Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

A.L. Strand Oral History Collection, 1949-1985

President A. L. Strand, 1947. August LeRoy Strand served as president of Oregon State University from 1942-1961. Strand helped create the Oregon State College Foundation in 1947 and introduced the idea of an OSU golf

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OH 07

The A.L. Strand Oral History Collection documents an oral history project conducted in the early 1980s to capture recollections and remembrances of A.L. Strand, President of Oregon State from 1942 to 1961. The collection includes recordings and transcripts of 10 oral history interviews, written remembrances and recollections, and extensive project records.

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0.8 cubic foot, including 11 audiocassettes and 3 photographs; 3 boxes


The materials described in this collection have been arranged into four series. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings or transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Finke, Margaret (August 7, 1981)
  • Gleeson, George (August 8, 1981)
  • Hovland, C. Warren (August 13, 1981)
  • Hoyt, C. Richard (September 5, 1981)
  • Lattie, Jim (January 28, 1982)
  • Mumford, D. Curtis (August 12, 1981)
  • Nelson, Roberta (August 8, 1981)
  • Popovich, Milosh (February 25, 1981)
  • Shideler, Fred (December 28, 1981)
  • Wood, G. Burton (December 30, 1981)

Related Papers

The Fred M. Shideler Papers include additional materials pertaining to this oral history project and about A.L. Strand as president of Oregon State College. The President's Office Records (RG 013) provide the most extensive documentation of Strand's presidency at Oregon State; a film of Strand is part of the President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes (FV P 092). Photographs of Strand are included with many other collections including the President's of OSU Photographic Collection (P 001) and the President's Office Photographs (P 092). Another oral history interview of Margaret Fincke, conducted in the early 1980s, is part of the College of Home Economics Oral Histories (OH 11). The Special Collections & Archives Research Center's holdings also include the papers of D. Curtis Mumford and G. Burton Wood.

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