University Archives sound recordings collection, 1933-1995  PDF

Overview of the Collection

University of Oregon. Archives Department
University Archives sound recordings collection
1933-1995 (inclusive)
1947-1979 (bulk)
51 linear feet, (34 containers)
1.5 unprocessed linear feet, (1 container)  :  1 record storage box
Collection Number
UA 180
The University of Oregon's Audiovisual Department created sound recordings of a wide variety of university events beginning in 1947. This collection contains reel to reel sound recordings of significant university events, academic lectures, political speeches, and conferences. The bulk of the recordings date from 1947-1979.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Additional Reference Guides

See the Current Collection Guide for detailed description and requesting options.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

This collection is the product of the University of Oregon's Audiovisual Department, which made audio recordings of a wide variety of university events as a part of their day to day operations. Recordings of events that were thought to be of historical interest were saved and eventually transferred to the archives. Additional recordings were donated by Don Hunter, the longtime department head from his personal collection. The core collection was at one point catalogued at item level and the collection contains one box with the original handwritten card catalog.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection comprises sound recordings of a wide variety of University of Oregon events, 1933-1995. The bulk of the collection is from 1947-1979. Graduations and football games chronical student life while groundbreaking ceremonies and dedications record university history. The University of Oregon also has a long tradition of engaging in both academic and political discourse through hosting a wide variety of guest speakers on campus. During the 1950s-1970s these speakers included university administrators and faculty members, Robert D. Clark, Len Casanova, Paul W. Ellis, and Chandler B. Beall; politicians, including Wayne L. Morse, John F. Kennedy, and Ralph Nader; authors, such as Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Vance Packard; academics, including Margret Mead, Dr. Jiro Harada; and noted field experts like, Dr. Timothy Leary, Judge Lawrence T. Harris and Dr. Benjamin Spock. While most of the recordings are from events on campus there are also a few from the Umatilla Indian reservation as well as recordings of radio productions and interviews.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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  • College orations--University of Oregon