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Willi Unsoeld Collection, 1963-1979

William Francis "Willi" Unsoeld, 1960. Unsoeld was a faculty member in Religion and Philosophy. In 1963 he became one of the first Americans to successfully scale Mt. Everest.

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MSS Unsoeld

The Willi Unsoeld Collection documents OSU alumnus and faculty member Willi Unsoeld's spring 1963 climb of Mount Everest and the fall 1963 OSU fundraising campaign to defer Unsoeld's medical expenses resulting from the Mount Everest climb. The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, financial reports, clippings, and a 1979 Oregon Senate resolution.

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Scope and Content Note


0.1 cubic foot; 1 box


The collection is arranged into four series: I. Mt. Everest Expedition Newsletters; II. Correspondence; III. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings; and IV. Oregon Senate Resolution.

Related Papers

Newspaper clippings and magazine articles from the Oregon Stater pertaining to Willi and Jolene Unsoeld are available in the Willi Unsoeld and Jolene Unsoeld Memorabilia Collection files. The Oregon State University Mountain Club Records contain information about the Unsoelds' participation in and leadership of that group. The News & Communication Services Photograph Collection (P 57) contains two 1960 portraits of Unsoeld while a member of Oregon State's faculty. The President's Office Photograph Collection (P 92) contains a kinescope photograph of Unsoeld at OSU's 1962 commencement.

The Evergreen State College Archives and Special Collections includes materials pertaining to Willi Unsoeld and Jolene Unsoeld's legislative and congressional papers.

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