Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Barney Keep Papers, 1918-2000

Barney Keep with two unidentified women, ca. 1950s. Keep worked with KOAC before becoming a well-known radio personality for Portland's KEX radio station, where he worked from 1944-1979.

Information and Credits

MSS Keep

The Barney Keep Papers document the life, career and celebrity of Barney Keep, a popular Portland radio broadcaster and Oregon State alum. The Keep Papers include scrapbooks, various audio formats and other materials that reflect Keep's broadcasting style, rise to fame and persistent success over thirty-five years on the air at KEX-FM. Several audio recordings held in the collection have been digitized and are available online through links included in this guide.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


5.8 cubic feet including 450 photographs, 35 reel-to-reel tapes, 11 vinyl record albums, 9 standard audiocassettes, 6 eight-track cartridges, 4 8mm film reels and 1 VHS videotape; 9 boxes, including 4 oversize boxes


The Keep Papers are arranged into five series: I. Audio, Video and Film Recordings; II. Scrapbooks; III. Photographs, Correspondence and Memorabilia; IV. Awards; V. Retirement Keepsakes.

Related Papers

The lengthy history of student radio at Oregon State is documented in the KOAC Records (RG 015), KOAC Photographs (P 207), Mike Club Scrapbook and Sound Recordings (MSS Mike) and Jimmie Morris Collection (MSS MorrisJ). Other collections containing substantive records pertaining to KOAC include the Library Records (RG 009) and President's Office Records (RG 013). A web exhibit marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of KOAC Radio is also available online as are a collection of photographic images digitized from the Keep Papers. Keep's OSC senior thesis, "An analysis of the opinions of high school students in Oregon toward the lumber industry," is also available within SCARC's History of the Pacific Northwest book collection.

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