Fred M. Shideler Papers, 1940-1983  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Shideler, Fred Merle.
Title
Fred M. Shideler Papers
Dates
1940-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.3 cubic feet
Collection Number
Consult repository.
Summary
The Shideler Papers document the OSU presidency of James H. Jensen through materials created and assembled by Fred Shideler in his role as head of information services for the University.
Repository
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
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Shideler was born in Girard, Kansas, in 1904. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas State College in 1927 and an MA in education from Oregon State College in 1941. In 1929, he began his career at OSU, one that spanned 41 years, as a journalism instructor and an assistant in the OSC News Bureau.

Shideler was promoted to assistant professor and journalism department head in 1932; to associate professor in 1939; and to professor in 1944. From January through March 1944 he worked in the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C., and from April 1944 through September 1945 he was the information assistant for the OSC Extension Service's Emergency Farm Labor Service. During that time he took over 200 photographs of the farm labor program's activities throughout the state. He returned to teaching journalism in the fall of 1945.

In 1952 he became head of information services; in 1967 he was appointed director of university relations. Shideler also served as administrative assistant to Oregon governors Paul L. Patterson and Elmo Smith in 1956. Shideler retired from OSU in 1970. He died in Corvallis on May 11, 1993.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the collection consists of drafts of speeches, statements, news releases, and correspondence written by Shideler for President James H. Jensen, 1961-1969. This series also includes a photocopy of a scrapbook compiled to document the recognition dinner given for Jensen at the time of his retirement in 1969.

The remainder of the collection consists of subject files. These include a typescript of a biography of President William Jasper Kerr, by Edwin T. Reed; materials pertaining to the retirement of E. B. Lemon and President A. L. Strand; records of an oral history project documenting the career of Strand; materials pertaining to the University's Centennial in 1968; a student paper written by Shideler in 1940; papers presented at annual meetings of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges in 1962 and 1970; and photographs of James H. Jensen.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Fred M. Shideler Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  William Jasper Kerr Biography, by Edwin T. Reed, ca. 1948Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Illustrations
1
Final draft of text (483 typescript pages)

Series II:  " Trends in Teaching Journalism in High School" , student paper, 1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series III:  E.B. Lemon Retirement, 1959Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Oregon Stater article
1
Recognition dinner

Series IV:  A.L. Strand, 1953-1983Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Dinner and recognition
1961
1
Obituary
1980
1
Strand Lectureship (First Presbyterian Church)
1982
1
OSU Building Names Committee
1982
Strand Oral History Project
Box
1
Leman/Shideler memos
1981
1
Reminiscences
1980-1982
1
A.L. Strand documents (copies)
1953-1964
1
Oral interview questions and tips
1
Oregon Committee for the Humanities grant proposals
1981
1
List of potential interviewees

Series V:  National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Annual Meetings, 1962-1970Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
November 1962, Washington, D.C.
Box
1
Paper presented by Shideler, "How Can We Best Tell the Land-Grant Idea of Educational Services?"
November 1970, Washington, D.C.
Box
1
Public Information program
1
Panel discussion remarks presented by Shideler

Series VI:  OSU Centennial, 1968Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Newspaper articles
1
News releases
1
Charter Day activities
1
Documentary film text

Series VII:  Miscellaneous , 1961-1983Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Oregonians Against Measure #9 (property tax elimination measure)
1972
1
Oregon State Employees Association (OSEA)
1973-1975
1
Correspondence, clippings, writings, etc.
1961-1983

Series VIII:  James H. Jensen, 1960-1969Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Biographical information
2
New President Search
1960-1961
2
Jensen Home
Speeches, letters, etc. drafted by Shideler for Jensen
Box
2
Miscellaneous statements, news releases and correspondence
1961-1963
2
City Club of Portland Speech
March 13, 1964
2
Speeches and background information
1964
3
Miscellaneous statements, news releases and correspondence
1964-1966
3
Speeches
1965-1967
3
1965-66 Report of the President
3
University of Oregon Medical School
June 3, 1966
3
Miscellaneous statements, news releases and correspondence
1966-1967
3
National Assn. of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges annual meeting
1967
3
Miscellaneous statements, news releases and correspondence, etc.
1968
4
Faculty Day Talks
1963-1968
4
Commencement speeches
1965-1969
4
Resignation
1969
Box
4
James H. Jensen Recognition Dinner scrapbook (photocopy)
1969

Series IX:  Photographs, 1961-1969Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Shideler and OSU president James H. Jensen with OSU alumni from the Long Beach (CA) area
ca. 1964.
5
James H. Jensen, visit to campus prior to selection as president
1961
5
James H. Jensen, portraits
ca. 1961
5
James H. Jensen speaking at the recognition dinner for F.E. Price
5
Mixer in the Memorial Union Lounge prior to Jensen Recognition Dinner
June 1969
5
Roy and Marilyn Young
1969
5
Award plaque presented to Jensen at Commencement
June 1969
5
Commencement crowd in Memorial Union Quad
June 1969
5
unidentified

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College administrators--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Universities and colleges--Public relations--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Personal Names :
  • Jensen, James H.
  • Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947.
  • Lemon, E. B. (Erwin Bertran), 1889-1979.
  • Strand, A. L., (August Leroy), 1894-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University--Anniversaries, etc.
  • Oregon State University--Centennial, celebrations, etc.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Reed, Edwin Thomas, 1872-1948. (creator)