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STATE UNIVERSITY, STATE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, STATE NORMAL SCHOOLS, SCHOOL FOR THE.
BLIND, SCHOOL FOR DEAF MUTES.
STATE UNIVERSITY, EUGENE CITY.
JOHN W. JOHNSON, A. M., President,
MARK BAILEY, Ph. D.,
THOMAS CONDON, Ph. D.,
Professor of History, Geology, and Natural History.
GEORGE H. COLLIER, LL. D.,
JOHN STRAUB, A. M.,
Professor of Greek and Modern Languages.
LUELLA C. CARSON,
Professor of Elocution and Principal of the English
BENJAMIN J. HAWTHORNE, A. M., Professor of Mental Philosophy and English Literature.
FRANK A. HUFFER, A. B.,
S. E. McCLURE, A. M.,
The university of Oregon, by an Act of the State legislature, was founded and located at Eugene City in 1872, and it was opened for the reception of students and giving instruction in 1876.
The management of its affairs is placed in a board of regents, appointed for a term of twelve years, by the Governor of the State and confirmed by the State senate. The board of regents confers such degrees and grants such diplomas as other universities are wont to confer and grant.
The permanent endowment of the university consists of eighty thousand dollars, realized from the sale of the land granted to the State by the general government for the purpose of establishing a university, and of a fund of fifty thousand dollars generously donated the university by Mr. Henry Villard.
Besides these two funds, the university receives an annual appropriation of five thousand dollars from the State.
The university is located at Eugene City, Lane county, Oregon, one hundred and twenty miles south of Portland, on the Oregon & California railroad. Eugene City is the county seat of Lane county, has three thousand inhabitants, and is situated amidst scenery of much natural beauty. The university campus lies southeast of Eugene, about one mile from the city postoffice, and contains some eighteen acres of land.
The university has on its campus two brick buildings. One was erected in part by the citizens of Lane county and finished by the State. It is one hundred and fifteen feet long, fifty-four feet wide, and three stories high, besides the basement. The second building, named by the Regents "Villard Hall," has just been erected by the State. It is made of brick, but has a concrete finish on the outside, and is one hundred and fifteen feet in length, sixty-nine feet wide and two stories high above basement.
The university library occupies a room in Villard Hall and contains at present over two thousand volumes. A part of the books
was bought at a cost of one thousand dollars, by Mr. Henry Villard. Another part has since been bought at a cost of seven hundred dollars, out of the income from the Villard endowment fund. The annual sum coming from the Villard fund for the purchase of books for the library is four hundred dollars. This money is now spent in buying books of reference for the use of the university.
Through the influence of the Hon. J. N. Dolph, Oregon's United States Senator, the library has been made the depository of all documents published by the general government at Washington. In the library room may also be found a large number of magazines, reviews and other periodicals published in England and America. There is no charge for the use of all these books and periodicals.
Much might be done towards preparing this university for the place it ought and must fill in the future growth of the intellectual power of our State, if some man or men would, out of their abundance, give the university a library endowment fund.
The university has about two thousand dollars' worth of mathematical instruments. Students in surveying and engineering, by means of the solar compass and engineer's transit, can become acquainted with practical field work in their department, and by means of the sextant and other instruments they can learn the methods of finding the latitude and longitude of any place.
Students in astronomy will have access for observatory practice to the sidereal clock, the forty-two-inch astronomical transit and the sextant, and with these instruments will be able to find the latitude and longitude, as well as the exact solar time of the university building by the methods used by astronomers and navigators. Those students who wish to do so, can, by means of these instruments, extend the range of their mathematical knowledge almost as far as they please.
The apparatus belonging to the department of physics and chemistry has cost the university more than $3,000, and though such a collection of instruments can never be complete, it affords greater facilities for laboratory work and class illustrations than can be found elsewhere in the great Northwest.
The departments of geology, mineralogy and natural history are provided with large and valuable collections to illustrate their teachings. Professor Condon's cabinet is already widely known on