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Hector MacPherson papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 156

Scope and Contents

One file of letters and documents concerns an employment offer made to William Jasper Kerr, for the presidency of Kansas Agricultural College (1918).

A second file relates to a controversy over curricular matters between Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Oregon, adjudicated by the Board of Higher Curricula (1925).


  • 1918; 1925


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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

Hector MacPherson (1875-1970) was a professor in economics and sociology at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) "from 1911 until 1926, when he resigned to offer his services to the movement for reorganization of higher education in Oregon."

"He was elected to the [Oregon] state legislature in 1927, 1929, and 1939. [He] led an initiative petition on the November 1932 general election ballot, known as the Zorn-Macpherson School Moving Bill, that provided for the consolidation of the University of Oregon and Oregon State College, and moving of other higher education campuses."

[Source: Finding aid for the MacPherson Family History, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.]


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

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Hector MacPherson (1875-1970) was a professor at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), a member of the Oregon state legislature, and was co-sponser of the Zorn-MacPherson School Moving Bill of 1932. The collection (1918; 1925) contains correspondence and documents related to Kansas Agricultural College and William Jasper Kerr, and also papers related to curricular matters between Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Oregon.

Related Materials

Oregon State University also holds a collection relating to Hector MacPherson and the MacPherson family under the call number, MSS Macpherson.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 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.

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