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Willamette University Student Publications collection

Identifier: WUA023

Scope and Contents

The Student Publications collection includes literary publications, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers created by Willamette University student organizations and groups. Included are the long-running school newspaper The Collegian; the student yearbook, The Wallulah; the Tokyo International University of America yearbook; literary journals; and comedic magazines. Among the newspapers and newsletters are those published at odds with, or in addition to, The Collegian such as Another Voice, The Mill Stream and The Vanguard.


  • 1850-2018


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 Euro Americans.

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 efforts 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.

Individual students, organizations and groups have been gathering and writing since Willamette's founding. The first known publication, The Experiment, was created in 1850 as a way for students of the Oregon Institute to express themselves. Willamette's longest running student publication, The Collegian, was begun in 1875. It continues to document the campus climate, events, and students' reactions to their surroundings.

In addition to newspapers, Willamette University students have compiled literary magazines, fraternity and sorority publications, and comedic newsletters.


27.5 Linear Feet


This collection includes publications created by Willamette University students and student organizations. Included are fraternity publications, literary magazines, student newspapers, and the University yearbook - the Wallulah.


Publications are grouped by type. Publications are then arranged in alphabetical order. Each publication is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library


Additions to this collection are expected.

Related Materials

The Fusser's Guide was produced by the Associated Students of Willamette University between 1932 and 1990. Publication then turned to Willamette administration. For Fusser's Guides see the University Publications collection.

The Student Handbook was first published by the Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations, then by the Associated Students of Willamette University. Publication transferred to Willamette administration in the 1990s. For Student Handbooks see the Willamette University Publications collection.

Physical Facet

Includes files, one oversize box, bound volumes, and digital materials.


Guide to the Willamette University Student Publications collection, 1850-2018
Finding aid processed by Ashley Toutain.
© 2014
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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