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Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns, 1936-1938

By Finding aid prepared by Faye Harkins.

Collection Overview

Title: Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns, 1936-1938

ID: MSS Chamberlin

Primary Creator: Chamberlin, Hope

Extent: 0.02 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The newspaper columns are sorted by newspaper name and arranged chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns consist of articles Chamberlin wrote for the Capital Journal (later renamed the Statesman Journal) and the Portland Oregonian while attending Oregon State College in the 1930s. Chamberlin, a freelance writer, reporter and researcher, won the Christopher Award for her book on women in Congress.

Scope and Content Notes

The Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns consist of photocopies of articles written by Chamberlin between 1936 and 1938. The articles pertain to various aspects of student life on the Oregon State College campus. The columns focus primarily on Greek life, dances, extracurricular activities and sports. The writing reflects the tenor of the times prior to the second World War and includes local and statewide news of events of concern and interest to college students.

The Capital Journal columns cover the months February to December, 1936; January to June, 1937; and September to June, 1937-1938. The Oregonian articles appeared from September to December, 1936; January to June, 1937; and from September to June, 1937-1938.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Hope Chamberlin was born December 2, 1918 in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Oregon State College professor of entomology W.J. "Joe" Chamberlin. While attending Oregon State College, Chamberlin led an active life as an undergraduate, serving as the feature editor for the college newspaper, the Barometer, as well as functioning as the copy editor and a member of the editorial board. During the last two years of her college career, Chamberlin wrote articles documenting student life at Oregon State College. These columns appeared in the Portland Oregonian and the Capitol Journal, published in the state's capital of Salem, under the heading of College Capers.

Hope Chamberlin graduated from Oregon State College in 1938 with a degree in Home Economics. In 1973 she published A Minority of Members, a lively account of the personal and political lives of the 85 women senators and representatives who served in the U.S. Congress from 1917 to 1973. The book earned her the 1974 Christopher Award for adult nonfiction. After her death on March 11, 1974, Chamberlin was memorialized in the Congressional Record. The former Journalism Department at Oregon State University established the Hope Chamberlin Award for outstanding communication achievements.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 document box

Related Materials: Materials relating to student life at Oregon State College during the 1930s can be found in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC), the Oregon State University News Clipping Collection (MSS OSUNewsClips), the Theta Sigma Phi Records (MSS ThetaSigmaPhi), and a variety of alumni manuscript collections.

Preferred Citation: Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns (MSS Chamberlin), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon


Chamberlin, Hope

People, Places, and Topics

Chamberlin, Hope
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social conditions.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Newspaper columns.

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