Guide to the Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Osterberg, Charles.
Title: Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films
Dates: 1961-1965 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.3 cubic feet, including 4 film reels and 1 DVD (2 boxes)
Collection Number: FV.P.284
Summary: The Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films consist of 16 mm films made by Osterberg in the 1960s of oceanographic research conducted on the Oregon coast near the mouth of the Columbia River. Charles Osterberg earned a Ph.D. in oceanography at Oregon State University in 1962 and was a faculty member at OSU from 1962 until 1966.
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: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films consist of motion picture films made by Osterberg of research voyages off the coast of Oregon in 1961-1965. The films document research on radioactivity levels in the waters near the mouth of the Columbia River and depict collection of water and marine life samples near Astoria, Newport, and Depoe Bay. Footage of the mooring of a buoy used in a study of wave energy generation is also included. Several Oregon State University faculty and students are depicted in the films including: William Pearcy, Norman Cutshall, Lyle Hubbard, Norman Kujala, Ingvar Lauren Larsen, Bruce Wyatt, Pete Hanson, and David Jennings. Research cruises on the Acona, Yaquina, and Kiska are documented in the footage.

The collection includes about 2000 feet of silent color 16 mm film footage on 4 reels. A DVD reproduction of all the footage is also included, which can be used to preview the films. Total running time for the DVD is 47 minutes.

Biographical Note

Charles Lamar Osterberg completed a Ph.D. in oceanography at Oregon State University in 1962 and established a research program in marine radioecology at Oregon State. As a graduate student, he recognized the environmental research opportunities resulting from the flow of mixed radionuclides from the Hanford nuclear facility in eastern Washington into the northeast Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River. He continued an active research program and advised 10 doctoral and 5 master's students as a faculty member. Osterberg joined the Division of Biology and Medicine at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland in 1967; served as director of the Intenational Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity in Monaco in 1976-1979; and retired to his home state of Arizona in 1986. Osterberg died in 2004.

Osterberg received training as a photographer serving with the U.S. Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films (FV P 284), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The motion picture films and DVD were donated to the Archives by Norman Cutshall in 2011.

Custodial History :  

The motion picture films were given to Norman Cutshall by Osterberg's widow, Betty Osterberg, after his death.

Related Materials :  

Progress reports of the research depicted in these films are available online in ScholarsArchive@OSU: Radioanalysis of Oceanic Organisms in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon issues in 1963 and 1964. Other moving images of oceanographic research are part of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 203), the Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving Images (FV P 185), and the Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes (FV P 254).


  • Corporate Names :
  • Acona (Ship)
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Oceanography.
  • Yaquina (Ship)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Pacific Coast (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Marine radioecology--Oregon--Pacific Coast.
  • Oceanographic research ships--Oregon.
  • Oceanography--Research--Oregon.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • DVDs.
    • Silent films.

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