Guide to the Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes
1942-1998

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Alumni Association.
Title: Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes
Dates: 1942-1998 ( inclusive )
1952-1969 ( bulk )
Quantity: 4 cubic feet, including 25 motion picture film reels and 8 videotapes (2 boxes and 9 film cans)
Collection Number: FV P 017
Summary: The Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes consist of moving image materials created or assembled by the Oregon State University Alumni Association. They include promotional films; recordings of special events, such as commencement and OSU centennial activities; films of football games; footage honoring Oregon State alumni; and videotapes of alumni award presentations.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

An alumni organization was established at OSU (then Corvallis College) in 1875; John Bryson (Class of 1874) was the first president. In 1914 a formal constitution was adopted that provided for a five-member board. E.B. Lemon became the first regular alumni secretary in 1915 and started the alumni magazine, the OAC Alumnus. In 1926, the alumni magazine became the Oregon State Monthly; it became the Oregon Stater in 1940 and has retained that title since.

In 1929, the alumni office was moved from the Commerce Building to the newly completed Memorial Union. The CH2M Hill Alumni Center was completed on campus in 1997; it was built as a conference and meeting center and as the home of OSU Alumni Association events and its administrative offices.

Oregon State University commemorated the centennnial of its founding during the 1968-1969 academic year with a variety of events.

Oregon State football teams played in the 1942, 1957, and 1965 Rose Bowls, at the end of the 1941, 1956, and 1964 football seasons. The 1942 Rose Bowl was relocated from the west coast to Durham, North Carolina.

Content Description

The Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes consist of moving image materials created or assembled by the Oregon State University Alumni Association. The collection includes promotional films, such as the 1958 production, This is Oregon State, and recordings of special events, such as commencement, OSU centennial activities, and the first television course in Oregon taught by Chemistry Professor, Wendell Slabaugh. The bulk of the motion picture films are of Oregon State football games in the 1950s and early 1960s. Also of note are films about the 1964 football season and the homecoming banquet for the 1942 Rose Bowl team.

Several alumni are featured in the films and videotapes, including Terry Baker, Henry L. Bauer, Robert D. Cess, Hope Chamberlin, Ronald T. Miller, and Warren Washingon. The videotapes include recordings of several alumni award presentations in the 1990s and 1991 productions honoring the Class of 1941 and the Class of 1966.

All of the films are 16 mm; most are b/w. The bulk of the videotapes are VHS format; one is a 1/2" open reel videotape.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 017), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into two series: I. Motion Picture Films, 1942-1969 and II. Videotapes, 1974-1998. All items have been assigned individual numbers.

Acquisition Information :  

The videotapes were transferred in several accessions from 1995 to 1998.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

Adminstrative records and photographs of the Alumni Association are available in the Alumni Relations Records (RG 035) and Photographs (P 017). Numerous other films of Oregon State football games and teams are part of the Intercollegiate Athletics Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 031).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Motion Picture Films, 1942-1969

The Motion Picture Films consist of promotional productions; recordings of special events, such as commencement and OSU cenntennial activities; and films of football games and related events. The promotional productions include a short film about OSU broadcast during intermission of the General Electric College Bowl television broadcast in 1962 and This is Oregon State. The films include a recording of the first chemistry course taught via television in 1957 and A Day in the Life of Terry Baker produced by KATU-TV. The bulk of the films are of Oregon State College football games in the 1950s and early 1960s; a recording of a television program about the 1964 football season leading up to Oregon State's 1965 trip to the Rose Bowl; and the 1942 Rose Bowl homecoming banquet.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 FV P017:01: OSU film for General Electric College Bowl broadcast, 1962
From CBS television; this is likely the short film about OSU that was broadcast during intermission of the College Bowl broadcast with OSU contestants; 25 feet; b/w; no sound.
1 FV P017:02: This is Oregon State, 1958
Produced by the Oregon State College Alumni Association and several student organizations and funded by the Class of 1947, this color 16 mm file (with sound) includes a general introduction to the College as well as profiles of each academic school, student activities, and athletics. VHS use copy available.
1 FV P017:05: Oregon State College Commencement, 1954
300 feet; b/w.
Oregon State University Centennial, 1968-1969
Box
1 FV P017:06: Parade, October 26, 1968
Color; 200 feet.
1 FV P017:07: Centennial Charter Day Convocation Dinner, October 26, 1968
1 FV P017:27: The Possible Dream, 1968-1969
Produced by KGW-TV, Portland, and Pacific NW Bell, the film provides an overview of campus and campus activities; color; 1000 feet. Additional copies in the Continuing Higher Education Motion Picture Films (FV P 048).
1 FV P017:08: Unidentified magnetic sound track, 1954
2 reels
can FV P017:14: Chemistry course taught by Wendell Slabaugh on closed-circuit television, April 1957
Dr. Wendell Slabaugh taught the first television course for credit from a college or university in Oregon in the Spring of 1957. The course, Chemistry 201, was closed-circuit from the studio in Shepard Hall to viewing rooms in Dearborn Hall. Bill Rush of the Division of Continuing Education filmed this presentation in April of 1957 from one corner of the studio to preserve this "Oregon first". The course was produced by Prof. Harold Livingston of the Speech Department with a crew of 12 students. In the Fall of 1957, KOAC-TV went on the air and Dr. Slabaugh taught the same course as part of the Interinstitutional Televised Teaching Project. b/w; 1000 feet.
1 FV P017:26: A Day in the Life of Terry Baker, October 5, 1963
Produced by KATU-TV; presented to the OSU Alumni Association by Joe Fisher Ford, Portland, Oregon; b/w; 1000 feet.
Football, 1942-1964
Box
1 FV P017:03: Oregon State vs Kansas, 1957
2 reels
1 FV P017:09: Rose Bowl Homecoming Banquet, 1942
Color, 16 mm, approx. 300 ft; includes footage of banquet and of OSC vs University of Oregon football game in November 1941 and the campus celebration that followed.
can FV P017:15: Oregon State vs University of Idaho, 1954
b/w; 1500 feet
can FV P017:16: Oregon State vs Michigan State, October 4, 1952
Filmed by George B. Cox of Corvallis, Oregon; b/w; poor condition due to shrinkage; 1200 feet.
can FV P017:17: Oregon State vs UCLA, 1955
Duplication master and DVD use copy available; b/w; 2000 feet.
can FV P017:18: Oregon State vs Brigham Young University, 1955
b/w; 1400 feet; poor condition due to shrinkage.
FV P017:19: Oregon State vs University of California, 1955
b/w; 1400 feet
can FV P017:20 - FV P017:21: Unidentified games,
b/w; poor condition due to shrinkage; 1300 feet each.
can FV P017:22: Coaching film, circa 1950s
b/w; 1500 feet.
can FV P017:23: Oregon State vs Stanford University, 1955
b/w; 1100 feet; poor condition due to shrinkage
can FV P017:24: Oregon State vs University of Utah, September 21, 1963
b/w; 1000 feet
can FV P017:25: Unidentified game, circa 1950s
b/w; 1000 feet.
can FV P017:28: OSU All the Way, 1964
Kinescope recording of a television program on the 1964 OSU football season leading to OSU playing the 1965 Rose Bowl; b/w; with sound; 1800 feet. Credits list Bruce King and Marlan Holland. Includes footage of Tommy Prothro and highlights from games throughout the season. Bruce King was Sports Director/Anchor at KEZI-TV in Eugene from 1960-1965; Marlan Holland played football for the University of Oregon in the 1950s, including the 1958 University of Oregon Rose Bowl team. The program was likely produced and broadcast by KEZI-TV.

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Series II:  Videotapes, 1974-1998

The videotapes include recordings of several alumni award presentations and the dedication of the Benton Hall Clock Tower, a gift of the Class of 1988; productions honoring the classes of 1941 and 1966; and a 1974 interview of Hope Chamberlin, a journalist and author who graduated from Oregon State College in 1938. All of the videotapes are VHS format, except for the Chamberlin interview which is on 1/2" open reel.

Container(s)
Description
Box
2 FV P017:10: E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony; Robert D. Cess, recipient, May 11, 1991
2 FV P017:11: Class of 1941 Through the Years, 1991
Produced by the Alumni Association for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1941.
2 FV P017:12: Class of 1966, 1991
Produced by Thomas A. Cooper for the 25th reunion of the Class of 1966.
2 FV P017:13: Benton Hall Clock Tower Dedication, 1989
2 FV P017:29: Alumni Awards, May 21, 1994
E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award to Henry L. Bauer.
2 FV P017:30: E.B. Lemon Award Dinner, May 17, 1996
Warren Washington, award recipient.
2 FV P017:31: Presentation of OSU Distinguished Alumni Award to Ronald T. Miller, April 24, 1998
2 FV P017:32: Interview of Hope Chamberlin by Shirley Howard of KOAC, 1974
1/2" open reel format

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Baker, Terry
  • Chamberlin, Hope
  • Washington, Warren M.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Students.
  • Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Oregon State University--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Oregon State University--Students.
  • Rose Bowl (Football game)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Chemistry--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Commencement ceremonies--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Football--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Television in higher education--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Motion pictures (visual works).
  • Silent films.
  • Videotapes.
    • Other Creators :
    • Slabaugh, Wendell H.

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