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News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes, 1942-2000

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes, 1942-2000

Predominant Dates: 1970-1989

ID: FV 057

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. News and Communication Services

Extent: 55.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes consist of raw footage and final productions of news releases and public service announcements documenting and promoting Oregon State University students and faculty; research and academic programs; and athletics and student activities. The bulk of the collection was recorded or filmed in the 1970s and 1980s on 16 mm film or 3/4" Umatic videotape. Several items from this collection have been migrated to digital format and are available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes consist of raw footage created or acquired by the department as well as final productions of news releases and public service announcements documenting and promoting Oregon State University (OSU). The footage depicts OSU students and faculty; research and academic programs; athletics; and student activities.

The collection consists of three major groups of materials -- individually numbered films and videotapes (FV057:001 thru FV057:635); a large accession of videotapes acquired in 1995 (Accession 95:059); and a more recent accession received in 2006 (Accession 2006:046).

The individually numbered items include 16 mm footage filmed or used in productions by Denny Miles during the 1970s (FV057:001 thru FV P057:104). These films document campus scenes and activities; research in forestry, alternative energy, and oceanography, including footage of the research vessels Wecoma and Yaquina; and athletics, including football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track, crew, wrestling, swimming, and baseball. Unedited footage and the final production of Slate It; Slate It Again (FV057:103 - FV P057:104) produced by a Speech Communications class (Sp 406) taught by Miles in spring 1976 is also included. Heart of the Valley (FV057:634) was produced in 1976 by Jan Baross, a freelance filmmaker with funding from the OSU Bicentennial Committee in cooperation with the Journalism Department, Department of Information, and Horner Museum. The 22-minute color film includes historical still photographs and interviews with descendants of pioneers and residents of Corvallis, Oregon, at the turn of the century and documents early days in the Willamette Valley.

The majority of the individually numbered videotapes are recordings of athletic events and coaches' shows. These include men's basketball (1979-1987); football (1983-1986); men's basketball coach Ralph Miller's television show (1980-1985); and football coach Joe Avezzano's television show (1981-1984). Of special note is footage of the 1942 Rose Bowl football game between Oregon State College and Duke University.

Several films and videotapes include footage of Linus Pauling, including an interview of Pauling by Ron Lovell in 1983. Recordings of the OSU Printing Department fire in July 1992 and Hillary Clinton's visit to Oregon State for a campaign rally in 1996 are part of the collection as well.

Accession 95:059 consists of videotapes produced and/or recorded by the Department of Information staff, primarily during the 1980s. The videotapes include public service announcements, promotions, video press releases, documentaries, and raw footage. Subjects include athletics; special events such as lectures and convocations; President Byrne's inauguration; classroom and laboratory teaching scenes; and research. In some cases, information on the tape box differs from the information on the tape itself. In these cases, this distinction is indicated in the preliminary container list. The tapes have not been viewed to resolve these discrepancies. Detailed lists of the contents file tapes #1 thru #19 (in boxes 68 and 69) are available. These include clips that may be video duplicates of film footage that is available elsewhere in the collection.

The 2006 addition to the collection consists primarily of recordings of television broadcasts that include news features about OSU or programs featuring interviews with or commentary by Oregon State faculty. Recordings of events such as music performances and a farewell ceremony for President John Byrne are included. This accession include several recruiting and promotion productions.

The bulk of the collection consists of videotapes; most of these are 3/4" Umatic tapes. A large number of VHS format tapes are also included and several Betacam tapes. All of the film footage is 16 mm; most is color. Many of the reels are less than 400 feet.

Digital duplication masters and DVD use copies of several of the films and videotapes are available, and many of these have been made available online. These are indicated in the preliminary container list.

Biographical / Historical Notes

A Department of Information was established at Oregon State College in the 1950s to provide news about the College to off-campus media. It became the Department of News and Communication Services in 1991 with the purpose of fostering close ties with the newspapers, wire services, radio and television stations, and professional publications of the state, region, and nation. The Department of Information began producing news releases, short productions, and public service announcements on motion picture film and video in the 1970s.

Dennis G. (Denny) Miles joined the Department of Information staff in late 1971 as Assistant Director of Information for Broadcast Media with a co-appointment as Instructor in the Department of Speech Communication. Miles earned a BS in General Science Education from Oregon State University in 1967 and worked at KBVR during his student years. Miles resigned from Oregon State University in April 1978.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 802 videotapes, 415 film reels, and 2 audiotapes; 73 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The motion picture films and videos were transferred to the Archives in numerous accessions from the early 1980s through 2006.

Related Materials: The News and Communication Services Records (RG 203) and the News and Communication Services Photograph Collection (P 057) include paper records and still images promoting Oregon State University. The Intercollegiate Athletics Moving Images (FV 031) include motion picture films, videotapes, and DVDs of Oregon State University athletics events, primarily football and men's basketball. Promotional productions and public service announcements about Oregon State University are available in the Oregon State University Foundation Moving Images (FV 178) and the University Advancement Videotapes (FV 210).

Preferred Citation: News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV 057), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Oregon State University. News and Communication Services
Avezzano, Joe (1943-)
Miller, Ralph (1919-2001)

People, Places, and Topics

Avezzano, Joe, 1943-
Byrne, John Vincent, 1928-
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports for women--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Forests and forestry--Oregon.
History of Science
Miller, Ralph, 1919-2001.
Natural Resources
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University--Basketball.
Oregon State University--Faculty.
Oregon State University--Football.
Oregon State University--Research.
Oregon State University--Students.
Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994
Rose Bowl (Football game) (1942 : Durham, N.C.)
Science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Public relations--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Motion pictures (visual works)
Silent films.
Video recordings (physical artifacts)

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