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J. Kenneth Munford Collection, 1866-2000

J. Kenneth Munford posing with OSU Press books, 1962.  Munford received a degree in Education in 1934 from Oregon State College and from 1939-1941, he served as instructor for the English Department. In 1948 Munford became an editor for the Office of Publications, later being promoted to Director of Publications in 1956. He helped lead the founding of the OSU Press in 1961 and served as its first director.

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MSS Munford

The J. Kenneth Munford Collection consists of a variety of materials assembled and created by Munford as a student, teacher, writer and editor, and local historian.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


4 cubic feet


Organized into thirteen series: I. Munford Family; II. Souvenirs of college; III. Helen Marjorie Munford-Music Studies; IV. Radio Productions; V. John Ledyard Publications; VI. Scrapbook; VII. Corvallis Gazette-Times Columns; VIII. Other Publications on OSU and Corvallis History; IX. Travel Notes; X. Phi Kappa Phi Materials; XI. Certificates and Awards; XII. Newspaper Clippings; and XIII. Sound Recordings.

Related Papers

The Office of University Publications and OSU Press (RG 18) includes materials pertaining to that office during Munford's years as Director. The KOAC Records (RG 15) include extensive records pertaining to the KOAC School of the Air and other radio programs. Materials pertaining to Adventures of a Home Economist, written by Munford and Ava Milam Clark, are available in the Ava Milam Clark Papers. Documents relating to Munford's involvement in Phi Kappa Phi can be also be found in the records of the OSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. The OSU Archives' holdings also include the Banks Dairy Products Company Records; Kenneth Munford's mother, Flora M. Munford, was a stockholder in the corporation and secretary of the Board of Directors.

The OSU Archives holdings include many other materials pertaining to OSU history as well and local and regional history. In addition, the Benton County Historical Museum's holdings include extensive documentary and visual materials pertaining to the history of Corvallis and Benton County.

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