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KOAC-TV Films, 1947-1975

Collection Overview

Title: KOAC-TV Films, 1947-1975

ID: FV 207

Primary Creator: KOAC (Television station : Corvallis, Or.)

Extent: 8.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Some of the films have been assigned individual numbers (P207:1-16). However, most of the films have been described as groups by the primary subject or the television series for which they were made; these groups are Men's Basketball; State Fair; Great Decisions Program; With Her Own Wings; and In Our Care. The films are 16 mm; both b/w and color. For some films, both a negative and print are included; but there are several negatives without accompanying prints. The groups also includes many kinescope films (motion picture films made from an image on a picture tube).

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The KOAC-TV Films were produced by or for KOAC-TV or are kinescope films of KOAC-TV broadcasts. KOAC-TV was established in 1957 by the Oregon State System of Higher Education. Items from this collection have been migrated to digital format and are available online.

Scope and Content Notes

Most of the films are from three television series: In Our Care, With Her Own Wings, and the Great Decisions Program. The group also includes films produced for the Colleges for Oregon's Future program, television broadcasts from the Oregon State Fair in Salem, and men's basketball games. Other notable films show the Klamath Falls and Warm Springs Indians; the dedication of Gill Coliseum; and the 1964 commencement ceremony.

Biographical / Historical Notes

KOAC-TV was established in 1957. It was administered by the Oregon State System of Higher Education's General Extension Division as part of the Department of Educational Media until the early 1980s when administration was transferred to what is now known as Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Beginning in 1957, KOAC-TV produced and broadcast several films for Great Decisions, a community program offered by the Extension Service and the Foreign Policy Association that was aimed at building informed public opinion on foreign policy.

Under contract with the Oregon Centennial Commission, KOAC produced a school series on Oregon history, "With Her Own Wings" in 1959 and distributed kinescope films of the series to Oregon schools through the Department of Visual Instruction.

The "In Our Care" series, sponsored by the Oregon State Board of Control and produced by KOAC in 1959-1960, documented Oregon's prisons, hospitals, and schools for the handicapped and delinquent. Photographer Bill Rush filmed and Bob Richter produced and directed the series.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 96 film reels

Related Materials:

An audiotape that accompanies the "In Our Care" program series is a part of the KOAC Records (RG 015). The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings also include films of KOAC-TV classroom television broadcasts from the Chemistry Department Motion Picture Films (FV 205) and the Media Services Moving Images (FV 119). Brochures listing programs broadcast by KOAC-TV are available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file "MC-KOAC-TV Programs". Information about the Great Decisions program is a part of the Extension Service Records (RG 111).

See also: Music, Markets and Milestones: 75 Years of KOAC Radio, commemorating the rich history of radio and television broadcasting at Oregon State University.

Preferred Citation: KOAC-TV Films (P 207), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 19, 2015.


KOAC (Television station : Corvallis, Or.)
Colleges for Oregon's Future
Oregon Centennial Commission
Oregon State Board of Control
Oregon State System of Higher Education. General Extension Division.
Richter, Robert (1929-)
Rush, William C.

People, Places, and Topics

College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
Great decisions.
Klamath Indians.
KOAC (Television station : Corvallis, Or.)
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State Fair
Psychiatric hospitals--Oregon.
Public television--Oregon.
Television in higher education--Oregon.
University History
Warm Springs Indian Reservation (Or.)

Forms of Material

Motion pictures (visual works)
Silent films.

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