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Villard Hall Centennial records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 083

Scope and Contents

Collection is organized by accession and includes the following material:

As of 2012 there is only one accession:

Accession 1996.161.A: Office files, correspondence, photographs, artwork, news releases, clippings, and meeting minutes documenting the Villard Hall centennial. Also included are documents relating to convocations, alumni association, gala organizing, program proposals, the School of Music, and Athletic department, Eugene Celebration parade, and the history of Villard Hall. This accession covers events from 1881, 1886, 1899, 1936, and 1985 activities.


  • 1881-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 1987


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

Villard Hall opened in 1886 as the second building on the University of Oregon campus. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Henry Villard (1835-1900), namesake of this building, was a German immigrant who worked initially as a newspaper reporter. Eventually he became involved in railway transportation and by 1881 was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad whose transcontinental line was completed in 1883. Later, he headed companies that became, in 1893, the General Electric Company.


0.75 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box

Language of Materials



Villard Hall was the second building opened on the University of Oregon campus in 1886. The records document the history of the building as well as planning around the centennial celebration.


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.

Related Materials

Information on Villard Hall Centennial at Special Collections and University Archives: University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6.

Other collections containing information on Villard Hall at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives alphabetical subject files, UA Ref 1; University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6; University Archives photographs, UA Ref 3; University of Oregon Libraries Digital Collections.

For collections relating to Henry Villard at Special Collections and University Archives see: University Archives biographical files, UA Ref 2; University Archives biographical single files, UA Ref 7; Henry Villard letter, SFM 013.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Cassie Schmitt, 2011

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.

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

Guide to the Villard Hall Centennial Records
Complete Description
Cassie Schmitt
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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