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College of Liberal Arts Videotapes, 1975-1996

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: College of Liberal Arts Videotapes, 1975-1996

Predominant Dates: 1975-1986

ID: FV 186

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The College of Liberal Arts Videotapes consist primarily of instructional or promotional videotapes created and or assembled by the College that provide information about liberal arts academic programs at Oregon State and techniques for improving college and university teaching. The collection also includes a recording of a 1996 lecture by Senator Ron Wyden. Several items from the collection have been digitized and made available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The College of Liberal Arts Videotapes consist primarily of instructional or promotional productions created or assembled by the College. Eight of the videotapes are VHS format; the remainder (12) are 3/4" Umatic. Several of the videotapes were produced by Oregon State students in broadcast communications.

Eleven items (FV186:09 - FV186:19) are College and University Teaching (CAUT) Program instructional videotapes (3/4" Umatic format) from the 1970s. These address a variety of topics including lecturing; analyzing questions; responding to student questions; demonstrating learning; assignments; cognitive and affective lecturing goals; nonverbal cues to attentiveness in lectures; and teaching styles.

The Liberal Arts at OSU is a set of 5 VHS videotapes produced in 1980-1981 [FV186:04 - FV186:08] that provides an introduction to liberal arts at Oregon State and the reading, writing, and research skills necessary for success. The videotapes include footage of Oregon State students and faculty and many campus scenes; the intended audience was new and prospective students. Jerry O'Connor, Head Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts, gives the introduction on each videotape. The set was produced by senior students in the broadcast media communication program, Kevin Costello, Glenn Hale, Kingsley Kelley, Marcia Redding, and Jim Wood. Each videotape is approximately 5-10 minutes. Set titles are as follows -- Part 1: Getting Acquainted; Part 2: Preparation; Part 3: The Value; Part 4: Reality; Part 5: Writing.

The collection also includes Ages of Crisis [FV186:01], a College of Liberal Arts lecture series, produced by Tracy Kay Haaland in 1984. This tape is 3/4" Umatic. Foreign Languages in Careers [FV186:02] was produced and written by Dr. Wolfgang Dill in 1986. The 27-minute VHS videotape includes interviews with people in various professions who discuss the advantage of knowledge of a foreign language in their work. INSIGHT: Parent/Student Relations [FV186:03] was produced by Barbara J. Modey, an Oregon State student, in 1984 and addresses the transition from high school to college. It includes footage of students, campus scenes, and Mom's Weekend activities. The 10-minute tape is available in VHS format.

A VHS videotape of United States Senator Ron Wyden's lecture on April 10, 1996 as part of the Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lectureship in Public Affairs was recorded by KATU Television of Portland, Oregon, a co-sponsor of the lectureship [FV186:20]. The recording includes the introduction of Senator Wyden by Dean Kay Schaffer.

Biographical / Historical Notes

At the time that it gained land grant status in 1868, Oregon State University (then Corvallis College) was a typical liberal arts college of the day. As the college's curriculum expanded into the sciences and technology in the early 20th century, the liberal arts were de-emphasized; they were grouped in to the Division of Service Departments. In 1919, the division was renamed the School of Basic Arts and Sciences. With the reorganization of Oregon's public higher education in 1932, the liberal arts at OSU were de-emphasized further. The ensuing Lower Division was limited to freshman and sophomore level courses.

After World War II, President A. L. Strand pushed to expand the liberal arts at the college. In 1959, divisional majors in humanities and social sciences were offered for the first time, and in 1961 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences was established. Various degree programs were developed in the 1960s. In 1973, the school became the College of Liberal Arts.

Gordon Gilkey served as the first Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a position he held until his retirement in 1978; David J. King was Dean of the College from 1978 until 1982; Bill Wilkins served as Dean from 1982 until his retirement in 1994. Kay Schaffer joined the Oregon State faculty as Dean of Liberal Arts in 1994, a position she held until her retirement in 2007.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 20 videotapes; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to the videotape of the Ron Wyden lecture recorded by KATU Television.

Acquisition Note: Most of the videotapes were transferred to the Archives from the College in 1991; one videotape was donated in 1996.

Related Materials: The College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143) document the liberal arts curriculum at Oregon State University, publications by faculty, and lectures and conferences sponsored by the College. The College of Liberal Arts Photographs (P 186) include images of students, faculty, programs, and facilities. The Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) include materials pertaining to publication of the journal, Improving College and University Teaching. The journal is held in the Publications Collections. The OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) includes additional information about the McCall Memorial Lectureship in Public Affairs.

Preferred Citation: College of Liberal Arts Videotapes (FV 186), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts
Dill, Wolfgang
KATU (Television station : Portland, Or.)
Wyden, Ron (1949-)

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
College teaching.
Humanities--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Languages, Modern--Study and teaching (Higher)
Oregon State University--Students.
Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts
Social sciences--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Video recordings (physical artifacts)

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