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Betty Lu Anderson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

June 1, 2017


“Running The Barometer during World War II”  June 1, 2017  Location: Anderson residence, Portland, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Anderson describes her family background and upbringing in southeast Portland, her experiences as a high school journalist, and the process by which she decided to attend Oregon State College in 1942. In reflecting on her years as an OSC undergraduate, Anderson shares her memories of campus traditions, the climate during war-time, and her studies in Home Economics. Of particular interest are Anderson's recollections of life in The Barometer newsroom, where she worked as a sports writer and, during her senior year, as editor. She likewise comments on social life at OSC during the 1940s, as well as her church activities and living arrangements while an undergraduate.

From there, Anderson recalls the fifteen years that she spent at The Oregonian, initially as a clerk and later as an editor for the paper's Women's department. Notably, Anderson recounts the ticker tape parade held in downtown Portland to celebrate the conclusion of World War II. Anderson then traces her career in librarianship and her association with the Western Baptist Seminary.

The session concludes with a lengthy discussion of Anderson's family; her recitation of an unpublished poem that she wrote; notes on activities in retirement; and an expression of her pride in being a Beaver.