Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving Images., 1939-2011

Scope and Content Note

The Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving images consist of final productions as well as extensive raw footage and film elements. The final productions include 16 mm color films, VHS videotapes, and DVDs pertaining to marine resources, oceanographic research, and the Sea Grant College Program at Oregon State University. The motion picture films were produced from the mid-1970s through early 1980s and include Oregon Trawler, Columbia River Gillnetters, Estuary: Columbia's Link with the Sea, Sea Grant: Marine Resources, and Mammals of the Sea.

The videotapes include an introduction to the Hatfield Marine Science Center visitor center (2000) as well as several productions pertaining to fisheries, specifically groundfish and salmon; the restoration of salmon habitat; and aquatic invasive species. Videotape copies of three films, Farmers of the Sea (circa 1985), Gray Whale: A Radio Tagging Experiment, and Oregon's Ocean (1991) are also included. Of special note is a 1998 video reproduction of Hydro: The Story of Columbia River Power, a 1939 production by the Bonneville Power Administration promoting the benefits of damming the Columbia River for hydropower.

The DVDs include highlights of the research, outreach, and education activities of the Oregon Sea Grant Program for 2004, 2005, and 2007 and productions on wave power on the Oregon coast, the Oregon offshore environment, beach safety, and beach recovery studies at the Hinsdale Wave Laboratory. The DVDs also include recordings of lectures given in 2002-2006 as part of the John Byrne Lecture Series by Bruce Mate, Tracking Whales (2002); Eddie Bernard, The December 26, 2004 Tsunami: Lessons Learned (2005); Paul Komar, Living on the Oregon Coast in a Century of Climate Change (2006); and Kerry Emanuel, Hurricanes and Climate Change (2006)

This collection also includes extensive raw footage and film elements maintained as two accessions: 2000:100 and 2003:083. Accession 2000:100 consists of raw footage and film elements for several Sea Grant Communications films produced in the 1980s, including Oregon's Ocean, Estuary: Columbia's Link with the Sea, Farmers of the Sea, Mammals of the Sea, Gray Whales, Hart Mountain, The Living Earth, and The Whole Earth. Final productions of some of the films are included as well as video reproductions on 3/4" (U-matic), VHS, and Betamax formats. Footage of the submarine Alvin's sea floor exploration off the Oregon coast is also included.

Accession 2003:083 consists of 16 mm film footage and film elements created by Jim Larison, Sea Grant Communications Director, for several films produced by Oregon Sea Grant. The bulk of the footage was used for five productions: Farmers of the Sea, Oregon's Ocean, Gray Whale: A Radio Tagging Experiment; Sagebrush Country; and Identifying Canada Geese. Footage labeled as "aquaculture" and "Soviet fishery" was used in Farmers of the Sea. Footage identified as Riches from the Sea was used for a production with the National Geographic Society Educational Films Division. The accession includes footage for the film, Lawless Sea, which was not completed.

A detailed film log of the contents of individuals reels, prepared by Jim Larison, describes footage for Sagebrush County (Hart Mountain film), Riches from the Sea, Farmers of the Sea (aquaculture film), and Oregon's Ocean. The Hart Mountain footage includes imagery of antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, cattle ranching, and stream restoration. The footage for Oregon's Ocean includes the Oregon coast, whale watching, Boiler Bay and Depoe Bay, shore birds, intertidal zone, salmon trolling, and Alvin dives off the Oregon coast.

An addition to the collection (Accesion 2009:001) consists of the DVD "Reaching Higher Ground: Oregon Sea Grant's Tsunami Research and Community Engagement." This 17-minute production is numbered ORESU-V-09-001.

Accession 2010:085 consists of VHS videotapes produced and collected by the OSU Sea Grant Program. Made up of 49 tapes in total, about half of these films are recordings of lectures, seminars, conferences, and symposia organized by OSU such as the Oregon Coast Sustainability Conference, the Pacific NW Fisheries Seminar series (MRM 507), the John Byrne Lecture series, and the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABS) symposium. Among the topics addressed in the Byrne series recordings include global warming, the "Oregon" approach to environmental problems, and marine fisheries management. Subject matter reflected in the tapes produced off-campus include invasive species in the marine Pacific Northwest, the Oregon fishery industry, wildlife in the South Slough region, exploration of undersea volcanic vents, and the forest industry.

Accession 2012:009 is made up of five VHS videotapes produced by the OSU Sea Grant Program. Three of the tapes document different topics addressed as a part of the "Seminar Series for Commercial Fishermen." The titles of these three recordings are: "Getting More with Less: Adding Value to your Catch," "Understanding Seafood Markets," and "Anatomy of a Groundfish Assessment." The other two videotapes are "Salmon Life History in Freshwater: An Illustrated Lecture by Gordon Reeves" and "North Pacific Climatological Shifts."

Accession 2012:090 is made up of moving images on videotape and DVD produced by the OSU Sea Grant Program. Numbering 18 VHS tapes and 1 DVD, the subjects covered in these records include: salmon habitat protection, gillnetting on the Columbia River, Celilo Falls, watershed restoration, fisheries bycatch, estuaries, and climatological shifts in the North Pacific. Sea Grant released these tapes and DVD as part of the series ORESU-F, ORESU-V, and SG-Comm.

Accession 2014:047 is made up of moving image recordings produced by Oregon Sea Grant on VHS videotape, beta cam cassette, U-matic tape, film, HI 8 cassette, and videotape reel. Numbering 57 recordings in total, these reels and tapes include master copies, promos, and raw stock footage from various productions, such as: "Farmers of the Sea," "Grey Whale: A Radio Tagging Experiment," "Estuary: Columbia's Link with the Sea," "The Return of the Salmon," and "Mammals of the Sea." Among the other recordings in this transfer, the subject matter includes: Celillo Falls, deep ocean vents, crab meat extraction, Columbia River gillnetters, and the Oregon otter trawl fishing industry. A couple of the reels also contain public service announcements.

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