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4-H Moving Images, 1939-2009

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: 4-H Moving Images, 1939-2009

Predominant Dates: 1956-1997

ID: FV 146

Primary Creator: Oregon 4-H (Program)

Extent: 1.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The 4-H Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and a DVD documenting the programs and activities of 4-H clubs in Oregon, especially the summer school held on the Oregon State campus. The 4-H youth program is administered through the Oregon State University Extension Service and was established in the early 1910s.

Scope and Content Notes

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

4-H is the youth program administered in Oregon by the Extension Service with the goal of developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills through experiential learning programs in agriculture, home economics, natural science, engineering, and art. Oregon 4-H developed from industrial clubs established by individual schools in the early 1900s. The first state leader, F.L. Griffin, was hired in 1914. 4-H Summer Week on the Oregon State campus began in 1916 and brought youth from throughout Oregon to the campus in Corvallis.

William C. (Bill) Smith worked in Oregon State's Extension Communications as a broadcast communications specialist from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. He filmed one or more of the films in the collection.

The 1959 wagon trek was organized by the Jackson County 4-H Empire Builders Club and Extension Agents Glenn Klein and Marilou Garner Perris. The trek took 13 days to complete and covered 225 miles from Jacksonville, Oregon, to Corvallis, where the trek participants joined the 4-H summer school on the Oregon State campus.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 14 films, 8 videotapes, and 2 DVDs; 4 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to the productions by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Owen Murphy Productions, Mazin-Wycoff, and J.C. Penney Company.

Acquisition Note: Acquired in several accessions through 2009.

Related Materials: The Extension Service Records (RG 111) include the administrative records for the Oregon 4-H programs. Photographs of 4-H activities and participants are available in the 4-H Photograph Collection (P 146), Extension Bulletin Illustrations Photograph Collection (P 020), the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photographs (P 120), and Harriet's Collection (P HC). Other moving images of 4-H programs and activities are part of the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Moving Images (FV 120) and the Continuing Higher Education Films and Videotapes (FV 048).

Preferred Citation: 4-H Moving Images (FV 146), 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 4-H (Program)
Klein, Glenn A.
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Oregon State University. Cooperative Extension Service
Smith, William C. (William Charles) (1919-)

People, Places, and Topics

4-H clubs--Oregon.
Agricultural extension work--Oregon.
National 4-H Conference
Natural Resources
Oregon--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Oregon 4-H (Program)
Summer schools--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Youth--Oregon--Societies and clubs.

Forms of Material

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

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