Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Willamette River Pollution Film, circa 1940

Biographical Note:

The film was probably made by William Joy Smith, of Portland Oregon. Smith was State Manager of the National Life Insurance Company and President of the Oregon Wildlife Federation. It was made before establishment of the state Sanitary Authority and fostered much of the original interest in water quality in Oregon. The film may also have been known at the time of its creation by the title "The Polluted Willamette".

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