Peter H. Odegard presidential records

Identifier: CA-Odegard-RSCA-ORPR-US

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the presidential files of Peter H. Odegard, Reed College president from 1945-1948. The files contain information regarding budgets, commencements, Reed College Forums, faculty, and other documents relating to Reed College and its history.


  • 1945-1948 (based on dates of presidency)


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is closed.

Biographical / Historical

Peter H. Odegard served as president of Reed College from 1945 to 1948. Born in Kalispell, Montana, in 1901, Odegard received a Bachelors from the University of Washington and a PhD from Columbia. He taught at Williams, Ohio State University, and Amherst, and worked as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury in Washington, D. C. As president, Odegard increased the number of faculty, expanded the geographic scope of the Reed student body, encouraged the arts at Reed, and made campus improvements. After serving as president, Odegard became chair of the UC Berkeley political science department. He retired from UC Berkeley in 1965.

[Information from the “Presidents of Reed” page on Reed’s website.]


4.6 Linear Feet (11 manuscript boxes.)




The collection contains the papers of Peter H. Odegard from his presidency from 1945 to 1948 at Reed College.


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Location

Archives Main Shelving (L014)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Presumed transferred pre-1989.

Isabel Lyndon and Maxine Calle
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Repository Details

Part of the Reed College Special Collections and Archives Repository

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