Preliminary Guide to Chuck Boice Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Boice, Charles Allan.
Title: Chuck Boice Papers
Dates: 1912-2010 ( inclusive )
1930-1997 ( bulk )
Quantity: 5.5 cubic feet, including 859 photographs and 23 sound recordings (7 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: MSS.Boice
Summary: The Chuck Boice Papers document Boice's journalism career, family life, and military service, and include materials created and assembled by Boice pertaining to Oregon State University athletics and alumni. Charles Allan (Chuck) Boice was editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine at Oregon State University from 1969 until his retirement in 1986.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding the original (1998) version of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Charles Allan (Chuck) Boice was appointed editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine in 1969 and held the position until his retirement in 1986, at which time he became Editor Emeritus. During his retirement, he served as the Stater's Sports Editor from 1991 to 1997. He had previously been Director of Public Information for the University of Portland (1959-1965) and an Information Specialist with the Oregon State System of Higher Education Division of Continuing Education (1966-1969). Boice earned BS (1942) and MS (1950) degrees from the University of Oregon.

Boice was born on July 27, 1920, in Glendale, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He attended the College of Wooster in Ohio before returning to the University of Oregon. He served in the Navy during World War II as a naval gunnery officer in the South Pacific. Chuck married Audrey Larson in 1949 and they had two sons, Craig and Charles. After Audrey's death in 1994, Chuck married Ina Angeline Van de Pol in 1998. Chuck Boice died on March 14, 2010. Ina Boice passed away in April 2011.

Content Description

The Chuck Boice Papers document Boice's journalism career, family life, and military service and include materials assembled and created by Boice pertaining to Oregon State University athletics and alumni. The records reflect his work at Oregon State University as well as his journalism work at the University of Portland and several Oregon radio stations. The collection includes correspondence, greeting cards, military records, newspaper clippings, notes, a plaque, photograph albums, photographs, poetry, publications, sound recordings, artifacts, and manuscripts of columns and articles written by Boice for the Oregon Stater alumni magazine after his retirement. Most of the manuscripts pertain to OSU athletics; Boice's articles about the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football, celebrated in 1993, and the 50th anniversary of the 1942 Rose Bowl game are also included.

The photographs consist of ~600 prints, 250 negatives, and 9 color slides. They include portrait images of Boice, his wife Audrey, their sons, and other family members; Boice's childhood in Glendale, Oregon; his military service during World War II; radio announcing a basketball game; his work at the University of Portland; and his wedding day.

The sound recordings include 22 audiocassette tapes and 1 audiotape and are recordings of presentations, meetings, and interviews with OSU faculty and alumni such as President Robert MacVicar; Linus Pauling; Warren Hovland; Scram Graham; Milosh Popovich, and E.B. Lemon. The audiotape includes recordings of radio broadcasts by Boice at KSLM in the 1950s.

The artifacts include three signed footballs and a press pass for entrance to Oregon State University athletic events.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Chuck Boice Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Chuck Boice Papers are arranged in these 12 preliminary series: Biographical Materials; Notes; Correspondence; Photographs; Newspaper Clippings; 1915 Football Team and Herman Abraham; Military Service Materials; Poetry and Other Literary Work by Audrey Boice; Publications; Sound Recordings; Artifacts; and Manuscrips of Articles and Columns for the Oregon Stater. The manuscripts are arranged in chronological order by the Stater issue for which they were submitted beginning with the February 1988 issue.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information :  

The bulk of the collection was donated to the Archives in 2011 by Anita Danco. The manuscripts of articles submitted for publication to the Oregon Stater were transferred to the Archives by the Stater editor in 1997.

Related Materials :  

The Alumni Association Records (RG 035) include substantial materials pertaining to the Oregon State alumni magazine. The Archives' holdings also include the Oregon Stater (PUB 3-11a). The George Edmonston Collection documents Edmonston's role as Stater Editor from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. Additional photographs assembled for or published in the Oregon Stater are part of the Alumni Association Records (RG 035) and Photographs (P 017) and the Oregon Stater Photographs (P 195).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Materials, 1912-2006

Family tree charts, diplomas, baptismal certificates, business cards, press badge, commencement program, sketch, and clipping. Reflects the lives of Chuck, Audrey, and sons and Craig and Charles A. Boice. Also documented here are Audrey's family members, Carrie Ross and Carl Larson.


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Research for articles and musical notations.


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Correspondence, 1933-2010
1 Craig Boice, 1971-1973
1 "Dad" Boice, 1962-1964
1 General, 1938-1988
1 Greeting Cards and Invitations, 1933-1942
1 Henry Pete and Other Glendale Ties, 1980-2010

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Photographs, 1930-2004
1 Portraits of Chuck Boice
1 Boice with Family, 1935-1988
3 folders
Includes shots of Chuck and Audrey's wedding, family outings with sons Craig and Charles, images of the family at home, and other family members.
1 Retirement Party for Boice, circa 1986
1 Portraits of Audrey Boice
1 Portraits of sons Charles and Craig Boice
1 Images of Boice's childhood in Glendale, circa 1930-1938
1 OSU Athletic Events and Athlete Portraits, 1910-1992
3 folders
1 OSU Basketball Games, 1955-1990
1 Ralph Miller
1 Non-OSU Athletics, 1956-1965
1 OSU Campus Views and Events, 1961
Includes images taken for the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
1 OSU Class Reunions, 1981-1983
1 Construction of the Kerr Administration Building, 1970
1 Wood Panel Wall Mosaic in Bexell Hall, undated
1 Allan J. de Lay
1 Images Prepped for use in the Oregon Stater
1 University of Portland, undated
1 World War II military service, 1942-2004
1 Official U.S. Navy images of battles in the Pacific
1 Unidentified people and places
3 Photograph Albums, 1930-2005
Includes images of Boice as a child in Glendale, his office at the University of Portland, and his sons Craig and Charles.
6 Oversized photographs prepped for use in Oregon Stater
6 Portrait shots of Chuck and Audrey
6 'Scram" Graham
6 Boice's military service
5 Three montages of football and basketball players and coaches
Includes Ralph Miller and Dee Andros.

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Newspaper clippings, 1945-1999
2 folders

Includes articles by Boice.


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1915 Football Team and Herman Abraham, undated

Includes manuscript and reference materials.


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Military Service Materials, 1942-2006

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Poetry and other Literary Work by Audrey Boice

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1 OSU Athletic Game Programs, Media Guides, and Histories, 1951-2007
2 "Oregon Sports" Magazine
Boice served as Editor.
2 Non-OSU game programs and guides, 1954-1972
2 "Beaver Dam" satirical OSC student magazine, 1955-1956
1 bound volume
2 3 Yearbooks, 1939-1965
University of Oregon; University of Portland; Lincoln High School; The College of Wooster; and U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School Ninth Class.
3 Alumni Directory for College of Wooster, 2010
3 Books annotated with notes by Mildred Boice and Charles Boice (Chuck's father)
6 Alumni News Section from Oregon State Barometer, 1938
1 bound volume
5 Miller Memories poster

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Sound Recordings, 1972-1982

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4 Three footballs and a press tag
3 Plaque honoring Boice for 17 years with the "Oregon Stater", 1986
Autographed by Linus Pauling.

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Manuscripts of articles and columns for Oregon Stater, 1988-1997
10.0 folders

These manuscripts consist of articles and columns written by Boice and submitted for publication to the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, during the period when Boice was Editor Emeritus (beginning in 1986) and Sports Editor 1991-1997). Most of the manuscripts pertain to OSU athletics and include summaries of recent games and events; forecasts for upcoming seasons; and profiles of current and previous athletes, teams, and coaches. Boice's articles about the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football, celebrated in 1993, and the 50th anniversary of the 1942 Rose Bowl game are also included. Most of the manuscripts were published; however, not always in their entirety.


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  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae--Periodicals.
  • Oregon State University--Sports.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Audiocassettes.
    • Audiotapes.
    • Photographic prints.

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