Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection, 1995-2014

Scope and Content Note

The Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Oregon State students as part of Anthropology 498 (Oral Traditions), History 415/515 (Digital History) and Sociology 418/518 (Qualitative Research Methods) classes, as well as internships within the Special Collections & Archives Research Center. The interview subjects include Oregon State alumni, faculty, and administrators. Materials have been donated to the Center on many different types of media, but all sound formats have been converted to digital *.wav files and all video formats have been converted to *.mpg files. These digital files are stored on the SCARC department server and access is provided by staff archivists.

Gail Nickerson was interviewed in February 1995 by Natasha Allaire for the Anthropology 498 course. The interview includes information about Waldo Hall dorm life and campus activities in 1956. The interview was originally recorded onto two audio cassettes, now available as digital sound recordings. A transcript is also available. Nickerson was interviewed again in March 2013 by Allison Burr and Mike Jager for the History 415/515 course. The 2013 interview, which also focused on Nickerson's recollections of life in Waldo Hall, was video recorded and a dvd containing a *.mov file was deposited with the Special Collections & Archives Research Center. That file was converted to *.mpg format and both files are available for patron use.

Miriam Minnick (OSU Libraries Information Services) and Rod Waldron (OSU Libraries Director) were interviewed during the summer of 2004 by University Archives student intern Rachael Wilson. In 2009 these recordings were transferred from the original audio cassette tapes to two sets of three compact discs.

Four interviews were conducted during Fall 2008 by students in Sociology 418/518. The interviewees were Helen Berg (Survey Research Center; Mayor of Corvallis), Gwil Evans (College of Agricultural Sciences), Bryce Gregory (Contractor), and Clifford Trow (History Department Professor Emeritus). The collection includes born digital sound recordings for these interviews. No transcripts were deposited for these interviews, though an outline is available for Helen Berg. Consent forms are available for all interviews except for Bryce Gregory. Background information is available for Gwil Evans.

Eight interviews were conducted during Winter 2010 by students in Sociology 418/518. The interviewees were Emery Castle (Agriculture & Resource Economics Professor Emeritus), Wil Gamble (Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Professor Emeritus), C. Warren Hovland (Department of Religious Studies Professor Emeritus), Phyllis Lee (Office of Multicultural Affairs), Carol Menken-Schaudt (OSU Women's Basketball), Richard Morita (Department of Microbiology Professor Emeritus), Miriam Orzech (Educational Opportunities Program), and Clara Pratt (School of Social & Behavioral Health Sciences Professor Emeritus). All of these interviews provide information about the subjects' personal background and family history, educational background, and activities as a faculty member or administrator at Oregon State University. Transcripts, compact discs and born digital sound recordings are available for all interviews, and consent forms are available for all interviews except for Carol Menken-Schaudt. Background material is available for C. Warren Hovland.

Six interviews were conducted during Winter 2011 by students in Sociology 418/518. The interviewees were Kent Daniels (International Research and Development), Larry Griggs (Educational Opportunity Program), Zoe Ann Holmes (Food Science & Technology), Richard Tubb (Fisheries and Wildlife), Paul Valenti (OSU Men’s Basketball Coach), and Aaron Wolf (Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Professor). Compact discs and born digital sound recordings are available for all interviews. In addition, transcripts are available for all interviews except for Aaron Wolf, and consent forms are available for Kent Daniels, Larry Griggs, Zoe Ann Holmes, and Paul Valenti. Background material is available for Kent Daniels.

Four interviews were conducted during Winter 2012 by students in Sociology 518. The interviewees were Jimmy Anderson (OSU Men’s Basketball Coach), Erlinda Gonzales-Berry (Ethnic Studies Professor), Mike Maksud (Public Health & Family Sciences Dean Emeritus), and Terri Tower (University Housing & Dining Services). Transcripts, compact discs and born digital sound recordings are available for all interviews. Consent forms are available for Jimmy Anderson and Terri Tower.

Leroy Wilder was interviewed in May 2012 by SCARC student intern Hannah Mahoney. The interview contains information about Wilder's experience participating in the ROTC Raiders program, which trained undergraduate students in counter-warfare techniques during the Vietnam War era. The interview is available as a born digital sound recording. A permissions form and an outline of questions are also available.

Six interviews were conducted in Winter 2013 by students in Sociology 518. The interviewees were Joseph Cone (Sea Grant Communications), Margaret Fox (Educational Opportunities Program), Sylvia Moore (Health and Human Performance; Women's Intercollegiate Athletics), Beth Rietveld (OSU Women's Center), Jo Anne Trow (Associate Dean of Students; Vice Provost for Student Affairs) and Charles Vars (Economics; Mayor of Corvallis). Transcripts are available for all interviews as are compact discs and/or digital sound recordings. Signed permissions forms were obtained for Moore, Rietveld and Trow.

Four interviews were deposited in Winter 2014 by students in Sociology 518. The interviewees were David Brauner (Anthropology), Roberta Hall (Anthropology), Carol Savonen (OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications) and Susan Shaw (Women Studies). Transcripts are available for all interviews as are born digital sound recordings. Signed permissions forms were obtained for all four interviewees. Also included is the final paper written by the Roberta Hall group and describing methodology, data, limitations and ethical considerations pertinent to their research process.

All audio-only interviews are currently available for reference use as *.mp3 digital sound files. The original born digital sound files deposited with SCARC came in several formats, including *.aif, *.dct, *.dss, *.ds2, *.mp3, *.wav and *.wma.


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