Friday Feature: more finding aids!

Following is a list of 9 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed during March 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013 and 4 maps collections. As of March 28, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 749 finding aids in NWDA.

Tripp, Rodney, Collection, circa 1870 – 2001 (MSS Tripp)

Rodney Winfield Tripp, ca 1940.

These materials document Tripp’s association with Oregon State University and consist primarily of ephemera, memorabilia, and artifacts. A life-long resident of Albany, Oregon, Tripp earned a BS in Secretarial Science from Oregon State College in 1940.

Andrews, Carol, Papers, 1991-2012 (MSS Andrews)

These materials were generated and assembled by Andrews in the course of her work on website design and construction for Oregon State University, including the University’s first web page in 1995.

Booth, Claud L., Photograph Album, 1919-1973 (P 300)

This photograph album includes 66 photographs assembled by Claud L. Booth to document his student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC); the photographs depict student activities and athletic teams and events. Claud Lorraine Booth attended OAC in 1919-1923 and 1926-1927 and earned a BS in Industrial Arts in June 1928.

Forestry Media Center Slide Collection, 1942-2000 (P 299)

This extensive collection of color slides (approximately 18,800 images) were created, assembled, and maintained by the Forestry Media Center as a source of images for instruction and outreach in the Oregon State University College of Forestry. The collection also includes slides created by W.F. McCulloch, Dean of Forestry from 1955 until 1966. The slides depict forests and landscapes in North America; timber management, harvesting, and processing; and College of Forestry students and faculty.

Carey L. Strome, 1916.

Strome, Carey L., Papers, 1911-1914 (MSS Strome)The

Strome Papers document his agriculture courses at Oregon Agricultural College in the early 1910s. The Papers include class notes, course materials and class assignments, and publications. Strome earned a BS in Agronomy at Oregon Agricultural College in 1916.

Bureau of Land Management Maps of Oregon, 1944-1993 (MAPS BLM)

BLM map segment of the Prineville Unit, 1970.

This collection of 100 maps includes maps published by the Bureau of Land Management for the public as guides for outdoor recreation and prepared for management of forest lands, primarily in western Oregon.

Forest Type Maps of Oregon, 1900 – circa 1995 (MAPS ForestType)

Detail from a map of the northern portion of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve, 1901.

The Forest Type Maps document forest composition at the county, region, and statewide level in Oregon from 1900 to the mid-1950s. They were prepared by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps depict type and quality of timber in a given area as well as non-forested and de-forested land. The collection includes 95 maps.



General County Highway Maps, 1951-1963 (MAPS CountyHwy)

This collection of 70 highway maps were prepared by the Oregon State Highway Department in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. Maps for Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Harney, Lane, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill Counties are included.

Willamette Valley Sketch Map, 1851 (MAPS WVSketch)

This map depicts purchases and reservations made by the Board of Commissioners with Native Americans in Oregon. The map was prepared by George Gibbs and Edmund A. Starling. Gibbs was a geologist and ethnologist who participated in treaty negotiations between the U.S. Governments and native tribes. This collection consists of three reproductions of the original map, which is held in the National Archives.


Posted in Finding Aids, Friday Feature, Main Page | Leave a comment

Friday Feature: SCARC updates

A lot has been happening around SCARC lately!

We are in the midst of installing a new exhibit on the Obo Addy Legacy Project and Milagro (officially known as the Miracle Theater Group) in the 5th floor foyer. OMA curator Natalia Fernandez will write more about the exhibit in the Oregon Multicultural Archives blog, but here are some fun shots I took this morning.

History of Science librarian Anne Bahde had the Oregon Master Beekeepers program in for a visit this afternoon, but her big work over the past two weeks is a collection accession that will remain somewhat shrouded in mystery, but she reports that her favorite thing recently was bringing in a bag of irradiated dirt collected from Hanford in the 1970s. Here’s the teaser to the mystery – these boxes are now full – but not of dirt. Stay tuned for updates!

Of course my favorite thing from the past week was the OHBA prom launch party — Tap into History.

McMenamins Mission Theater marquee

But I also travelled to Monterey a few weeks ago to present a poster at the National Council on Public History and was interviewed for Library Journal.

Peter Kopp & Tiah Edmunson-Morton, OHBA poster


Posted in Friday Feature, Main Page | Leave a comment

Fabulous Finding Aids!

It was another busy month for us in SCARC!

WW2 poster collection.

The following is a list of the 10 finding aids that were completed during February 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 3 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 4 maps collections, and 3 collections that previously had minimal descriptive information available online. As of February 28, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 740 finding aids in NWDA.

Alpha Chi Omega Chi Chapter Minutes, 1918 (MSS AlphaChiOmega)

These minutes document weekly chapter meetings of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority in the winter and spring of 1918.  The Chi Chapter was established at Oregon Agricultural College in 1915.

Roger Weaver Papers, 1989-2012 (MSS Weaver)

The Weaver Papers reflect the poetry and teaching career of Roger Weaver and include biographical materials, books of Weaver’s poems, a journal, and a sound recording.  Weaver was a faculty member in the Oregon State University English Department from 1962 until his retirement in 1996.

Wilson, Warren C., Western Alpines Project Lantern Slides, 1936-1938 (P 298)

These lantern slides consists of 9 photographs made by Warren C. Wilson during a 1936 alpine plant collecting trip in Colorado and Washington.  Wilson graduated from Cornell University and was a plant propagator and nursery owner in Maplewood, Oregon, specializing in alpine flora.

Oregon Drainage Basin Maps, 1957-1992 (MAPS Drainage)

This collection of 28 maps includes statewide maps as well as maps of individual basins.  The maps define basin boundaries and depict the rivers and streams within each basin (or watershed).  Land use maps for several of the basins are also part of the collection.

Oregon State Highway Maps, 1918-1991 (MAPS ORStateHwy)

The Oregon State Highway Maps consist primarily of the official highway map for Oregon produced annually by the Oregon State Highway Department.  The collection consists of 84 maps; many of the maps are available online in the Oregon Maps  digital collection:

Oregon Transportation Maps, 1940-1944 (MAPS ORTransport)

These maps were prepared by the U.S. Public Roads Administration and document transportation in Oregon, immediately preceding and during World War II, in 1940 and 1944.  The maps depict highway, railroads, canals, air lanes, and dredged channels.  The collection includes 24 maps.

Tideland Ownership Maps of the Oregon Coast, 1972-1973 (MAPS Tidelands)

This collection consists of detailed maps for 16 tideland regions depicting the lands owned by the State of Oregon; those that are private; and land owned by ports, cities, counties, or the federal government.

Horner Museum Oral History Collection, 1952-1993 (OH 10)

This extensive collection consists of more than 250 oral history interviews conducted or assembled by the Horner Museum.  The interviews address a variety of topics including Oregon State University faculty, students, and academic departments; Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon; evolving economic and cultural perspectives on natural resources in rural Oregon; the life experiences of Native Americans and other ethnic minorities in the region; and the recollections of American born in the first decades of the twentieth century.  The collection includes 418 audiocassettes and 103 photographs.  A detailed description  of the collection contents is part of the guide.

U.S. Civil War Collection, 1862-1898 (MSS CivilWar)

This small collection includes newspapers, correspondence, handwritten songs, and artwork contemporary to the U.S. Civil War.  Much of the collection was assembled by James H. Lewis, a soldier in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  These materials were originally acquired for the McDonald Rare Book Collection and were separated in 2014 to form this separate collection.  The guide includes an item-level list of the collection contents.

World War II Poster Collection, 1941-1945 (MSS WW2Posters)

These propaganda posters were generated by United States government agencies, civilian service organizations, and foreign agencies between 1941 and 1945.  The collection contains numerous posters addressing U.S. war production, war bond and stamp sales, military recruiting, civil defense, civilian wartime responsibilities, and pro-U.S. propaganda.  The collection includes 216 unique posters and 79 duplicates.  An item-level list of the posters forms the bulk of this guide.


Posted in Main Page | Leave a comment

Happy Belated Birthday to OSU Flickr Commons!

Five years and a handful of days ago we embarked on a trip into unchartered territories. What would happen if we joined other cultural heritage institutions in the newly born Flickr Commons?

It was an easy choice for me — promoting access, celebrating photographs, having a load of fun. It also complimented our other Flickr account.

But this was a shift in many ways for our archives, asking us to think about copyright and access, use and promotion. If we put items in Flickr Commons, according to the legally binding contract we signed, those items were free and clear for use. We still asked that people filled out permissions forms, but those were just a formality and used for tallying numbers.

We were joining a pretty formidable group, with the Library of Congress and Smithsonian among the members. the Library of Congress in particular had reported HUGE spikes in interaction and use. We braced ourselves.

Big spikes never came, though we have had a whole lot of views over the past 5 years, even without adding a lot of new content. People continue to appreciate our willingness to offer access to historical items that can often be “locked down” or prohibitively expensive to use. I’m still proud to be the first university in the Commons, and still happy that I wrote that email 5 1/2 years ago.

And it’s still fun.


Posted in Flickr Commons, Friday Feature | Leave a comment

Friday Feature: Finding Aids

SCARC staff completed 11 finding aids in January 2013. This month’s batch consists of guides for 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013, 4 maps collections, and 2 collections that previously had minimal descriptive information available online. As of January 31, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center has 731 finding aids in NWDA.

Whew, that’s a lot of guides! Good thing we have some maps.

Willamette Meridian township plat, 1913. From Central and Eastern Oregon Township Plats (MAPS GLOPlats).

American Fisheries Society Oregon Chapter Records, 1963-2011 (MSS AFS)

These records document the research, education, and public policy activities of the organization in addressing the protection of fish populations and habitats.  The Oregon Chapter was established in 1964 as a professional organization of fisheries and aquatic science professionals.  The collection includes 107 photographs as well as born-digital materials on floppy disks and CDs.

Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook, 1931 (MSS FisherA)

Alice Mary Fisher, 1932.

This scrapbook consists of materials created and assembled by Fisher for a community drama class she completed at Oregon State College in 1931.  Alice Fisher earned a BS in Vocational Education from Oregon State in 1932.


Zoa Lowthian Photograph Album, 1928-1934 (P 297)

Zoa Lowthian, 1932.

This album documents Lowthian’s student years at Oregon Agricultural College in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  The photographs include snapshots of campus buildings and scenes, student activities, and Lowthian’s friends and family.  Zoa Lowthian earned a BS in Pharmacy in June 1932.

E. Roxie Howlett Collection, 1948 – circa 2005 (MSS Howlett)

This small collection consists of 6 issues of the Journal of Home Economics with annotations by Howlett, who earned a BS in Home Economics from Oregon State College in 1945.  She held several home economics and public relations positions prior to establishing her own public relations firm in 1968.

John L. Robbins Photographs, 1966-1972 (P 295)

This collection consists of about 4500 photographs taken by Robbins during his student years at Oregon State University in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The images document campus events, student activities, athletics, and campus views and scenes.  Robbins earned a BS in Industrial Arts Education from Oregon State in 1973.

Central and Eastern Oregon Township Plats, 1858-1939 (MAPS GLOPlats)

This collection consists of 556 maps that are reproductions of the original manuscript plat maps for townships in regions of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains.  Most of the plats were prepared in the 1870s-1890s.  The plats show section lines as well as natural features and vegetation such as prairie; timber; soil types; rivers, streams, sloughs, and wetlands; and fields.

Oregon Central Military Road Map, 1865 (MAPS MilitaryRoad)

Detail of the Oregon Central Military Road Map, 1865.

This single map depicts a portion of the Oregon Central Military Road as surveyed in July-September, 1865. The Oregon Central Military Road was constructed and maintained by the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company that was incorporated in Eugene, Oregon, in 1864.

Plans and Profiles of Oregon Rivers, 1923-1971 (MAPS RiverPlans)

This collection consists of 215 detailed maps and profiles of rivers and streams, dam sites, and reservoirs, primarily in Oregon.

Rangeland Resources Department Maps, 1936-1967 (MAPS Rangeland)

These maps (about 120 total) document range type surveys and studies in the Lower Powder River basin, Vale District, and Squaw Butte Experiment Range in eastern Oregon.

The Royal Jackson Papers and WWI Poster collections previously had minimal information available online, but now have full guides.

Royal G. Jackson Papers, circa 1905 – 1992 (MSS JacksonR)

Logging operations, c1970s.

  • The Jackson Papers consists of materials created or assembled by Royal Jackson in the course of his research.  The bulk of the materials pertain to the history of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, McDonald – Dunn Research Forest, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Arboretum, and nature-based tourism in central Oregon and Costa Rica.  Jackson was a faculty member in the Oregon State University College of Forestry from 1970 until his retirement in 2004.  The collection includes more than 1000 photographs, 214 sound recordings of oral history interviews, and maps.  This guides includes a detailed description of the collection contents.

World War I Poster Collection, 1917-1919 (MSS WW1Posters)

YMCA war poster, 1918.

This collection consists of 144 war propaganda posters supporting the United States and its allies in  World War I.  The posters were generated by the United States Food Administration, the United States Treasury Department, the American Red Cross, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), and other charitable organizations.  The collection includes numerous posters related to food austerity, U.S. war bond and stamp sales, and the United War Work Campaign of 1918.  This guide includes an item-level list of the posters.

These guides and many others are available through the NWDA finding aids database and on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.


Posted in Finding Aids, Main Page | Leave a comment

Friday Feature Mystery: What on Earth Is Going On?

We received a strange black-and-white photo at SCARC from the College of Agricultural Sciences recently. No date for the photo was given, nor a description. Unsure of what the photo was depicting, our accessioning guru (Karl McCreary) chose to describe it as “shaving the fields.”

Our volunteer Clare thinks that someone decided that marshmallows were a good fertilizer, but wonders what the strange box is on the small table.

What do you think? Leave your guesses, funny titles, or captions in our comments. If you know what is really going on, please satisfy our curiosity!

Posted in Friday Feature, Main Page | Leave a comment

Friday Feature: Fabulous Finding Aids

Winter storms and holidays limited the number of finding aids completed during December… But there were still guides written for 5 collections, including 3 new collections (received in 2012) and 2 map collections. Arrangement and Decription Archivist Elizabeth Neilsen says “we will return to our normal pace in January,” so be looking for an even bigger list next month!

Rep. Ben Westlund speaking at the dedication of Cascades Hall

Ben Westlund Papers, 1976-2010 (MSS Westlund)

  • This collection documents Westlund’s political career in Oregon. Ben Westlund served as a State Legislator and State Senator from central Oregon from 1997 until his election as State Treasurer in 2008, a position he held until his death in 2010. Westlund advocated for higher education in central Oregon and was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon State University-Cascades campus in Bend. The collection includes a full range of formats including photographs, videotapes and DVDs, compact disks with digital photographs and sound recordings; and born-digital materials on floppy disks.

Leland F. Skillin Collection, 1935-1973 (MSS Skillin)

William H. Taubeneck Papers, 1881-2010 (MSS Taubeneck)

Maps collections:

Crater Lake National Park Maps, 1903-1962 (MAPS CraterLake)

Native American Maps Collection, 1875-1972 (MAPS Native)

All these guides are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

All “new” collections received in calendar year 2012 now have a finding aid available through the SCARC website and NWDA as well as a MARC catalog record. As of December 27, 2013, the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center has 721 finding aids in NWDA.

Go team!

Posted in Finding Aids, Friday Feature, Main Page | Leave a comment

Friday Feature: Winter Book Collecting Contest!

The OSU Valley Library is sponsoring a Book Collecting Contest!

Sponsored in association with the Himes & Duniway Society, a group of book collecting enthusiasts in Oregon, this contest is meant

  • to encourage students in the collection and enjoyment of their own personal libraries,
  • to develop an appreciation for the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and
  • to read, research, and preserve these works for pleasure and scholarship.

The collection can focus on any subject, and the contest is open to all full-time students.


Three prizes will be awarded to student winners:

1st prize: $1,000
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250

Prizes are generously funded by the Himes & Duniway Society.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE Friday, March 14, 2014 by 5:00 PM.

How Do I Enter?
The Application Package should include the following:

  • The application form;
  • The essay which should be at least two and no more than four pages in 12-point type with lines double-spaced describing how and why the collection was assembled;
  • A bibliography of the collection preferably using the MLA Bibliography format with each individual title numbered and annotated. The annotations should reflect the importance of each item to the collection as a whole
  • An annotated wish list of up to five other book titles that you would like to add in the future to complete or enhance your existing collection; and
  • digital images of items in the collection including at least five with ten or more representative books being preferable.

You can submit your application in one of two ways:

1. Email your application package to Anne Bahde at

2. Drop off your application package to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, 5th floor of Valley Library.

What’s a “Collection?
A collection

  • Consists of items that a student has come to own following a particular interest, or passion, which may be academic or not
  • May consist of all books or a combination of books and other formats. For instance, a collection on a geographical topic may include a map, a collection on a playwright may include a poster or playbill, or a collection about an historical event may include ephemera.
  • Consists of not less than 15 items or more than 30 items of which the majority should be books, but related materials such as photographs, illustrations, maps, ephemera, CDs, music scores, posters etc. may be included.
  • Can be on any topic; subjects can be contemporary or historical and may stress bibliographical features such as bindings, printing processes, type, editions, illustrations, etc. Rare books are not expected. Comic books and graphic novels are acceptable; ephemera alone if of historical interest is acceptable; historical–not current–textbooks may be included.

Example Topics:

  • Vampires
  • Comic books or graphic novels
  • Jane Austen
  • The Beat Poets

Previous Sample Entries:

  An Interdisciplinary Survey of 20th Century Propaganda – Andrew Fink

  Words of the Waves: A Nautical Collection – Emily Selinger

  How To Be Alone – Mack Sullivan

How Do I Win?
Criteria for selection:

  • Clearly state the purpose or unified theme of the collection;
  • Explain the extent to which the collection represents the stated purpose;
  • Evidence of creativity in building the collection;
  • Originality, innovation, and uniqueness;
  • Quality of the collector’s essay describing the collection

A team of judges from campus and The Himes & Duniway Society will determine the contest winners.

The Fine Print:

Students are limited to one entry. The student must be a full time student and the sole owner of the collection. The winners may be eligible for entry into The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest supported by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) of which The Himes & Duniway Society is a member, the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress) with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

If you have questions about book collecting or this contest, contact Anne Bahde at or 541-737-2083.


Posted in Main Page | Leave a comment

Beavers in Paradise—the history of Hawaiian Bowl appearances

Was that a great game? I have a hunch history lovers know it wasn’t the first time that the Beavers travelled to Hawaii. Read all about it in this post by SCARC student Mike D.

The Oregon State Beavers travelled once again to the Sandwich Islands for a post season gridiron battle. Coach Riley stated earlier this month, “The Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl has a great tradition and we are excited to bring our team, which features several natives of the great State of Hawai’i, to represent the Pac-12 Conference.” The 2013 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl pitting OSU against Boise State was our fourth bowl appearance in Hawaii, which was actually technically the third bowl game, but more on this later. In the great tradition of Beavers in Paradise, our holiday bowl game history in Hawaii spans ninety years, dating back to 1923!

OSU’s last appearance in Hawaii was the 1999 Oahu Bowl, where we lost to the Rainbow Warriors of the University of Hawaii, 23-17.  But thirty years earlier, Oregon State College defeated UH in the non-NCAA sanctioned 1949 Pineapple Bowl, 47-27. These two bowl games were important points in OSU Football history, but our story begins much earlier.

What prompted this foray into Hawaii Bowl history was SCARC’s new addition to our collection of digitized videos available on OSU MediaSpace. The home movies by the OSC Football team on their trip to the 1939 Pineapple Bowl are a colorful look at a happier time in Beaver football history.

Coach Lon Stiner’s 1939 OSC Beavers finished that year with a stellar 9-1-1 record. The season culminated with an invite to the Pineapple Bowl in Honolulu to face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The 1940 Pineapple Bowl was played on New Year’s Day against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. OSC handily won the game 39 to 6. This game was the first annual Pineapple Bowl, had we been there a year earlier, the Beavers would have been in the Poi Bowl! The Hawaiian Poi Bowl only lasted from 1936-1939, arguably, one of the better bowl game name changes in history.

On Christmas Day, 1939, the Beavers played the Hawaii All-Stars, a Healani town team, in an exhibition contest. They won easily, 28-0. The Hawaii All-Star teams appear to have been made up of UH Alumni and local athletes.  Traditionally, the All-Stars played the visiting teams prior to the actual bowl games. Due to the travel restrictions of the period, mainly a long boat ride, and the invited teams would spend up to a month in Hawaii during the bowl season. This allowed time for extra game during their stay. OSC left Corvallis on December 11, 1939 by train to San Francisco. They were to board a steamship for the islands, but due to a dock worker strike, they were forced to leave from Los Angeles a day later. The team returned home on January 11th, 1940 – quite a road trip!

As can be seen in the film footage, the squad had to practice on the ship in transit, mixing work and cruise ship travel. Barometer articles in early January 1940, chronicling the successful trip touted the excellent Hawaiian hospitality. The Beavers toured the sights, tried their hands at surfing and attended special events during their stay in Hawaii. The article reports that the “visitors were shown the Dole pineapple plants, were taken to a sugar refinery and saw museums and aquariums.” The Pineapple Bowl Parade, as seen in the film footage, was one of the highlights of the Beaver’s activities (other than the victorious football games).

Officially, Oregon State has played three actual “Bowl” games in Hawaii, 1940, 1949, and 1999. This is not the whole story however. The first trip to the Hawaiian Islands for the Beavers was ninety years ago in 1923. The University of Hawaii began intercollegiate football in 1920, playing their first game against Nevada on Christmas Day. These games during the early years were not officially “bowl” games; however, they were held during the holidays and were post season specials. The term bowl game first is seen with the 1923 Rose Bowl, played in the newly constructed Pasadena stadium. The name “bowl” to describe the games thus comes from the Rose Bowl stadium.

The 1923 season did not go well for the Oregon Agricultural College Beaver squad. Coach R. B. Rutherford took the 4-3-2 Beavers to Hawaii for OAC’s first game outside of the contiguous United States. This endeavor was undertaken at great expense to the college, so only twenty-five OAC delegates and team members made the trip.  Two coaches, a team manager, and only 14 football players boarded the steamship S.S. Lurline sailing from Seattle on December 11, 1923. The team arrived in Hawaii after an arduous voyage, and battling the island heat, the Beavers went down to defeat in two hard fought gridiron spectaculars against the Hawaii All-stars and the University of Hawaii.

The long voyage did not pay off as the Beavers dropped a game to the Hawaiian All-Stars, playing their first college team, 14-9, on Christmas day 1923 and then another to the University of Hawaii, 7-0. The loss to Hawaii was a huge upset, as Hawaii had only begun playing intercollegiate football three years earlier. The OAC Barometer, in the journalistic style of the era, reported on January 4, 1924 the stories of the games.

The Aggies and All-Stars tangled in a 60 minute encounter that was said to have all the ear-marks of a combined bull fight and Sinn Fein uprising.

Another special distinction for OAC during this trip was the subsequent renaming of the University of Hawaii football team. The legend states that a rainbow appeared in the sky as the Hawaii Fighting Deans upset Oregon State. Local reporters began using the nickname, and it was made official soon after. After that, every time a rainbow arced over the field, the team is said to have won, prompting a name change to the Rainbow Warriors. The Beavers would leave a lasting legacy in the islands that would remain until UH dropped “Rainbow” in 2000.  The move was controversial, Head coach June Jones said the team needed a more macho image.

The losses were devastating for the Beavers, who had to pay to travel to Hawaii and suffered two humiliating defeats. Again, we see in OAC Barometer articles some attempts at justification for these losses to their readers. The January 4th edition speaks of the trials and tribulations of a sea voyage and the effects of  island weather

Under the devitalizing influence of the tropical heat of Hawaii, the OAC football team, fresh from the moist Oregon country, went down to defeat before the acclimated Honolulu pigskin artists.

According to the Barometer, the seasick Beavers had an eventful trip on the steamship Lurline. Four stormy days of travel on the open seas had a detrimental effect on the team. Coach Rutherford held daily workouts and the decks of the vessel. Only eight of the fourteen Beavers were able to participate, others were “using the rail…studying the habits of the fish.” The Barometer also reports that

They started their workouts by passing the ball around, but after they had lost two of the three pigskin spheroids overboard, the confined themselves to calisthenics and to running signals.

Photographic evidence of the first trip to Hawaii is scarce. The OSU Special Collections and Archive Research Center collections only yield the one photograph of the team on the ship, found in the 1925 Beaver Yearbook. Bound copies of the Barometer provide the only descriptions we have of this epic contest. The games are part of OSU’s football statistics, but these stories are what make history come alive.

On Christmas Eve, 2013 the OSU Beavers returned to the balmy Hawaiian islands for a 21st century gridiron duel. Now the team travels in the comfort of chartered jet liners, arriving in hours rather than days. Today’s Beavers have the benefit of team doctors, sports medicine, and air-conditioning to battle the island heat. The entire team and its entourage make the trip. In 1923, with only fourteen players available, substitutions were not an option. Imagine being both, an offensive and defensive tackle, on the field for the entire game … still a little woozy from the heat and long trip.

Times were simpler then.


Posted in Main Page | Leave a comment

Friday Feature: Karl & Mike’s Excellent Adventure – Part Deux

Mike and Karl took another road trip this week, to the far ends of the earth. Okay, really just to the Oregon coast. Mike wrote up this post about their trip — enjoy!

A popular misconception is that archivists spend their days cooped up with dusty old documents and a box of file folders. This may hold some truth, but occasionally a road trip is in order.

Tasked with retrieving the personal papers of Dr. Paul R. Elliker, a famous professor from the Bacteriology Department at Oregon State College, SCARC’s Karl McCreary and Mike Dicianna set out on another “most excellent adventure” to pick up papers being donated by Beth Elliker (see left).  The bonus was they were located in the town of Otter Rock, on the beautiful Oregon Coast!

Dr. Elliker built a wonderful retreat for his family in Otter Rock, retiring there in the early 1980s. Just a few blocks from Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park, the views from this property were spectacular and Elliker spent his final years working in an office that overlooked the Pacific surf.  Currently, his grand-daughter, who is a writer, has been using this office. She finally had to move into a back bedroom, facing a blank wall, to get anything accomplished! It is not difficult to imagine why…

Paul Elliker was born in 1911 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. (1934), M.S. (1935), and Ph.D. (1937) degrees in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Purdue University’s Dairy Husbandry Department in 1940. During the years 1944-1945 Elliker served at Fort Detrick, Maryland in the United State Army’s Bio warfare Group. In 1947, he was appointed a member of the faculty in the Bacteriology Department at Oregon State College. He taught at Oregon State until his retirement in 1976, serving as department chair from 1952-1976. His areas of research included germicides, bacterial viruses, aerobiology, nutrition of lactic acid bacteria, and psychrophilic bacteria.

This biographical note from the current “MSS Elliker” collection only begins to describe the life of this man. What we found was thirty boxes of his passions; research, travel, collaboration with other scientists, and most importantly—CHEESE!  The doctor’s papers included a treasure trove of his personal research notes, course materials, and speeches (Beth called them his “cheese talks”). We also found a vast amount of research data on bacteriology, sanitation, and dairy practices. Manuscripts of his books and journal articles, with his personal notes will be of great interest to researchers in this field.  The Elliker collection is currently small, 1.2 cubic feet, and only contains a representative sample of Dr. Elliker’s work. We now will have a much more complete picture of his research with this addition: we have his thoughts, words and interests.

All in all, this road trip was a huge success! SCARC obtained an important collection of one of OSU’s most prominent scientist and educators — 30 boxes of documents, teaching materials, and some great scrapbooks will be added to the “MSS Elliker” collection over the next few months.  So researchers looking for information about bacteriology, food science and sanitation, and of course… CHEESE will have the opportunity to spend hours of quality time in Dr. Elliker’s papers.

Here we see Karl contemplating the accession process for Paul Elliker’s papers.

Of course it didn’t hurt that the acquisition was located in one of the most beautiful locales on earth, and on a spectacular day full of sunshine and good history!

With our “Chive Van” filled, it behooved us to take a short break and see if the Pacific Ocean was still there! And indeed, it was.

Posted in Friday Feature, Main Page | Leave a comment