession and material includes (list is not comprehensive):

Accession 10712.A: is organized in a numerical order (assigned by the President's office) that roughly corresponds to date order, 1932-1970. It seems that every piece of correspondence or transaction was assigned a number as it came through the Office of the President, and this is why the material roughly corresponds to date order.

However, material is contained within accordion files which are not dated. The outside of the files have a typed list of the contents, organized in numerical order.

Material includes official copies of correspondence, reports, financial records, transactions, minutes, and other documents from the Office of the President, and also from faculty, departments, schools, and other administrative units.

The last three boxes mostly consist of Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) communications and minutes.


  • 1932-1970


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

Clarence Valentine Boyer (1880-1954) began his tenure as President of the University of Oregon during the Great Depression, in 1934. Boyer faced plummeting enrollments and budgets, along with the elimination of many faculty positions.

"Just before he took office, in an effort to save money and eliminate duplication, all science classes were moved to Oregon State College and all social sciences moved to the UO. Opposed to this and wanting the immediate return of the science classes to campus, Boyer found himself at odds with the university's Advisory Council, which favored a slower process. In spite of these struggles, Boyer was able to gain funding for three major building projects—the library, the men's physical education building, and the infirmary."

"Boyer resigned for health reasons in 1938, but stayed on at the UO as dean of arts and letters, chairman of the Department of English, and professor until 1947."

[Source: University of Oregon. "Presidential History." Office of the President, webpage:]


30 linear feet (20 containers) : 20 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Clarence Valentine Boyer (1880-1954) was an English professor and dean at the University of Oregon, and also served as University President from 1934 until 1938. The collection (1932-1970) contains records from the Office of the President which include correspondence, reports, minutes, financial records, among other documents.


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

Transferred by the Office of the President.


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

Processing Information

Collection processed by 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 to no 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.

Guide to the Office of the President: Clarence Valentine Boyer Records
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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