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George Edmonston, Jr. Collection, 1907-2011

By Finding aid prepared by Chris Petersen.

Collection Overview

Title: George Edmonston, Jr. Collection, 1907-2011

Predominant Dates: 1986-2005

ID: MSS Edmonston

Primary Creator: Edmonston, George P.

Extent: 2.8 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into five series: 1. Photographs, 1909-2005; 2. Subject Files, 1907-2008; 3. Manuscripts and Publications, 1994-2002; 4. OSU Alumni Association Records, 1938-2011; 5. Oregon Stater Records, 1964-2005.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The George Edmonston, Jr. Collection primarily consists of materials collected and generated by Edmonston over the course of his nineteen years (1986-2005) as editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, during which time he wrote dozens of articles on the history of the university. The collection includes original and reproduced photographs and other primary sources used by Edmonston in his research and writing on OSU and the Willamette Valley. Also included are materials documenting the activities of the Oregon Stater, the OSU Alumni Association and the OSU 30-Staters Clubs both before and during Edmonston's time at OSU, as well as items written by Edmonston for publication outside of the Oregon Stater.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The George Edmonston, Jr. Collection is a rich resource for those interested in the history and traditions of Oregon State University. The collection contains nearly five hundred original and reproduced photographs depicting campus events and culture from the early 1900s to the end of the 20th century. Of particular interest are a set of real photo postcards created ca. 1911-1913 for OAC student Edgar Pierce, which document numerous campus scenes and activities contemporary to the time.

The collection likewise holds an extensive set of topically organized subject files, consisting of original and reproduced primary source materials gathered by Edmonston in his research on campus history. The results of this research are presented in Edmonston's publications, many of which are compiled in manuscript form in this collection. The entirety of Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips - an informal history of Oregon State University written by Edmonston and published as a web serial in 2001-2002 - is available in the collection, as are numerous manuscripts developed for use in various publications, including the Oregon Stater. Three books authored by Edmonston and one book manuscript are also available: Tales from Oregon State Sports (with Jeff Welsch, 2003), Double Duty. John & Dorothy Fenner: A Story of Honor, Commitment and Love (2007), Second Chance: The Cliff & Donna Grow Story (2011), and All I Wanted Was An Opportunity: The Ken Austin Story (manuscript, 2010).

The collection also features extensive sets of records reflecting the history, growth and activities of both the OSU Alumni Association and the Oregon Stater magazine. Within these materials are records of the 30-Staters Clubs, local alumni organizations created "to support and further the interests of the O.S.C. Alumni Association" by "serv[ing] as a nucleus in any community around which to rally the services of the alumni whenever the occasion warrants." The records also include documentation of numerous Alumni Association awards events, materials concerning Oregon Stater budgets and expenses, and biographical information on Edmonston himself.

In addition to the paper materials held in the collection, two compact discs and two DVDs - containing photographs, Powerpoint presentations, and an event video production - are present in series I, II and IV. These born digital materials have been copied to the SCARC file server for purposes of both preservation and access.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

George Perkle Edmonston, Jr. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1946. Following undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University, graduate work at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and service in the United States Navy, Edmonston built a career in writing and public relations through numerous positions at LSU, ultimately serving as editor of LSU Magazine for two years.

In 1986 Edmonston was hired to the position of Editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, which he held until retiring in 2005. During his tenure, the alumni publication switched from newsprint tabloid format to a glossy magazine, and received eight national awards as well as six regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. A prolific writer, Edmonston published dozens of articles focused on the history, traditions and culture of Oregon State University, and is the author of three books. Edmonston also regularly engaged with the campus community, speaking at numerous OSU-related events, especially those sponsored by the OSU Alumni Center. In 2007 Edmonston's service to OSU was formally recognized when he was named an Honorary Alumnus of Oregon State University.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 497 photographs, 2 compact discs and 2 DVDs; 717 megabytes born digital; 6 boxes including 2 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials:

The history of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine is outlined in the Chuck Boice Papers (MSS Boice), editor from 1969-1986, as well as the Oregon Stater Photograph Collection (P 195), which is largely comprised of images taken for use in the publication. The OSU Libraries hold a complete run of the Oregon Stater (PUB 3-11a) as well as the publication that preceded it, Oregon State Monthly. A detailed index to both publications is available online. Also available online are many of the OSU-related pieces that George Edmonston wrote for the Oregon Stater and the Alumni Association.

The activities of the OSU Alumni Association are also reflected in multiple collections held by SCARC, including the Alumni Association Records (RG 035), the Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV 017), and the Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017). The papers of several individuals who served as Director or Executive Secretary of the Association or were significantly involved with alumni matters are also part of SCARC's holdings. These individuals include Edward C. Allworth Papers (MSS Allworth), Ted Carlson Collection (MSS CarlsonT), Crawford Henderson ("Scram") Graham Collection (MSS GrahamC), E. B. Lemon Papers (MSS LemonEB), and Edwin T. Reed Papers (MSS Reed).

Components of the George Edmonston Collection have been separated out for inclusion in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC), which is itself a major resource for research on the history of OSU.

Preferred Citation: George Edmonston, Jr. Collection (MSS Edmonston), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Creators

Edmonston, George P.
Oregon State University. Alumni Association

People, Places, and Topics

College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Edmonston, George P.
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae--Periodicals.
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State University--History.
Oregon State University--Sports.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Students' songs--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Oregon.
Universities and colleges--Public relations--Oregon.
University History

Forms of Material

Born digital.
Compact discs.
DVDs.
Film negatives.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Photographs, 1909-2005
Series I is comprised of photographs collected by Edmonston or reproduced at his request from existing photo collections held by the Oregon State University Archives. While the photographs primarily depict campus scenes and activities over the course of the 20th century, the series also includes images of OSU Alumni Association functions and of Edmonston himself. Of particular note are a collection of real photo postcards created circa 1911-1913 for OAC student Edgar Pierce. Date ranges are included below for original items but not for images reproduced out of previously existing University Archives collections.
Extent: 497 items, including 291 prints, 86 postcards, 65 negatives, 45 slides, 5 print outs, 3 contact sheets, 1 compact disc containing 18 born digital images, 1 reproduced drawing

Box-Folder 1.1: Alumni Association - Events, 1996-2002
File includes group portraits from Alumni Association-sponsored trips to Greece and Antarctica as well as award and dinner events, including one featuring Paul Risser and Robert Lundeen. Others depicted include George Edmonston, John Fenner, Dorothy Fenner and Hilbert "Hib" Johnson.
Box-Folder 1.2: Alumni Association - Presidents, undated
Past OSUAA presidents Bob Moore and Mike Cowgill are identified.
Box-Folder 1.3: Alumni Center Building (CH2M Hill Alumni Center), 1997
Images depict the CH2M Hill Alumni Center under construction and in its finished form.
Box-Folder 1.4: Alumni - Portraits, undated
Identified individuals include: Phil Lane, J.W. "Bud" Forrester, Howard Harris, Warren Washington, David C. Murray, Dena L. Williams, Al Carver, George Andrews, Bob Rau, Knute Buehler, Terrence Marsh, Ralph R. Peterson, N. Christian Anderson III, Bruce Klunder, Gregory Lum, Ken Austin, Joan Austin, Douglas Engelbart, Gladys Johnston, Paul Castro, James W. Poirot, Robert Lundeen, Rex Barber, W. Richard Shellhorn, Jim Howland, Debra Walt, Bill Parrott, Andy Young and Mary Yates.
Box-Folder 1.5: Applegate Trail, July 1992
Images document the Nusbaum Ruts, Pioneer Crossing and Soap Creek Crossing.
Box-Folder 1.6: Baseball, 1911
Postcards document baseball scenes from 1911. Images include group portraits of the OAC baseball team as well as high school teams from Harrisburg, Junction City and Paulson, as well as high school senior and junior all-star teams. Also depicted are images of game play and the crowd at a Whitman versus OAC match-up. Identified players include Max Meyer, "Chief" Keck and "Bennie."
Box-Folder 1.7: Basketball, 1911-1990
Images include a real photo postcard of an early OAC junior basketball team, as well as portraits and game shots of Red Rocha, Gary Payton and Lew Beck. Also included are two images of the OSC basketball team that played against the Harlem Globetrotters in 1957-1958 and a series of images of an undated reunion of a basketball team presumably coached by Paul Valenti.
Box-Folder 1.8: Bell Field
Reproductions of photos dated 1920.
Box-Folder 1.9: Benton Hall, undated
File includes images of the bandstand and a conceptual drawing of Benton Hall.
Box-Folder 1.10: Buildings and Campus Views, 1909-1924
Images include artistic renderings of Waldo Hall and lower campus as well as a 1924 aerial view of the OAC campus.
Box-Folder 1.11: Central Oregon Campus (Bend, Oregon), circa 1999
Images of the entry to OSU Central Oregon, including one with Paul Risser.
Box-Folder 1.12: Commencement Procession
Reproduction of a photo of the 1915 commencement procession.
Box-Folder 1.13: Corvallis - Early Views, 1909-1943
Images include street scenes and buildings including the Hotel Corvallis, Fischer's Flour Mill and Benton County National Bank Building.
Box-Folder 1.14: Cross Country and Track & Field, 1911
Depicted in the post card set are participants and scenes from the 1911 track and field team. Identified individuals include Fritz Weatherford, Skip Dyer and Johnnie Baker as well as Reynolds, Endberg, Wolff and Naderman. Annotations indicate that the set was originally owned by Edgar Pierce. Also included in the file are reproduced photographs of the 1961 OSC national champion cross country team and of Dick Fosbury high jumping.
Box-Folder 1.15: Edmonston, George, 2005
The slides and negatives, which are undated, show Edmonston playing guitar on the steps of the Memorial Union with his band "The Buffalo Chips," during a graduation procession. Also included are images of Edmonston in his office, standing in the aisle of an airplane and marching in the Albany Veteran's Day Parade.
Box-Folder 1.16: Faculty and Staff - Portraits, undated
Individuals depicted include John Eggers, Paul Risser, Dan Edge, Dave Nishitani and John L. Fryer.
Box-Folder 1.17: Football, 1909
The real photo postcards held in this file depict the 1909 OAC football team through group shots, individual photos and game play, including the 1909 Civil War football game. Identified individuals include Keck (fullback and punter), Dinges, Huntley, Coach Shildmiller, Kellog, Hawley (captain) and Dwarte (left half). The file also includes seven color prints, likely created from slides, of action at Bell Field, ca. late 1940s. The remainder of the file contains reproduced images of noteworthy individuals and events from the history of OSU football, including the "Pyramid Play," the 1933 "Iron Men," the 1942 Rose Bowl, the 1962 Liberty Bowl, Terry Baker, Tommy Prothro, Dee Andros, Ed Kaohelaulii, Ted Bates, Joe Francis, Lon Stiner and Amos Marsh.
Box-Folder 1.18: Homecoming Bonfires, 1936
File includes an original image of the 1936 bonfire being built as well as undated images of a more contemporary homecoming bonfire, ca. 1980s.
Box-Folder 1.19: Homecoming Court
Reproduced images of the 1957 OSC Homecoming Court.
Box-Folder 1.20: Lady of the Fountain Statue, 1924
Box-Folder 1.21: McAlexander Fieldhouse, 1924
Box-Folder 1.22: Memorial Union, undated
Box-Folder 1.23: Military and ROTC, 1909-1993
The postcards in this file depict ROTC formations and activities, as well as two individuals - Edgar J. Pierce and John O. Baker. Also included are images of Marion Carl, the Sullivan brothers on the USS Juneau and a plaque dedicated to Tommy Swanson.
Box-Folder 5.1: Oversize Images, 1909-1997
File includes six items including an original composite image of the 1908 Pierian Society and an unidentified group photo of male students taken in the early 1940s. Also included is a mounted reproduction of a sketch by Tom Allen of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, created in 1997. Other reproductions depict the 1904 OAC football team, the OAC campus in the early 1900s and an undated OAC cadet formation on lower campus.
Box-Folder 1.24: Parker/Reser Stadium, 1955-2004
File includes an aerial view of Parker Stadium during the 1955 Homecoming game as well photos of the Valley Football Center and construction of the east side grandstand associated with the Raising Reser project.
Box-Folder 1.25: Presidents of OSU, 1962-1984
File consists of a series of images documenting a dinner held for President James Jensen by the Lane County 30-Staters Club in 1962 as well as a 1984 group portrait of four OSU Presidents and their wives: John Byrne, Robert MacVicar, James Jensen and Roy Young.
Box-Folder 1.26: Rally, undated
File includes images of Ken Austin in the first Beaver mascot costume, a canon being shot off at Parker Stadium, and Bernice Beaver at an OSU football game.
Box-Folder 1.27: Roadsigns for OAC, 1924
File consists of images of women posing in front of two road signs advertising OAC, "one of the nation's great agricultural colleges with over 5000 students."
Box-Folder 1.28: Roberts, Barbara, undated
Images of Gov. Barbara Roberts in her office, ca. 1990s.
Box-Folder 1.29: Students - Portraits and Group Photos, 1911-1997
The postcards held in this file were originally owned by Edgar Pierce and depict students sitting on the roof of a building identified as the "Shack," a group outing to Nye Beach and a group photo of the "Shack Bunch." The remainder of the file consists of individual and group shots of assorted students, mostly unidentified. One print identifies Ed Bishop, Dan Malmburg and Charles Church in front of their fraternity, 1947. Another identifies Rita Strobel in the laboratory, ca. 1997.
Box-Folder 1.30: Tennis, 1913
The postcards, marked as having belonged to Edgar Pierce, show tennis being played by Pierce and others. An undated print shows OSU tennis player Dave Auxier in action.
Box-Folder 1.31: Visiting Speakers, 1992
Images depict Wynton Marsalis and Jesse Jackson during visits to OSU.
Box-Folder 1.32: Weatherford Hall, June 28, 2002
Images from a photo shoot of the interior and exterior of Weatherford Hall, taken during the period of its closure. The compact disc contains 18 born digital images - many of them documenting Weatherford's decorated room doors - which have been copied to the SCARC file server. Photos by Dennis Wolverton.
Box-Folder 1.33: Women's Athletics, undated
The postcards depict an early OAC women's track and field team. The prints include two images of basketball player Carol Menken, one of gymnast Joy Selig, a photo of gymnast Chari Knight's perfect 10 score and another of softball player Parissa Plant.
Series 2: Subject Files, 1907-2008
Series II is comprised of materials gathered and arranged by Edmonston in support of his research on university and regional history. The subject files often include rough drafts of Edmonston articles and notes for speeches that he delivered. Newspaper clippings, notes, correspondence and photocopied primary source documents are also included in the files. Date ranges are specified below for original items only.
Extent: 59 folders

Box-Folder 2.1: Alumni - "Amazing Beavers", 1990-2004
Contents gathered by Edmonston, primarily for use in the "Amazing Beavers" Eclips web series published by the OSU Alumni Association.
Box-Folder 2.2: Alumni - Notable Alumni and Faculty, 1972-2005
A catch-all file for OSU alumni and faculty of note.
Box-Folder 2.3: Alumni - Outstanding Alumni Lists, 1964-1988
Box-Folder 2.4: Alumni - "Twelve Who Made a Difference", 2000-2004
Notes and Manuscript for a "Classes without Quizzes" presentation that Edmonston gave in 2004. The twelve alumni highlighted are: Fred Lockley, Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig, Miles Lowell Edwards, Glenn L. Jackson, G. Milton Harris, Wayne and Gladys Valley, Bill Blitz, Mercedes Bates, Douglas C. Engelbart, Ken and Joan Austin, Warren Washington and David Wong.
Box-Folder 2.5: Athletics - General, 1987-2008
Includes correspondence regarding the history of Oregon State mascots.
Box-Folder 2.6: Baseball
File contains photocopies of Oregon Stater and Barometer articles, as well as yearbook entries, 1900-1942.
Box-Folder 2.7: Basketball, 2000-2004
Box-Folder 2.8: Bergerson, Charles Gilbert "Gil" and Jules "Zuck" Carlson, 2004
Bergerson and Carlson were OAC graduates who played in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears.
Box-Folder 2.9: Bloss, John M., 1993
Box-Folder 2.10: Building Names, 2003-2004
Contains a script and Powerpoint file (burned to compact disc) on the history of campus buildings, prepared for presentation to OSU Facilities Services. The Powerpoint presentation has been copied to the SCARC file server.
Box-Folder 2.11: Byrne, John V., 1984-1991
Box-Folder 2.12: Carl, Marion, 1990-2000
Box-Folder 2.13: Choir - Valentine's Cabaret Event, 2001
Edmonston served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Box-Folder 2.14: CH2M Hill, Inc., undated
Box-Folder 2.15: Collins, James H. and Benjamin F., 2002-2003
The Collins brothers were the first Native American graduates of Oregon Agricultural College.
Box-Folder 2.16: Corvallis College/Oregon Agricultural College - Early History, 1980-2009
File includes undated notes for a talk by Edmonston on the connections between the First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis and Corvallis College/OAC.
Box-Folder 2.17: Corvallis College/Oregon Agricultural College - Early History, 1980-2009
Box-Folder 2.18: Cross Country, undated
File consists of undated interview notes with members of the 1961 national champion OSC cross country team. Participants include Dale Story, Jerry Brody and Cliff Thompson.
Box-Folder 2.19: Crystal Lake Cemetery (Corvallis, Oregon), 1987-2004
Box-Folder 2.20: Dickerson, Lewis "Hip"
Dickerson was an Oregon State College football player who was murdered in 1929 by an ex-girlfriend, Lanza Bryant. File consists of photocopied newspaper clippings, Oregon State Monthly articles and directory listings from the late 1920s.
Box-Folder 2.21: Duggan, Louise, 2000-2003
Louise Duggan was married to Tommy Swanson, a Beaver football player from the 1930s and, later, head football coach at Albany High School.
Box-Folder 2.22: Edwards, Miles Lowell, 1999
Box-Folder 2.23: Ferries of Oregon
File consists of photocopied newspaper and magazine articles, 1959-1984.
Box-Folder 2.24: Football - 1893 Team, undated
File consists of handwritten notecards with biographical information on players from the 1893 team.
Box-Folder 2.25: Football - 1894 Team
File consists of photocopied newspaper articles from 1894.
Box-Folder 2.26: Football - 1907 Team, 1907
File consists of a commemorative Barometer edition published to celebrate the 1907 football team, "Champions of the Pacific Coast." The team did not allow a single point in winning the six games that it played.
Box-Folder 2.27: Football - Civil War History, 1998-2008
Box-Folder 2.28: Football - General, 1915-2003
Box-Folder 2.29: Football - Gotham Bowl
File consists of photocopied newspaper and magazine articles from 1960 and web resources printed out in 2003.
Box-Folder 2.30: Football - 1985 University of Washington Upset, 1985-2000
On October 19, 1985, OSU's beleaguered football team defeated the University of Washington in Seattle. The Beavers had entered the game as 38-point underdogs.
Box-Folder 2.31: Ghost Towns, 1996
Box-Folder 2.32: Gilkey, Gordon, 1997-2000
Box-Folder 2.33: Gill, Amory T. "Slats", 2003
File consists of a manuscript "Up Close and Personal with 'Slats,'" by Alex Petersen. Petersen played basketball for Gill and his piece provides Petersen's perspective on many aspects of Gill's personality and methods, including his racial attitudes, game preparation, training and strategy, among other topics.
Box-Folder 2.34: Gill Coliseum
File consists of photocopied newspaper and magazine articles from the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Box-Folder 2.35: Halsell, Carrie B., 2001-2002
Carrie Halsell was the first African-American graduate of Oregon Agricultural College. (1926)
Box-Folder 2.36: Harlem Globetrotters at OSC, 1997
Notes and photocopied newspaper clippings compiled for a feature on the Harlem Globetrotters' visit to Corvallis in January 1953.
Box-Folder 2.37: Holbrook, Stewart, 2001
Box-Folder 2.38: Homecoming, 1922
File includes an issue of the OAC Alumnus titled "Home to Victory," from November 18, 1922. File also includes an extensive set of undated notes on the history of homecoming at Oregon State from 1904-1941.
Box-Folder 2.39: Jensen, James H., 1969
Box-Folder 2.40: Keep, Barney, 2000
Box-Folder 2.41: Kuehn, Louis E. "Hap", 1996
Kuehn was an OAC alum (class of 1926) and the school's swimming coach who also participated in the 1920 Olympic games.
Box-Folder 2.42: Leaders - Student and Alumni Groups, 1956-1977
File contains multiple compiled lists of presidents, officers and other student leaders for Associated Students of Oregon State University, senior classes, the Barometer, the Memorial Union and the Beaver Yearbook. Also included are lists of leaders of the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Mothers Club and OSU Dads Club.
Box-Folder 2.43: McCall, Tom, 1998
Box-Folder 2.44: McCullough, Conde B., 1992-1999
Box-Folder 2.45: Conde B. McCullough, 1887-1946: Master Bridge Builder of the Pacific Northwest, Ph.D. dissertation by Robert W. Hadlow, 1993
Box-Folder 2.46: Conde B. McCullough, 1887-1946: Master Bridge Builder of the Pacific Northwest, Ph.D. dissertation by Robert W. Hadlow, 1993
Box-Folder 2.47: McKittrick, Bobb, 2000
Bobb McKittrick was an OSC alum who coached in the National Football League for 21 years with the San Francisco 49ers. The file includes extensive genealogical material including a reproduced manuscript titled "A Trip Over the Highway on Foot" written by Sarah Combs in 1913.
Box-Folder 3.1: Memorial Union, 2003
File includes a Powerpoint presentation (burned to DVD) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Memorial Union. The Powerpoint file has been copied to the SCARC file server.
Box-Folder 3.2: Miller, Henry B., 1995
Henry B. Miller was president of Oregon Agricultural College for eleven months in 1896-1897.
Box-Folder 3.3: Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 1917
File includes an original copy of the petition to charter the OAC chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
Box-Folder 3.4: Snell, Margaret, 2001
Box-Folder 3.5: Tebeau, Bill, 2003
File consists of a typescript, "Bill Tebeau," by Mike Doherty. Tebeau was the first African-American male graduate of Oregon State College (1948).
Box-Folder 3.6: Tomsheck, Bill, 1989-2004
Tomsheck, who passed away in 2004, was the last surviving member of the OSC 1933 "Iron Men" football team.
Box-Folder 3.7: Track and Field, 1998
Box-Folder 3.8: Trysting Tree, 1960-1988
Box-Folder 3.9: Weatherford Law Firm, circa 1975
File consists of two copies of an undated monograph, "History of the Weatherford Law Firm, 1875-1975," by Michael Cowgill.
Box-Folder 3.10: Willamette Valley - History, 1979-2003
File contains materials on the Applegate Trail, the history of Albany, Oregon and local history newspaper columns written by Kenneth Munford, among other items.
Box-Folder 3.11: Women's Athletics and Title IX, 2002-2003
File includes notes from interviews conducted with Margaret Lumpkin and Sylvia Moore.
Box-Folder 3.12: Women's Center, 1987-2002
File includes reproduced monograph, "History of Oregon State University's Women's Center," by Michelle Ackley and Cecilia Pang, 1987.
Box-Folder 3.13: World War II - Involvement by Oregon State Alumni, 1991-2002
File contains an extensive collection of reproduced war service records for OSC alumni serving in World War II.
Box-Folder 3.14: World War II - Involvement by Oregon State Alumni, 1991-2002
File contains an extensive collection of reproduced war service records for OSC alumni serving in World War II.
Series 3: Manuscripts and Publications, 1994-2002
A collection of manuscripts and publications written or edited by Edmonston is arranged into series III. Of particular note are copies of three books and one book-length manuscript written or co-written by Edmonston. The series also holds an extensive campus history written by Edmonston titled Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips, which was published online in serial form by the OSU Alumni Association in 2001-2002. Many of the pieces that Edmonston wrote for the Alumni Association, including Carry Me Back, are available online.
Extent: 58 items

Box-Folder 4.1: Tales from Oregon State Sports, by Jeff Welsch and George P. Edmonston, Jr. Sports Publishing LLC, 2003
A copy of the published book.
Box-Folder 4.5: Tales from Oregon State Sports, by Jeff Welsch and George P. Edmonston, Jr. Sports Publishing LLC, 2003
Sample chapters and other background materials pertaining to the book's compilation and publication.
Box-Folder 4.2: Double Duty. John & Dorothy Fenner: A Story of Honor, Commitment and Love, by George P. Edmonston, Jr. Corvallis, Oregon: Cascade Printing, 2007
Box-Folder 4.6: All I Wanted Was An Opportunity: The Ken Austin Story, book manuscript by George P. Edmonston, Jr., 2010
Box-Folder 4.3: Second Chance: The Cliff & Donna Grow Story, by George P. Edmonston, Jr. Salem, Oregon: Your Town Press, 2011
Box-Folder 4.4: Newberg: Stories from the Grubby End, by George P. Edmonston, Jr. Newberg, Oregon: The Oregon Press, 2014
Box-Folder 4.7: Edmonston Articles and Essays, 1996-2006
Item 1: "OSU's Olympians." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, September 1996
Item 2: "The Inventors - Jim Batcheller." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, October 1997
Item 3: "Globetrotters Feature." Manuscript, 1997
Item 4: "Hawaii Calls - Webley Edwards." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, February 1998
Item 5: "Mercedes Bates - Betty Crocker's Boss," by Tom Bennett. Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, October 26, 1998
Item 6: "Paul Schissler's Early Years, 1924-1926." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, December 1998
Item 7: "Remembering Marion Carl." Manuscript, circa 1998
Item 8: "1st Globetrotter Game - 1953." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, February 1999
Item 9: "'Thrill Kids' - Lew Beck." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, February 1999
Item 10: "Alumni of the Century." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, April 1999
Item 11: "Ironhorse." [re: Wes Schulmerich] Manuscript for publication in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 1999
Item 12: "Focus on OSU - 1939 Football Team." Manuscript, October 1999
Item 13: "OSU Engineering 1916-1946 - C.B. McCullough." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, December 1999
Item 14: "House of Memories: OSU's Gill Coliseum Celebrates 50 Years." Manuscript for publication in the Mid-Valley Sunday, 1999
Item 15: "Remembering Barney Keep." Manuscript, circa 2000
Item 16: "Oregon State University (Established 1868) History and Athletic Traditions." Manuscript, October 2002
Item 17: "Billy Eagles." Manuscript for publication in the Oregon Stater, September 2006
Item 18: "W.J. Kerr." Manuscript, undated
Box-Folder 4.8: Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips Web series, 2001
Item 1: "OSU and the Oregon Trail." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 1 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, June 8, 2001
Item 2: "The Birth of Corvallis College." By George Edmonston, Jr. and Tom Bennett. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 2 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, June 22, 2001
Item 3: "Southern Democrats and Corvallis College (1859-1865)." By George Edmonston, Jr. and Tom Bennett. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 3 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, June 29, 2001
Item 4: "Stern Rules Against Bad Language." By George Edmonston, Jr. and Tom Bennett. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 4 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, July 6, 2001
Item 5: "The Farm." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 5 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, July 13, 2001
Item 6: "A Biography of Alice Biddle, OSU's First Alumna." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 6 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, July 20, 2001
Item 7: "'I Am Met by Three Serious Embarrassments.' - The Presidency of Benjamin Lee Arnold (1872-1892)." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 7 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, July 27, 2001
Item 8: "Arnold Struggles to Save His Infant College." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 8 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, August 3, 2001
Item 9: "Wallis Nash... A 'Gift' to Corvallis College from Victorian England." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 9 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, August 10, 2001
Item 10: "Ben Arnold's Legacy." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 10 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, August 17, 2001
Item 11: "The Stick that Stirred the Drink." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 11 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, August 24, 2001
Item 12: "The Birth of OSU Football." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 12 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, August 31, 2001
Item 13: "In the beginning..." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 13 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, September 7, 2001
Item 14: "1892-1896 - The Presidency of John McKnight Bloss." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 14 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, September 21, 2001
Item 15: "The 'Apostle' of Fresh Air: The Life and Career of Margaret Comstock Snell (1844-1923)." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 15 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, September 28, 2001
Item 16: "'Petticoat Management:' The 11-Month Presidency of Henry B. Miller." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 16 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, October 5, 2001
Item 17: "'My Little Farmer Boys:' The Presidency of Thomas Gatch (1897-1907)." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 17 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, October 12, 2001
Item 18: "William Jasper Kerr (1907-1932): 'OSU's Great Builder' (Part one of a three-part series)." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 18 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, October 19, 2001
Item 19: "'An Odd Mix of Triumph and Embarrassment:' William Jasper Kerr Begins His Presidency... (Part 2 of 3)." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 19 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, October 26 2001
Item 20: "'When Giants Collide: The Final Years of William Jasper Kerr's Presidency' Part 3 of 3." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 20 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, November 2, 2001
Item 21: "The Golden Age of Traditions (1890-1920)." By Tom Bennett and George Edmonston, Jr. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 21 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, November 9, 2001
Item 22: "Student Life and Student Government (1915-1940)." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 22 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, November 16, 2001
Item 23: "George Peavy and the Depression Years." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 23 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, November 23, 2001
Item 24: "The World War II Years (Part 1 of 2)." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 24 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, November 30, 2001
Item 25: "Oregon Staters and the Pacific Theater (Part 2 of 3)." By George Edmonston, Jr. and Tom Bennett. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 25 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, December 7, 2001
Item 26: "Oregon Staters and the War in Europe (Part 3 of 3)." By George Edmonston, Jr. and Tom Bennett. Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 26 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, December 14, 2001
Item 27: "The 'Red Scare' Comes to Corvallis." By Tom Bennett, edited by George Edmonston, Jr . Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 27 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, January 11, 2002
Item 28: "The Spitzer Affair, Part II." By Tom Bennett, edited by George Edmonston, Jr . Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 28 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, January 18, 2002
Item 29: "OSC Becomes OSU: The Legacy of August LeRoy Strand." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 29 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, February 1, 2002
Item 30: "Amazing Beavers, Part I." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 30 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, February 8, 2002
Item 31: "Amazing Beavers, Part II." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 30 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, February 15, 2002
Item 32: "Amazing Beavers, Part III." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 30 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, February 22, 2002
Item 33: "Amazing Beavers, Part IV." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 30 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, March 8, 2002
Item 34: "Amazing Beavers, Part V." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series - Part 30 of 30. OSU Alumni Association, March 29, 2002
Item 35: "Up Close and Personal: Campus Tour." Carry Me Back - Beaver Eclips web series. OSU Alumni Association, October 25, 2002
Series 4: OSU Alumni Association Records, 1938-2011
Series IV is comprised of materials reflecting the history and activities of the OSU Alumni Association, as well as the 30-Staters Clubs, independent alumni organizations which worked "to support and further the interests" of the Alumni Association. Included among the series' holdings are records of various awards ceremonies sponsored by the Alumni Association, including the granting of seven E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Awards from 1995-2004.
Extent: 19 folders

Box-Folder 3.15: “A Brief History of the OSU Alumni Association, 1875-1980.” Manuscript by Chuck Boice, 1991
Box-Folder 3.16: OSU Alumni Association - Historical File, 1951-1976
The historical files contain correspondence, budget information, organizational charts, internal reports and other records documenting the growth and activities of the OSU Alumni Association over time.
Box-Folder 3.17: OSU Alumni Association - Historical File, 1977-2007
Box-Folder 3.18: OSU Alumni Association - Historical File, 1977-2007
Box-Folder 3.19: 30-Staters Clubs - Constitution and Blank Charters, 1939
The first 30-Staters Club was founded in 1939. The intent of the clubs were "to support and further the interests of the O.S.C. Alumni Association" by "serv[ing] as a nucleus in any community around which to rally the services of the alumni whenever the occasion warrants." Membership in a given 30-Staters Club was originally restricted to no more than thirty male Oregon State alumni. One or more clubs could be established in any city, as interested warranted and pending approval from a governing executive committee.
Box-Folder 3.20: 30-Staters Clubs - Historical File, 1938-1962
Box-Folder 3.21: 30-Staters Clubs - Historical File, 1971-2004
Box-Folder 3.22: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Kazuyoshi Kawata, 1995
The E.B. Lemon Award is presented annually by the OSU Alumni Association to an Oregon State graduate who has made "significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career bring acclaim to the university." George Edmonston often served as master of ceremonies at Alumni Association awards functions.
Box-Folder 3.23: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Warren Washington, 1996
Box-Folder 3.24: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Ronald T. Miller, 1998
Box-Folder 3.25: Dan Poling Service Award - Hilbert S. “Hib” Johnson, 1998
The Dan Poling Award is presented by the Alumni Association and honors sustained service to OSU.
Box-Folder 3.26: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Jean Starker Roth, 2001
Box-Folder 3.27: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Martin Kelly, 2002
Box-Folder 3.28: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award - Keith McKennon, 2003
Box-Folder 3.29: Dan Poling Service Award - Milosh Popovich, 2003
Box-Folder 3.30: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award to Thomas C. “Burke” Hayes; Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award to Terence B. and Mildred Elder, 2004
The Graham Leadership Award honors individuals who promote the OSU Alumni Association.
Box-Folder 3.31: OSU Alumni Fellows Awards, 1989-1998
Box-Folder 3.32: Alumni Association Awards Celebration DVD, 2005
A copy of this production has been saved to the SCARC file server.
Box-Folder 3.33: OSU Class Reunions, 2003-2011
Box-Folder 3.34: OSU Capital Campaign - Background Materials, 2004
Series 5: Oregon Stater Records, 1964-2005
George Edmonston's editorship of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine is recorded in series V, as is a partial history of the publication in the years that preceded Edmonston's arrival at OSU. The series also includes biographical materials outlining the broader arc of Edmonston's career as well as his participation in the university's Fall Press Days and the magazine's receipt of multiple awards.
Extent: 11 folders

Box-Folder 3.35: Oregon Stater - Budget and Expenses, 1964-1986
Box-Folder 3.36: Oregon Stater - Budget and Expenses, 1987-1997
Box-Folder 3.37: Memoranda, 1989
Box-Folder 3.38: General Correspondence, 1978-2004
Box-Folder 3.39: Piupiumaksmaks article controversy, 2001-2002
In the December 2001 issue of the Oregon Stater, Edmonston wrote an editorial in which he referenced the attack of a Cayuse war party on Whitman Mission in 1847 and described Cayuse Chief Piupiumaksmaks as "the Osama bin Laden of his day." The piece elicited several critical responses and resulted in Edmonston's writing an "Editor's Apology" for the April 2002 issue of the magazine.
Box-Folder 3.40: "Next two issues", 2002
A collection of notes and materials compiled by Edmonston for use in two forthcoming issues of the Oregon Stater, ca. 2002-2003.
Box-Folder 3.41: Edmonston employment records and biographical information, 1985-2008
Box-Folder 6.1: Assorted certificates, 1984-2000
Box-Folder 6.2: Assorted certificates, clippings, and photographs
Box-Folder 3.42: Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Awards, 1988-1997
Box-Folder 6.3: Case Bronze Medal Certificate, 1992
Box-Folder 3.43: Fall Press Days, 2001-2005
An annual enrichment event held at OSU for high school journalism students.

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