Hidden Gems in the OSU Barometer

In celebration of Oregon Archives Month, SCARC staff have pulled together a few of their favorite things in our collections. This is the fourth in the series.


The Barometer is an amazing resource for learning about Oregon State through the years…and also other news like:

  • An opinion headline in January 27, 1995: “Internet Surfing, Home Computer Craze: Is It Worth It?”
  • News from the summer of 1969: major protests, arrests, and convictions of protestors related to the denial of promotion to English instructor Frank Harper and subsequent dismissal of same. Also, continued protest against closing women’s dorms at night.
  • More fun: November 6, 1969 Barometer was printed with blank pages except ads in protest of ASOSU senate effort to review editorial board to potentially change editorial staff. The bill passed but was vetoed by ASOSU president.
  • In Fall 1968 MU board of directors exclude military recruiting inside MU.
  • November 7, 1928: It is official, Corvallis voters have lifted the ban on Sunday movies by a 2 to 1 margin. Also, Hoover wins in a landslide!
  • It was reported in the Barometer May 19, 1981 that the investigation into a graduate student that disappeared off a research vessel off the coast of Hawaii ended after 18 months, concluding the student was alive and well, though whereabouts unknown. He seems to have not wanted to go home.
  • Cases of measles on campus in April, 1973. Yikes!
  • April 19, 1996, the Barometer included a story from the Associated Press titled, “Expert says police in need of ethics training.” Whelp…
  • November 15, 1990: It was reported that a 6 year old boy in France shot his mom in the stomach with a rifle after she refused him a Coca-Cola. And that’s the way it is.

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Kevin Jones is SCARC’s metadata and digitization specialist extraordinaire.  SCARC would be lost without him! He likes to play all kinds of games, run, and play ultimate Frisbee.

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