Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oral Histories of the 1959 Oregon State College Wrestling Court, 1983-2013

Group photo of the 1959 OSC wrestling court.

Information and Credits

OH 27

The 1959 Oregon State College Wrestling Court oral history collection consists of born digital audio files and transcripts, as well as supporting research materials compiled by OSU undergraduate student Brittany Backen in her research on the wrestling court and the controversy that it provoked. The collection includes interviews with members of the court, the former editor of the OSC Daily Barometer, and a former member of the 1959 wrestling team.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.01 cubic feet; 1 box; 130 MB born digital


The materials described in this collection have been arranged into two series - one consists of the collection's interviews and transcripts and a second the additional primary source materials gathered by Brittany Backen in support of her research project. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • (Aune) Essig, Janet (October 31, 2013)
  • (Backen) Hogan, Mary Ann (November 2, 2013)
  • (Lindbloom) Hamlin, Carol (November 9, 2013)
  • Noteboom, Kenneth (November 11, 2013)
  • (Ransom) Reid, Sharon (November 4, 2013)
  • Wenstrom, Charles R. (November 11, 2013)

Related Papers

Materials documenting a different controversy involving Dale Thomas and the OSU wrestling program are held in the Ed Ferguson Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook (MSS Apartheid). Research on the history of wrestling at Oregon State may be conducted in the Intercollegiate Athletics Records (RG 007), the Sports Media Guides (PUB 054) and the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection. Historic images of wrestling at Oregon State are held in the Intercollegiate Athletics Photographic Collection (P 031), the James G. Arbuthnot Photograph Collection (P 191), the John L. Robbins Photographs (P 295), the Claud L. Booth Photograph Album (P 300), Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC) and the News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 057).

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center holds hundreds of collections reflecting the experiences of women students at Oregon State. Collections that incorporate a focus on changes in women's roles at the university include the Associated Students of OSU Records (RG 011), President's Commission on the Status of Women Records (RG 159) and Women's Center Records (RG 243). The Associated Women Students Scrapbook (MSS AWS), Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057) and Photographs (P 097) are also collections of interest.

An interview with Janet Essig's husband, Don Essig, is held in the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 26). The research paper created by Brittany Backen as a result of this project is available in ScholarsArchive@OSU.

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