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April 1, 2014 / Charlie McNabb

Processing David Frohnmayer’s Papers

Things have been a bit slow at McNabb Archives lately because I’ve been having so much fun at my paying gig!  Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to for the past six months:

David Frohnmayer was a University of Oregon Law professor and dean and the 15th UO President, among other varied career arcs.  His archival materials have been separated into two collections: Faculty papers and Office of the President records.  I had the honor of processing these materials, which involved inventorying, intellectual organization, preservation, and researching David Frohnmayer and the cultural-historical events of the time periods.  Looking through the boxes—some quite old and mysterious—was akin to an archaeological dig or detective work.  I found surprising, fascinating items and learned a lot about University history and Mr. Frohnmayer’s life.

You’ll have to visit my UO Special Collections blog post to get the full details, but I wanted to share more images of the neat stuff I found.

Corazon Aquino photos

Corazon Aquino photos

Corazon Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first female president in Asia.  She visited UO in 1995 to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree.  A tree was planted in her honor.  Video and transcripts of her speech, photographs, and information about her visit and the tree planting ceremony have been saved in the Office of the President collection.

Attorney General Survey

Attorney General Survey

David Frohnmayer ran for Attorney General of Oregon three times- and won each time.  This survey is a fine example of his desire to understand and respond to voters.  Requests for feedback were also standard throughout his teaching career as well as other political offices.  The Faculty papers collection contains large amounts of material from his Attorney General campaigns and terms.

Gardenburger Boycott

Gardenburger Boycott

The Gardenburger Stomp

The Gardenburger Stomp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Frohnmayer was no stranger to controversy.  Throughout his Presidency, he responded to students, staff, parents, stakeholders, and media regarding various issues.  The Gardenburger boycott was a particularly challenging issue that involved labor disputes and an accidental racial term.  These materials, as well as many others (including the Insurgent controversy mentioned in a previous post) are located in the Office of the President collection.

Burner Systems

Burner Systems

As State Representative, Mr. Frohnmayer was a member of the Field Burning Committee, which worked to develop feasible alternatives to open field burning.  These blueprints, along with correspondence, technical reports, meetings minutes, and newspaper clippings, are located in the Faculty papers collection.

Periodicals Index

Periodicals Index

Mr. Frohnmayer was incredibly organized and kept reference materials for teaching, writing speeches, articles, and debate preparation.  This periodicals index is an alphabetical listing of legal articles typed onto index cards and contained in five metal tins.  His reference materials can be found in the Faculty papers collection.

First Grade Class

First Grade Class

The Faculty papers collection also includes memorabilia and photographs from David Frohnmayer’s childhood.  Here is his first grade class photograph, at Roosevelt Grade School in Medford, Oregon in 1946.  Dave is third from the right in the first row.

Celebrity Roast

Celebrity Roast

On March 5, 2008, David Frohnmayer was the recipient of a celebrity roast.  He prepared some notes and was also given a questionnaire with funny questions to help the hosts plan the roast.  Here we learn that he played the cornet in school.  Many materials from events celebrating the end of his presidency are in the Office of the President collection.

There are so many more interesting documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, videos, and so forth in these collections.  If you’re interested in David Frohnmayer’s life, Oregon politics, or the recent history of the University of Oregon, do visit UO Special Collections when these collections are made available (hopefully the finding aids will be completed very soon!).

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