Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns, 1936-1938

Overview of the Collection

Chamberlin, Hope
Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns
1936-1938 (inclusive)
0.02 cubic ft., (The Chamberlin Newspaper Columns are housed in one document box.)
Collection Number
Consult repository.
The Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns consist of articles Chamberlin wrote for the Capital Journal (later renamed the Statesman Journal) and the Portland Oregonian while attending Oregon State College in the 1930s. Chamberlin, a freelance writer, reporter and researcher, won the Christopher Award for her book on women in Congress.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Hope Chamberlin was born December 2, 1918 in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Oregon State College professor of entomology W.J. "Joe" Chamberlin. While attending Oregon State College, Chamberlin led an active life as an undergraduate, serving as the feature editor for the college newspaper, the Barometer, as well as functioning as the copy editor and a member of the editorial board. During the last two years of her college career, Chamberlin wrote articles documenting student life at Oregon State College. These columns appeared in the Portland Oregonian and the Capitol Journal, published in the state's capital of Salem, under the heading of College Capers.

Hope Chamberlin graduated from Oregon State College in 1938 with a degree in Home Economics. In 1973 she published A Minority of Members, a lively account of the personal and political lives of the 85 women senators and representatives who served in the U.S. Congress from 1917 to 1973. The book earned her the 1974 Christopher Award for adult nonfiction. After her death on March 11, 1974, Chamberlin was memorialized in the Congressional Record. The former Journalism Department at Oregon State University established the Hope Chamberlin Award for outstanding communication achievements.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns consist of photocopies of articles written by Chamberlin between 1936 and 1938. The articles pertain to various aspects of student life on the Oregon State College campus. The columns focus primarily on Greek life, dances, extracurricular activities and sports. The writing reflects the tenor of the times prior to the second World War and includes local and statewide news of events of concern and interest to college students.

The Capital Journal columns cover the months February to December, 1936; January to June, 1937; and September to June, 1937-1938. The Oregonian articles appeared from September to December, 1936; January to June, 1937; and from September to June, 1937-1938.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Hope Chamberlin Newspaper Columns, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The newspaper columns are sorted by newspaper name and arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The materials were presented to the University Archives in 1969 by Hope Chamberlin.

Related Materials

Materials relating to student life at Oregon State College during the 1930s can be found in the Memorabilia Collection, the Oregon State College Clippings Scrapbooks, the Theta Sigma Phi (Alpha Eta Chapter) Records, and a variety of alumni manuscript collections.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social conditions.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
  • Oregon State College--Students.

Geographical Names

  • Corvallis (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Newspaper columns.