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Voices of Oregon State University oral history collection

Repository: Oregon State University. Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection consists of 12 oral history interview conducted by Oregon State students as part of Anthropology 498 (Oral Traditions) and Sociology 518 (Qualitative Research Methods). The interview subjects include Oregon State alumni, faculty, and administrators.

Gail Nickerson was interviewed in February 1995 by Natasha Allaire for the Anthropology 498 course. The interview includes information about Waldo Hall dorm life and campus activities in 1956. Recordings of the interview on audiocassettes and a transcript are available.

Interviews of Helen Berg, Gwil Evans, and Clifford Trow were conducted by students in fall 2008 for Sociology 518. The collection includes only digital sound recordings for these interviews. No transcripts are currently available for these interviews.

Eight interviews were conducted in 2010 by students in Anthropology 518. The interviewees were Emery Castle, Wil Gamble, C. Warren Hovland, Phyllis Lee, Carol Menken-Schaudt, Richard Morita, Miriam Orzech, and Clara Pratt. Transcripts and digital sound recordings are available for all these interviews. A digital photograph of Wil Gamble taken at the time of his interview is also included. All of these interviews provide information about the subjects' personal background and family history, educational background, and activities as a faculty member or administrator at Oregon State University. Several of the interviewees (Gamble, Lee, and Orzech) describe the environment at Oregon State for minority college students. Phyllis Lee describes the establishment and development of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; Miriam Orzech provides information about the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experimence (SMILE) Program. Emery Castle discusses his research and writing in rural studies and agricultural economics. Clara Pratt provides information about the College of Home Economics and its changes in the 1990s and 2000s, especially the merger to form the College of Health and Human Sciences. Carol Menken-Schaudt describes student life and women's athletics at Oregon State in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the role of athletics in her life.

The digital sound files are in several formats, including *.aif, *.wma, *.mp3, and *.dss. Some of these are available on CD for reference use; other digital sound recordings will be made available to patrons upon request.

Date(s): 1995-2010

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 0.2 cubic foot, including 2 audiocassettes (2 boxes); 16 sound files, 1 image file, and 7 document files (1.3 Gbytes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: In this database, there is a record for another oral history project on Oregon State history in this archive; it contains an interview of Miriam Orzech as well.

For other related collections, see the Oregon Multicultural Archives (which is housed at the OSU Archives): You'll find lists of collections in the OSU Archives specifically pertaining to African American people and culture in Oregon on this page: There is also a companion digital collection for the OMA here:

Interviewees: Wil Gamble, Phyllis Lee, Miriam Orzech

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Education (Higher)
College students
Oregon State University


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