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Guide to the Office of the President: George Whitaker records
Office of the President: George Whitaker records
School Letters
Business Letters

Guide to the Office of the President: George Whitaker records

Title

Guide to the Office of the President: George Whitaker records

Summary

George Whitaker's records are office documents created during Whitaker's tenure as Willamette University's president. The collection is comprised mainly of incoming correspondence and documents the day to day management of the University.

Source Format

Collection Guide

Date

1890-1893

Repository

Willamette University Archives and Special Collections

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6764; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email: archives@willamette.edu; URL: http://library.willamette.edu/archives/

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number

WUA029

Language

Materials are in English.

Arrangement

Papers are arranged in original and/or chronological order.

Biographical/Historical Note

Biographical Note

George Whitaker, A.M., D.D, was born on May 14, 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1861 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Master of Arts from Wesleyan in 1864. In 1888 Whitaker received a Doctor of Divinity from Fort Worth University, Texas. Succeeding Dr. Thomas Van Scoy at Willamette University, Whitaker served as president for two years from the fall of 1891 until September 1893 when he resigned over a disagreement relating to the administration of the University. After leaving Willamette, Whitaker resumed pastoral duties until 1899 when he was hired as president of Portland University, where he helped work out a merger with Willamette University as the Portland school closed in 1900. Returning to Massachusetts, Whitaker served as pastor in Cambridge, Lowell, Linden and Orient Heights. He was active in civic affairs and also served as the librarian of the New England Methodist Historical Society. George Whitaker died in 1917.

Geographic Place Names

Oregon

Quantity

1 linear foot

Content Description

The bulk of George Whitaker's papers consist of correspondence created during Whitaker's time as Willamette University's president. The collection is comprised mainly of incoming correspondence, invoices and telegrams regarding the day to day management of the University. President Whitaker identified these papers as either “School Letters” or “Business Letters,” a distinction retained in the series titles. While all documents relate to the business of the university, the school letters offer a more personal view of university administration while the business letters deal solely with sales, purchases and other administrative issues.

There are letters concerned with orders for books and various school supplies, advertising offers, accounts and bills, and offers for Willamette University to be placed in directories. There are also letters relating to the Willamette University fire of 1891, the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, various Methodist publications and meetings, train travel, a flag, and properties pertaining to Willamette University. The materials give a clear view of the business practices of Willamette University in the early 1890s.

Names

Dolph, Joseph N. (Joseph Norton) (1835-1897)

Mitchell, John H. (John Hipple) (1835-1905)

Odell, W.H.

Whitaker, George

Subject

Willamette University University Hall

Waller Hall

World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Salem

Colleges and Universities

University Archives and Records Collection

Restrictions on Access

Papers are open to researchers.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Collection

Finding Aids

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Office of the President: George Whitaker records