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.
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.
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.
William M. Lunch Papers, Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.