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M. Ellwood Smith Papers, 1913-1961

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Smith, Mahlon Ellwood, 1884-
Title
M. Ellwood Smith Papers
Dates
1913-1961 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.15 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS SmithME
Summary
The M. Ellwood Smith Papers consist of publications and reports written by Smith, a list of his publications, and a small quantity of correspondence. Smith was an English Professor, Dean of Basic Arts and Sciences, and Dean of the Lower Division for Oregon Agricultural College from 1919 until his retirement in 1949.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

English Professor and Dean of the Lower Division, M. Ellwood Smith came to Oregon Agricultural College in 1919 to be Dean of Basic Arts and Sciences. After the reorganization of Oregon higher education in 1932, he served as Dean of the Lower Division until his retirement in 1949. Smith earned his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1906 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1909 and 1912. He returned to Syracuse University as a faculty member after completing his graduate degrees and remained there until 1919.

Throughout his administrative career at Oregon State College and for several years after his retirement (until 1953), Smith continued to teach courses in Shakespeare, Tennyson, Browning, and the Great Books. He was an authority on the English fable and published extensively in philological and educational journals.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The M. Ellwood Smith Papers consist of publications and reports written by Smith, a list of his publications, and a small quantity of correspondence. The publications include reprints of papers published in scholarly journals of English literature. Of particular note is The Old Familiar Faces or Crumbs from Forgotten Banquets, a compilation of poems, odes, and other recollections written by Smith and read at many faculty events between 1919 and 1949, including dinners of the Faculty Men's Club and the Order of the Spoon. Subjects of these poems include William Jasper Kerr, George W. Peavy, G.V. Copson, F.A. Gilfillan, Kate W. Jameson and many other faculty and administrators.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

M. Ellwood Smith Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Lists of Publications and Correspondence, 1939-1961Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series II:  Publications and Reports, 1913-1949Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Reprints and Publications
1913-1942
1
A Hundred Years of Higher Education for Women
typescript
1932
1
Lower Division in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Special Reference to the Oregon State System of Higher Education
circa 1932
1
The Old Familiar Faces or Crumbs from Forgotten Banquets
1949