Office of the President: William Beaty Boyd records, 1976-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Boyd, William BeatyUniversity of Oregon. Office of the President.
Office of the President: William Beaty Boyd records
1976-1980 (inclusive)
25.5 linear feet, (17 containers)
Collection Number
UA 001.013
William Beaty Boyd served as president of University of Oregon from 1975-1980 and is noted for reorganizing the central administration of the university by placing the day-to-day academic operations under the provost. The collection contains records that document the functions, activities, and people of the Office of the President.
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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections & University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Permanent University Archive public records are available for research, and are subject to state, and in some cases federal freedom of information laws. In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, FERPA and HIPAA, specific records that are legally protected, sensitive, private, or confidential are exempt (not subject to disclosure) and closed to protect individual privacy.

Access to paper records will be granted after a professional review of the records occurs based on regulations in state and federal laws. Contact Special Collections & University Archives well in advance in order to access these records.

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

William Beaty Boyd (1923- ) holds degrees from: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC; Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as president at Central Michigan University, vice-chancellor at the UC Berkeley, as dean of faculty at Alma College, and as the 12th president of University of Oregon.

Boyd took office at the University of Oregon on July 1, 1975 and served until 1980. He is credited for reorganizing the central administration and creating a stronger provost position to deal with the day-by-day business of the university, thereby allowing the president to focus on broader issues, such as minority programs and budget concerns. Boyd strongly voiced his belief in the value of a liberal education that could enable students to "prevail in any economy" and "live richer and more contributive lives on the job and elsewhere." Both charismatic and private, he ended his final commencement speech with the Kurt Vonnegut quote, "Damn it, baby, you've got to be kind."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains records that document the functions, activities, and people of the Office of the President.

Material is organized by accession and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)

Accession 11084.A: alphabetically organized subject files including correspondence, committee records, meeting minutes, 1976-1977.

Accession 11184.A: alphabetically organized subject files and correspondence, 1979-1980.

Accession 1996.760.A: addresses and speaking engagements, letters to faculty, and GTF bargaining minutes, 1970s.

Accession 2002s.48.A: alphabetically organized subject files, 1977-1978

Accession 2002s.53.A: alphabetically organized subject files including committees records and correspondence. 1978-1979.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Office of the President: William Beaty Boyd records, UA 001.13, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College presidents--Oregon--Eugene
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Colleges and Universities—University of Oregon
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Personal Names :
  • Boyd, William Beaty
  • Corporate Names :
  • 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
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Office files