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A.L. Strand Oral History Collection, 1949-1985View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1980-1982
The A.L. Strand Oral History Collection documents an oral history project conducted in the early 1980s to capture recollections and remembrances of A.L. Strand, President of Oregon State from 1942 to 1961. The collection includes recordings and transcripts of 10 oral history interviews, written remembrances and recollections, and extensive project records.
ID: OH 007
Extent: 0.8 cubic feet
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Scope and Content Notes
Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Arrangement
Preferred Citation: A.L. Strand Oral History Collection (OH 007), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: Transcripts for eight interviews were donated to the Archives by Leman in 1984; the remainder of the collection was transferred to the Archives from the Horner Museum collections in 1996.
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Container List

Series 1: Audiocassettes, 1966, 1981-1982 Add to Shelf
Extent: 11 items
Box-Item 3.1: Popovich, Milosh, February 25, 1981 Add to Shelf
[Item OH07:03, one cassette]
Box-Item 3.2: Fincke, Margaret, August 7, 1981 Add to Shelf
[Item OH07:07, 1 cassette]
Box-Item 3.3-3.4: Gleeson, George, August 8, 1981 Add to Shelf
[Item OH07:06, three cassettes]
Box-Item 3.5: Nelson, Roberta, August 8, 1981 Add to Shelf
[one cassette]
Box-Item 3.6: Mumford, Curtis, August 12, 1981 Add to Shelf
[Item OH07:04, one cassette]
Box-Item 3.7: Hovland, Warren, August 13, 1981 Add to Shelf
[Item OH07:05, one cassette]
Box-Item 3.8: Hoyt, Richard, September 5, 1981 Add to Shelf
[one cassette]
Box-Item 3.9: Wood, G. Burton, December 30, 1981 Add to Shelf
[one cassette]
Box-Item 3.10: Lattie, Jim, January 28, 1982 Add to Shelf
[one cassette]
Box-Item 3.11: Untitled lecture by A.L. Strand, 1966 Add to Shelf
This speech is believed to have been delivered to the OSU Alumni Association following Strand's retirement from Oregon State. [Item OH07:10, one cassette]
Series 2: Transcripts and Written Remembrances, 1981-1985 Add to Shelf
This series contains interview transcripts as well as written remembrances that appear to have been generated by specific authors separate from any oral interview process. A subset of these materials were assigned item identifications by archivists contemporary to the project.
Extent: 15 folders
Box-Folder 1.1: Norris, Faith, ca. 1981-1982 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:01; folder contains two typewritten remembrances by Norris, one of which is dated March 1, 1982.
Box-Folder 1.2: Mumford, Martha S., ca. 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:02; folder contains a short handwritten remembrance by Mumford as well as two typed copies of the same text.
Box-Folder 1.3: Popovich, Milosh, February 25, 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:03; interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.4: Mumford, D. Curtis, August 12, 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:04; interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.5: Hovland, C. Warren, August 13, 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:05; interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.6: Gleeson, George W., August 8, 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:06; interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.7: Finke, Margaret L., August 7, 1981 Add to Shelf
Item OH07:07; interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.8: Thackrey, Russell I., June 1981 Add to Shelf
Typewritten remembrance.
Box-Folder 1.9: Nelson, Roberta, August 8, 1981 Add to Shelf
Interview conducted by Nancy Leman. Roberta Nelson is also identified as Mrs. Herbert Nelson.
Box-Folder 1.10: Hoyt, (Sen.) C. Richard, September 5, 1981 Add to Shelf
Interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Box-Folder 1.11: Shideler, Fred, December 28, 1981 Add to Shelf
Interview conducted by Christopher Leman.
Box-Folder 1.12: Wood, G. Burton, December 30, 1981 Add to Shelf
Interview conducted by Christopher Leman.
Box-Folder 1.13: Lattie, Jim, January 28, 1982 Add to Shelf
Interview conducted by Fred Shideler.
Box-Folder 1.14: Montana State University colleagues, April-May, 1982 Add to Shelf
Folder contains typescripts, correspondence and photocopied research materials. Of particular note are two typescripts: "An Evening of Reminiscence at Montana State University concerning President A.L. Strand," March 15, 1982; and untitled recollections on Strand compiled by Louis A. Spain. Correspondents are Merrill G. Burlingame, Frank Cowan, Ellsworth Hastings, Mildred Leigh, Marjorie Paisley,John Parker, Ruth Pepper and Louis A. Spain.
Box-Folder 1.15: Retired OSU College of Liberal Arts faculty, April 19, 1985 Add to Shelf
Transcript of a public panel discussion conducted with C.C. Harris, Ray Hewitt, Walter Kraft, Austin Walter, C.H. "Scram" Graham, Loretta Smith, Edward Smith and Chester Garrison. Interview conducted by Nancy Leman.
Series 3: Collected Research Materials, 1949-1985 Add to Shelf
This series contains an assemblage of research materials - many of them original primary sources - about Strand and his era.
Extent: 6 folders
Box-Folder 1.16: Ralph Spitzer controversy, 1949 Add to Shelf
Ralph Spitzer was an Oregon State College chemistry professor whose contract was not renewed, likely because of his political leanings. This folder contains duplicated research materials as well as an original release copy of a talk by Strand addressing the issue, titled "Address by Dr. A.L. Strand, President of Oregon State College, before a meeting of the academic staff, February 23, 1949."
Box-Folder 1.17: Strand materials collected by Fred Shideler, 1950-1980 Add to Shelf
Fred Shideler was a former Oregon State journalism instructor and employee of the OSC News Bureau. This folder contains correspondence, newspaper clippings and press releases, including a statement by Strand on the institution's change from Oregon State College to Oregon State University. The folder also contains a Strand typescript titled "Oregon State College - a Ten Year Look Ahead," Spring 1958.
Box-Folder 1.18: Strand materials collected by Ruth Carter, 1954-1981 Add to Shelf
Ruth Carter was a former Oregon State English instructor and employee of the OSC library. This folder contains correspondence with and about Strand, newspaper clippings and copies of poems written by Carter. Of special note are a series of letters documenting Carter's efforts to have an OSU campus building named for Strand before his death in 1980.
Box-Folder 1.19: Speeches and writings by A.L. Strand, 1952-1968 Add to Shelf
Titles include: "Intercollegiate Athletics," February 2, 1952; Foreword to From Wilderness to Statehood: A History of Montana, 1805-1900, August 23, 1956; "Research," June 20, 1958; "Remarks to Class of 1961"; "F. A. Gilfillan," 1962; "Essence and Existence," April 3, 1963; "OSU and its Antecedents," October 24, 1968.
Box-Folder 2.1: Photographs of Strand, ca. 1960s Add to Shelf
Photographs consist of two portrait prints of Strand and an image of Strand at Mildred Leigh's retirement as director of the Strand Union at Montana State University.
Box-Folder 2.2: Assorted Strand Reference Materials, 1950-1985 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Project Files, 1980-1984 Add to Shelf
This series contains materials generated by the project team over the course of their work on the A.L. Strand documentary project.
Extent: 6 folders
Box-Folder 2.3: Correspondence with the Strand family, 1980-1982 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.4: General project correspondence and notes, 1981-1982 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.5: Grant proposals and funding requests, 1981 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.6: Interview preparation materials Add to Shelf
Folder includes lists of questions, timeline of Strand's life, blank interviewee release forms and project overview document.
Box-Folder 2.7: Oral history training materials Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.8: Typescript: "Talk to ECLAT about A.L. Strand Study," by Nancy Leman, April 19, 1984 Add to Shelf
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