Tony Van Vliet Papers, 1946-1995
Van Vliet, Antone Cornelius, 1930-

6.25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

The Tony Van Vliet Papers are organized into three groups. The first group pertains to his work on the OSU College of Forestry faculty, on university committees and other activities, and with the university's Career Planning and Placement Center. College of Forestry records (1949-1976) include correspondence and meeting minutes relating to the planning and construction of Peavy Hall; research records pertaining to Douglas fir, plywood, and the balsam woolly aphid; historical information on the School, the Forestry Club, and McDonald Forest; and a consultant report on the Drain Plywood Company.

Committee records include the Ad Hoc Committee on General Education, 1971-1973; and the Faculty Reviews and Appeals Committee, 1974-1976. Records of other activities include the third student-faculty conference in January and February 1969. Career Planning and Placement Center materials (1975-1990) include correspondence; a 1990 recruiter evaluation of the center; and materials for a managerial course given to a private sector company.

The second group of papers documents the ten terms Van Vliet served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly representing House District 35 in Benton County (1975-1995). Most of the materials in this group are closed until January 1, 2006. Closed records include correspondence; speeches, statements, and editorials; legislative and gubernatorial committee, council and task force records; bills files; and information files on significant issues. Records that are open in this group include legislative directories, guides and handbooks; campaign and election materials; constituent surveys; published reports; and newspaper clippings about the 1993 session.

The third group of papers pertains to other organizations and activities that Van Vliet has been involved with. Included are materials pertaining to Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., the ARC of Benton County, and the Republican Party. This group also contains a hand-tinted photograph of a lumber mill.

New Accession, 2007

Biographical Note

Tony Van Vliet was born in San Francisco, California, in January 1930. He received a B.S. in forest products in 1952 and an M.S. in wood science in 1958, both from Oregon State. He received a Ph.D. in forest products from Michigan State University in 1970. Van Vliet taught in OSU's School of Forestry from 1955 to 1990, and from 1963-1971 was also a forest products extension specialist. He served as associate director of the Career Planning and Placement Center from 1971-1978, and was director of the center from 1978 until his retirement from OSU in 1990.

Van Vliet was first elected to the Oregon Legislative Assembly in the fall of 1974, and was subsequently re-elected to nine two year terms. He declined to seek re-election in 1994 and retired from the legislature in January 1995. Van Vliet served on the Joint Ways and Means Committee from the 1979 session through the 1993 session; he was co-chair of the committee in 1991. He also served on the Emergency Board (1977 through 1991 sessions); the Governor's Public Lands Advisory Committee (1979 through 1993 sessions); and the Joint Data Processing Committee (1977 through 1991 sessions).

Related Materials

Other materials pertaining to Van Vliet's forestry work can be found in the Forestry Extension Records (RG 103), the College of Forestry Records (RG 139), and the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 25). A copy of his 1970 Ph.D. dissertation, "The Sawmill Manager: His Nature and His Time" (Michigan State University) can be found in the Extension Service Records (RG 111). See also the Memorabilia Collection file for additional information on Tony Van Vliet.

Photographs of Van Vliet can be found in the Alumni Association Photographic Collection (P 17:7023); the News and Communication Services Photographic Collection (P 57:4279-4280); the Robert Henderson Photographic Collection (P 98:1201); and the College of Home Economics Photographic Collection (P 44 - acc. 93:050).

Shelf Locations

SR 6/7/6/10-60
7/1/3/i (12x17 oversize box)
2/2/1/l (oversize photographs)
Oversize drawer 3


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