Register-Guard records on higher education consolidation , 1932-1933

Overview of the Collection

Tugman, William M. (William Masten), 1893-1961; Eugene Register-Guard; Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947; Hall, Arnold Bennett, 1881-1936
Register-Guard records on higher education consolidation
1932-1933 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 container and 1 volume)  :  1 manuscript box and 1 loose volume
Collection Number
Bx 006
The bid to consolidate higher education in Oregon began with the the Zorn-MacPherson School Moving Bill of 1932. The collection (1932-1934) contains research files, and a scrapbook of the Register Guard Eugene newspaper regarding arguments and statistics surrounding the consolidation attempt.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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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

The Register-Guard began as the Eugene Guard newspaper, based in Eugene, Oregon.

The initiative to consolidate higher education in Oregon began with "the Zorn-MacPherson School Moving Bill (official title: Bill Moving University, Normal and Law Schools. Establishing Junior Colleges). [The bill] was an initiative petition on the November 1932 general election ballot [in Oregon]."

"The bill provided for the consolidation of the University of Oregon and Oregon State College at the Corvallis campus to form the Oregon State University; moving of the normal schools from Monmouth, Ashland, and LaGrande to the campus in Eugene; moving the law school from Eugene to Salem; closing of the normal school at Monmouth; and creation of junior colleges at Ashland and LaGrande."

"The Zorn-Macpherson initiative petition campaign was the largest and most expensive in Oregon educational history up to that time. The bill was resoundingly defeated by a vote of more than 6 to 1."

[Source: Finding aid for the Zorn-Macpherson Bill Collection, 1926-1932, Oregon State University]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Research files include statements, reports, opinions, and arguments from administrators and faculty of both Oregon State College and University of Oregon, and other interested persons, as well as correspondence, budget and statistic reports, and newspaper clippings.

Research subjects include faculty salary, budgets, science and business school issues, cost comparisons, graduate school, savings, O.S.C ratings, living conditions, and statistics.

There are also correspondence files of A. B. Hall, and William Jasper Kerr (who was President of Oregon State College at the time).

The collection also contains a scrapbook of opinion and article clippings regarding the issues involved in the consolidation attempt. The scrapbook may have been created by William M. "Bill" Tugman, the long-standing editor of the Register-Guard newspaper.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Education, Higher--Law and legislation--Oregon
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--History--20th century
  • Schools--Centralization--Oregon
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Faculty
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--History--20th century

Personal Names

  • Hall, Arnold Bennett, 1881-1936
  • Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947

Corporate Names

  • Eugene Register-Guard
  • Oregon State Agricultural College
  • Oregon State College
  • University of Oregon

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks