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Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes, 1968-1998

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes, 1968-1998

Predominant Dates: 1992-1998

ID: FV 254

Primary Creator: Hatfield Marine Science Center

Extent: 0.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes document the research activities and public programs of the Center. Oregon State University established the Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, in 1965 as a marine laboratory. Several items from this collection have been migrated to digital format and are available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes consists of 12 VHS videotapes documenting the Center's research and public outreach programs. The tapes include a video transfer of a color, silent motion picture film of the construction and launch of the Totem buoy; a feature segment about the Center broadcast by KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon; and productions that provide general information about the Center. The collection also includes two videotapes produced by the Earth and Sea Investigators Program in 1994 and a 1997 production by Oregon Public Broadcasting on fishing in Oregon. A recording of the dedication of the Guin Library in 1990 includes speeches by John V. Byrne, Mark O. Hatfield, Janet Webster, and other Center administrators and staff. In an extensive interview by Ellen Pikitsch in 1987, Captain R. Barry Fisher provides information about his personal background and experiences as well as commercial fishing.

All items in this collection have been digitized and are available online and on DVD in the reading room. Links to online video are included with the detailed descriptions of the videotapes.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Oregon State University established the Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, in 1965 as a marine laboratory. In 1983, the Marine Science Center was officially re-named as the Hatfield Marine Science Center for Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. The Center serves as Oregon State University's campus for research, education, and outreach in marine and coastal sciences.

The Totem buoy was an OSU Department of Oceanography project to construct a 30-ton 194-foot research buoy. The Totem was towed to sea in a horizontal position, forced to a vertical position, and used for oceanographic research.

Earth and Sea Investigators (EASI) was a science education enrichment program for middle school students in rural and isolated schools. The program included interactive satellite broadcasts, computer conferencing, and hands-on activities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program was based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Captain R. Barry Fisher was a commercial fisherman on the east coast of the United States who was recruited by Oregon State University in 1969 to teach commercial fisheries and develop processes and equipment for use in Oregon fisheries. He left Oregon State in 1974 to return to commercial fishing, but continued to be instrumental in fisheries education and research in Oregon until his death in 2001. Ellen K. Pikitch was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University from 1983 to 1987.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 12 videotapes; 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to the videotape of the KATU television broadcast.

Acquisition Note: Videotapes were transferred to the Archives from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in several accessions between 1991 and 2014.

Related Materials:

Motion picture films and additional videotapes of Hatfield Marine Science Center research activities and public events are in other film and videotape collections: Extension and Experiment Station Communications Moving Images (FV 120); Experiment Station Communications Films (FV 132); and News and Communications Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV 057).

Materials pertaining to the administration, research activities, and educational programs of the Hatfield Marine Science are available in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Records (RG 194). Photographs of center facilities and OSU research vessels are available in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Photographs (P 254).

Preferred Citation: Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes (FV 254), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Hatfield Marine Science Center
Byrne, John Vincent (1928-)
Fisher, R. Barry (1928-2001)
Hatfield, Mark O. (1922-2011)
KATU (Television station : Portland, Or.)
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.
Pikitch, Ellen K.
Webster, Janet G.

People, Places, and Topics

Fisher, R. Barry, 1928-2001
Hatfield Marine Science Center
History of Science
Marine resources--Research--Oregon.
Marine sciences--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
Natural Resources
Oceanographic research stations--Oregon.
Oregon State University. Department of Oceanography
Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.
Public aquariums--Oregon.
Science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
University History

Forms of Material

Video recordings (physical artifacts)

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Videotapes, 1968-1998
Arranged in chronological order.
Box-Item 1.1: Construction and Launch of the Totem Buoy Project, circa 1968
(9:28) VHS videotape of un-edited color, silent motion picture film footage.
Box-Item 1.2: KATU-TV Two at Four Program on Hatfield Marine Science Center, 1986
(4:18) A segment about the Marine Science Center broadcast on the November 7, 1986 Two at Four television program. Includes Bruce Koike, Assistant Aquarist, about development of new fish food for aquarium fish, and John Nichols, Toxicology Graduate Student Assistant, using sculpin fish hearts to study human heart disease.
Box-Item 2.1-2.2: Interview with Captain R. Barry Fisher by Ellen Pikitsch, 1987
Part 1 (1:02:54) and Part 2 (40:51) of interview conducted in Newport, Oregon, August 1987.
Box-Item 2.3: Dedication of Guin Library at Hatfield Marine Science Center, 1990
(38:46) Dedication ceremony on July 4, 1990. Includes remarks by Senator Mark O. Hatfield, John V. Byrne, and Janet Webster.
Box-Item 1.3-1.4: Slide Tape Programs, circa 1992
Two slide-tape programs about the Center's research activities and outreach programs -- program 1 (11:26) and program 2 (11:20).
Box-Item 1.5: Earth and Sea Investigators Program - Demonstration Tape 2.0, 1994
(5:03) Describes the Earth and Sea Investigators Program.
Box-Item 1.6: Earth and Sea Investigators Program - Salmon Migration, 1994
(46:19) Recording of the April 28, 1994 broadcast on salmon migration. This broadcast is part two on migration.
Box-Item 2.4: The Oregon Story -- Fishing, 1997
(57:42) Recording of production by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Provides a survey of the fishing industry in Oregon, including historical background.
Box-Item 1.7-1.8: Video Tour, 1998
(09:55) Two copies of a video tour of the Center. Produced for Oregon Extension Sea Grant by McGregor Bay Interactive.

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