Collections: People of George Fox

Herbert Hoover

Hoover, Herbert

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was an American politician, mining engineer, author, and government official. He served as president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. He attended Pacific Academy, the precursor to George Fox University from 1885-1888. Throughout his life he maintained a connection with the college and Newberg.

Collection Description:

The George Fox University and Mark Hatfield Collection on Herbert Hoover Contains materials that show Herbert Hoover's relationship with Newberg, Pacific College/George Fox College, and individuals associated with both. Of note are the many items that shed a unique light on the personal life of Herbert Hoover such as personal letters, Christmas cards, early photographs, donations to Pacific/George Fox College, writings about fishing, and items related to the home he lived in while in Newberg. Much of the collection was developed by Sentaor Mark Hatfield who was a Hoover scholar and enthusiast. This collection is a unique look at how a small institution and town celebrate their links to a president.

Esther Klages
Photo by Bob Rach /
The Oregonian

Klages, Esther

Esther Winters Klages (1904-2004) was a teacher, university administrator, and church worker. After the death of her husband, Henry Klages, she moved to Newberg, Oregon, where she became a volunteer and benefactor of George Fox College (now University). The Centennial Bell Tower is credited to her inspiration, while the Klages Dining Room and Klages Plaza are named in her honor. She was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters by George Fox in 1991.

Collection Description:

The Esther Klages Collection consists of three items - an academic hood and diploma presented to Klages in 1991, and a plaque of appreciation which is undated. Esther Winter Klages was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters by George Fox College in 1991.

Roberts, Arthur O.

Arthur O. Roberts (1922-) is a prolific Quaker writer who spent many years on the faculty of George Fox College after receiving his doctorate from Boston University in 1953.

Collection Description:

The Arthur O. Roberts Papers collection consists of a variety of materials including correspondence, addresses, membership lists, sermons, writings, research materials, newsletters, clippings, playscripts, music scores, annual reports, planning documents, lecture and curriculum notes, manuscripts (literary).

George Hutchens, Helen

Helen attended Pacific College from 1929 to 1931. In 1931 she married Wendell Hutchens, also a Pacific College alum.

Collection Description:

Helen George Hutchens Photograph Albums portray camping scenes on the West coast between 1915 and 1930. Many of the photos are depictions of students on campus at Pacific College, Helen George's family, and family friends from the First Friends Church, Portland, Oregon. Loose, unlabeled photographs in each album may be from an earlier era since costuming varies considerably from those shown in the secured photographs. Family letters--one referring to Helen's relative, Quaker missionary, Carrie Wood and her 40-year mission to India--and a transcript of a play about Carrie Wood's decision to become a missionary are also included.

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Heacock, Erma & Everett

Everett H. Heacock spent two years as a student at Friends Pacific Academy (1902-03) and at Pacific College (1903-04). His daughter, Erma Virginia Heacock Helm, was a student at Pacific University and the parent of an alumna. The long-time family association with the college and the Friends Church inspired Mr. Heacock's endowment for the construction of a new college dining room--the Heacock Commons--in 1965....

Collection Description:

The Erma Heacock Helm and Everett M. Heacock Collection cosisits of personal correspondence, photographs, clippings and brochures pertaining to George Fox College and its predecessor, Pacific College, Newberg, Oregon. Some documents relate to Newberg public schools, but most--in the form of graduation programs, dedication statements, brochures, photographs, Newberg Graphic clippings, The Crescent (student newspaper) clippings--are about Pacific College events and the building of Heacock Commons. The collection also includes a Pacific College fabric neckerchief with the hand-printed letter "P" in one corner, a copy of Mr. Heacock's dedication of Heacock Commons address, a 1974 letter from Levi Pennington to the Helms, and the printed obituary of Virginia Heacock Helm.