Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Jimmie Morris Papers, 1920-2008

Scope and Content Note

The Morris Papers consist of a wide variety of materials documenting Morris' life and work, as well as the evolution of KOAC broadcasting from the 1930s to the 1960s, in particular the infancy of KOAC television in the mid- to late 1950s. The collection contains a large volume of newspaper clippings, both assorted and arranged, as well as numerous additional material types, including manuscripts, correspondence, publications, photographs, audio formats and one 16 mm film.

Particular highlights of the collection include items reflecting Morris' initial exploits in radio as a teenager living in Eugene, Oregon; important early documents formalizing the establishment of KOAC radio's signal in the 1920s; typescripts of ten radio plays written by Morris circa the 1930s; and a wide swath of records related to the debate surrounding educational television in the 1950s, and its ultimate implementation in Oregon and elsewhere. Day-to-day life and smaller milestones in the history of KOAC are also recorded in multiple locations throughout the collection. The papers likewise include 170 photographic prints and color slides depicting Morris and his colleagues at KOAC, as well as the station's facilities and activities in both radio and television broadcasting.

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