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History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings, 1956-2012View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1956-1969
The History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings consist predominantly 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 liberal arts at Oregon State University.
ID: OH 003
Extent: 0.9
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Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Arrangement
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.
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.
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Container List

Series 1: Transcripts, 1956-2012 Add to Shelf
Extent: 27 folders
Box-Folder 1.1: Clark, Ava B. Milam. Lecture to Home Economics students, October 8, 1963 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
Subjects discussed include Apollo 11; Mike Mulligan. [Item OH03a:20.]
Extent: 4:35
Box-Folder 1.22: Orzech, Miriam, February 13, 1980 Add to Shelf
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.]
Extent: 28:00
Box-Folder 1.23: Jensen, J. Granville, April 10, 1980 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
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.]
Extent: 1:25:00
Box-Folder 1.25: Gilkey, Gordon W., June 27, 1980 Add to Shelf
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.]
Extent: 2:48:00
Box-Folder 1.26: Snell, Nona, August 23, 1974 Add to Shelf
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 Add to Shelf
Interview focuses principally on Robbins' memories of the life, work and personality of William Appleman Williams. [Item OH03c:01, interview conducted by Chris Petersen.]
Extent: 1:24:19
Series 2: Reel-to-Reel Audiotapes, 1956-1969 Add to Shelf
Extent: 22 items
Box-Item 2.1: Clark, Ava B. Milam. Lecture to Home Economics students, October 8, 1963 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:01]
Box-Item 2.2: Clark, Ava B. Milam, July 12, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:02]
Box-Item 2.3: Bouquet, Arthur G. B., November 13, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:03]
Box-Item 2.4: Davis, Bertha, July 11, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:04]
Box-Item 2.5: Lemon, E.B. (Erwin Bertran) and J.W. (James Wilson) Sherburne, July 10, 1956, August 7, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:05]
Box-Item 2.6: Matthews, Oliver V., August 5, 1959 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:06]
Box-Item 2.7: Dawes, Melissa Martin, November 6, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:07]
Box-Item 2.8: Ruzek, C.V. (Charles Vladis "Bo") and Lora Lemon, ca. 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:08]
Box-Item 2.9: Holgate, Helen, Gertrude Strickland and Jessamine Williams, July 5, 1956, August 1, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:09]
Box-Item 2.10: Hartman, Henry, 1956 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:10]
Box-Item 2.11: Hartman, Henry and Ralph Besse, October 16, 1956 Add to Shelf
[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 Add to Shelf
[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 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a:13]
Box-Item 2.14: Allworth, Edward C. and May Workinger, August 9, 1956, October 30, 1956 Add to Shelf
[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 Add to Shelf
[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 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a.16]
Box-Item 2.17: Warrington, Ernest W., October 30, 1956 Add to Shelf
[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 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a.18]
Box-Item 2.19: This is OSU. Voice of America broadcast, undated Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a.19]
Box-Item 2.20: Air Force cadet moon flight simulator, undated Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a.20]
Box-Item 2.21-2.22: [Kerr?] Library dedication, ca. 1963 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03a.21; two tapes.]
Series 3: Audiocassettes, 1974-1980 Add to Shelf
Extent: 11 items
Box-Item 3.1: Orzech, Miriam, February 13, 1980 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03b:01]
Extent: 1 cassette
Box-Item 3.2-3.3: Jensen, J. Granville, April 10, 1980 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03b:02]
Extent: 2 cassettes
Box-Item 3.4-3.6: Pauling, Linus, May 20, 1980 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03b:03]
Extent: 3 cassettes
Box-Item 3.7-3.9: Gilkey, Gordon W., June 27, 1980 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03b:04]
Extent: 3 cassettes
Box-Item 3.10-3.11: Snell, Nona, August 23, 1974 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03b:05]
Extent: 2 cassettes
Series 4: Born Digital Audio File, 2012 Add to Shelf
Extent: 1 item
Item 001: Robbins, William, March 27, 2012 Add to Shelf
[Item OH03c:01]
Extent: 1 born digital *.wav file; 0.8 GB
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