The oversized scrapbook held in this collection consists of fifty-eight disbound leaves with newspaper clippings and a small number of photographs (5) mounted on either side. The earliest clippings date to 1954-1955 and document the OSC football team's annual Spring intrasquad scrimmage, a 61-0 loss to UCLA, the resignation of head coach Kip Taylor and his staff, and the hiring of Tommy Prothro as Taylor's replacement.
The vast majority of the scrapbook is devoted to the 1956 OSC football season and includes both regional and national coverage of the Beavers' improbable run to the Rose Bowl. Included among the clippings are season previews as well as an assemblage of game previews, game stories, and game analyses. The scrapbook also features stories on the community excitement that surrounded the Beavers' march towards a PCC title; the celebration that ensued once OSC had clinched a Rose Bowl berth; team activities prior to the Rose Bowl game; opinion pieces written in anticipation of the Rose Bowl game; and analyses of the actual game itself, which OSC lost to Iowa by a score of 35-19.
Likewise included in the scrapbook are multiple profile articles probing some of the notable personalities on the 1956 OSC team, most prominent among them being head coach Tommy Prothro. Other individuals highlighted in the newspaper clippings include star players Earnel Durden, Paul Lowe and John Witte, and also Dick Corrick, a co-captain and starter at center who was repeatedly described as being perhaps the smallest offensive lineman in the country that year. Of particular note is a newspaper photograph showing Corrick creating the scrapbook that is described in this finding aid.
The collection also includes a complete set of eleven official game programs that have been spiral bound together. Each program contains the roster and photos of the two teams competing; individual and team statistics; a narrative of the season as it had unfolded to that point; information on the schools being represented by each team; and background on the rules of football.