Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Fisheries and Wildlife Department Records, 1934-2003

Scope and Content Note

In Subgroup 1, series one consists of printouts from the department's computer catalog of mammals on deposit in the Mammal Collection (1983). Series two contains records of the Big Game Field Trips, an annual (beginning in 1947) wildlife observation trip (1942-1969) led by Lee Kuhn. Students visited national forests, ranches, game preserves and fish hatcheries around the state, such as the Malheur and Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuges, the Deschutes National Forest, and the Wizard Falls Hatchery. Series three includes research reports pertaining to weed control in coastal lakes (1947-48) and a fishery management survey of the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington (1965). Series four consists of faculty member Andy Landforce's Muddy Creek (Finley) Wildlife Refuge Committee records (1963). Series five is a departmental faculty publications list from 1963. Series six consists of Extension specialists reports from 1952-1972.

In Subgroup 2, series one consists of OSC graduate student theses and reports (1937-1959) based upon research done for the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. Many of the theses and reports are illustrated with photographs. Series two consists of the Unit's research project records, dating from 1934 to 1960. Original project file numbers have been retained in the inventory. Major research projects included studies and inventories of pronghorn antelope; pheasants, quail, ducks, and other birds; beaver; mule deer; and various species of fish. Project records include field notes, maps, charts, weekly and project reports, and correspondence.

An addition to the Fisheries and Wildlife Records (Accession 2009:056) consists of materials documenting the development of distance education courses by the OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department. In addition to reflecting the collection of resource material in the form of images, newspaper clippings, and publications, these records also pertain to the process of research, image selection, and the writing of lecture "scripts" for the courses. Primarily relating to the development of the course "Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources" (FW 340), two other classes are represented in these records: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin" (FW 470/570); and the "Biology of Birds." The images assembled as resource material consist of photographic slides (about 600 in total) and photocopies of historic photographs and documents from various archival sources. Videotapes featuring lectures from the three courses were also included in this transfer. Made up of 36 tapes in total (20 VHS and 16 digital video cassettes), the video footage also documents interviews with various subjects (particularly Native American) about western history, culture, and landscapes.

A second addition to the Fisheries and Wildlife Records (Accession 2014:011) is made up of the report "Columbia River Fish Runs and Fisheries: 1960- 1986" and a handbook for graduate students by the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.

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