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* Victor Atiyeh Collection *

In the Governor's Office  .  In Life  .  In Business  .  In the Legislature  .  Browse all items

Victor Atiyeh served as Oregon's 32nd governor from 1979-1987. Serving at a time when budget crises were at the forefront, he took a challenging situation and created his legacy: a more efficient government and a more diversified Oregon economy. His governorship, his public service, and his private life tell of a second-generation immigrant success story, of a native Oregonian devoted to his home state, and of a leader who led in trying times, emerging widely admired.

This exhibit provides an overview of Atiyeh's life and a sampling of the rich documentary history within the Victor Atiyeh Papers at the Pacific University Archives. The complete collection includes more than fifty boxes of letters, photographs, documents and memorabilia.

For researchers:
Atiyeh's Schedules  .  Speeches  .  Oral History [coming soon]  .  Guide to the Complete Archive


Boxer, Pacific's Mascot

Traditions  .  Boxer Goes Missing  .  Rivals and Replacements
Essays & Articles on Boxer  .  Browse all items

This collection brings together archival material on the history of Boxer, Pacific University's mascot. Clippings and other documents illustrate Boxer's history from the time his statue was donated to Pacific in the 1890s through his disappearance in 1970 and after. 


Cyrus Walker Papers

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Cyrus Walker, born December 7, 1838, was the oldest son of the early Oregon Territory missionaries Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker. He grew up at Tshimakain in the 1830s-40s, where he learned the native Spokane language. After joining the U.S. army during the Civil War and then attempting to make a living as a farmer, he worked for many years at Warm Springs Indian Agency. In his last years, he became deeply involved in memoralizing Oregon's early pioneer history. These letters, documents and clippings shed light on his experiences, with rich descriptions of life at Warm Springs in the 1880s-1890s. This collection was donated to Pacific University by Betty Thorn, a descendant of the Walkers. 


Forest Grove Indian Training School Collection

Spokane students on arrival

Spokane students after 7 months at school

The Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School was a boarding school for Native American children that operated from 1880-1885. It later became Chemawa Indian School in Salem, where it still exists today. Administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior with support from Pacific University, the school hosted students from many Northwestern tribes, often without regard for their native cultures or the wishes of their families. This collection includes photographs, rosters, letters, and other documents that shed light on the school's problematic history. Learn More:  Exhibit Home  .  Students  .  Teachers & Administration  .  Interpretations  .  Browse All

Lyman Family Letters

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The Lymans were a family of early Oregon settlers who were active as missionaries, teachers and writers. Several of their family members were teachers or students at Pacific University in Forest Grove. This online exhibits includes letters between the Lyman family and their friends between the years of 1846 to 1883. The transcriptions are courtesy of history majors at Pacific.


Politics of the AIDS and Gay & Lesbian Movements

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This exhibit displays material from the Pacific University Archives related to the AIDS epidemic and Gay and Lesbian politics from the 1970s-1990s. The fliers, newsletters, book covers and other items show how various communities -- both pro- and anti- -- reacted to these emerging political issues.


Promoting Pacific

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Since 1900, Pacific University has issued advertisements, fliers and brochures promoting the school to new students and donors. Through these items, we see how Pacific has represented itself in words and images.