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Oregon State University Mountain Club Records, 1947-1975

By Finding aid prepared by Lawrence A. Landis.

Collection Overview

Title: Oregon State University Mountain Club Records, 1947-1975

ID: MSS MountainClub

Primary Creator: OSU Mountain Club (Corvallis, Or.)

Extent: 1.25 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Records are organized into five series: 1. Scrapbooks; 2. Constitution and Meeting Minutes; 3. Newsletter; 4. Mountain Rescue Association Materials; and 5. Miscellaneous Materials. Most series are arranged chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Oregon State University Mountain Club Records document the mountaineering, skiing, and mountain rescue activities of this student organization. Founded as the OSC Suski Club in 1947, the club became the basis for the OSU Outdoor Program established about 1971.

Scope and Content Notes

The two scrapbooks, which cover 1948-1957 and 1962, consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, flyers, sample newsletters, and ephemeral items documenting the club's skiing, mountaineering, and rescue activities, as well as activities of the club's current and former members.

The constitution probably dates from the early 1960s. Meeting minutes date from 1947-1950, 1953-1954, and 1967-1969. Holdings of the club's newsletter, the Local Yodel, are from 1949-1952, 1954, 1962, and 1967-1971. Many of the issues from 1949-1952 are located in the first scrapbook. The Mountain Rescue Association materials (1959-1975) include correspondence, Corvallis Unit member lists, photographs of practice rescues and other information.

The miscellaneous materials include correspondence between Willi Unsoeld, Barry Corbett, and others regarding a mountaineering film Corbett was planning (1959-1960); and annual organization review forms from the Student Activities Committee (1971/72-1973/74).

Biographical / Historical Notes

The OSC Suski Ski Club was founded in 1947 as a student organization to promote skiing. In November 1947, the club members voted to change the name to the OSC Mountain Club and include other outdoor activities, such as mountain climbing. The club sponsored ski outings to Cascade ski areas, such as Hoodoo, and participated in ski races with other colleges and universities. It also sponsored mountain climbs, instruction classes on climbing, and films and lectures. Club members often participated in mountain rescue activities. The club published a newsletter, the Local Yodel.

The outdoor activities of the club became the basis for the OSU Outdoor Program, established about 1971, which is now the Outdoor Recreation Center. The OSU Mountain Club currently holds monthly meetings.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: The OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) contains several related files including: MC-Willi Unsoeld and MC-Outdoor Recreation Program. The Special Collections and Archives Reserach Center also include the Recreational Sports Department Publications (PUB 396).

Preferred Citation: Oregon State University Mountain Club Records (MSS MountainClub), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


OSU Mountain Club (Corvallis, Or.)

People, Places, and Topics

Mountaineering--Oregon--Societies, etc.
Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations--Oregon
Mountain Rescue Association
OSC Mountain Club (Corvallis, Or.)
Skis and skiing--Oregon.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Unsoeld, William Francis, 1926-1979

Forms of Material


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