MS 635 - Frank C. Ogg Papers
|MS 635 - Frank C. Ogg Papers
|BGSU Centennial History
Virginia Ogg Magada and Florence Ogg Smith, daughters of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Professor Dr. Frank C. Ogg donated this collection of family documents and their father's writings and classroom instructional materials to the Center for Archival Collections on April 5, 1992.
This collection is comprised of mostly family correspondence, photographs, negatives, and Dr. Ogg's writings, speeches, class lectures and instructional notes. Some family documentation is also included for the Chappell and Sutton families (Dr. Ogg's wife's family). The three cubic feet of records date from 1859-1972 with most of the documents dating from the 1920's and early 1930's. No restrictions have been placed on the use of this collection. Literary, copyright and property rights of this collection have been dedicated to the public. Duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and scholarly research.
Frank Chappell Ogg was born February 3, 1899 in Richmond, Virginia to Marcie Edna Chappell Ogg and Oscar Jesse Ogg. In his youth, Dr. Ogg lived in Pueblo, Colorado; Helper, Utah; Dodge City, Kansas; and Raton, New Mexico. He was Division Superintendent for the Atchison-Topeka-Sante Fe Railroad. In 1918 Dr. Ogg graduated Valedictorian from Colfax County High School in Raton, New Mexico. In the fall of that same year, at the end of WWI, he served in the United States Army.
Dr. Ogg earned his Bachelors degree from The University of New Mexico in 1922 and by 1924 and 1927 he had received both a Masters and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics from The University of Illinois. From 1927 until 1931 he was an instructor at The University of Illinois.
Frank C. Ogg married Florence Sutton on July 14, 1928. Florence was a graduate student in Mathematics at The University of Illinois. Frank and Florence moved to Bowling Green, Ohio in the Summer of 1931. He would serve as Associate Professor from 1931-1940; Professor from 1940-1969; and Chair of the Mathematics Department from 1947-1969 at Bowling Green State University.
After Ogg's retirement in June 1969, the Board of Trustees named the divisional library of Mathematics and Science in the new Mathematical Science Building the "Frank C. Ogg Library of Mathematics and Science".
Ogg was active in the B.G. Town and Gown Club, Faculty Senate, the Torch Club, and many other organizations. He and his wife Florence had five children: Dr. Frank C. Ogg, Jr., Virginia Caroline Ogg Magada, Florence Marcie Ogg Smith, Dr. Andrew Pollard Ogg; and Oscar Robert Ogg. Frank Ogg died on June 9, 1976.
|Scope and Content
The Frank C. Ogg Collection is almost evenly divided between family documentation in the form of correspondence and photographic materials and his classroom instructional texts, notebooks, lectures, and the like.
The correspondence provides a glimpse into Ogg's relationship with the immediate members of his family. Some of the legal and financial documents shed additional light on the family's business affairs and Ogg's tenure at various universities.
Ogg's writings, classroom notes and instructional materials familiarize the researcher to some degree with his research and teaching method in mathematics. One would have to have some knowledge of mathematics to fully utilize and appreciate the specialized documents.
Ogg's speeches written for the B.G. Town and Gown Club provide further insights into his thoughts as an educator and active community member. One of his speeches, "Looking Backward" highlights portions of BGSU's history. It appears that history was an area of particular interest to Ogg, specifically the history of science.
The photographic materials and negatives comprise one cubic foot of the collection and are largely unidentified with the exception of three boxed and indexed sets of negatives from c.1916 in which individuals and places are identified. The photos and negatives pertain mostly to Ogg and his immediate family, primarily in the 1920s and early 1930's. Other general images seem to have been taken when the family was traveling and living in the West. To some extent, further identification of photos and negatives could be done by starting with the boxed/indexed negatives and then working backward through the folders of prints and negatives. There are only a small number of photographic prints in the collection, negatives predominate.
WRITINGS BY FRANK C. OGG
CLASSROOM NOTES, LECTURES, AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
DEEDS, MORTGAGES, ABSTRACTS
LETTERS OF APPOINTMENT (CONTRACTS)
MISCELLANEOUS HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNTS AND RECEIPTS
REPORT CARDS AND COMMENCEMENT DOCUMENTS
NEGATIVES (SOME GLASS PLATE)
BOY SCOUT CARDS, PATCHES, BUTTONS, ETC.