And her spirit’s always loyal,
And we’ll have the world to know
That the bonds can ne’er be broken,
Formed in the dear old U.O.
—“There’s a Pretty Little Village,” circa 1910
University of Oregon Libraries is pleased to announce an exhibit titled Oregon Spirit: The Legacy of Track and Field, now on display from January 7th to March 22nd in the Special Collections and University Archives Paulson Reading Room.
The University of Oregon proudly celebrates over 100 years of track and field. Led by illustrious coaches, student-athletes defied the limits of human performance before an audience of devoted fans. Drawing upon 20 collections, these curated items reveal a palpable spirit that transcends generations. The legacy of track and field is built on enduring tradition and dynamic innovation.
Containing over 40 items, this exhibit combines letters, scrapbooks, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual material to examine the development of UO’s track and field program. The items highlight pivotal moments involving student-athletes, coaches, and facilities. Exhibit viewers can learn about the program’s origins, and recognize decades of ingenuity that cemented the connection between the sport and the university.
The exhibit features a clip reel containing footage from 1920s-1980s derived from several collection. It also includes a snippet of a 1947 audio interview with Bill Hayward. The video is available for viewing in the exhibit, as well as on the UO Libraries YouTube channel here.
Oregon Spirit was curated by Lauren Goss (Accessioning and Processing Archivist)
Clip reel created by Elizabeth Peterson (Humanities Librarian)
Advised by Jennifer O’Neal (University Historian and Archivist)
Exhibition production support by Mandi Garcia (Library Design and Exhibits Coordinator), Jim Murez (Communications Specialist), Jason Stone (Strategic Communications and Writing Specialist), Dj Wyrick (Information Technology Consultant), Nathan Georgitis (Archivist for Digital Collections), Marilyn Mohr (Collections Conservator), and Ashlee Weitlauf (Collections Conservator)