Papers of William O. Rieke, President of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975-1992. This collection contains materials from Rieke’s term as President of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975 to 1992. It is divided into six series and then arranged chronologically into folders by subject. The first series contains correspondence and meeting transcripts from the presidential search and Rieke’s inauguration as president. The second series contains documents pertaining to Rieke’s family and personal life including programs from his children’s weddings, Christmas cards, and souvenirs from various trips abroad.
The third series is correspondence and memos from Rieke’s term as president. The correspondence involves church contacts, the Board of Regents, and university associates in Norway. The fourth series contains materials about university and community outreach and relations, including news releases, Rieke’s speeches, and documents from a student and staff survey conducted in 1975.The fifth series includes artifacts (largely plaques and other awards) from Dr. Rieke’s career and presidency. The final series includes interviews on cassette tapes with or about Dr. Rieke from the PLU Oral Histories and Lectures Collections.
Clifford O. Olson, left, and Robert Mortvedt, right, participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Olson Auditorium, built in 1969 and named for Mr. Olson, who was a coach and athletic director at the college from 1929 to 1948.