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Carl Ritchie papers

Identifier: WUA080

Scope and Contents

The Carl Ritchie papers contain transcripts of radio broadcasts, including radio dramas, advertisements and news programs. Photographs from student theater productions and reports from Ritchie's time as Head of Creative Arts at Mount Angel College are also included.


  • 1928-1972


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Biographic Note

Carl Ritchie '49 was born in Salem, Oregon on June 30, 1923. He graduated from Salem High School in 1942 as valedictorian. During World War II, Ritchie served as a sergeant in the signal corps. He attended Willamette University on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 3 years. Ritchie was an acting instructor at Willamette University from 1956 until 1962 when he assumed the role of Head of Creative Arts at Mount Angel College. Ritchie was a founding member of the Pentacle Theater.

Ritchie served as public relations director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1957 to 1967. During this time he wrote and directed several plays for the festival. He was an actor, scene builder, and producer. He was also a speech writer for Oregon Governor Tom McCall during the 1970 election. In 1972, he won a Peabody Award for his work on the KOAC/Corvallis, Oregon program "Conversations with Will Shakespeare and Certain of His Friends."


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Carl Ritchie papers contain transcripts, photographs, and reports created by radio host, actor, and university administrator Carl Ritchie. Course supply lists, playbills, newspaper clippings, and University news bulletins are included from Ritchie's time as instructor at Willamette University.


The Carl Ritchie papers have been described in three series. Series I: Radio, Series II: Theater, and Series III: Mount Angel College Creative Arts. The files in these series have been arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material donated by Judy Sugnet, 2015.

Related Materials

To inquire about the Carl Ritchie papers owned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, visit
Guide to the Carl Ritchie papers, 1928-1972
Finding aid processed by Christopher McFetridge.
© 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
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Salem Oregon 97301 United States