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Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691

Archives 286
Beasley Coliseum
Event Recordings, 1980-1993


These recordings were uncovered in a closet in Beasley Coliseum, and were transferred to MASC by the Coliseum's Russ Driver on September 25th, 2009, where they were retained as UA2009-15. The recordings were processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in November, 2009.


Number of containers: 1 box
Linear feet of shelf space: 1


Beasley Coliseum was completed in 1973. It both serves as the University's primary indoor sports venue and hosts presentations by visiting speakers and theatrical groups, as well as hosting campus functions such as convocations and lectures.


The collection consists of reel-to-reel audio recordings of presentations held at Beasley Coliseum. The collection is far from comprehensive, but does include notable figures such as two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, and former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Also of particular interest are a number of noted journalism figures from WSU's annual Murrow Symposium.

While the first two tapes are in the most common reel-to-reel format, tapes 3 to 12 are four track reels, often recorded at unusual speeds. Due to these odd formats, most of these cannot be played on standard reel-to-reel machines. MASC received an Otari MX5050 BQII recorder with these tapes which can play the majority of them, but any reproduction of these will likely involve conversion to another format. Not all tracks on all tapes have been recorded on, while other tracks contain multiple presentations and some recordings continue, or are duplicated on, subsequent tracks. Blank tracks are not noted on the contents listings below.

The collection is listed in a loose chronological order (necessarily 'loose' as most tapes include multiple presentations, each from different dates), with the two standard format tapes preceding the four track tapes.


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Beasley Coliseum Event Recordings, 1980-1993 (UA 286)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Reel Track  Description Dates
Standard Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes
1President's Convocation 1981
2Gene Roddenberry (this appears to be the end of a Roddenberry talk, with a recording of the Star Trek pilot "The Cage")undated
Four-Track Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes
31Jody Powell, Murrow Symposium1986-04-01
2, 4Vincent Price in Diversions & Delights (includes program)1980-10-15
41Robert Redford, President's Convocation1981
2Diane Sawyer, Murrow Symposium1983-04-22
2, 4Linus Pauling, Haarmann & Reimer Distinguished Lecture1983-04-25/26
3Gloria Steinemundated
4Angela Davis1984-01-14
51-4Crimson Company, Mom's Weekend, Saturday Matinee ("Echoes 84")1984
61Dixie Lee Ray, Commencement1987
2George Plimptonundated
3Sander Vanocur, Murrow Symposium (includes program)1984-04-19
71James Burke1987-10-07
2Sam Smith, Inauguration1985
3Leo K Bustadundated
4President's Convocation1986
81Bernard Kalb, Murrow Symposium1987-04-06
2William D. Ruckelshaus, Commencement1987-05-09
2Mike Larry Garner1993-05-08
3Harold Wilson1987-04-08
91Boise Opera and Washington-Idaho Symphony (includes program)1989-09-23
101Dr. Wilson, President's Convocation1990-09-27
2William Proxmire1990-12-06
3Martin Luther King Program1991-01-14
4Murrow Symposium1991-01-24
111Gubernatorial Candidates, President's Convocation (includes program)1992-10-15
121Alfred Sikes, Murrow Symposium (includes program)1992-04-24
3Charles Kuralt, Murrow Symposium (includes program)1993-04-01
2President's Convocation1993