||A variety of books, articles, dissertations and theses
focus on some aspect of the University's past history,
and to a lesser extent, on Monmouth's history as well. Not
all items are in Western's Library or in the Archives.
Campbell Hall 1871-1971: A Century of Service. Monmouth,
1971. [Brochure written on the occasion of the opening of Campbell
Hall's cornerstone in 1971]. WOU Library call number: LD4344.A4.C3
Clarke, Gordon. The Streets We Live On. Monmouth,
Polk County Historical Society, 1978. [History of street names
in Monmouth, Independence, and Falls City] WOU Library call number:
Gentle, Thomas. Memoirs. Palo Alto, 1993 [Gentle
was an Education Professor at ONS from 1911-1928]. WOU Library
call number: LA2317.G35 A3 1993
Who Dares to Teach: A Novel based in part on a Lifetime
of Teaching and Demonstration that "Who Dares to Teach
Must Never Cease to Learn." Palo Alto: Executive
Book Service, 1982. WOU Archives
Great Events (Which Made Polk County). [A series of publications
which originally appeared in the Polk County Itemizer-Observer
newspaper.] WOU Library call number: F882.P7 G72; F882.P7 G74;
Huxford, Gary. Since 1856. . .Historical Views of the
College at Monmouth. Monmouth, 1995. [Book contains 3 titles
in one binding. Book I: OCE Story, by Ellis Stebbins;
Book II: Staying Alive-From OCE to WOSC, by Gary Huxford;
Book III: More Personal Voices. Huxford, an emeritus Professor,
taught in the History Department from 1961 to
Monmouth 1856-1956: The Growth of an Idea. Monmouth, 1956.
WOU Library call number: F884.M74 1956 (Reference & circulating
Oregon Normal School Buildings. Monmouth, 1936. [Brochure
summarizing the history of campus buildings up to 1936.] WOU Library
call number: F884.M74 O71 1936
Pioneering the Future: Western Oregon State College. Monmouth,
1986. [Brochure summarizing 130 years of college history,
includes chronology.] WOU Library call number: LD4344.A22
P65 1987 (Reference and circulating copies)
Pioneering the Future: Campus Development Plan. Monmouth,
1987. WOU call number: LD4344.A22 C19 1987
Polk County Historical Society. History of Polk County Oregon.
Monmouth, Taylor Publishing, 1987. WOU Library call
number: F882.P7 H58 1987 Reference
Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley.
Chicago: Chapman, 1903. WOU Library call number: F882.W6
P8 1903 Reference
Powell, Clares, comp. Letters Written from Polk County, Oregon
to Monmouth,Illinois, 1853-1863. Appended with Records from
the College, 1856-1886. Monmouth, 1976. [Appendix contains
transcribed minutes of the Board of Trustees for Monmouth
University and Christian College, as well as other records they kept.]
WOU Library call number: F822.P7 L4 (reference and circulating
Schalock, H Del. From Commitment to Practice: The Oregon College
of Education Elementary Teacher Education Program. Washington:
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 1976.
Schafer, Joseph. Prince Lucien Campbell. Eugene, University
Press, 1926. [Biography of WOU's 4th President who went on to
become President of the University of Oregon.] WOU Library
call number: LD4362.7 1902
Smith, John E. Christian College. Monmouth, 1953. [Covers
the college's history from 1856-1882.] WOU Library call number:
F884.B4 S5 (reference and circulating copies)
Stebbins, Ellis. The OCE Story. Monmouth, 1973. [History
of the college to the early 1960s written by the former
Dean of Administration and Interim President.] WOU Library call
number: F884.M74 S81 1973
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Almack, John C. "History of Oregon Normal Schools" Oregon
Historical Quarterly 21 (March 1920) 95-168. [College history
from 1890s to 1920]
Huxford, Gary. "An Incident at Monmouth," Journal
of Higher Education 40 (May 1969) 369-380. [Describes local
and statewide reaction to the 1961 campus visit of Gus Hall,
Secretary of the American Communist Party]
Santee, Joseph F. "History of Christian College."
Oregon Historical Quarterly 42 (1941) 133-150. [College
history between the 1870s and 1880s; Santee was an Education Professor
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Almack, John C. "History of Oregon Normal Schools."
MA Thesis, University of Oregon, 1920.
Clyne, Roger Dean. "A Follow-up Study of Three Selected Classes
in Teacher Education from Oregon College of Education."
MS Thesis, Oregon College of Education, 1969. WOU Library
call number: LB1941.C5
Cox, Joseph Alfred. "Development of Health and Physical
Education for Men at the Oregon Normal School: A Proposed
Set-Up." MS, Oregon State University, 1938. [Cox served as
football coach and PE director]
Curtiss, Daniel. "Policy Making on the Western Campus".
Senior Honors Thesis, Western Oregon State College, 1993.
WOU Library call number: LD4344.41993.C97
Howard, John Morton. "An Evaluation of the Elementary Teacher
Education Program at the Oregon College of Education." PH.D.,
University of Oregon, 1961.
Johnson, Bonnie J. "An Examination of Preferred Institutional
Goals of Oregon State and Western Oregon State College as perceived
by their Educational Faculties." MS Thesis, Oregon State
Jones, Helen Butler. "Contributions of Certain Leaders in
the Development of Oregon Normal School, 1850-1930."
MS Thesis, University of Oregon, 1947. WOU Microfilm Thesis
#94; also available in paper, WOU Library call number:
McMahon, John. "An Organizational Analysis of Structural
Characteristics During the Merger of Two Higher Educational Organizations
[OSU/WOSC]." MS Thesis, Oregon State University, 1985.
Miller, Deborah, "Customer Satisfaction with Registration,
Fee Payment and Financial Aid Services at Western Oregon
State College." MHR Research Paper, George Fox University,
Remley, Renee M. "The Role of the Werner College
Center at Western Oregon State College." WOU Library
call number: LD4344.4 1993 R38
Roper, John B. "Developing and Implementing a
Procedures and Policies Manual for PE/Athletic Department Stores
Clerk." MHR Thesis, George Fox University, 1990.
Santee, Joseph. "A History and Status of Public Elementary
School Teacher Training in Oregon." PH.D., University of
Thiele, Martina. "A Study of the Normal School in Oregon."
BA Thesis, University of Oregon, 1914.
Thompson, Janice P. "Administrative Reform in Education,
Concept and Practice: The Landers Controversy, 1931."
MA Thesis, University of Oregon, 1980. [Examines the presidency
of Joseph landers, ONS President from 1921-1932.]
Tripp, Carol J. "Development of a Classified Employees
Training Program at Western Oregon State College Library."
MHR Thesis, George Fox University, 1991.
Wall, Lucille. "The Growth and Development of Practice Teaching
Facilities at the Oregon Normal School." MS Thesis,
Oregon State University, 1938.
Woods, Helen. "The Student Teaching Experience: A Qualitative
Examination." PH.D., Oregon State University, 1991.
Yates, Douglas P. "Older and Younger Students, Full-time
and Part Time: A Comparison of their Perceptions of the Campus
Environment at Oregon College of Education." MS thesis, Oregon
State University, 1979.
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||Norm and Grove Student Yearbooks
||LAMRON and Western Star Student
||College Catalogs, 1870s - to date
||Monmouth Herald newspaper
||Polk County Itemizer-Observer newspaper
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||Information about selected and frequently asked questions
is available on Reserve at the Library Circulation Desk. The
materials contain clippings from the student newspaper, Polk
County and Salem papers, as well as other sources arranged
by year or decade. These materials are Library Use Only and
cannot be checked out of the building.
- (Reserve call number: 88-28 pc)
- Newspaper articles from 1933 to date, provide historical explanation
of why Monmouth was Oregon's only dry town and chronicle
the numerous attempts to change the policy through the
initiative process. Also contains a copy of Monmouth's first
ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcohol.
- (Reserve call number: 88-40 pc)
- Newspaper stories document Monmouth's water supply crisis
- (Reserve call number: 88-43 pc) ,
- Newspaper stories trace the evolution of the lighting of the
campus sequoia tree since 1967.
- (Reserve call number: LD 4344.A27 C56; additional
copy in circulation collection)
- A compilation of newspaper articles and editorials about
attempts to close the University.
- (Reserve call number: 88-36 pc)
- Attempts to close Monmouth Avenue, the main thoroughfare
through campus, are described.
- (Reserve call number: 88-45 pc)
- Information about the public sculptures near the buildings
Heritage Hall, the former Library, Natural Sciences, Rice
Auditorium, and the Iberian Venus in the New Grove.
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Founders' Day is January 18. On this day in 1856, 11 founders
signed a charter established Monmouth University, the first name
of Western Oregon University. The first official Founders'
Day was celebrated in January 1995.
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Eleven individuals signed the charter creating Monmouth University
on January 18, 1856 and are officially recognized as the founders
of Western Oregon University. A plaque honoring them and
other early pioneer families who were instrumental in establishing
the University hangs in the lobby of Campbell Hall.
-Ira F.M. Butler
-David R. Lewis
-Thomas H. Lucas
-John E. Murphy
-John B. Smith
-Squire S. Whitman
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||1856 - 1865
||1865 - 1882
|Oregon State Normal School (OSNS)
||1882 - 1909
||1911 - 1939
|Oregon College of Education
||1939 - 1981
State College (WOSC)
||1981 - 1997
|Western Oregon University (WOU)
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Photographs of the Presidents can be seen in the President's
Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building.
Some images are included with the brief
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