40.5 linear feet (28 containers).
The Office of the President: Paul Olum records document the work of Paul Olum and the Office of the President. Records include correspondence, reports, speeches, statements, news clippings, materials regarding committees, departments, and specific subjects. Certificates and awards presented to Olum are also included. Many records generated between 1988-1989 relate to the forced retirement of President Oulm and material includes correspondence, reports, speeches, statements, and newspaper clippings on the topic. Material is organized by accession. Records are generally organized by academic year and then alphabetically by name or subject. Accession 11210.A: records from academic years 1980-1981. Accession 11253.A: records from academic years 1978-1982. Accession 11381.A: correspondence and reports from the semester/quarter study of 1980 and 1987-1989. These files are not in alphabetical order. Accession 1996.411.A: records from academic years 1981-1987. Accession 11323.A: records from academic years 1982-1983. Accession 1996.150.A: articles, correspondence, and miscellaneous documents 1983-1991. These files are not in alphabetical order. Accession 11453.A: records from academic years 1984-1985. Accession 11554.A: records from academic years 1985-1986. Accession 2002s.27.A: files from Allison Baker, assistant to the president, 1985-1991. These files are not in alphabetical order. Accession 11567.A: records from academic years 1986-1987. Accession 11379.A: records from academic years 1987-1988 including specific material regarding the proposed semester system conversion material created during 1988-1989. Accession 1996.229.A: records from academic years 1987-1988 including reports and correspondence regarding Olum's forced retirement. Accession 1996.712.A: records from academic years 1987-1988. Accession 1996.514.A: records from the academic year 1988 including files of the Ad-Hoc Committee and Environmental Law Clinic. Accession 1996.33.A: records from the academic year 1988-1989. Accession 11489.A: records from the academic year 1989.
Paul Olum (1918-2001) was a mathematician and university administrator. He was President of the University of Oregon from 1980-1989. The State Board of Higher Education forced his retirement as President in 1989 against the wishes of university faculty and other stakeholders. Olum was known for advocating for reform with public education. Olum was Provost at the University of Oregon from 1976-1980. Tremendous growth took place during his tenure, including the establishment of twenty new research institutes and academic programs, and construction that included a $34.6 million science complex and a $27 million remodeling of the library. Olum attended Harvard University and Princeton University. Olum previously held faculty and administrative positions at Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a scientist on the Manhattan Project. Olum was active in political and social causes including advocating for the abolition of the House Committee on Unamerican Activities, was an early critic of the Vietnam War, nuclear disarmament, the end of apartheid, and for increased state funding for higher education.
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Cite as: Office of the President: Paul Olum records, UA 001.014, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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Other materials relating to Paul Olum at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives publications, UA Ref 4Special Collections and University Archives holds the records of other past presidents and the Office of the President of the University of Oregon. Additional information may be found in all the University Archives reference collections.
Collection materials are in English.
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