Monthly Archives: October 2015

Film Fest 2015!

October brings us fiery colors, pumpkins, and fun films about OSU!

This year, we’re highlighting footage of student performances and activities from the 1980s and 1990s that were transferred to SCARC by KBVR-TV and the Memorial Union.

Join us for excerpts from these flashy films:

  • 1987 Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show
  • Indonesia Night, 1994
  • Ms. OSU Pageant, 1992

And did we mention Benny skiing?

Where and when?

  • Wednesday, October 21
  • Willamette Room East
  • Noon to 1:00pm

Snacks and soda will be available.

And stay tuned for more details about the recipe showcase on the 30th!

Hope to see you there!

Weatherford Hall tour: Archives Month Activity #1!

Our first Archives Month event of this year, last Wednesday’s tour of Weatherford Hall, went swimmingly with excellent guidance from Weatherford Resident Director Jesus Ramirez and Austin Entrepreneur Program (AEP) Project Manager Dale McCauley.

There were 13 on the tour and we explored rooms, lounges, and office areas on the ground floor, first floor, and one of upper levels in the “tower” area. Not surprisingly, the tower offered most of the scenic highlights as we enjoyed a birds-eye view of autumnal campus from the balconies on both sides of the building facing northwest and southeast.

Inside the tower, we toured a meeting room where documents from the Weatherford’s “in-house” archives were displayed on an ancient table. These items included meeting minutes, reports, photos, and newsletters which were apparently kept in a locked glass display case. This room and the piano lounge downstairs both seemed to exude an old dorm feel, steeped in the dark brown wood and the white plaster walls.

Weatherford’s modern look was exemplified by the well-equipped maker lab for AEP students on the first floor. This spot was jam packed with printers not just designed to generate 3d objects but also to handle sheets of vinyl and cloth. For first year AEP students assigned to come up with their own small business, this space has been essential in creating customized decals and socks (which both sell very well).

The famous decorated doors are scattered throughout the building and we were able to see at least three of the 12 that are said to survive.

Some photos that I took during the tour are now posted on Flickr at

It was a fun way to start off Archives Month 2015!

~Karl McCreary, SCARC Collections Archivist and Archives Month Bandleader.

Get Cooking – 10th annual Taste of the ‘Chives

You’ll like this practical and handy cooking club calendar” ~ we promise.


Sample flavors inspired by the past in this annual showcase of recipes discovered in the holdings of the OSU Special Collections and Archives.

This year, we’re highlighting recipes featured in a wall calendar that reflects the culinary creativity of a nation facing wartime food rationing and shortages. There are so many wonderful recipes to choose from, and if you come by the cooking event you’ll have a chance to taste some and have a look at this original 1945 calendar from the First Federal Savings in Portland.

If you are feeling the chill of fall, I recommend the Short Ribs with Beans, so popular in cool weather!


    Truth be told, it is December’s treats that are calling to me, with date cake and self-iced chocolate cake ready for making and sharing.


    If you want to read more, we’ve scanned the entire calendar and put it in a Flickr set. But what we really would love is for you to join us for the festivities! Sample some of these prepared recipes and feel free to make them yourself to share with us at the event. Other recipes can be found in historic publications available online at the Scholars Archive website.

    WHEN: Friday October 30, noon-1:00

    WHERE: Willamette Room East-3rd Floor Valley Library

    WHO: Contact Karl McCreary at