Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Jimmie Morris Collection, 1920-2008

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes scripts that were written or adapted by Morris with a few generated from radio script writing workshops at NYU and Columbia University. Other scripts were used for KOAC programs. Scripts and reports written by Morris pertain primarily to the educational use of television and the KOAC School of the Air. The publications were published by KOAC and consists of daily program schedules, broadcast guides for the School of the Air, press releases, and a newsletter. Also included are materials generated from the Oregon Citizen's Committee For Educational TV.

Numbering 30 images in total (19 prints and 11 slides), the photographs include portraits of Morris, students and staff broadcasting from various studios at KOAC, radio antenna/transmitters, and group shots of KOAC staff. The photographs document KOAC radio and TV operations and include shots of radio broadcasts from the Oregon State Fair, live filming in the KOAC studios, screen wording for KOAC-TV programs, radio transmission equipment and the campus offices of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Books section. Among the KOAC and DCE staff depicted in these images are: Bill McGrath, Betty Patapof, Bev Chilcolt, Gladys Chambers, Bill Smith, Shirley Howard, John McDonald, Helen Dates, Ainslee Bricker, and Jimmie Morris. Other photographs in this collection were probably taken by Morris as a student in the 1920s and depict card stunts during a football game and rook bonfire construction.

Entitled "Focus on ETV," the 32-minute film shows examples of collaboration between classroom teachers and educational TV programs taught by "TV teachers." Jimmie Morris serves as main commentator and narrator of the film. A use copy of this film is available on DVD to view in the Special Collections & Archives Reference Room.

Collection materials also document Morris' off campus activities as a ham radio operator, receipt of awards, and work with the State Division of Continuing Education. The book, The Remembered Years, is a history of KOAC written by Morris. The two reel-to-reel tapes and one vinyl album that comprise the sound recordings document two Oregon Centennial related programs ("The Faces of Oregon"; "The Name of Oregon") and a science program on DDT that Morris delivered and broadcast in 1946.

An addition to the Morris Collection (Accession 2008:104) is made up of correspondence, a diploma, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, reports, scripts, sound recordings, and a book. Reflecting Morris' 45-year career with the KOAC radio station and the history of KOAC itself, these materials also document Morris' off campus activities as a ham radio operator, receipt of awards, and work with the State Division of Continuing Education. Scripts and reports written by Morris pertain primarily to the educational use of television and the KOAC School of the Air. The publications were published by KOAC and consists of daily program schedules, broadcast guides for the School of the Air, press releases, and a newsletter. Numbering 30 images in total (19 prints and 11 slides), the photographs include portraits of Morris, students and staff broadcasting from various studios at KOAC, radio antenna/transmitters, and group shots of KOAC staff. The book, "The Remembered Years," is a history of KOAC written by Morris. The two reel-to-reel tapes and one vinyl album that comprise the sound recordings document two Oregon Centennial related programs (The Faces of Oregon; The Name of Oregon) and a science program on DDT that Morris delivered and broadcast in 1946.


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