President's Office Records of John D. Letcher, 1892  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State Agricultural College. Office of the President.
Title
President's Office Records of John D. Letcher
Dates
1892 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.05 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
RG 013 - SG 02
Summary
The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher contain correspondence between Letcher and Wallis Nash, Secretary of the Board of Regents, during the month of February 1892. The correspondence relates to Letcher's appointment to Acting President of the college following the death of President B. L. Arnold and operation of the State Agricultural College.
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
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Davidson Letcher, a Virginia native and son of Virginia's Confederate Governor, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1873 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He joined the staff of the State Agricultural College in 1888 with a double appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Engineering and Professor of Military Science and Tactics. Following the death of President B. L. Arnold, Letcher was named Acting President of the college until the appointment of John M. Bloss later that year. In 1894, Letcher took a position as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oregon. In 1896 he returned to Virginia where he remained until his death in 1938.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher contain six letters from Wallis Nash, Secretary of the Board of Regents, to John D. Letcher between February 16 and February 27, 1892. The correspondence pertains to various administrative matters including student enrollment, Letcher's appointment to Acting President, details of a memorial service for B. L. Arnold, the appointment of J.D. Horner as Chair of English, the prohibition of tobacco in campus buildings, and an exhibit at the World's Fair. Additional correspondence from the Letcher administration can be found in the President's Office Records of John M. Bloss, Series I.

In addition to the original paper documents, a partial, microfilmed copy of this collection is available upon request.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher (RG 013 - SG 02), Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The President's Office Records of John D. Letcher are arranged into one series: I: Correspondence, February 1892. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred to the University Archives by the OSU President's Office. The collection is now held by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

Related Materials

Related Materials

Reports spanning Letcher's term as acting presidency can be found in Subgroup 12 of the President's Office Records. Additional collections relating to the presidents of Oregon State University include the President's Office Records (RG 013), the Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection (P 001), the President's Office Photographs Collection (P 092), the President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes Collection (FV P 092), the Board of Regents Records (RG 008), the Board of Trustees Records (RG 033), and the the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection.


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Education, Higher--Oregon.
  • Universities and colleges--Curricula--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis--Administration.

Personal Names

  • Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892.
  • Letcher, John D.
  • Nash, Wallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State Agricultural College.
  • Oregon State Agricultural College. Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Letcher, John D. (creator)
    • Nash, Wallis. (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Oregon State Agricultural College. Board of Regents. (creator)