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William M. Lunch Papers, 1987-2007

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Collection Overview

Title: William M. Lunch Papers, 1987-2007

ID: MSS Lunch

Primary Creator: Lunch, William M.

Extent: 3.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The William M. Lunch Papers reflect Bill Lunch's career as a political science professor at Oregon State University and political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Lunch, who specialized in American government and environmental policy, joined the faculty of the Political Science Department in 1984 and began serving as a radio and television political analyst in 1988. Lunch retired from OSU in 2011.

Scope and Content Notes

The William M. Lunch Papers document the career of Bill Lunch as a faculty member in political science at Oregon State University and a political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). The collection includes correspondence, videotapes, newspaper clippings, notes, and transcripts documenting Lunch's regular appearances as a political analyst and commentator on OPB television programming. The transcripts of Lunch's commentaries address a wide range of national and state political issues such as taxes, physician-assisted suicide, education spending, the Oregon Legislature, presidential elections, the Oregon Citizens Alliance, health care, and environmental protection.

The papers also include materials for courses taught by Lunch and include course outlines, syllabi, and quiz blanks.

The video recordings consist of 47 VHS videotapes and 2 DVDs; these include recordings of Lunch's commentaries on the Seven Days television program as well as documentaries and presentations used as instructional tools by Lunch in his courses. The topics addressed in these videos include salmon restoration, political campaign commercials, Celilo Falls, impact of the Hanford nuclear reactor, the Endangered Species Act, science in Nazi Germany, forest management, and urban planning.

Biographical / Historical Notes

William M. Lunch was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Oregon State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2011 and served as Department Chair from 2003 to 2011. He specialized in American government with emphases on environmental policy, public opinion and elections, and Northwest regional politics. During his teaching career, he developed courses in the Politics of Science (PS 476/576) and the Civil Rights Movement and Policies (PS 375). He received the 1987 "Outstanding Professor of the Year" award for his excellent teaching. In 1988, Lunch began serving as a political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting on radio ( Oregon Considered) and television ( Seven Days) programs.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 47 videotapes and 2 DVDs; 4 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests for reproduction and use of the Seven Days video recordings will require permission of the copyright holder, Oregon Public Broadcasting. Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may also apply to other videotapes in the collection.

Acquisition Note: The materials were donated to the University Archives by Lunch in 2011.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include limited documentation of political science instruction at Oregon State in the Political Science Department Records (RG 075), College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143), and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). Materials pertaining to public broadcasting in Oregon prior to 1980 are available in the KOAC Records (RG 015). The Center includes the papers of several Oregon politicians, including Corvallis Mayor Helen Berg, in the Helen M. and Alan B. Berg Papers (MSS Berg), the Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers (MSS Jaramillo) (Benton County Commissioner), the Tony Van Vliet Papers (MSS VanVliet) (State Legislator), and the Liz Van Leeuwen Spotted Owl Collection (MSS VanLeeuwen) (State Legislator).

Preferred Citation: William M. Lunch Papers, Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.


Lunch, William M.
Oregon Public Broadcasting

People, Places, and Topics

Lunch, William M.
Oregon--Politics and government.
Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Video recordings (physical artifacts)

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