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Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes, 1942-2003

Scope and Content Note

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.

An addition to the OSU Alumni Association Motion Picture Films (Accession 2009:034) is made up of 12 VHS videotape recordings of campus events generated by the OSU Alumni Association and the Office of University Advancement. In addition to documenting focus group research of OSU alumni and donors, these tapes also depict E.B. Lemon Award dinners, a diversity training workshop, OSU Hawaii Club's Luau Night, and the rededication of a plaque at the Phi Delta house honoring Bill Corvallis and Stanley McGuire. There is also a tape containing footage of the 1957 Rose Bowl game and a film produced by the Alumni Association about Douglas Strain entitled "The Everyday Philanthropist."

A second addition to the collection (Accession 2009:089) consists of a 16 mm film reel documenting the crowning of the 1959 Homecoming queen.

A third addition to the Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (Accession 2013:057) consists of four VHS videotapes generated and collected by the Alumni Association. Two of the tapes are recordings of a campus event called "Oozeball 2" which involved a game of volleyball in mud rather than sand. The other tapes consist of a recruitment video and a recording of a presentation on OSU history by "Oregon Stater" writer and Editor George Edmonston Jr.

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