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Oregon State University Historical Motion Picture Films, 1921-1969

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Oregon State University Historical Motion Picture Films, 1921-1969

Predominant Dates: 1921-1939

ID: FV 048

Primary Creator: Oregon State University

Extent: 2.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The films are arranged in two series: I. Oregon Agricultural College Promotional Films, 1921-1935 and II. Oregon State Centennial and Promotional Films, 1939-1969.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Oregon State University Historical Motion Picture Films consist of promotional films produced by Oregon Agricultural College in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as several centennial productions made by Oregon State University in the late 1960s. The films depict 4-H programs and activities throughout the state, academic programs at Oregon State, athletics, and student activities. Nearly all of this collection has been migrated to digital format and made available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The Oregon State University Historical Motion Picture Films consist of promotional films produced by Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in the 1920s and 1930s as well as several centennial productions made by Oregon State University in the late 1960s. The OAC films include 24 reels (FV P048:01 thru FV048:22 and FV048:31); these 16 mm prints were made from 35 mm nitrate films in 1966-1967. These films include footage of 4-H youth programs throughout Oregon, especially in Coos, Douglas, Josephine, and Klamath Counties as well as at 4-H Summer School on the OAC campus and at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon. The films depict various locations in Oregon including Crater Lake, Eugene, St. Paul, and Portland. Various campus activities including the Memorial Union dedication, a May Day pageant, homecoming, commencement, ROTC, and the marching band are depicted. Athletic events including football, polo, and baseball as well as women's sports and physical training are included in the footage. A 1921 production, The Romance of Engineering, promotes the engineering programs and facilities at Oregon Agricultural College. A film on Oregon State Experiment Station research on salmon poisoning in dogs is also included.

The collection also includes two films celebrating the 1968 centennial of Oregon State University (OSU): The Possible Dream produced by KGW and Pacific NW Bell and OSU: The First Hundred Years, 1868-1968 produced by the OSU Centennial Committee. Footage of the 1969 centennial year graduation ceremonies and a 1961 interview with James Jensen, shortly before he became President of OSU are also included in the collection.

Hail to OSC was filmed in the late 1930s or early 1940s and includes 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.

Nearly all of the collection has been digitized and made available online as follows:

FV048:001 - Memorial Union Dedication; •FV048:002 - Coos County 4-H Clubs; Milking Contest at Bankers' Short Course; •FV048:003 - 4-H in Klamath and Josephine Counties; •FV048:004 - 4-H Summer School; •FV048:005 - Oregon State Fair; Crater Lake; •FV048:006 - National Dairy Champions Show and Dairy Bureau Exhibition; •FV048:007 - Eugene, Oregon;  •FV048:008 - Saint Paul Livestock Center; •FV048:009 - Football Game; Babe Ruth

FV048:010 - The Old Grad Comes Back; •FV048:011 - ROTC Horses; •FV048:012 - Detroit Railroad (silent and sound); •FV048:013 - Marching Band, Tractor Contest; •FV048:014 - Co-eds in Training: Grace, Beauty, Health; •FV048:016 - Women's Stunt Show and Men's Wrestling; •FV048:017:Football Practices and 4-H; •FV048:018 - Partner's 4-H; •FV048:019 - Pageant, 4-H, Football

FV048:020 - Pageant and 4-H; •FV048:021 - The Romance of Engineering; •FV048:022 - 4-H in Douglas and Klamath Counties; •FV048:028 - OSU: The Possible Dream

FV048:030 - Hail to OSC;FV048:031 - Salmon Poisoning in Dogs; •FV048:032 - This is Oregon State; •FV048:033 - OSU: The First Hundred Years

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 38 motion picture film reels; 3 boxes and 1 film can

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Most of the films were acquired by the Archives in the 1960s.

Related Materials: Detailed descriptions and information about some of the 1920s-1930s films are available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file MC-Motion Picture Legends. Records of the OSU Centennial Committee documenting the planning and activities of the University's 100th anniversary in 1968-1969 are part of the Library Records (RG 009). Other films documenting 4-H programs and activities are available in the 4-H Moving Images (FV 146) and the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Moving Images (FV 120).

Preferred Citation: Oregon State University Historical Motion Picture Films (FV 048), 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
Oregon State University. University Centennial Committee

People, Places, and Topics

4-H clubs--Oregon.
College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
College sports for women--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Commencement ceremonies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Natural Resources
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State College--Students.
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State University--Anniversaries, etc.
Oregon State University--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Oregon State University--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Public relations--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Youth--Oregon--Societies and clubs.

Forms of Material

Motion pictures (visual works)
Silent films.

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