Guide to the Henry Ward Orser Records, 1895-1934
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Orser, Henry W., born 1879 Title Henry Ward Orser Records Dates 1895-1934 Extent 2 Boxes (2 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection consists primarily of the files created and accrued by Henry Orser during his tenure as treasurer of Norwich University. An alphabetical content listing of files contains additional information about the collection.
About Henry Ward Orser
Henry Orser was born in Carlisle, New Brunswick, in 1879 but his parents moved to Lowell, MA, when he was a boy and he attended the public schools there. He entered Norwich University in 1898 and remained for two years. He engaged in mining in Cripple Creek, CO, for several years before returning to Northfield, where he worked first for the Northfield Savings bank and later for Norwich University. In 1915, he became treasurer of the university and served in that capacity until 1933. As treasurer, Orser also served as secretary to the board of trustees from 1916 to 1933.
He married Wilhelmina Ripley in 1900. The couple had a son, Ward Bailey Orser, born 8 May 1901, who died during the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Henry Ward Orser.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Orser, Henry W., born 1879
Norwich University -- History -- 20th century.
Norwich University -- Finance.
Norwich University -- Buildings.
Student records -- Vermont -- Northfield.
College trustees -- Vermont -- Northfield.
Most of the materials within the collection are open for research; however, the privacy of information contained in some records is protected by the Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act or other legislative or regulatory privacy provisions. The following types of records are restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals about whom the information was collected.
Student academic records
Disciplinary and counseling records
Student financial aid records
Faculty/Staff personnel files
Promotion, tenure and grievance files
Medical case files
Legal counsel case files
Forty-eight hours’ notice may be required to access these records.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Henry Ward Orser Records, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection: Letter from Henry W. Orser to Guy P. Orser, 7 December 1918. Correspondence 1915-1918 file, Box 1, Henry Ward Orser Records, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 2 Boxes (2 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
CFO Books (housed separately) Account books with assets, liabilities, expenditures, and income, 1912-1927 and 1927-1933 (CFO Books 1-2) Account book with cadet accounts, 1929-1933 and 1933-1934 (CFO Books 3-4) Box 1 Aid to undergraduates, 1932-1933 Alcohol permits, 1927-1929 Alumni association, New York, address, 1926 Alumni funds, 1926 Auditors, Mayer & Eisenkoff, 1927-1929 Bank loans, 1928-1929 Bank loan, Shawmut Bank, 1926-1929 Budget, 1923-1928 Buildings and Grounds o Armory, 1928-1929 o Barracks, 1930 o Civil engineering lab, 1917-1918 o Polo field, 1922 o Riding hall, 1919-1920 o Underground piping, 1926 o U.S. Weather Bureau, 1906-1915 Charter and by-laws, 1923 and undated Clock system, 1917-1918 Colmar, Paul, 1928 Commandant’s office, 1926-1929 Contracts: telephone, 1905 Copyright, Norwich University songs, 1931 Correspondence, 1915-1934 (12 files) Dodge, Grenville M., estate, 1922-1930 Endowment fund report, 1923 Estate of Eugene B. Van Orman, 1909-1923 Estate, Nellie S. Baker Smith, 1931-1932 Executive committee, board of trustees, 1927-1928, 1932 Faculty, 1926-1928 Finance committee, board of trustees, 1907-1934 (2 files) Box 2 Finance records, miscellaneous, 1906-1933 Flood relief, 1927 Fund raising, 1929 Graduates, 1910-1926 Gregg, Frederic, bequest, 1920-1921 Hawkins, Rush C., bequest, 1921-1922 Horses and stables, 1908-1929 Insurance, 1925-1929 Insurance, equipment inventories, 1925 Investments, 1912-1939 (2 volumes) Kellogg, William Pitt, bequest, 1920 Lawsuit, Norwich University v. Henry Orser, 1933-1934 (2 files) Legal matters: Edward Gunshannon v. Norwich University Alumni Association, 1910 Legal matters: Supreme Court opinion on Norwich University cadets, 1895 Military property, 1928-1929 Military property, losses, 1922-1923 Parsons, Frank Terry, 1933 and undated Phillips, Frank A., estate, 1926-1927 President, 1927-1934 Program of progress campaign subscriptions, 1931 Real estate: W. H. Davison (Missouri land), 1922-1933 Rough Riders preparedness association, financial records, 1916-1918 Spooner, Charles, president emeritus, 1916 Student accounts, 1921-1923 and 1927-1929 (3 files and 1 volume) Student army training corps, 1919 Telegraph at Norwich, cost estimate, 1917 Thayer, Arnold, estate, 1922-1923 Trustees meetings, 1915-1933 (3 files) Vocational education, 1919-1921 Waterman, Arba N., 1917-1924 Whitcomb, R. H., professor, 1928 Young, Abner T., estate, 1928-1933
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