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History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings, 1956-2019

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen and Chris Petersen.

Collection Overview

Title: History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings, 1956-2019

Predominant Dates: 1956-1980

ID: OH 003

Primary Creator: Van Loan, Lillian Schroeder

Extent: 0.9 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Recordings are arranged by material type. Series have been devoted to transcripts, reel-to-reel audiotapes, audiocassettes and born digital audio files.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings consist of oral histories conducted in 1956 by Lillian Van Loan for her doctoral dissertation on the history of Oregon State College and subsequent interviews done by Ilona Fry in 1980 on the development of the liberal arts at Oregon State University. The collection also includes more contemporary interviews conducted by SCARC staff and relating to various aspects of OSU's history.

Scope and Content Notes

The legacy projects held in the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings are individually numbered OH03a:01 thru OH03a:20, OH03b:01 thru OH03b:05 and OH03c:01. The identifier "a" has been designated for projects originally recorded to reel-to-reel audiotape. The identifier "b" has been given to projects recorded to audiocassette. Sound recordings and transcripts are available for all components of the collection except two tape recordings of the Library dedication (OH03a:21). Interviews originally captured onto audiocassette have been digitized to *.wav format; these files are available by request of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center. The bulk of the oral histories held in this collection were conducted by Lillian Van Loan in 1956 (16 interviews), Ilona Fry in 1980 (4 interviews), and Chris Petersen after 2012.

Lillian Van Loan interviewed the following Oregon State faculty, administrators, and alumni: Major E.C. Allworth, E.B. Beaty, Ralph Besse, Arthur G.B. Bouquet, Ava B. Milam Clark, Bertha Davis, Melissa Martin Dawes, Henry Hartman, Helen Holgate, E.B. Lemon, Lora Lemon, C.V. Ruzek, J.W. Sherburne, Gertrude Strickland, E.W. Warrington, Jessamine Williams, and May Workinger. The interviews address a variety of topics including the development of academic programs at Oregon State; campus buildings and facilities; college presidents, especially William Jasper Kerr and Thomas M. Gatch; programs and activities during World War II; agricultural research and the Experiment Station; the establishment and growth of the Memorial Union; and student activities.

Ilona Fry interviewed four Oregon State alumni, faculty, and administrators in 1980: Gordon W. Gilkey, J. Granville Jensen, Miriam Orzech, and Linus Pauling. The interview of Gordon Gilkey documents Gilkey's work with the restitution of artworks in Europe after World War II, his years as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State, and the development of humanities and social science academic programs. Jensen's interview provides information about the geography and natural resources academic programs at Oregon State; the relationship between the geography departments at OSU and the University of Oregon; international programs; and geography faculty. The Orzech interview (available online) is focused on the Educational Opportunities Program and academic support services for minority students at Oregon State; Orzech discusses the Chicano Student Union, Black Student Union, and Native American Students Association as well as racial prejudice in Corvallis. In his interview (available online) Pauling discusses a variety of topics in his interview, including his Nobel Prizes, the effects of Vitamin C, his student years at Oregon Agricultural College, his peace activities and protests against nuclear testing, and his chemistry research.

Five of the oral histories in the collection were conducted by other interviewers. The interview of Oliver V. Matthews was conducted in 1959 by Dean McCulloch and Charles Ross and addresses Matthews' explorations and study of Oregon trees. The interview of Beulah and Helen Gilkey (available online) was conducted in 1966 by Betty Lynd Thompson and focuses on the history of physical education at OSU. The interview of Nona Snell was conducted in 1974 by Veronica Sitton; Snell discusses her husband's aunt, Margaret Snell, the homes that Snell built on Monroe Avenue, and her involvement with the Village Improvement Society and the planting of trees in Corvallis.

The interview of William Robbins (available online) was conducted in 2012 by Chris Petersen and focuses on Robbins' recollections of noted revisionist historian William Appleman Williams. Petersen also led the 2018 interview with Monte Campbell (available online) focusing on the history of physical education for women at OSC in the early 1950s - Monte's son Glen assisted with this interview - and the 2019 interview with Charles Goodrich focusing on Goodrich's career as a writer and gardener, as well as his work as director of the Spring Creek Project at OSU. Petersen likewise conducted 2019 interviews with Tom Kirch, the former director of Recreational Sports at OSU; Dick Clinton, emeritus professor of Political Science; Sam Stern, emeritus professor and former dean of Education; Betty Miner, former instructor in Home Economics; Bill Wilkins, economist and Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts; and Caroline Wilkins, former History instructor and vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1972-1977.

The collection includes several other sound recordings, including a lecture by Ava Milam Clark in 1963 on her personal philosophy and the early history of home economics at Oregon State; farewell speeches by the wives of Oregon State Presidents, James H. Jensen and A.L. Strand, on the occasion of the Jensens' departure from Oregon State in 1969; and This is OSU recorded in 1962 for the Voice of America. A recording of students in the Air Force Cadet Moonflight Simulator is also included as are two audiotapes of the Library dedication. The Library dedication tapes are undated, but are likely of the 1963 dedication of the new Kerr Library building.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Lillian Schroeder Van Loan conducted oral histories of Oregon State faculty and administrators for her doctoral dissertation, Historical Perspective of Oregon State College, submitted in 1959. Van Loan completed her Ed.D. degree at Oregon State College in 1959.

An oral history program was established within the Oregon State University Archives in 1970 with Ilona Fry as oral historian. The initial focus of the oral history program was the development of the liberal arts at Oregon State University and recorded the recollections of liberal arts faculty and OSU administrators. The oral histories conducted by Van Loan in 1956 were used to inform this latter work. Fry left Oregon State in September 1980.

Edward C. Allworth graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916 and joined the college faculty in 1925 as manager of the Memorial Union, a position he held until his retirement in 1963.

E.B. (Edward Benjamin) Beaty earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from Oregon Agricultural College in 1903; he became a faculty member in mathematics in 1908 and continued until his retirement in 1947. Ralph S. Besse served as a farm management extension specialist and administrator in the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1922 until his retirement in 1953. Arthur G.B. Bouquet completed a BS degree in horticulture at Oregon Agricultural College in 1906 and was a faculty member in the Oregon State College Horticulture Department from 1909 until his retirement in 1950.

Monte (Middlebusher) Campbell, born in 1931, graduated from Oregon State College in 1953, a member of the first class of women to earn Physical Education degrees from Oregon State.

Ava Milam Clark served as Dean of Home Economics at Oregon State College from 1917 until 1950. Bertha Davis attended the primary and secondary departments of Corvallis College and earned her BS degree in domestic science and arts in 1889 and MS in home economics in 1909. As of 1925, she was manager of Wagner's Cafe in Corvallis. Melissa Martin Dawes joined the faculty in modern languages at Oregon Agricultural College in 1915; she served as chair of the Modern Languages Department from 1930 until her retirement in 1960.

Dick Clinton was a faculty member at OSU from 1976 to his retirement in 2004. Initially an administrator working in the College of Liberal Arts dean's office, Clinton later transitioned to a faculty position in Political Science, where he focused primarily on foreign relations. Much of his research focused on population dynamics and socio-economic development in Latin America generally, and Peru in particular.

Beulah Gilkey earned a BS degree from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1910. She worked as an assistant in the OAC Registrar's Office form 1910 until 1917, when she returned to school at OAC to prepare for teaching. She earned a second BS degree in 1918. She taught school in Corvallis and Portland and worked again at Oregon State College as a clerical assistant in the summers of 1943 and 1944. Beulah Gilkey was born in Washington in 1890 and her family moved to Corvallis in 1903. She died in 1977 in Corvallis. Her older sister was Helen Gilkey.

Gordon W. Gilkey earned a fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Oregon in 1912. He worked for the War Department in Europe after World War II on the restitution of fine art. Gilkey joined the art faculty at Oregon State College in 1947 and retired from Oregon State in 1978 as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Helen Gilkey was born on March 6, 1886, in Montesano, Washington. She moved with her family to Corvallis in 1903. She received her MA at Oregon Agricultural College in 1911 and her PhD at University of California at Berkeley in 1915. From 1915 until 1918, she worked as a scientific illustrator at Berkeley. Curator of the herbarium at OAC from 1918 until 1951, Gilkey was also a Professor of Botany. She had 44 publications to her credit, 10 on vascular plant taxonomy and 10 on Tuberales. She died in 1972.

Charles Goodrich is a Corvallis-based poet and essayist, and also the former director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University. For many years, Goodrich was also a professional gardener.

Henry Hartman joined the horticulture faculty at Oregon Agricultural College in 1919 as a pomologist and served as a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State until his retirement in 1960. Helen Holgate graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1895 with a BS in domestic science and arts; she later worked in the Clerical Exchange at OAC. J. Granville Jensen joined the Geography Department faculty in 1946 and served as department chair from 1946 to 1964.

Tom Kirch (b. 1949) served as Director of Recreational Sports at OSU from 1986 to his retirement in 2016. During his career, he oversaw two major expansions of Dixon Recreation Center, as well as renovations of the Tennis Pavilion and McAlexander Fieldhouse, and the creation of Student Legacy Park.

E.B. Lemon graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1911 with a degree in business; he was a faculty member in the School of Commerce until 1943 and served as University Registrar from 1922 to 1943 and as Dean of Administration from 1943 until his retirement in 1950. Lora Maud Hansell Lemon earned a BS in Commerce from Oregon Agricultural College; she married E.B. Lemon. Dendrologist Oliver Matthews traveled extensively in Oregon for more than 40 years in pursuit of trees, particularly the biggest of each species.

Betty Miner was an Instructor in Foods and Nutrition at Oregon State University from 1972-1983. Her husband, Ron Miner, was a faculty member in Agricultural Engineering who later served as Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Associate Director of the Office of International Research and Development.

Miriam Orzech was Assistant Director and Academic Coordinator for the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) from 1969 to 1974, when she became Director of the program. Linus Pauling earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1922 and became renown for his work as a scientist and peace activist. He met Ava Helen Miller at OAC and they were married in 1923. Charles V. Ruzek was a Professor Soils at Oregon State College from 1914 until his retirement in 1954.

William Robbins served as a faculty member in the Oregon State University History Department from 1971 until his retirement in 1999 as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History. Robbins earned his B.S. from Western Connecticut State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He was named a Distinguished Professor at OSU in 1997. Specializing in the history of the western United States from an economic and environmental perspective, Robbins has written extensively on the history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Robbins was also a close colleague of William Appleman Williams (1921-1990), about whom Robbins speaks in the interview held in this collection.

James Wilson Sherburne joined the Oregon State faculty in 1938 in the Psychology Department. He became Dean of the General Extension Division of the Oregon State System of Higher Education in 1956. Sherburne returned to Oregon State University later in his career and retired in 1972. Nona Snell's husband was the nephew of Margaret Comstock Snell. Gertrude Strickland joined the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College as an Instructor of Household Art in 1920; she became head of the Clothing, Textiles, and Related Arts Department in 1948 and retired in 1953.

Sam Stern was a faculty member in the College of Education at Oregon State University from 1981-2016, serving as dean of the Education unit from 2002-2011. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stern spent more than three years at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he conducted research on technical training and corporate creativity.

Dance professor Betty Lynd Thompson came to Oregon State College in 1927 to teach dance in the Department of Physical Education for Women. Until 1945, she taught all dance classes -- modern, folk, square, tap, and ballroom -- as well as basic rhythm and movement. She retired from OSU in 1972.

Ernest W. Warrington began his career at Oregon State College as the Campus YMCA General Secretary in 1921; in 1928, he was appointed as Professor and Head of the Religion Department. Warrington retired in 1952. Jessamine Chapman Williams joined the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College in 1923 as head of the Foods and Nutrition Department, a position she held until 1944. Williams retired in 1946. Clytie May Workinger headed the teacher placement office, as Placement Secretary, from 1923 until her retirement in 1955.

Bill Wilkins was a Professor of Economics at Oregon State University from 1961 to 1994, and served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1982 to 1994. Caroline Wilkins served as vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon from 1968-1974, and as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1972-1977. Married to Bill Wilkins, an Oregon State University economist and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Caroline Wilkins also served administrator of the Oregon Consumer Services Division from 1977-1981 before launching a consulting firm, Wilkins Associates, that operated until her retirement in 2012.



Author: Elizabeth Nielsen and Chris Petersen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 23 reel-to-reel audiotapes, 12 audiocassettes, 4 digital audio files and 7 sets of born digital video files; 3 boxes; 69 GB born digital

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The sound recordings and copies of the transcripts were housed at the Horner Museum for a period of time and transferred back to the Archives from the Horner Museum collections in 1996.

Related Materials:

Lillian Van Loan's dissertation based on the 1956 interviews is available online in ScholarsArchive@OSU. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include the papers of several of the interviewees including the Edward C. Allworth Papers (MSS Allworth), Ralph S. Besse Thesis (MSS Besse), Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection (MSS Bouquet), Ava Milam Clark Papers (MSS Clark), J. Granville Jensen Papers (MSS Jensen), E. B. Lemon Papers (MSS LemonEB), Lora Lemon Scrapbook (MSS LemonLora), Oliver Matthews Collection (MSS Matthews), and William G. Robbins Papers (MSS Robbins). The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers (MSS Pauling) are also held by the department.

Additional materials pertaining to the topics in the interviews are available in the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 025), College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141), Educational Opportunities Program Records (RG 230), Horticulture Department Records (RG 187), and Memorial Union Records (RG 099) Records. Additional oral histories documenting the development of degree programs in the humanities and social sciences at Oregon State are part of the A.L. Strand Oral History Collection (OH 007).

Preferred Citation: History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings (OH 003), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: Collection processed by Elizabeth Nielsen and Chris Petersen.

Creators

Van Loan, Lillian Schroeder
Fry, Ilona June
Oregon State University. University Archives
Petersen, Chris (Christoffer)
Ruzek, C. V. (Charles Vladis) (1887-1968)

People, Places, and Topics

Agriculture--Research--Oregon.
Allworth, Edward C., 1895-1966.
Beaty, Edward Benjamin
Besse, Ralph S. (Ralph Stephen), 1887-
Bouquet, A. G. B. (Arthur George Bristow), 1885-
Clark, Ava Milam, 1884-1976
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
Davis, Bertha
Educational Opportunities Program (Oregon State University)
Gatch, Thomas M. (Thomas Milton), 1833-1913
Geography--Research--Oregon.
Geography--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Gilkey, Beulah Gustavia
Gilkey, Gordon
Gilkey, Helen M., 1886-1972
Goodrich, Charles, 1951-
Hansell, Lora Maud
Hartman, Henry, 1889-
Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Humanities--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Jensen, J. Granville (John Granville), 1911-2001
Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947
Lemon, E. B. (Erwin Bertran), 1889-1979
Matthews, Oliver Vincent, 1892-1979
Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Moore, Harriet L. Forest
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Oregon State College--History.
Oregon State College. Agricultural Experiment Station
Oregon State College. Memorial Union
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State University--Faculty.
Oregon State University--History.
Oregon State University. Department of Geography
Oregon State University. Library
Orzech, Miriam Weitz, 1931-
Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994
Robbins, William G., 1935-
Sherburne, James W. (James Wilson), 1905-
Snell, Margaret Comstock, 1843-1923
Social sciences--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Strickland, Gertrude
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Thompson, Betty Lynd
University History
Wilkins, Billy Hughel, 1931-
Williams, Jessamine C.
Williams, William Appleman
World War, 1939-1945--War work--Schools.

Forms of Material

Audiocassettes.
Audiotapes.
Oral histories (literary works)


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Transcripts, 1956-2012
Extent: 27 folders

Box-Folder 1.1: Clark, Ava B. Milam. Lecture to Home Economics students, October 8, 1963
Transcript of a lecture in which Clark discusses her personal philosophies on life and the early history of Home Economics at Oregon State. Subjects discussed include Chinese home economics development; home economics at Oregon Agricultural College/Oregon State College, 1899-1950; William Jasper Kerr and Ellen H. Richards. [Item OH03a:01]
Extent: 46:00

Box-Folder 1.2: Clark, Ava B. Milam, July 12, 1956
Subjects discussed include Home economics at Oregon Agricultural College/Oregon State College, 1899-1950; international home economics program; William Jasper Kerr; the American Home Economics convention in Corvallis, 1922; the World's Fair tearoom, 1915; Margaret Comstock Snell; J.C. Clark. [Item OH03a:02, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 1:04:00

Box-Folder 1.3: Bouquet, Arthur G., November 13, 1956
Subjects discussed include Oregon vegetable production, 1906-1956; Extension radio broadcast; Oregon 4-H club; William Jasper Kerr; World War II vegetable production; James Withycombe. [Item OH03a:03, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 35:00

Box-Folder 1.4: Davis, Bertha, July 11, 1956
Subjects discussed include Corvallis College, 1883-1889; home economics at Oregon State College, 1913-1941; Fred Berchtold. [Item OH03a:04, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 14:00

Box-Folder 1.5: Lemon, E.B. (Erwin Bertran), July 10, 1956
Subjects discussed include Cauthorn Hall; Shepard Hall; William Jasper Kerr; landscape architects, 1908-1945; School of Commerce; resident instruction budget, 1957; Ralph D. Hetzel; expansion planning for 1957-1970. [Item OH03a:05, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 27:00

Box-Folder 1.6: Sherburne, J.W. (James Wilson), August 7, 1956
Subjects discussed include the Psychology Department, 1938-1956; all college faculty meeting, 1938; O.R. Chambers; Curriculum Council, 1938-1956; institutional committees, 1938-1956. [Item OH03a:05, Part 2, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 32:00

Box-Folder 1.7: Matthews, Oliver V., August 5, 1959
Subjects discussed include the Johnson fir; sport forms of trees; unusual Oregon trees. [Item OH03a:06, interview conducted by Dean McCulloch and Charlie Ross.]
Extent: 14:00

Box-Folder 1.8: Dawes, Melissa Martin, November 6, 1956
Subjects discussed include the Foreign Languages Department; William Jasper Kerr; Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP); School of Basic Arts and Sciences; state education system reorganization, 1932. [Item OH03a:07, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 21:00

Box-Folder 1.9: Ruzek, C.V. (Charles Vladis "Bo"), ca. 1956
Subjects discussed include the Agronomy Department, 1916; Dept of Soils, Irrigation, and Drainage, 1918-1952; Board of Control, 1933-1952; Rose Bowl, 1942; varsity football team, 1941; intercollegiate athletics, 1933-1952. [Item OH03a:08, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 18:00

Box-Folder 1.10: Lemon, Lora, ca. 1956
Subjects discussed include Corvallis, 1894-1908; Thomas M. Gatch. [Item OH03a:08, Part 2, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 22:00

Box-Folder 1.11: Holgate, Helen and Gertrude Strickland, July 5, 1956
Subjects discussed include Margaret Comstock Snell; Department of Secretarial Science and Business, 1897; clerical exchange, 1915; Thomas M. Gatch; Grant A. Covell; Experiment Station, 1897-1915. [Item OH03a:09, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 11:00

Box-Folder 1.12: Williams, Jessamine, August 1, 1956
Subjects discussed include Ava Milam Clark; School of Home Economics; Household Science Department; Foods and Nutrition Department; origins of State Nutrition Council; Maud Wilson; Margaret Fincke; Kate Jameson; Radio KFDJ 1923; Willetta Moore Smith. [Item OH03a:09, Part 2, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 38:00

Box-Folder 1.13: Hartmen, Henry, 1956
Subjects discussed include commercial growing of pears in Oregon; Horticulture Department, 1919-1955; nursery management; floriculture; J.F. Brumbaugh; William Jasper Kerr; A.B. Cordley; J.B. Horner; pomology; millage measure, 1920; Food Products Section, 1919-1940; Food Technology Department, 1940-1955. [Item OH03a:10, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 35:00

Box-Folder 1.14: Besse, Ralph, October 16, 1956
Subjects discussed include Oregon intensive crop development; agricultural research; poultry improvement research; forage seed crop development; Experiment Station, 1922-1953. [Item OH03a:11, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 10:00

Box-Folder 1.15: Allworth, Edward C., August 9, 1956
Subjects discussed include the Memorial Union, 1924-1956, and its origins; Manager's Cooperative Association; cooperative bookstore; Association of College Unions; Memorial Union Social Education Committees, 1956; Memorial Union Activities Committees, 1956. [Item OH03a:13, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 29:00

Box-Folder 1.16: Workinger, May, October 30, 1956
Subjects discussed include the School of Education Placement Bureau, 1918-1956; teacher certification, 1918-1956; vocational education teacher training, 1915-1956; teacher placement in World War II; May Chini; Elizabeth Snell; Bertram Evans; California Secondary Administrator’s conferences; Oregon Educational Association convention; Oregon branch of the Association of Institutional Teacher Placement. [Item OH03a:13, Part 2, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 18:00

Box-Folder 1.17: Warrington, Ernest W., October 30, 1956
Subjects discussed include the Religion Department, 1928-1956; Philosophy Department, 1928-1956; YMCA, 1921-1956; YWCA, 1921-1956; Y-Round Table, 1938-1956; bandstand; Trysting Tree; A.L. Peck; William Jasper Kerr; U.G. Dubach; Lula Howard; Warren Hovland. [Item OH03a:16, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 23:00

Box-Folder 1.18: Beaty, E.B. (Edward Benjamin), October 23, 1956
Subjects discussed include the Electrical Engineering Department, 1899-1956; bridge building; bridge design; schedule building; Order of Demoley; Thomas M. Gatch; Margaret Comstock Snell; Stephen Rice; William Jasper Kerr; E.C. Hayward; steam engineering. [Item OH03a:16, Part 1, interview conducted by Lillian Van Loan.]
Extent: 20:00

Box-Folder 1.19: Jensen, Chris (Mrs. James H.) and Molly Strand. Farewell speeches delivered at the Matrix Table on the occasion of the Jensens' departure from Oregon State University, 1969
Subjects discussed include Mortar Board initiation, 1943-1961; Matrix Table farewell, 1969. [Item OH03a:18.]
Extent: 10:00

Box-Folder 1.20: This is OSU, Voice of America broadcast, 1962
Subjects discussed include James H. Jensen; forestry research, 1962; white muscle disease; Choralaires; Morrill Act; alkaline bees; W.J. Kerr; football, 1962; Information Department; "the knight of the burning pestle"; Oceanography Department. [Item OH03a:19.]
Extent: 29:00

Box-Folder 1.21: "Air Force cadet moon flight simulator" broadcast, undated
Subjects discussed include Apollo 11; Mike Mulligan. [Item OH03a:20.]
Extent: 4:35

Box-Folder 1.22: Orzech, Miriam, February 13, 1980

Subjects discussed include the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), 1969-1980; EOP learning center, retreat, student recruiting, and honor roll; Faculty Senate; civil rights movement; Special Services Committee; academic advising; racial prejudice in Corvallis; Chicano Student Union; Black Student Union; Native American Students Association. [Item OH03b:01, interview conducted by Ilona Fry.]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 28:00

Box-Folder 1.23: Jensen, J. Granville, April 10, 1980
Subjects discussed include the Geography Department, 1947-1980; Natural Resources Department; School of Science; Clifford Maser; Milton Nelson; Thomas Hunt; Wallace Atwood; Richard Highsmith; Wilbert Myatt; Oliver Heintzelman; Mary Lee Nolan; Tim Keys; August Leroy Strand; Keith Muckleston; James Lahey; Arthur Kimerling; Ray Northam; Robert Frenkel; William Wilkinson; Russelville, Oregon; mountain climbing in the Pacific Northwest; Western Washington College of Education; Worcester, Massachusetts; Latin American geography; Rhode Island College of Education; physical geography; agrarian reform in Mexico; Mexican land tenure; Ejido of Mexico; Economics Department; State Department of Higher Education; resource geography; cultural geography; geography at the University of Oregon; joint Department of Geography; School of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; cartographic service; geography instruction in Oregon State System of Higher Education; pilgrimage research; physical geography and climatology research; Pan American Institute of Geography and History, 1965; world geography instruction; international rural travel; earth sciences group; Wilkinson Hall; Pacific Coast Conference on Latin American Studies, 1965; Quonset huts; Social Science Hall; Atlas of the Pacific Northwest; Natural Resources Department name change, 1952-1966; evolution of the Geography Department; geography service courses; economic geography; political geography. [Item OH03b:02, interview conducted by Ilona Fry.]
Extent: 1:40:00

Box-Folder 1.24: Pauling, Linus, May 20, 1980

Subjects discussed include Floyd Rowland, Sam Graf; California Institute of Technology, Chemistry Division; Nobel Peace Prize, 1962; Nobel Chemistry Prize, 1954; Vitamin C and the cold, flu, and cancer; nuclear disarmament; nature of the chemical bond; Eugene McCarthy; McCarthyism; August L. Strand; Spitzer-Lavalee; Condon, Oregon; Linus Wilson Darling; Warren Paving Company; above-ground nuclear testing; chemical engineering curriculum, 1917-1922; X-ray diffraction; William Jasper Kerr; Renton Kirkwood Brodie; John Fulton; G.N. Lewis; Republic’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; Stanford University; University of San Diego; Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine; overkill capacity; Ewan Cameron; Vale of Leven Hospital, Loch Lomonside, Scotland; orthomolecular medicine. [Item OH03b:03, interview conducted by Ilona Fry.]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 1:25:00

Box-Folder 1.25: Gilkey, Gordon W., June 27, 1980

Subjects discussed include Vivian Gilkey; Albany College; Albany, Oregon; University of Oregon; Eyler Brown; World’s Fair of Fine Art Record, 1939; Charles Scribner; New York Art Students League; Juilliard School of Music; Stephens College; printmaking; print collection; graphic arts; fine art restitution in post-World War II Europe; counterfeit trial, post-war Europe, 1947); Armed Forces Special Section of Fine Arts and Monuments; Combat Intelligence School; Art and Architecture Department, 1947; Leo Fairbanks; Ralph Colby; M. Ellwood Smith; art education; Anderson Report; fine art slide collection at OSU; overseas study centers; foreign student exchange; international education; University of Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, West Germany; University of Konstanz, West Germany; State University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Waseda University, Japan; University of Poiters, France; National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities; International Exhibit Exchange, 1956-1977; department major authorization in the humanities and social sciences; graduate liberal arts programs for the College of Liberal Arts; Portland Art Association; Portland Art School; "The Great Hall"; Governor’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities; Tom McCall; Mark Hatfield; Chancellor Richards; Chancellor Lieuellen; College of Liberal Arts. [Item OH03b:04, interview conducted by Ilona Fry.]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 2:48:00

Box-Folder 1.26: Snell, Nona, August 23, 1974
Interview focuses principally on Margaret Snell, Nona's husband's aunt. [Item OH03b:05, interview conducted by Veronica Sitton.]
Extent: 55:00

Box-Folder 1.27: Robbins, William, March 27, 2012
Interview focuses principally on Robbins' memories of the life, work and personality of William Appleman Williams. [Interview conducted by Chris Petersen; transcribed audio available online.]
Extent: 1:24:19

Series 2: Reel-to-Reel Audiotapes, 1956-1969
Extent: 23 items

Box-Item 2.1: Clark, Ava B. Milam. Lecture to Home Economics students, October 8, 1963
[Item OH03a:01]
Box-Item 2.2: Clark, Ava B. Milam, July 12, 1956
[Item OH03a:02]
Box-Item 2.3: Bouquet, Arthur G. B., November 13, 1956
[Item OH03a:03]
Box-Item 2.4: Davis, Bertha, July 11, 1956
[Item OH03a:04]
Box-Item 2.5: Lemon, E.B. (Erwin Bertran) and J.W. (James Wilson) Sherburne, July 10, 1956, August 7, 1956
[Item OH03a:05]
Box-Item 2.6: Matthews, Oliver V., August 5, 1959
[Item OH03a:06]
Box-Item 2.7: Dawes, Melissa Martin, November 6, 1956
[Item OH03a:07]
Box-Item 2.8: Ruzek, C.V. (Charles Vladis "Bo") and Lora Lemon, ca. 1956
[Item OH03a:08]
Box-Item 2.9: Holgate, Helen, Gertrude Strickland and Jessamine Williams, July 5, 1956, August 1, 1956
[Item OH03a:09]
Box-Item 2.10: Hartman, Henry, 1956
[Item OH03a:10]
Box-Item 2.11: Hartman, Henry and Ralph Besse, October 16, 1956
[Item OH03a:11. Hartman interview is a duplicate of OH03a:10.]
Box-Item 2.12: Ralph Besse and Edward C. Allworth, October 16, 1956, August 9, 1956
[Item OH03a:12. Besse interview is a duplicate of that held in OH03a:11. Allworth interview is a duplicate of that held in OH03a:13.]
Box-Item 2.13: Allworth, Edward C. and May Workinger, August 9, 1956, October 30, 1956
[Item OH03a:13]
Box-Item 2.14: Allworth, Edward C. and May Workinger, August 9, 1956, October 30, 1956
[Item OH03a:14; duplicate of OH03a.13]
Box-Item 2.15: Beaty, E.B. (Edward Benjamin) and Ernest W. Warrington, October 23, 1956, October 30, 1956
[Item OH03a:15; duplicate of OH03a.16]
Box-Item 2.16: Beaty, E.B. (Edward Benjamin) and Ernest W. Warrington, October 23, 1956, October 30, 1956
[Item OH03a.16]
Box-Item 2.17: Warrington, Ernest W., October 30, 1956
[Item OH03a.17; conclusion of remarks recorded on OH03a.16]
Box-Item 2.18: Jensen, Chris (Mrs. James H.) and Molly Strand. Farewell speeches, 1969
[Item OH03a.18]
Box-Item 2.19: This is OSU. Voice of America broadcast, undated
[Item OH03a.19]
Box-Item 2.20: Air Force cadet moon flight simulator, undated
[Item OH03a.20]
Box-Item 2.21-2.22: [Kerr?] Library dedication, ca. 1963
[Item OH03a.21; two tapes.]
Box-Item 2.23: Gilkey, Beulah and Helen Gilkey, interviewed by Betty Lynd Thompson, 1966
A conversation on the history of physical education at OSU. Recording also includes concluding remarks by Harriet Moore, who had recently retired as the university's archivist. Compact disc derivative also retained with original. Transcribed audio available online.
Series 3: Audiocassettes, 1966-1980
All of the audiocassettes described in series 3 have been digitized and are available upon patron request.
Extent: 12 items

Box-Item 3.1: Orzech, Miriam, February 13, 1980

[Item OH03b:01]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 1 cassette

Box-Item 3.2-3.3: Jensen, J. Granville, April 10, 1980
[Item OH03b:02]
Extent: 2 cassettes

Box-Item 3.4-3.6: Pauling, Linus, May 20, 1980

[Item OH03b:03]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 3 cassettes

Box-Item 3.7-3.9: Gilkey, Gordon W., June 27, 1980

[Item OH03b:04]

Transcribed audio available online.

Extent: 3 cassettes

Box-Item 3.10-3.11: Snell, Nona, August 23, 1974
[Item OH03b:05]
Extent: 2 cassettes

Box-Item 3.12: Gilkey, Beulah and Helen Gilkey, interviewed by Betty Lynd Thompson, 1966
Audiocassette derivative of reel-to-reel tape described in Series 2. Transcribed audio available online.
Series 4: Born Digital Audio and Video Files, 2012-2019
Extent: 10 items

Digital Folder 1: Robbins, William, March 27, 2012
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen; transcribed audio available online.]
Extent: 1:24:19

Digital Folder 2: Campbell, Monte, May 21, 2018
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen, transcribed video available online.]
Extent: 1:37:25

Digital Folder 3: Goodrich, Charles, April 26, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen; transcribed video available online.]
Extent: 1:56:02

Digital Folder 4: Kirch, Tom, May 31, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen; transcribed video available online.]
Extent: 1:36:44

Digital Folder 5: Clinton, Dick, June 6, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen; transcribed video available online.]
Extent: 2:03:57

Digital Folder 6: Stern, Sam, June 10, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 2:01:08

Digital Folder 7: Miner, Betty, October 4, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 1:30:54

Digital Folder 8: Wilkins, Caroline, October 8, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 1:59:35

Digital Folder 9: Wilkins, Bill, October 8, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 1:56:32

Digital Folder 10: Wilkins, Bill, October 9, 2019
[Interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 2:23:39


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