George Fox University Archives

Pacific College Records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Zoie Clark
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Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission


  • 1850-1979; bulk 1890-1949 (Creation)
  • 1890 – 1949 (Creation)


  • 18 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    47 bound volumes; 6 record boxes; 2 document boxes; 5 oversize flat boxes; loose photographs

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  • Summary

    The State of Oregon granted Pacific College a college charter in 1891. It was the outgrowth of a Quaker secondary school established ten years earlier when pioneer Friends emigrated to the Newberg area. The collection consists of record books, minutes, newspaper clippings, program plans, brochures, and photographs.

  • Content description

    This collection consists of record books; minutes; newspaper clippings; program plans; brochures; the corporation charter; and minutes from board, faculty, and student literary societies. There are also sports record books; alumni records; and Women's Auxiliary programs and minutes, including a published cookbook. A college newsletter, the Pacific College Bulletin, and several scrapbooks of newspaper clippings document activities at the college. Photographs of May Day activities and graduating classes are included.

  • Restrictions on access

    Collection is available for research.

  • Historical Note

    The State of Oregon granted Pacific College, in Newberg, a college charter in 1891 when the college was established with eight fully accredited and seven provisional students. It was the outgrowth of a Quaker secondary school, Friends' Pacific Academy, established ten years earlier when pioneer Friends from Iowa Yearly Meeting emigrated to the Newberg area. Believing that "the aim of Pacific College is to combine high scholastic achievement with a strong emphasis on spiritual values and humanitarian service as taught in the New Testament," Quakers of Oregon Yearly Meeting were motivated to organize what continues to be the only Friends school of higher learning in the northwestern states. Pacific College was accepted as a "Standard College" in 1925. In 1949 the name of the college was changed to George Fox College (now George Fox University).