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Guide to the Office of the President: Fletcher P. Homan records
Office of the President: Fletcher P. Homan records
Fletcher P. Homan records
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Guide to the Office of the President: Fletcher P. Homan records

Title

Guide to the Office of the President: Fletcher P. Homan records

Summary

The primary portion of the collection documents Reverend Fletcher Homan’s tenure as President of Willamette University from 1908 to 1914. The correspondence in the collection includes materials dated 1902 to1923. The records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial records, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, newspaper articles, a copy of Willamette University’s original charter and the original specifications for Eaton Hall.

Type

Text

Source Format

Collection Guide

Date

1902-1923

1908-1914

Repository

Willamette University University Archives and Special Collections

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6845; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email: archives@willamette.edu; URL: http://library.willamette.edu/archives/

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number

WUA017

Language

Materials are in English.

Arrangement

The organization reflects original order and is arranged chronologically by folder title.

Biographical/Historical Note

Reverend Fletcher Homan, D.D. was the eleventh president of Willamette University, serving from 1908 to 1914. He was born in Iowa in 1868 and received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He later earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Before becoming a Methodist minister in 1898, Homan spent several years in the mercantile business. When offered the position at Willamette, he was acting as the Vice President of Simpson College, his alma mater, and his primary responsibilities were financial affairs. Homan’s predecessor at Willamette University, J.H. Coleman initiated an endowment campaign to ensure that, for the first time, the university would have a solid financial backing. Under Homan’s guidance, the endowment reached its $500,000 goal. In addition to the completion of the endowment campaign, Homan’s tenure saw the construction of Eaton Hall, the liberal arts building funded by a donation from A.E. Eaton, proprietor of the Union Woolen Mills and a prominent Methodist in Oregon. Despite Homan’s accomplishments for the university, his approach to running its daily operations caused friction between imself and the students and faculty. He resigned his position as university president in June of 1914 and was offered a one-year, paid leave of absence.

Quantity

1 linear foot

Content Description

The primary portion of the collection documents Reverend Fletcher Homan’s tenure as President of Willamette University from 1908 to 1914. The correspondence in the collection includes materials dated 1902 to1923. The records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial records, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, newspaper articles, a copy of Willamette University’s original charter and the original specifications for Eaton Hall. Folders contain both typed and handwritten letters as well as carbon copies. The folder list below provides specific details of the contents of the folders.

Topics addressed in this collection include faculty salaries, commencement exercises, details about operation of the Board of Trustees and university financial matters that provide insight into Homan’s role as administrator and fund raiser. Details about the endowment campaign and the construction of Eaton Hall can also be found in the collection.

Names

Willamette University

Homan, Fletcher P.

Booth, Robert A.

Eaton, Abel E.

Hawley, Willis Chatman (1864-1941)

Coleman, John Hamline, (1847-1914)

Subject

Eaton Hall

Children's Day Fund

Endowment Campaign

Methodist Board of Education

Oregon Conference

Original charter of Willamette University

Orphan Scholarship Fund

Colleges and Universities

Oregon

University Archives and Records Collection

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

Title

Office of the President: Fletcher P. Homan records