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Intercollegiate Athletics Records, 1908-2013

Intercollegiate Athletics "Three Beavers" logo, ca 1970s.
OAC Womens Basketball team, ca. 1910s.
Standing room only at the OAC baseball diamond, ca. 1920. Waldo Hall and the Armory (now McAlexander Fieldhouse) are visible in the background.
Competitor in a womens shot put competition, ca. 1920s.
The Pyramid Play, 1933. The pyramid play, used in blocking kicks, originated as a prank at an OAC football practice, according to Bill Tomsheck, a player on the 1933 football team. To the amazement of the pranksters, the play worked. It did not escape Coach Lon Stiner's attention and subsequently it developed into an authorized play. The play consisted of hoisting the 6'5" center, Clyde Devine, onto the shoulders of 6'2" tackles Harry Fields and Ade Schwammel, from which point he could reach out and knock down any ball headed for the goal posts. The Pyramid was banned by the NCAA rules committee within a year.
Oregon State College vs. University of Washington football program, 1938.
Mens basketball game at the brand new Gill Coliseum, ca. 1949. At the time, Gill Coliseum was the second largest suspended-arch structure in the nation and was touted as the "finest basketball plant west of the Rockies".

Information and Credits

RG 007

The Intercollegiate Athletics Records document the operation, marketing and performance of the Oregon State University athletic department, as well as the pursuits of thousands of student athletes whose endeavors have been administered by the department. The collection, which is eclectic in its material types and sprawling in its topical strengths, provides particular insight into the unit's work in the 1930s-1950s and the 1970s-1990s. Multiple decades worth of meeting minutes and several hundred game and event programs stand out as highlights of this record group.


Oregon State Baseball: 100 Years to a National Championship
Oregon State Baseball: 100 Years to a National Championship
The story of OSU baseball, beginning with its first win in 1907 through it's back-to-back national championships one-hundred years later.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


16.7 cubic feet, including 3 sound recordings, 1 video cassette and 1 CD-ROM; 23 boxes, including 6 oversize boxes, and 2 map folders; 1 microfilm reel


The collection is arranged into fifteen series, which are themselves organized either chronologically or alphabetically, as appropriate. The collection's series are: I. Intercollegiate Athletic Board Records, 1936-1985; II. Athletic Advisory Committee Records, 1985-2001; III. Department and Conference Meeting Minutes, 1985-1998; IV. Funding and Budgets, 1947-1992; V. Facilities, 1952-1997; VI. Reports and Lists, 1941-2001; VII. Legal Issues, 1980-1987; VIII. NCAA Certification, 1992-2000; IX. Title IX Compliance, 1975-2000; X. Game and Event Programs, Scorecards, 1908-2013; XI. Press Releases, 1941-2001; XII. Publications, 1922-2013; XIII. Subject Files, 1934-2013; XIV. Scrapbooks, 1937-1962; XV. Audio-Visual and Ephemera, circa 1980s-2009.

Related Papers

OSU's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics maintains its own archive consisting of approximately 200 cubic feet of paper materials, photographs, film reels, videotapes and ephemera. A general inventory of these materials is available upon request of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center (SCARC), but access to the contents is by permission only of the OSU Department of Athletic Communications.

Numerous collections within SCARC document Oregon State's athletic enterprise over the course of school history. Collections of interest include the Sports Media Guides (PUB 054) as well as the Intercollegiate Athletics Photographic (P 031) and Moving Images (FV P 031) collections, and the OAC Athletic Union Records (RG 041). Dozens of photograph collections depict OSU's past sporting exploits, including specific collections compiled for Baseball (P 007), Basketball (P 006), Crew (P 015), Football (P 004), Track and Field (P 010) and Women's Athletics (P 009).

SCARC also houses a multitude of scrapbook collections devoted to athletics, including two focusing on OSC's participation in the 1942 Rose Bowl (MSS RoseBowl and MSS RoseBowlPanagis), the Oregon State College - New York University Football Game Scrapbook (MSS OSCNYUFootball), the Dale Story Scrapbook (MSS Story), the Berny Wagner Scrapbook (MSS Wagner) and the Oregon State University Women's Basketball and Field Hockey Scrapbooks (MSS WomenBBHockey).

The Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection contains additional information about notable sports teams, individuals and events. Additional moving images collections containing substantive content related to OSU athletics include the Alumni Association (FV P 017) and the News and Communication Services (FV P 057) Motion Picture Films and Videotapes. Photo collections not specifically devoted to athletics but containing a large number of relevant images include Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC), Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017), News and Communication Services Photographs (P 057) and the Oregon Stater Photograph Collection (P 195).

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