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University Archives sound recordings collection

Identifier: UA 180

Scope and Contents note

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.


  • 1933-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1947-1979


Conditions Governing Access note

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.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

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.


51 linear feet (34 containers)

1.5 Unprocessed linear feet (1 container) : 1 record storage box

Language of Materials



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.

Arrangement note

Collection is arranged in chronological order by date of recording. Sound recordings added to the collection at a later date are organized separately and arranged in chronological order.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Selected sound recordings in this collection are available as digital audio files in Special Collections & University Archives: 6, 12, 13, 18, 78, 152, 175, 201, 268, 269, 493, 494, 495, 500, 519, 529, 562, 563, 703, 838, 840-846.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Kristin Gustafson and Nathan Georgitis.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the University Archives Sound Recordings Collection
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Kristin Gustafson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA