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An OAC cadet in his dormitory room, ca. 1905.
An OAC cadet in his dormitory room, ca. 1905.
Walter R. Baker Photograph Collection (P 018). (Click to enlarge)

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University History - Online Audio/Video

Among the materials held in SCARC are a rich collection of videos and sound recordings. Over time, a portion of these materials have been digitized and made freely available online. Many of the videos are related to OSU athletic events whereas most of the audio clips are of school-related songs recorded by campus choral groups. Below is an itemization of the OSU History-specific video and audio currently available online. For more see also the Natural Resources, Oregon Multicultural Archives and History of Science video and audio pages.

Video

Baseball

  • Northwest Conference Baseball Champions, 1925. (0:14) This short clip from the 1925 film "The Old Grad Comes Back" shows the members of the 1925 Northwest Conference champions playing pepper on the lawn near Waldo Hall. This is a black and white silent film.
  • Beavers vs Ducks Baseball Footage, 1975. (10:35) This footage shows portions of the eighth through tenth innings of a double-header at Coleman Field. The original film is 16 mm color silent and is about eleven minutes long. This was the first game of a double header played on May 10, 1975, with the Beavers winning 6-5 in ten innings. OSU also took the nightcap 11-7. These were the last regularly scheduled games of the conference season. OSU finished in a tie with Washington State for the Northern Division title, and a one-game playoff ensued in Pullman the following Wednesday, with the Cougars prevailing 6-4. OSU finished the season with a 28-10-1 record. Assuming that the film is in chronological order, all the action takes place from the eighth inning on. Pat Barry, pitching in relief, was the winning pitcher in each game of the double-header.
  • OSU Baseball Coach Jack Riley "mic'd up," 1982. (9:01) This footage of Coach Jack Riley (20) with a wireless microphone was shot at the April 7, 1982 game versus Portland State University at Coleman Field. This was the Northern Division league opener for both teams. The Beavers won 5-4 in ten innings. The innings are not identified: the footage includes Pat Shaw (14), Jeff Myers (6), Todd Thomas, Mickey Riley (2), Bill Gassaway (8), Jim Wilson (2) and Mike Gorman 921). The original footage is 3/4 inch videotape that is extensively degraded.
  • OSU vs. WSU Baseball Doubleheader, 1983. Game 1, Part 1 (2:05:00); Game 1, Part 2 (48:00); Game 2 (2:05:00). The doubleheader versus Washington State University at Coleman Field on May 21, 1983 was televised on KBVR-TV, with Ken Shafer and Mark Snider announcing. The original footage is recorded on 5 3/4 inch videotapes. The 1983 team, defending Pacific 10 Northern Division champions, ended the regular season with a nine-game winning streak including a doubleheader sweep of Washington State University on May 21 at Coleman Field, to capture its second consecutive division crown. A record 3,100 fans jammed Coleman Field on Fan Appreciation Day to watch Jeff Reece hurl OSU to a 2-1 extra-inning victory in game one. WSU entered the final day with the seasonal series and the division title in sight, but the Cougars suffered a tail-chopping 14-5 defeat in game two and cancelled their post-season travel plans.

Basketball

  • "Glory Road and the Desegregation of College Basketball: The Untold Story at OSU," 2011. (1:23:00) A presentation, panel discussion, and Q & A regarding the desegregation of the OSU basketball team during the 1960s. Panelists were Norm Monroe, first black walk-on player during the 1960-1961 season; Charlie White, first black player recruited on scholarship, 1964-1967; Paul Valenti, OSU Basketball Head Coach, 1964-1970; Craig Robinson, OSU Basketball Head Coach, 2009-present; Dr. Larry Griggs, Director of the Educational Opportunities Program, 1985-2008. More information about this event is available here.
  • Charlie White Oral History Interview, 2011. (48:08 - audio only) White discusses growing up in Detroit during the 1950s; joining the military and playing basketball oversees; his journey from junior college in Southern California to Oregon State University after being recruited for the OSU Men's Basketball Team; his experiences both as an athlete and student at OSU and as a newcomer to Corvallis, 1964-1967; his work for the Crown-Zellerbach manufacturing facility in Antioch, California with the specific job to integrate the workforce; and his life-long passion for basketball. Transcript also available.

Football

  • Pineapple Bowl Festivities and Game Footage, 1939-1940. (9:15) Color footage of the team's travel, by ship, across the Pacific Ocean as well as the festivities that awaited them once they arrived in Honolulu. The team enjoyed an elaborate parade and played in two games during their trip, the culmination being a sound 39-6 defeat of the home University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on New Years Day, 1940.
  • Rose Bowl Homecoming Banquet, 1942. (7:16) Includes footage of the Civil War football game between Oregon State College and University of Oregon in November 1941, the campus celebration that followed Oregon State's win, and the Homecoming Banquet for the 1942 Rose Bowl team. Footage of card stunts, the marching band, and several plays in the Civil War game are included. The post-game campus celebration shows students gathering in the Memorial Union quadrangle and the front steps of the Memorial Union, yell leaders, and Coach Lon Stiner. The footage of the Homecoming Banquet includes Oregon Governor McKay, F.A. Gilfillan, Coach Lon Stiner, other dignitaries, and the players.
  • Rose Bowl Pre-Game Activities, 1942. (3:58) Includes footage of team's arrival in Durham, North Carolina; coaches and players on the Duke University campus before the game; pre-game warm-ups, and coin toss. Oregon State players are wearing orange jerseys.
  • Rose Bowl Game Footage, 1942. (15:08) Game footage of the 1942 Rose Bowl football game between Oregon State College and Duke University that was played in Durham, North Carolina. Oregon State players are wearing jerseys with dark numerals and dark helmets.

Campus Life

  • "The Old Grad Comes Back," 1925. (8:05) This silent black-and-white film was prepared under the direction of the College Editor, E.T. Reed, and received rave reviews from audiences in Corvallis and around the state. Filmed on 35 mm nitrate stock, it was transferred to 16 mm safety base film in the 1960s. Produced originally in two parts; this version combines portions of both and includes the following vignettes: Homecoming; Commerce Hall; Alumni Headquarters; Pushball game; Montana Grizzlies vs the Beavers in football; OAC Wrestlers Northwest Champions, 1925; OAC Basketball Team, 1925 Champions of the NW Conference; OAC Baseball Team, 1925 Champions of the NW Conference; Alumni Luncheon Picnic, 1925; Class of 1911 in reunion at flag pole (class gift); Chiming hall clock, a gift of the Silver Jubilee, Class of 1900; The Academic Procession from Library to the gym; and Commencement.
  • "Rush at OSU," 1963. (6:31) Depicts sorority rush for women students at Oregon State University. It includes footage of Dean of Students, Robert Chick, and Dean of Women, Helen Moor. The film describes the process for sorority rush and the costs of being a sorority member. It includes interviews with two women students and footage of women participating in rush events, computer punch cards being processed, and the interior and exterior of sorority houses.
  • "My Father is a Book,", Visiting Writers Series lecture by Janna Malamud Smith, November 9, 2007. Malamud Smith, who was born in Corvallis during the years of her famous father's tenure as an English professor at what was then known as Oregon State College, spoke as part of the OSU Visiting Writers Series. The Series is sponsored by the OSU English Department, The Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, and Friends of the Benton-Corvallis County Library.
  • Commencement, 2001 and 2002. OSU commencement ceremonies for undergraduate (2:19:00) and graduate students in 2001 (1:23:00) as well as graduate students in 2002 (1:43:00). In 2001 the graduate ceremony was held in the LaSells Stewart Center and the undergraduate ceremony at Reser Stadium; this was the first outdoor commencement ceremony to be held at OSU. In 2002 both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were held at Reser Stadium.

Audio

  • "Alma Mater," 1950. (2:39) Written by Homer Maris and arranged by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College Choir, directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Alma Mater," 1953. (3:15) Written by Homer Maris and arranged by Ted Mesang. Performed by the Oregon State College Band and Glee Club, Ted Mesang and Don Sites, Directors. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Alouette," 1939. (1:01) A theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
  • Charlie White Oral History Interview, 2011. (48:08)
  • "Cruiser's Song," 1939. (1:08) Another theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
  • "The Face of Oregon," 1962. (Two sides - 21:50 total length) A concert of original music and script written, composed and conducted by members of the OSU teaching staff in honor of the 100th anniversary of the state of Oregon. Written and narrated by Robert Walls, music composed and conducted by Ted Mesang. Digitized from a 33 1/3 rpm sound disc. More about the concert is available here.
  • "George W. - The Dean," 1939. (1:30) Another theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
  • "Hail to Old OSC," 1950. (1:29) The school fight song, written by Harold A. Wilkins and arranged by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College Mens Choir, as directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Hail to Old OSC," 1953. (1:30) Another version of the school fight song, performed by Oregon State College Glee Club; Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Indiana State Band," 1953. (1:52) A march performed by the OSC Band; Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "March to the Spanish Soldiery," 1953. (3:16) Performed by the OSC Band; Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Mighty Beavers," 1953. (1:33) Written by Joseph Brye, arranged by Ted Mesang, performed by the Oregon State College Band and Glee Club; Ted Mesang and Don Sites, Directors. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • Oregon State College medley, 1947. (2:38) Arranged by Captain H. L. Beard, Conductor, and performed by the Oregon State College Band. Recorded at G. F. Johnson Music Co. in Portland, Oregon. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • Oregon State College medley, 1953. (1:27) Arranged by Captain H. L. Beard, Conductor, and performed by the Oregon State College Band under the direction of Ted Mesang. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Oregon State Creed" (part 1), 1950. (3:26) Lyrics by E. T. Reed and music by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College A Capella Choir, directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Oregon State Creed" (part 2), 1950. (2:12)
  • Oregon State Marching Song, (side 1) undated. (3:53) A reading of a letter to Lowell Stockman (Stocky) and his wife Dorcas in Pendleton. The letter-writer composed the music and a mutual friend, Vera, wrote the words. Song was sung by Jean Monroe. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
  • Oregon State Marching Song, (side 2) undated. (2:41) Sung in harmony by a group of women in the "University School of Music." Digitized from a Presto Disc.
  • Oregon State University Extension Service Oral Histories, 2007-2008. A series of interviews captured in preparation for the university's Extension Service centennial in 2011.
  • "Oregon State's Year in Sound," 1955-1956. (20:08) Issued with the Oregon State College Beaver Yearbook, v.50, 1956. Side A contents: 9/17/1955 Football game versus BYU (Tommy Prothro's first game as OSC coach); 9/22/1955 Dr. Cheldelin speaking at the freshman pledge convocation; 9/23/1955 Freshman dance "Picking up paw paws."; Homecoming noise parade; Homecoming midnight show with Phil Carlin singing "Geology Rock" which refers to Professor Boyd; Homecoming queen, Jeanette McDonald; The Spades; Homecoming - Barbara Bogue; Homecoming football game - OSC vs WSC; fight song; "We want Prothro" chant. Side B contents: Charter Day--Chancellor of University of Nebraska; Honorary Degrees (Douglas McKay and one other); performance of Messiah in December; 1/14/1956 Military Ball, Donna McCoy chosen Little Colonel; Dr. Robert Hutchins (convocation?); 2/11/1956 Mortar Board Ball; Jerry Christopherson, King of Hearts; Dad's weekend; Intersorority sing "Lullaby of Broadway"; March 9 Basketball University of Oregon vs OSC in Eugene; Chancellor's cup to OSC next night in Corvallis; April 4-6 Model United Nations opened by Charles A. Sprague (former Governor of Oregon); Choralaires singing the Creed. Digitized from a vinyl disc.
  • "Roadways," 1953. (2:32) Written by John Masefield and sung by the Oregon State College Glee Club, Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Storm King," 1953. (1:43) Written by Walter Finlayson and performed by the Oregon State College Band, Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "Toast to the Team," 1953. (1:30) Performed by the Oregon State College Glee Club, Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
  • "A Tribute to Beard," 1947. (2:54) Music by Gordon A. Finlay, as played by the Oregon State College Band. Recorded at G. F. Johnson Music Co. in Portland, Oregon. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.

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