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Willamette University Publications collection

Identifier: WUA066

Scope and Contents

This collection contains publications from the various offices and departments at Willamette University. Included are newsletters, newspapers, and magazines with announcements for the Willamette community, alumni, and supporters of Willamette. Among the publications within the collection are the alumni magazines, The Alumnus and The Scene; catalogs and bulletins for the College of Law, College of Liberal Arts, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management; and the Willamette Journal of the Liberal Arts.


  • 1860-2018


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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.

Historical Note

In 1834, Jason Lee and fellow missionaries came to the Oregon territory to establish a Methodist mission for Kalapuya Indians living in the Willamette Valley. The primary purpose was to "educate and civilize" the Kalapuya children. The missionaries additionally aimed to provide health care, nourishment, and lodging for those children whose families and communities had been devastated by diseases introduced by EuroAmericans.

In the early 1840s, the mission was failing, thus the educational focus for the school turned to white settlers. On February 1, 1842, Lee, fellow missionaries, and members of the growing Salem community decided to establish an institution of learning called the "Oregon Institute." The Institute's constitution was adopted in March 1842, and the first day of class was held on August 13, 1844. The Institute began as a boarding school to educate young students. Chloe Clark Willson, an early member of the missionary group was the first teacher.

In 1853, focus changed to an older set of students and the name was officially changed to Willamette University. Emily York was the first graduate of the University in 1859. By that time, enrollment had reached 320 students and a new building was needed to house a growing student population. Thus began the construction of Waller hall, made possible by the support of Reverend Alvan Waller. In addition to the College of Liberal Arts, Willamette University established a medical school in 1867, the College of Law in 1883, the Kimball School of Theology in 1906, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1974, and the Graduate School of Education in 1995. The Medical School merged with the University of Oregon in 1913, the Kimball School closed in 1930, and the Graduate School of Education closed in 2014.

Willamette continues as a nationally renowned, private liberal arts university focused on pursuing academic excellence; fostering diversity; and preparing global-minded students.


25 Linear Feet (51 boxes)


The Willamette University Publications collection features newsletters and magazines published by the various departments and offices of Willamette University. Publications include Bulletins and Catalogs; the alumni magazines, The Alumnus and The Scene; student guides and handbooks; and the College of Law publication, Willamette Lawyer.


Each publication is organized into a separate series.

Series are arranged in alphabetical order. Each publication is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library


Additions to collection are expected.

Physical Facet

Includes bound and unbound materials.


Guide to the Willamette University Publications collection, 1860-2018
Finding aid processed by Ashley Toutain.
© 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States