Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Intercollegiate Athletics Moving Images, 1936-2003

Scope and Content Note

The Intercollegiate Athletics Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and DVDs of Oregon State University athletics events, primarily football and men's basketball. The collection also includes film recordings of track and field events as well as videotapes of special events and commemorations. Most of the films were made by Athletic Department staff; several of the game films were produced by Sportvision, Inc. The collection consists of two major components: individually numbered motion picture films (primarily for 1936-1970) and a major 2002 accession of films and videotapes (primarily for 1975-1988) that are not individually numbered and are only described at the box-level in the container list. Many of these films, especially of football, were used for game review purposes by coaching staff and players.

The bulk of the football films are for 1936-1955 and 1970-1990; men's basketball games from the late 1970s represent the bulk of the footage of this sport. Films of special note include pre-game activities for the 1942 Rose Bowl, the 1949 Pineapple Bowl, and the 1939 trip to Hawaii; the 1955 NCAA Western Regional basketball playoff game between Oregon State and the University of San Francisco; and a 1981 NCAA basketball tournament game against Kansas State University. Videotapes commemorating the football coaching careers of Tommy Prothro and Dee Andros are part of the collection.

Most of the films are 16 mm b/w; several color films are included and these are indicated on the container list. Most of the videotapes are VHS format.

Duplication masters and use copies (DVD and VHS) are available for a small portion of the films. These are indicated on the preliminary container list.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2011:001) is made up of the DVD: "25th Anniversary DVD Commemorating the 1980/81 Men's Basketball Season."

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