Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Barney Keep Collection, 1935-2000

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes artistic renderings, correspondence, films, a videotape, newspaper clippings, an OSC cap, plaques, photographs, poems, publications, a radio transcript, ribbons, scrapbooks, sound recordings, trick props, trophies, and two bells.

Mostly reflecting Keep's radio career, the collection's scrapbooks also contain newspaper clippings and photographs relating to Keep's high school experience and travels on vacation. The sound recordings are captured on a variety of formats (reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette tape, vinyl) and contain excerpts from Keep's broadcasts as well as sound effects and music featured on his programs. The films record a family vacation in Europe.

Keep's last broadcast is captured on one of the vinyl recordings, while the videotape is a recording of a television segment about the last broadcast. Other items directly related to Keep's radio program include two reference books used as a source of information and two bells used to announce the Portland Public School lunch menu. The collection also includes sound recordings on six reel-to-reel and ten cassette tapes. In addition to excerpts from Keep's radio program, the recordings contain a eulogy for Barney after his death in 2000 and tributes to Keep that aired on Portland radio station KEX.

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