Guide to the Othniel R. Chambers Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Chambers, Othniel Robert, 1894-
Title: Othniel R. Chambers Papers
Dates: 1922-1951 ( inclusive )
1934-1949 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 cubic foot, including 1 photograph (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MSS Chambers
Summary: The Othniel R. Chambers Papers document Chambers' graduate education at Ohio State University and his teaching and research as a faculty member at Oregon State College. They include lectures and related materials for radio presentations; class notes; and publications. Chambers earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State in 1926; he was professor and head of the Oregon State Psychology Department from 1929 until 1951.
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: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

Othniel Robert Chambers was a professor of psychology at Oregon State College from 1929 until his death in 1951. Born in Jasper, Indiana on April 19, 1894, Chambers received his A.B. and M.A. from Indiana University (1922) and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1926). He taught at Ohio State University in 1923-1926 and at the University of Texas in 1926-1929. In 1929, Chambers moved to Oregon, where he became a professor and head of Oregon State College’s Department of Psychology. During the 1930s and 1940s, he gave numerous radio lectures for KOAC.

Chambers was active in numerous psychological associations throughout the region. He served as president of the Benton County Hygiene Committee (1950) and was a member of the Pacific Northwest Council of Family Relations. He was also a member of numerous social and honorary societies.

Content Description

The Othniel R. Chambers Papers document Chambers' graduate education in psychology at Ohio State University and his teaching, research, and outreach activities at Oregon State College. The bulk of the collection consists of radio lectures and related materials for numerous radio programs that Chambers presented on KOAC in the 1930s and 1940s. These programs include Getting Along with Others, The Individual Today and Is My Child Growing Up?. The collection also includes 6 16-inch phonograph records with recordings of radio talks given in 1935-1936 as Is My Child Growing Up? programs in the Family Life Series as well as the Homemakers' Hour. The recorded talks address children's behaviors, prejudices, and capacities; attitudes toward play; and children following a leader.

The papers also include class notes from Ohio State University, class notes and lectures presented at Oregon State, publications and student papers, reprints of professional journal articles, and newspaper clippings. The student papers include an undated report by Helen Steyaert, Medical Practices Among the Pacific Northwest Indians, written in the 1930s or early 1940s. Documents that are identified as "book reviews" appear to be Chambers' notes and summaries of books and articles he read and studied.

The collection also includes materials assembled by Chambers' wife, Gladys Dawson, pertaining to food preparation, 4-H activities, and household management. Most of the items were published in the 1920s and many were prepared by the Ohio State University Extension Service. Materials pertaining to the Women's Club at Ohio State, of which she was a member, are also included.

The photograph is of Othniel R. Chambers and his wife.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Othniel R. Chambers Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The materials were donated to the Archives by Chambers' family in 1979.

Related Materials :  

The Archives' collections include the papers of Jesse F. Brumbaugh, a psychology professor at Oregon State from 1915 until 1939. The Leo George and Ruth Ann Kramer Papers include class materials from a psychology course taken by Leo Kramer in 1951. Additional materials about child development research are available in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department (RG 085) and College of Home Economics and Education (RG 141) Records. Extensive materials pertaining to KOAC radio programs are part of the KOAC Records (RG 015).


      • Subject Terms :
      • Child development.
      • Psychology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
      • Radio in higher education--Oregon.
      • Radio programs--Oregon.
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Phonograph records.
      • Photographic prints.
        • Other Creators :
        • Steyaert, Helen Elizabeth.
        • KOAC (Radio station : Corvallis, Or.)
        • Ohio State University. Dept. of Psychology.
        • Ohio State University. Extension.
        • Oregon State Agricultural College. Dept. of Psychology.
        • Oregon State College. Dept. of Psychology

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