Political Science Department Records, 1950-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Oregon State University. Dept. of Political Science.
Political Science Department Records
1950-1967 (inclusive)
1950-1964 (bulk)
0.1 cubic foot, including 33 photographs, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
RG 075
The Political Science Department Records consist primarily of materials documenting the annual Institute on World Affairs held at Oregon State College in the 1950s. Political science courses have been taught at Oregon State since the 1860s.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Courses in political science, political economy, and government have been taught at Oregon State University since its founding in the 1860s. In 1908, political science courses were taught within the School of Commerce and a Department of Political Science was established within the School of Commerce in the 1910s. In the early 1930s, with the establishment of the Oregon State System of Higher Education, political science became a unit of the Lower Division and offered a limited number of courses. Political science at Oregon State expanded significantly during the 1950s and several faculty were hired. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences was established in 1959 with the Political Science Department as one of its units. An undergraduate degree in political science was first offered in 1966.

The Institute on World Affairs was held annually at Oregon State College from 1950 through 1959. The event was sponsored by Oregon State College, Corvallis community groups, and the Oregon Commission for UNESCO and included convocations, lectures, and discussion groups.

The Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations with the purpose of educating participants about current events, diplomacy, and communication. Oregon State University students participated in Model United Nations conferences in the 1950s through 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Political Science Department Records consist primarily of records and photographs of the Institute on World Affairs held at Oregon State College in the 1950s. Brochures for several symposia on world affairs held in the 1960s are also included. Photographs of participants and activities in the 1964 Model United Nations are part of the collection.

All photographs are b/w prints.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Political Science Department Records (RG 075), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Institute on World Affairs, 1950-1967Return to Top

Series I consists primarily of paper records and photographs of the Institute on World Affairs held at Oregon State College in the 1950s. Several of the institutes focused on Asia, including Korea and Southeast Asia; others addressed issues in Africa and the Soviet Union. The records include brochures, programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and the text of speeches. The photographs are of institute speakers and participants. The paper records also include brochures for several symposia on world affairs held at Oregon State University in the 1960s.

Container(s) Description Dates
Paper Records
P197:19: Dr. Franz Michael and Dr. S.Y. Wu
P197:20: Dr. Claude A. Buss
2 prints
P197:21 - P197:24: Unidentified Institute participants
6 prints

Series II:  Model United Nations Photographs, 1964Return to Top

24 prints

Series II consists of photographs depicting activities and participants at the 1964 Model United Nations.

Container(s) Description Dates
P197:01: Delegates at work
P197:02: The International Court of Justice hearing a charge against Turkey by Greece
2 prints
P197:03: Steve Hutchinson (center) of the University of Oregon chats with Gil Tolin (right) of Oregon State University during a session at the Rules Committee
2 prints
P197:04 - P197:05: Delegates at work
P197:06: Delegates at work at round tables
2 prints
P197:07: OSU delegation, representing China, listens to debate during a plenary meeting of the General Assembly
2 prints
P197:08: Unidentified speaker
P197:09: Exterior of building (not at Oregon State University)
P197:10: Margot Ezekiel votes for China during a regular meeting of the Economic and Social Council
2 prints
P197:11: Delegates for Bolivia and China
P197:12: Barbara Land pauses during session of the Economic and Financial Committee
P197:13 - P197:14: Unidentified work session
P197:15: General assembly in a large coliseum
P197:16: Unidentified delegate
2 prints
P197:17: Unidentified speaker
P197:18: Delegates in auditorium

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • International relations--Congresses.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • United Nations--Study and teaching.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State College. Institute on World Affairs. (creator)