Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

4-H Moving Images, 1939-2009

Scope and Content Note

The 4-H Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and a DVD documenting Oregon 4-H programs, projects, and participants, especially the summer school program on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis.

The collection includes 14 motion picture reels; five of the films document activities and programs during the summer school week in 1939, 1960, and 1967. Other films depict an archery club, activities to make terrariums, the 4-H conference, and the National 4-H Congress. A film describing 4-H programs and activities at the national level ( 4-H is More) was produced by the National 4-H Council.

Four videotapes are part of the collection. These include a promotional video for the 4-H summer conference on the Oregon State campus; a videotape for training of 4-H horse judges; EM Power, a videotape for an environmental (waste) management curriculum for youth; and America's Youth: The Challenge and the Opportunity, a 1989 production about how the national 4-H program can address the many issues faced by children and youth.

The Wagon Trek Movie and Pictures DVD was prepared in honor of the 50th anniversary of a 1959 4-H wagon trek from Jacksonville to Corvallis. The DVD includes film footage of the 1959 trek as well as still photographs that depict the trek participants with their wagons and horses, parades along the route, and their campsites.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2010:064) is made up of a DVD containing film footage and a slide show documenting a reunion celebration in Jacksonville, Oregon of participants in the 4-H Oregon Centennial Wagon Trek of 1959. The reunion events (which occurred on June 12-14th, 2009) recorded on the DVD include a parade, presentations/speeches by some of the participants, a picnic gathering, and footage of the original 1959 trek. Highlights of the reunion include the display of one of the wagons featured in the 1959 journey, remarks by 4-H Agent Glenn Klein, and letters from trek participants who were not be able to attend. The DVD runs a total of 1 hour and 26 minutes and was produced by Dan Barrett.

A second addition to the 4-H Moving Images Collection (Accession 2011:038) is made up of four VHS videotapes featuring footage from 4 different annual National 4-H Congresses in Atlanta and Memphis. The films offer a summarized view of the meetings with clips of keynote speakers, talent show presentations by 4-H members, outings into the community, volunteer service projects, and short interviews with individual members about the place of 4-H in their lives.

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