Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings, 1956-2012

Agricultural Engineering students and their two professors assembled in front of Weatherford Hall prior to departing for the Chicago World's Fair, 1933.

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The History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings consist predominantly of oral histories conducted in 1956 by Lillian Van Loan for her doctoral dissertation on the history of Oregon State College and subsequent interviews done by Ilona Fry in 1980 on the development of liberal arts at Oregon State University.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.9 cubic foot, including 22 reel-to-reel audiotapes, 11 audiocassettes and one born digital wav file; 3 boxes; 0.8 GB born digital


Recordings are arranged by material type. Series have been devoted to transcripts, reel-to-reel audiotapes, audiocassettes and born digital audio files. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings are held in this collection is as follows.

  • Allworth, Edward C. (August 9, 1956)
  • Beaty, E.B. (Edward Benjamin) (October 23, 1956)
  • Besse, Ralph (October 16, 1956)
  • Bouquet, Arthur G. (November 13, 1956)
  • Clark, Ava B. Milam (Interview - July 12, 1956; Lecture - October 8, 1963)
  • Davis, Bertha (July 11, 1956)
  • Dawes, Melissa Martin (November 6, 1956)
  • Gilkey, Gordon W. (June 27, 1980)
  • Hartmen, Henry (1956)
  • Holgate, Helen (July 5, 1956)
  • Jensen, Chris (Mrs. James H.) (1969)
  • Jensen, J. Granville (April 10, 1980)
  • Lemon, E.B. (Erwin Bertran) (July 10, 1956)
  • Lemon, Lora (ca. 1956)
  • Matthews, Oliver V. (August 5, 1959)
  • Orzech, Miriam (February 13, 1980)
  • Pauling, Linus (May 20, 1980)
  • Robbins, William (March 27, 2012)
  • Ruzek, C.V. (Charles Vladis "Bo") (ca. 1956)
  • Sherburne, J.W. (James Wilson) (August 7, 1956)
  • Snell, Nona (August 23, 1974)
  • Strand, Molly (1969)
  • Strickland, Gertrude (July 5, 1956)
  • Warrington, Ernest W. (October 30, 1956)
  • Williams, Jessamine (August 1, 1956)
  • Workinger, May (October 30, 1956)

Related Papers

Lillian Van Loan's dissertation based on the 1956 interviews is available online in ScholarsArchive@OSU. The Special Collections & Archives Research Center holdings include the papers of several of the interviewees: E.C. Allworth; Ralph Besse; Arthur G.B. Bouquet; Ava B. Milam Clark; J. Granville Jensen; E.B. Lemon; Lora Lemon; Oliver V. Matthews; and William Robbins. The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers are also held by the department. Additional materials pertaining to the topics in the interviews are available in the Agricultural Experiment Station (RG 025), College of Home Economics and Education (RG 141), Educational Opportunities Program (RG 230), Horticulture Department (RG 187), and Memorial Union (RG 099) Records. Additional oral histories documenting the development of degree programs in the humanities and social sciences at Oregon State are part of the A.L. Strand Oral History Collection (OH 07).

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