Farewell to Senator Mark O. Hatfield

Photo of Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986
Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986

Senator Mark O. Hatfield ’43 passed away peacefully this evening (Aug. 7, 2011) at the age of 89. He was a beloved son of Willamette University — a student, professor, dean and trustee. He was also a beloved son of Oregon. Elected the youngest secretary of state and the youngest governor in the state’s history, Senator Hatfield went on to serve five terms in the United States Senate — our longest-serving senator. Throughout his distinguished political career, he never lost an election…

Read more at: http://www.willamette.edu/people/hatfield/index.html

Faculty Works Exhibition Opens

The fourth annual Faculty Works Exhibition opens in the Hatfield Library on  Friday, April 1. Coffee and tea are being served from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening.

The exhibit will be open April 1 to May 15 and features the recent publications and creative work of Willamette’s faculty from all departments and the three graduate schools and includes academic books and articles, film, fiction, music, artwork and more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Willamette faculty scholarship, so please stop by and join us in recognizing the achievements of our colleagues.

WU Baseball Alumnus Featured

Baseball in Wartime, a website dedicated to baseball players who served in the military, recently featured Willamette alumnus Jim Robertson (’41), who was killed in April, 1944.

Playing for coach and Oregon Sports Hall of Fame inductee Roy “Spec” Keene, Robertson was the Bearcats’ starting catcher for four years. In 1940, he caught every inning of the team’s 22 games as they clinched the Northwest Conference championship for the first time since 1931.

Read more about Jim and his sacrifice.

Traveling Display of Prison Artwork

Beginning Monday, March 7, the Hatfield Library will be displaying works from TIME, a traveling show of art by Oregon prison inmates. The works will be on display until the end of the month.

TIME features works by seventeen inmates in Oregon state prisons who have chosen to use their time to create works of art. The show will be traveling around the state of Oregon all year, with stops in Bandon, Newport, Corvallis, Reedsport, Ontario and Pendleton.

The public is invited to this exhibit of works which range from considerations of God and evolution, the beauty of nature, life in prison, abstract design to reflections on TIME itself.

Hidden Gems Exhibit at Heritage Center

Hidden Gems: A Mid-Valley Heritage Invitational Extravaganza! gives 18 Mid-Valley heritage, cultural and history museums and organizations the opportunity to bring their most unique, interesting and/or important treasures together in one show!
The exhibition is at The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill (formerly known as the Mission Mill Museum), 1313 Mill Street. Willamette students will receive free admission with current Willamette I.D.
Throughout the exhibition’s run, visitors can take a walk through history as they view a wide array of local, regional and nationally important objects. Hidden Gems encourages the preservation and appreciation of our local organizations that do so much every day to foster understanding and enjoyment of our community’s heritage.

Dr. Frederick Bowersox medical case
This medical case belonged to Dr. Frederick Bowersox, a graduate of Willamette University’s College of Medicine.

The Willamette University Archives are one of the participating organizations, featuring a medical case from an 1899 Willamette graduate (see right).
Other participating organizations include: Antique Powerland Museum Association, Aurora Colony Historical Society, Bush House Museum, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Forest History Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, Historic Deepwood Estate, Hoover-Minthorn House, Independence Heritage Museum, Jensen Arctic Museum, Keizer Heritage Museum, Linfield Anthropology Museum, Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, Oregon State Hospital Museum, Settlemier House, Silverton Country Historical Museum, St. Paul Mission Historical Society and Yamhill County Historical Society.

Display of Political Collections Showcased

From the Willamette website:
University congressional archives brimming with opportunities for research
Legislative papers, speech transcripts, constituent gifts, photos, campaign files, appointment records, personal notes, videotapes — these are just some of the elements of the congressional archive collections housed at Willamette University’s Mark O. Hatfield Library.
The seven collections — featuring items from three U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives, four of whom are Willamette alumni — provide an inside perspective on negotiations at the state and national level, while highlighting paper trails through history that have started to disappear with the advent of modern technology. [ read more ]

Hurricane Katrina Book Display

Since August 29th, 2005, artists, photographers, and writers have been responding to Hurricane Katrina and her impact on the Gulf Coast region. A collection of books reflecting these responses can be seen in the display cases on the second floor of Eaton Hall through December, 2010.
Various genres are represented in this collection: poetry, fiction, drama, short stories, essays, mysteries, fantasy, romance, photography books, art exhibition catalogs, graphic novels, comics, children’s books, personal narratives, and even food writing.
Willamette University’s Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian, Doreen Simonsen, created this display. She also created a list of these books, which may be found in either the Mark O. Hatfield Library or within the Summit or WorldCat collections.
If you have any questions about these books, please contact dsimonse@willamette.edu.

Display Highlights Political Collections

The Willamette University Archives and Special Collections announces a new exhibit on the second floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library highlighting materials drawn from our political collections.
The display covers seven Oregon politicians: Mark Hatfield, Robert Packwood, Gordon Smith, Dennis Smith, Darlene Hooley, Robert Smith and Michael Kopetski. A short biography is included for each, as well as photographs, awards and other memorabilia.