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Chuck Boice Papers, 1912-2010

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Chuck Boice Papers, 1912-2010

Predominant Dates: 1930-1997

ID: MSS Boice

Primary Creator: Boice, Charles Allan

Extent: 5.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Chuck Boice Papers are arranged in these 12 preliminary series: Biographical Materials; Notes; Correspondence; Photographs; Newspaper Clippings; 1915 Football Team and Herman Abraham; Military Service Materials; Poetry and Other Literary Work by Audrey Boice; Publications; Sound Recordings; Artifacts; and Manuscrips of Articles and Columns for the Stater issue for which they were submitted beginning with the February 1988 issue.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Chuck Boice Papers document Boice's journalism career, family life, and military service, and include materials created and assembled by Boice pertaining to Oregon State University athletics and alumni. Charles Allan (Chuck) Boice was editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine at Oregon State University from 1969 until his retirement in 1986.

Scope and Content Notes

The Chuck Boice Papers document Boice's journalism career, family life, and military service and include materials assembled and created by Boice pertaining to Oregon State University athletics and alumni. The records reflect his work at Oregon State University as well as his journalism work at the University of Portland and several Oregon radio stations. The collection includes correspondence, greeting cards, military records, newspaper clippings, notes, a plaque, photograph albums, photographs, poetry, publications, sound recordings, artifacts, and manuscripts of columns and articles written by Boice for the Oregon Stater alumni magazine after his retirement. Most of the manuscripts pertain to OSU athletics; Boice's articles about the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football, celebrated in 1993, and the 50th anniversary of the 1942 Rose Bowl game are also included.

The photographs consist of ~600 prints, 250 negatives, and 9 color slides. They include portrait images of Boice, his wife Audrey, their sons, and other family members; Boice's childhood in Glendale, Oregon; his military service during World War II; radio announcing a basketball game; his work at the University of Portland; and his wedding day.

The sound recordings include 22 audiocassette tapes and 1 audiotape and are recordings of presentations, meetings, and interviews with OSU faculty and alumni such as President Robert MacVicar; Linus Pauling; Warren Hovland; Scram Graham; Milosh Popovich, and E.B. Lemon. The audiotape includes recordings of radio broadcasts by Boice at KSLM in the 1950s.

The artifacts include three signed footballs and a press pass for entrance to Oregon State University athletic events.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Charles Allan (Chuck) Boice was appointed editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine in 1969 and held the position until his retirement in 1986, at which time he became Editor Emeritus. During his retirement, he served as the Stater's Sports Editor from 1991 to 1997. He had previously been Director of Public Information for the University of Portland (1959-1965) and an Information Specialist with the Oregon State System of Higher Education Division of Continuing Education (1966-1969). Boice earned BS (1942) and MS (1950) degrees from the University of Oregon.

Boice was born on July 27, 1920, in Glendale, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He attended the College of Wooster in Ohio before returning to the University of Oregon. He served in the Navy during World War II as a naval gunnery officer in the South Pacific. Chuck married Audrey Larson in 1949 and they had two sons, Craig and Charles. After Audrey's death in 1994, Chuck married Ina Angeline Van de Pol in 1998. Chuck Boice died on March 14, 2010. Ina Boice passed away in April 2011.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 859 photographs and 23 sound recordings; 7 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The bulk of the collection was donated to the Archives in 2011 by Anita Danco. The manuscripts of articles submitted for publication to the Oregon Stater were transferred to the Archives by the Stater editor in 1997.

Related Materials: The Alumni Association Records (RG 035) include substantial materials pertaining to the Oregon State alumni magazine. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's holdings also include the Oregon Stater (PUB 3-11a). The George Edmonston, Jr. Collection (MSS Edmonston) documents Edmonston's role as Stater Editor from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. Additional photographs assembled for or published in the Oregon Stater are part of the Alumni Association Records (RG 035), the Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017), and the Oregon Stater Photograph Collection (P 195).

Preferred Citation: Chuck Boice Papers (MSS Boice), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 6, 2015.


Boice, Charles Allan

People, Places, and Topics

Boice, Charles Allan
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae--Periodicals.
Oregon State University--Sports.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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