Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection, 1995-2010

Overview of the Collection

Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection
1995-2010 (inclusive)
2008-2010 (bulk)
0.2 cubic foot, including 2 audiocassettes, (2 boxes)
16 sound files, 1 image file, and 7 document files, (1.3 Gbytes)
Collection Number
OH 09
The Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection consists of 12 oral history interviews conducted by students as part of anthropology and sociology classes. The interview subjects include Oregon State alumni, faculty, and administrators.
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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Helen M. Berg earned an MS in statistics from Oregon State University in 1973 and worked as a statistician and Director of the Survey Research Center at OSU from 1975 until her retirement in 1993. She was active in a variety of community organizations including the Madison Avenue Task Force and the Corvallis Community Day Care Board. She served on the Corvallis City Council from 1991 to 1994 and as mayor for three 4-year terms (1995-2006).

Emery N. Castle joined the faculty of Oregon State in 1954 in agricultural and resource economics. He held several administrative posts including department head, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of the Graduate School before leaving OSU in 1976 for a position as senior research fellow at Resources for the Future. Castle returned to Oregon State in 1986 as chair of the University Graduate Faculty of Economics, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.

Gwil Evans graduated from Oregon State in 1961 and was editor of the student newspaper, the Daily Barometer, during his senior year. He joined the Oregon State faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor of journalism and held a variety of positions before his retirement in 2003. He served as the first director of communications for the Sea Grant College Program, director of communications for the OSU Extension Service, and director and head of the Department of Agricultural Communications. In 1992, he began an assignment in the Dean's Office of the College of Agricultural Sciences where he oversaw communications, organizational design, strategic planning, computing and networking, the Art about Agriculture program, and research accountability.

Wilbert (Wil) Gamble became a faculty member in biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State in 1962; Gamble retired in 1998.

C. Warren Hovland was a professor of religious studies at Oregon State from 1949 until his retirement in 1986. Under his leadership as chair, the Oregon State Department of Religious Studies was the first authorized by the Oregon State System of Higher Education to offer an undergraduate degree in religious studies.

Appointed to the OSU Board of Visitors in 1986, Phyllis Lee served as acting director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs before assuming the directorship in 1992. After earning a doctorate in counseling from OSU in 1983, Lee worked for Kaiser Permanente in Portland before returning to campus in 1991. Lee also worked as a public school teacher and in counseling education at Portland State University prior to her post with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Richard Morita began his career at Oregon State University in 1962 as an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Oceanography. Specializing in the study of microbial life forms in oceanic environments, Morita participated in several deep-sea research expeditions early in his career. In 1964, Morita achieved the post of Professor; he retired in 1989.

Carol Menken-Schaudt was a Kodak All-American in basketball for Oregon State University. In 1981, she led the nation in scoring and in field goal shooting percentage (.750). At 6-5, she was the first player in school history in either men’s or women’s basketball to score 2,000 points in a career. Menken led the 1981 team to a 21-6 record and won the Olympic gold medal with the United States team in 1984. She graduated from Oregon State in 1983 and played professional basketball in Italy before returning to Corvallis.

Gail Nickerson attended Oregon State College and lived in Waldo Hall in 1956.

Miriam Orzech was Assistant Director and Academic Coordinator for the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) from 1969 to 1974, when she became Director of the program.

Clara Pratt joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1978 as director of the gerontology program and a professor in human development and family sciences. Pratt served as Interim Dean of the College of Home Economics beginning in 2000 and retired in 2005.

Clifford Trow was a faculty member in history at Oregon State University from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. He also served seven 4-year terms (28 years total) as an Oregon State Senator, representing the Corvallis area from 1975 until 2003.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection (OH 09), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information

The materials were transferred to the Archives in several accessions from 1995 through 2010.

Future Additions

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials

A 1980 oral history interview of Miriam Orzech is part of the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings (OH 03); an earlier interview (in 1981 or 1982) with C. Warren Hovland is available in the A.L. Strand Oral History Collection (OH 07). The OSU Archives' collections include the papers of Helen Berg, Emery N. Castle, and Richard Morita. The College of Home Economics Oral Histories (OH 11) include interviews with home economics faculty, administrators, and alumni. The Oregon Multicultural Archives includes numerous collections documenting the college environment and experiences for minority students and faculty at Oregon State University including records of the Educational Opportunities Program (RG 230) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (RG 225).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Basketball for women--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State College--Students.
  • Oregon State University--Faculty.
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • Oregon State University. College of Home Economics and Education.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Audiocassettes.
  • Compact discs.
  • Digital photographs.
  • Oral histories (document genres)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Berg, Helen M. (interviewee)
    • Castle, Emery N. (interviewee)
    • Evans, Gwil. (interviewee)
    • Gamble, Wilbert. (interviewee)
    • Hovland, Clarence Warren. (interviewee)
    • Lee, Phyllis S. (interviewee)
    • Menken-Schaudt, Carol. (interviewee)
    • Morita, R. Y. (Richard Y.) (interviewee)
    • Nickerson, Gail. (interviewee)
    • Orzech, Miriam Weitz, 1931- (interviewee)
    • Pratt, Clara C. (interviewee)
    • Trow, Clifford Wayne, 1929- (interviewee)