The Horner Museum Oral History Collection consists of more than 250 oral history interviews conducted or assembled by the Horner Museum. The interviews address a variety of topics including the stories of Oregon State University faculty, students, and academic departments; the history of Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon; evolving economic and cultural perspectives on natural resources in rural Oregon; the life experiences of Native Americans and other ethnic minorities in the region; and the recollections of Americans born in the first few decades of the twentieth century.
9.8 cubic feet, including 418 audiocassettes and 103 photographs; 20 boxes
The collection is arranged in three series: I. Audiocassettes, 1975-1992; II. Transcripts and Project Files, 1952-1992; and III. Administrative Records, 1973-1993.
At least fourteen of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center's oral history and manuscript collections contain components of, or were created entirely from, content that once resided in the Horner Museum Oral History Collection. These collections are itemized in the Processing Information included in this finding aid.
SCARC holdings also include three additional collections documenting the activities of the Horner Museum: Friends of the Horner Museum Records (MSS FriendsofHorner), Horner Museum Photographs (P 159) and Horner Museum Records (RG 199).
SCARC also holds the personal papers of several OSU faculty who were interviewed for deposit in this collection. These individuals include, among others, Eva Blackwell, Roland E. Dimick, John C. Garman (photograph collection), E. B. Lemon, Dan W. Poling, Charles R. Ross, T. J. Starker, Betty Lynd Thompson, Chih H. Wang, Melvin N. Westwood, and G. Burton Wood.