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Berny Wagner Scrapbooks, 1937-2012

Collection Overview

Title: Berny Wagner Scrapbooks, 1937-2012

ID: MSS Wagner

Primary Creator: Wagner, Berny

Extent: 5.85 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by year.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Berny Wagner Scrapbooks document the Oregon State University men's track and field teams coached by Wagner from 1966 through 1975.

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Berny Wagner Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and magazine articles documenting Wagner's tenure as coach of Oregon State University's men's track and field team for the 1966 through 1975 seasons. The scrapbooks highlight many of OSU's track and field standouts from that time, such as 1968 Olympic gold medal winner Dick Fosbury and All-Americans Jim Barkley, Steve DeAutremont, Willie Turner, Tom Woods, Jim Judd, Hailu Ebba, and Ed Lipscomb.

An addition to the Wagner Scrapbooks (Accession 2006:033) consists of photographs (numbering 218 prints in total) collected and taken by Berny Wagner of student athletes on the OSU Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. In addition to group shots of the teams, the images in this transfer also depict the athletes in active competition at meets, Wagner and the other OSU Track and Field coaches, Dick Fosbury at the 1968 Olympics, and the construction of the Valley Track Facility. Among the various events represented in these photos include: the discus throw, middle-distance running, javelin throw, high jump, intermediate hurdles, pole vaunting, sprinting, shot put, triple jump, and cross country running.

A second addition to the Berny Wagner Scrapbooks (Accession 2012:061) is made up of materials collected by OSU Track and Field Coach Carl "Berny" Wagner and includes certificates, correspondence, game programs, invitations, magazines, nametags, newsletters, newspaper clippings, a parking pass, photographs, sports media guides, teaching materials, and a workout diary. In addition to documenting Wagner's career in OSU athletics, these items also reflect his coaching career at the College of San Mateo, work as a high school physical education teacher, participation in track meets, and military service during World War II. Numbering 97 prints in total, the photographs include shots of Wagner with Olympic athlete and OSU track star Dick Fosbury as well as posed in group portraits with other teams that he coached such as the College of San Mateo, Western Oregon University, and The Athletic Congress. Wagner's original arrangement of these items by decade (1960's, 1970's, etc.) has been retained with the exception of the photographs, which have been described separately by subject areas such as OSU Track and Field, various track invitationals/clinics, and Wagner's coaching work outside of OSU.

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Berny Wagner served as Oregon State University's cross country and track and field coach from July 1965 through December 1975. In 1972 he was voted as a United States Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and was an assistant track coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Prior to coming to OSU, Wagner coached track and cross country at the College of San Mateo (CA) from 1962 to 1965 and track at four California high schools from 1949 to 1962. He received BA (1948) and MA (1949) degrees in Education from Stanford University.

Other positions that Wagner has held during his career have included working with Whitaker Corporation's International Sports program in Saudi Arabia (1976-1978); Executive Director of the Track & Field Association of the USA (1978-1981); and National Coach/Coordinator of The Athletics Congress (1981-1989).

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 10 volumes

Related Materials: OSU track and field press guides can be found in the Sports Media Guides (PUB 054). Additional information about OSU's track program is in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file "MC - Track and Field." Additional biographical information on Wagner can be found in the News and Communication Services Records (RG 203) biographical files and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file "MC - Wagner, Berny."

Preferred Citation: Berny Wagner Scrapbooks (MSS Wagner), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list for Accession 2012:061 was created on or before November 14, 2014.


Wagner, Berny

People, Places, and Topics

Barkley, Jim
DeAutremont, Steve
Ebba, Hailu,1950-
Fosbury, Dick.
Judd, Jim (James Lewis), 1952-
Lipscomb, Ed (Edmond Joseph), 1951-
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University--Track-athletics.
Track and field athletes--Oregon.
Track coaches--Oregon.
Turner, Willie
University History
Wagner, Berny
Woods, Tom (Thomas Eugene), 1953-

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