Office of the President: Harry K. Newburn and Orlando John Hollis (interim) records, 1945-1953  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hollis, Orlando John, 1904-2000Newburn, Harry Kenneth, 1906-University of Oregon. Office of the President
Office of the President: Harry K. Newburn and Orlando John Hollis (interim) records
1945-1953 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
UA 001.008
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.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
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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).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Office of the President: Harry K. Newburn and Orlando John Hollis (interim) records, UA 001.008, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College presidents--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Personal Names :
  • Hollis, Orlando John, 1904-2000
  • Newburn, Harry Kenneth, 1906-
  • Onthank, Karl William, 1890-1968--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Dads' Club
  • University of Oregon. Office of the President--Records and correspondence
  • University of Oregon--Administration
  • University of Oregon--History--20th century
  • University of Oregon--Presidents
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Reports
  • Occupations :
  • University presidents