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Office of the President: Harry K. Newburn and Orlando John Hollis (interim) records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 001-008

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Office of the President records from 1945-1953.

The collection is organized by accession and as of 2013, there is only one accession.

Accession 10199.A: consists of correspondence and subject files, 1945-1953. Subject files include surveys and proposals for the use of a marine barracks at Klamath Falls, and also Vanport buildings, for UO connected educational centers, especially for Veterans living outside Eugene.

There is also correspondence by Karl Onthank to university people and other supporters regarding the next president of UO. Also included here is a folder of correspondence, mostly by Tom Gunn and Karl Onthank, the bulk of which is regarding UO Dad's Club. There is also a pamphlet containing the text of a tribute to Orlando John Hollis.


  • 1945-1953


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

Harry K. Newburn was born in Cuba, Illinois on January 1, 1906. He became the eighth UO president in 1945 and served until 1953. As President, he faced a rapidly growing enrollment on an under-staffed and under-built campus. Student housing was inadequate to meet the 81 percent enrollment increase from 1945 to 1946, and long-time faculty members were reaching retirement age. Convincing the legislature to allow salary increases, he enabled the UO to compete for and attract more highly qualified professors.

The classroom, office, and housing shortages were met with a variety of responses, some temporary, such as Quonset huts used as classrooms, and others more permanent, such as the building of Emerald Hall and the establishment of single and married students housing. Also during his presidency, the Erb Memorial Union, Carson Hall, the University Theater wing at Villard Hall and Allen Hall, were built. President Newburn also increased library acquisitions and strengthened the curriculum and faculty. Under Newburn, the general educational requirements became a part of academic life for students majoring in any of the professional areas of study, and the number of graduate degrees earned also increased dramatically.

Orlando John Hollis, began at the University of Oregon as a Law student, then a Law Professor, and then Dean of the Law School from 1941-1967.

He was born in Eugene in 1904 and came to the University of Oregon as a freshman in 1922. He graduated from the law school in 1928, and became a full professor in 1931. Hollis served as acting dean from 1941 to 1944. In 1945, with Dean Wayne Morse’s election to the United States Senate, Hollis became dean in his own right. He served as acting president of the university in 1944-45. Hollis retired in 1974.


0.25 linear feet (1 container) : 1 half manuscript box

Language of Materials



Orlando John Hollis served as interim president of the University of Oregon from 1944 until Harry K. Newburn became the eighth president in 1945, serving until 1953. The collection contains records from the Office of the President from 1945-1953.


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 Dad's Club at Special Collections and University Archives include: Moms' and Dads' Club records, UA 122.

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.

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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