University History - Online Audio/Video
Among the materials held in SCARC are a rich collection of videos and sound recordings. Over time, a portion of these materials have been digitized and made freely available online. The videos collected on this page primarily reflect campus life and scholarly research, while most of the audio clips are of school-related songs recorded by campus choral groups. Below is an itemization of the OSU History-specific video and audio currently available online. A large volume of material related to sports at OSU is available on the Athletics Videos page. For more see also the Natural Resources, Oregon Multicultural Archives and History of Science video and audio pages.
- "Class of 1941 through the Years," 1991. (0:18:54) Produced by the OSU Alumni Association in commemoration of the 50th reunion of the OSC Class of 1941.
- "Class of 1966: Twenty-Five Year Class Reunion," 1991. (0:15:41)
- Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremonies: Henry L. Bauer, 1994 (1:16:15); Robert D. Cess, 1991 (0:48:39); Ronald T. Miller, 1998 (0:29:06); Warren Washington, 1994 (0:38:56).
- "The Everyday Philanthropist," 1999. (0:27:18) Documenting the life, community involvement and philanthropy of Douglas C. Strain (1919-2008), founder of Electro Scientific Industries.
- See the Athletics Videos page.
- "Using Kerr Library: A Research Strategy," ca. 1977. (0:29:08) Produced by the Kerr Library at Oregon State University in cooperation with the OSU Classroom Television Center. Written and coordinated by the Library Videotape Committee (Evelyn Lesher, Mary Lewis, and Laurel Maughan), directed by Jon Root, and featuring interviews with Blaik Jensen, Mary Lewis, Laurel Maughan, and Michael Kinch.
- Tour of the Kerr Library, 1992. (0:21:29) Includes footage of library staff describing the work that they do and the services provided by the library, including reference and information; circulation, interlibrary loan; CD center and online databases; microfilm and government documents; map collections; photocopy; stacks maintenance; special collections; cataloging; and administration. Incorporates interviews with the following staff: Robert Baker, Garry Browning, Karyle Butcher, Polli Butzner, John Donel, Janet Galloway, Debbie Hackleman, Neta Howard, Mike Kinch, Clifford Mead, Shiela Osheroff, Claudia Painter, Shirley Scott, Lorretta Shuck, Doris Tilles, and June Wilson.
- Ceramics 80 Conference. The Ceramics 80 Conference, held in June 1980, was organized by Oregon State University Craft Center Manager Don Johnson and three others in the ceramics community. The conference was held in Snell Hall on campus and at other campus and community locations. The event featured presentations and workshops by nine nationally known ceramicists, including Rudy Autio, F. Carlton Ball, Dorothy Bearnson, Daniel Rhodes, and Paul Soldner. Films from the conference include: Corvallis Arts Center 1 (0:22:22); Corvallis Arts Center 2 (0:06:19); Corvallis Arts Center Interviews (0:55:22); Friday Night Discussion (0:50:43); MU Craft Center Interviews 1 (0:48:02); MU Craft Center Interviews 2 (1:02:07); Registration (0:07:13); and Tile Decoration at McAlexander Fieldhouse (0:39:00).
- Memorial Union Orientation, 1989. (0:14:03)
- George Stevens News Story, KVAL-TV (Eugene), June 1990. (0:02:17) George Stevens served as director of the Memorial Union from 1963 until his retirement in 1990.
- "Weatherford Hall: A Story of Seven Decades," 2001. (0:30:46)
- Weatherford Hall - Two News Stories Produced by KVAL-TV. (0:00:29)
- Horner Museum, March 1982. (0:07:12)
- Dedication of the Benton Hall Clock Tower, 1989. (0:02:41)
- OSU Printing Department fire, July 13, 1992. (0:13:55)
Campus and Community Life
- "The Old Grad Comes Back," 1925. (0:08:05) This silent black-and-white film was prepared under the direction of the College Editor, E.T. Reed, and received rave reviews from audiences in Corvallis and around the state. Filmed on 35 mm nitrate stock, it was transferred to 16 mm safety base film in the 1960s. Produced originally in two parts; this version combines portions of both and includes the following vignettes: Homecoming; Commerce Hall; Alumni Headquarters; Pushball game; Montana Grizzlies vs the Beavers in football; OAC Wrestlers Northwest Champions, 1925; OAC Basketball Team, 1925 Champions of the NW Conference; OAC Baseball Team, 1925 Champions of the NW Conference; Alumni Luncheon Picnic, 1925; Class of 1911 in reunion at flag pole (class gift); Chiming hall clock, a gift of the Silver Jubilee, Class of 1900; The Academic Procession from Library to the gym; and Commencement.
- "Hail to OSC," ca. 1939. (0:36:48) "Hail to OSC" is a silent film produced by the Alumni Association and the Century Club in the late 1930s or early 1940s, and including extensive color footage of Oregon State academic programs as well as student activities. Of special note are construction of the homecoming bonfire, a baseball game, and homecoming house signs for a football game against the University of Oregon.
- "Rush at OSU," 1963. (0:06:31) Depicts sorority rush for women students at Oregon State University. It includes footage of Dean of Students, Robert Chick, and Dean of Women, Helen Moor. The film describes the process for sorority rush and the costs of being a sorority member. It includes interviews with two women students and footage of women participating in rush events, computer punch cards being processed, and the interior and exterior of sorority houses.
- "Heart of the Valley," 1976. (0:22:04) Produced in conjunction with local celebrations marking the bicentennial of the United States, this film includes historical still photographs and interviews with descendants of pioneers and early residents of Corvallis to explore the history of the mid-Willamette Valley.
- OSU Student Activities, ca. 1970s. (0:10:35) Silent footage of OSU students engaged in extracurricular activities at the Memorial Union and Dixon Recreation Center, as well as with the OSU Flying Club.
- Campus and Community Raw Film Montage, ca. early 1980s. (1:25:16) Raw film shot for eventual inclusion in OSU News and Communication Services film productions. Footage includes shots of harvesting and analyzing experimental wheat plots; class instruction in the McDonald Forest; the OSU dairy farm; paintings on display at the Art About Agriculture exhibit; students exercising at Dixon Recreation Center; students conducting research in a biology lab; scenes from the Corvallis Fall Festival; a professor and students in a seminar class; assorted scenes from campus and downtown Corvallis; an interview with Tony Van Vliet at the Career Planning and Placement Center; and a conversation with a local orchardist.
- Aerial footage of campus and Corvallis, January 1983. (0:16:41) Footage documents a short helicopter tour that was provided for OSU football recruits.
- CHIPS Invitational Mascot Ski Race, 1986. (0:03:15)
- Mom's Weekend Fashion Show, 1987. (1:19:36)
- Da Vinci Days, July 1989. Scenes from Corvallis' annual celebration of art, science and technology. Part 1 (0:22:15); Part 2 (0:20:53)
- Ms. OSU Pageant, 1992. (0:18:24)
- Indonesia Night, 1994. (1:47:32)
- Phi Delta House plaque rededication, 1999. (1:56:33) Honoring Bill Corvallis and Stanley McGuire.
- IFC Sing, 1999. (0:52:50)
- Hawaiian Night Luau, 2001. (1:24:08)
- Commencement, 2001 and 2002. OSU commencement ceremonies for undergraduate (2:19:00) and graduate students in 2001 (1:23:00) as well as graduate students in 2002 (1:43:00). In 2001 the graduate ceremony was held in the LaSells Stewart Center and the undergraduate ceremony at Reser Stadium; this was the first outdoor commencement ceremony to be held at OSU. In 2002 both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were held at Reser Stadium.
- China Night, 2007. (1:51:41)
- "Trading Rooms: Oregon State Edition," 2008. (0:15:18)
- Interviews with OSU Deans, ca. 1984. (0:55:07) Includes interviews with George Keller, Dean of research; Bill Wilkins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Michael Maksud, Dean of the College of Health and Physical Education; E. Edward Wedman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Ludwig Eisgruber, Dean of the College of Agriculture.
- Harrison Branch with OSU Art Students, April 1986. (0:20:58) Footage of photographer and OSU Art professor Harrison Branch discussing artwork with students in Fairbanks Gallery. Film also includes scenes of OSU students walking and riding bicycles on campus.
- Interview with Nelson Sandgren on Bernard Malamud, May 28, 1988. (1:01:42) Interview conducted by Suzanne Clark.
- "Home is Where the Heart Is," 1994. (1:48:20) Videotape interview of Bob and Alice Henderson made by their daughter, Alice Rampton, in 1993-1994 at several locations on campus and at various houses where the Hendersons lived in Corvallis. The interview documents the Hendersons' student days, their early married years, neighbors connected with the university, household wares, and Bob's teaching career. Bob Henderson graduate from Oregon State College in 1938 with a BS in Agronomy, and served as a Farm Crops faculty member and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1946 until his retirement in 1976.
- "My Father is a Book," 2007. (0:27:12). Visiting Writers Series lecture by Janna Malamud Smith, November 9, 2007. Malamud Smith, who was born in Corvallis during the years of her famous father's tenure as an English professor at what was then known as Oregon State College, spoke as part of the OSU Visiting Writers Series. The Series is sponsored by the OSU English Department, The Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, and Friends of the Benton-Corvallis County Library.
Hatfield Marine Science Center
- Construction and Launch of the Totem Buoy Project, circa 1966-1968. (0:09:28) Video transfer of a color, silent motion picture film.
- Yaquina and Cayuse research vessels, 1976. (0:05:11)
- KATU-TV Feature on the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 1986.. (0:04:18) Feature produced for the program "Two at Four," KATU-TV Portland, November 7, 1986.
- Interview With Captain Barry Fisher - Part 1 (1:02:54) and Part 2 (0:40:51). Interviewed by Ellen Pikitsch, Newport, Oregon, August 1987.
- Dedication of Guin Library at Hatfield Marine Science Center, July 4, 1990. (0:38:46)
- Hatfield Marine Science Center Slide Tape Programs - Film 1 (0:11:26) and Film 2 (0:11:20), circa 1992. Films focus on HMSC research activities and public outreach.
- Earth and Sea Investigators Program - Salmon Migration, April 28, 1994. (0:46:19)
- Earth and Sea Investigators Program - Demonstration Tape 2.0, 1994. (0:05:03)
- The Oregon Story – Fishing, 1997. (0:57:42)
- A Tour of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 1998. (0:09:55)
- "Bodywise," episodes 5 and 6, 1994. (1:01:39)
- "Naomi's Itadakimasu," [Japanese cooking show] ca. 1998. (0:29:17)
- Corvallis da Vinci Days - Kinetic Sculpture Race, 1999. (0:20:13)
- "Limited Reality," 1999
- Episode 1. (0:27:56)
- Episode 2. (0:27:57)
- Episode 3. (0:28:31)
- Episode 4. (0:28:24)
- Episode 5. (0:28:14)
- "Confessions". (0:21:54)
- "Psycho Amato". (0:19:31)
- "Who Wants to be a Beaver?" [game show] 2001. (1:24:53)
- "Blind Date Oregon State," 2002. (0:55:11)
- "No Big Whoop" - Star Wars episode, ca. 2004. (1:12:26)
- "No Big Whoop," ca. 2005. (0:59:30)
Presidents of OSU
- Reflections by President Robert MacVicar, May 21, 1984. (0:19:03)
- President Robert MacVicar Retirement Reception, October 31, 1984 (0:07:43) and Retirement Dinner, November 17, 1984. (0:29:00)
- "Preparing for the Future: The Inauguration of John V. Byrne, Oregon State University President," 1985. (0:28:46) A produced compendium of highlights from John Byrne's inauguration as OSU's twelfth president. The film includes remarks made by OSU Faculty Senate President H. Ronald Cameron; Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh; State Higher Education Superintendent William E. Davis; OSU President Emeritus Robert MacVicar; and President John Byrne. Interspersed throughout the film are scenes from daily campus life. The inauguration event took place on March 10, 1985 in Gill Coliseum.
- President John Byrne Reports to the OSU Faculty Senate, February 4, 1993. (0:32:39)
- President John Byrne Retirement Tribute, ca. 1995. (0:08:06)
Promotional Films - University, Colleges and Departments
- "OSU: The First Hundred Years, 1868-1968". (0:28:23) "The First Hundred Years" tells the story of Oregon State's first century as a college and university. The film was produced by the OSU Centennial Committee as part of the celebration marking the OSU centenary in 1968.
- "Discover Universatility," OSU student recruitment video, ca. early 1980s. (0:17:38)
- "Making a Difference," 1992. (0:26:24) A film produced by OSU Human Resources and designed to give new staff an overview of Oregon State University as an employer. The production depicts the OSU mission and how faculty and staff work together to accomplish common goals, and includes footage of the OSU campus in Corvallis and other sites throughout the state; students; staff members doing their work; and interviews with university administrators.
- "To See the World in a Grain of Sand," 1993. (0:17:34) A film created to highlight the academic programs and research activities of the College of Science. Produced by Antares Videomedia, Ltd.
- Oregon State University Recruitment Video – Alumni Version, 1994. (0:06:37)
- "Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program," ca. 1995. (0:12:59) A film produced by the OSU College of Engineering to highlight its MECOP engineering internship program.
- "Enginuity," 1996. (0:15:09) A promotional and recruiting film for the OSU College of Engineering academic departments and programs.
- "By the Beautiful Sea," 1997. (0:20:47) Highlights from a tour of the Oregon coast given by Geosciences Department faculty for OSU Foundation donors (the Council of Regents) in June 1997.
- Presentation on OSU History by George Edmonston Jr., 2000. (1:26:49) Edmonston was the editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine from 1986-2005.
- Mount St. Helens venting and eruption footage, 1980. (0:46:08)
- "An Introduction to the Oregon State University Nuclear Radiation Center," ca. early 1980s.. (0:49:16) Includes footage of the OSU Radiation Center facility as well as staff engaging in research and routine activities. Among those individuals pictured in the film is Chih Wang, who served as Director of the Radiation Center from 1967 to his retirement in 1984.
- Home Economics - research and classwork footage, March 1983. (0:21:31)
- OSU Ocean Dives footage, August 21, 1984. (0:09:38) Footage of OSU researchers conducting ocean dives in an ALVIN submersible.
- Joint OSU Forestry/NASA project to conduct remote sensing of forests in the Pacific Northwest, ca. 1980s. (0:06:32)
- OSU Mink and Cattle Farms, ca. 1980s. (0:15:26) OSU began conducting research involving mink and other fur bearing animals in the mid 1930s. Its Experimental Fur Farm was established in 1937, and closed in 1993. Beef cattle research at OSU dates to the early 20th century and continues today in locations throughout Oregon.
- "Alma Mater," 1950. (0:02:39) Written by Homer Maris and arranged by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College Choir, directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Alma Mater," 1953. (0:03:15) Written by Homer Maris and arranged by Ted Mesang. Performed by the Oregon State College Band and Glee Club, Ted Mesang and Don Sites, Directors. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Alouette," 1939. (0:01:01) A theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
- "Cruiser's Song," 1939. (0:01:08) Another theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
- "The Face of Oregon," 1962. (Two sides - 0:21:50 total length) A concert of original music and script written, composed and conducted by members of the OSU teaching staff in honor of the 100th anniversary of the state of Oregon. Written and narrated by Robert Walls, music composed and conducted by Ted Mesang. Digitized from a 33 1/3 rpm sound disc. More about the concert is available here.
- "George W. - The Dean," 1939. (0:01:30) Another theme song for Foresters in Action as sung by Forester's Chorus; recorded at KOAC Radio Station by J. M. Morris. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
- "Hail to Old OSC," 1950. (0:01:29) The school fight song, written by Harold A. Wilkins and arranged by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College Mens Choir, as directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Hail to Old OSC," 1953. (0:01:30) Another version of the school fight song, performed by Oregon State College Glee Club; Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Indiana State Band," 1953. (0:01:52) A march performed by the OSC Band; Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "March to the Spanish Soldiery," 1953. (0:03:16) Performed by the OSC Band; Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Mighty Beavers," 1953. (0:01:33) Written by Joseph Brye, arranged by Ted Mesang, performed by the Oregon State College Band and Glee Club; Ted Mesang and Don Sites, Directors. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- Oregon State College medley, 1947. (0:02:38) Arranged by Captain H. L. Beard, Conductor, and performed by the Oregon State College Band. Recorded at G. F. Johnson Music Co. in Portland, Oregon. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- Oregon State College medley, 1953. (0:01:27) Arranged by Captain H. L. Beard, Conductor, and performed by the Oregon State College Band under the direction of Ted Mesang. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Oregon State Creed" (part 1), 1950. (0:03:26) Lyrics by E. T. Reed and music by Joseph Brye. Sung by the Oregon State College A Capella Choir, directed by Robert Walls. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Oregon State Creed" (part 2), 1950. (0:02:12)
- Oregon State Marching Song, (side 1) undated. (0:03:53) A reading of a letter to Lowell Stockman (Stocky) and his wife Dorcas in Pendleton. The letter-writer composed the music and a mutual friend, Vera, wrote the words. Song was sung by Jean Monroe. Digitized from a Presto Disc.
- Oregon State Marching Song, (side 2) undated. (0:02:41) Sung in harmony by a group of women in the "University School of Music." Digitized from a Presto Disc.
- Oregon State University Extension Service Oral Histories, 2007-2008. A series of interviews captured in preparation for the university's Extension Service centennial in 2011.
- Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection. A major oral history initiative the captures components of OSU history as it looks toward its 150th birthday in 2018.
- "Oregon State's Year in Sound," 1955-1956. (0:20:08) Issued with the Oregon State College Beaver Yearbook, v.50, 1956. Side A contents: 9/17/1955 Football game versus BYU (Tommy Prothro's first game as OSC coach); 9/22/1955 Dr. Cheldelin speaking at the freshman pledge convocation; 9/23/1955 Freshman dance "Picking up paw paws."; Homecoming noise parade; Homecoming midnight show with Phil Carlin singing "Geology Rock" which refers to Professor Boyd; Homecoming queen, Jeanette McDonald; The Spades; Homecoming - Barbara Bogue; Homecoming football game - OSC vs WSC; fight song; "We want Prothro" chant. Side B contents: Charter Day--Chancellor of University of Nebraska; Honorary Degrees (Douglas McKay and one other); performance of Messiah in December; 1/14/1956 Military Ball, Donna McCoy chosen Little Colonel; Dr. Robert Hutchins (convocation?); 2/11/1956 Mortar Board Ball; Jerry Christopherson, King of Hearts; Dad's weekend; Intersorority sing "Lullaby of Broadway"; March 9 Basketball University of Oregon vs OSC in Eugene; Chancellor's cup to OSC next night in Corvallis; April 4-6 Model United Nations opened by Charles A. Sprague (former Governor of Oregon); Choralaires singing the Creed. Digitized from a vinyl disc.
- "Roadways," 1953. (0:02:32) Written by John Masefield and sung by the Oregon State College Glee Club, Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Storm King," 1953. (0:01:43) Written by Walter Finlayson and performed by the Oregon State College Band, Ted Mesang, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "Toast to the Team," 1953. (0:01:30) Performed by the Oregon State College Glee Club, Don Sites, Director. Originally released on the album, Songs of Oregon State College - Within a Vale of Western Mountains. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.
- "A Tribute to Beard," 1947. (0:02:54) Music by Gordon A. Finlay, as played by the Oregon State College Band. Recorded at G. F. Johnson Music Co. in Portland, Oregon. Digitized from a 78 rpm sound disc.