OSU Releases Oral History Archive

Want to hear what it was like to work for the Oregon State University student newspaper during WWII? To win an Oregon Book Award? To be the first woman to summit Mount Everest? To spend more than five months in space? 

Interviews with the people behind these stories and more are available online through the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project, which officially launched last week. 

OSU has been working for more than four years on the project, which contains more than 400 hours of transcribed video and audio recordings with more than 200 alumni, faculty, staff and students. 

“Our ambition was to provide as full a portrait of the university and its history as we could,” said project director Chris Petersen, senior faculty research assistant in the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center. 

“I’m quite certain that there are pockets of OSU that are not especially well-represented in the finished product, but my hope is that anyone associated with Oregon State will see at least a piece of themselves somewhere within the collection.”

The collection includes interviews with current and former OSU students, faculty and administration, including president Ed Ray, and past presidents John Byrne and Paul Risser, as well as those who work behinds the scenes, like Justin Fleming, who manages the OSU Motor Pool.

Check out the OSU 150th Anniversary Oral History project at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oh150/index.html.

By Maggie Anderson

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