[Back to Formatted Version]

Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films, 1961-1965

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films, 1961-1965

ID: FV 284

Primary Creator: Osterberg, Charles

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films consist of 16 mm films made by Osterberg in the 1960s of oceanographic research conducted on the Oregon coast near the mouth of the Columbia River. Charles Osterberg earned a Ph.D. in oceanography at Oregon State University in 1962 and was a faculty member at OSU from 1962 until 1966. These films have been digitized and are available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films consist of motion picture films made by Osterberg of research voyages off the coast of Oregon in 1961-1965. The films document research on radioactivity levels in the waters near the mouth of the Columbia River and depict collection of water and marine life samples near Astoria, Newport, and Depoe Bay. Footage of the mooring of a buoy used in a study of wave energy generation is also included. Several Oregon State University faculty and students are depicted in the films including: William Pearcy, Norman Cutshall, Lyle Hubbard, Norman Kujala, Ingvar Lauren Larsen, Bruce Wyatt, Pete Hanson, and David Jennings. Research cruises on the Acona, Yaquina, and Kiska are documented in the footage.

The collection includes about 2000 feet of silent color 16 mm film footage on 4 reels. A DVD reproduction of all the footage is also included; total running time for the DVD is 47 minutes. The films have also been made available online.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Charles Lamar Osterberg completed a Ph.D. in oceanography at Oregon State University in 1962 and established a research program in marine radioecology at Oregon State. As a graduate student, he recognized the environmental research opportunities resulting from the flow of mixed radionuclides from the Hanford nuclear facility in eastern Washington into the northeast Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River. He continued an active research program and advised 10 doctoral and 5 master's students as a faculty member. Osterberg joined the Division of Biology and Medicine at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland in 1967; served as director of the Intenational Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity in Monaco in 1976-1979; and retired to his home state of Arizona in 1986. Osterberg died in 2004.

Osterberg received training as a photographer serving with the U.S. Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 4 film reels and 1 DVD; 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The motion picture films and DVD were donated to the Archives by Norman Cutshall in 2011.

Related Materials: Progress reports of the research depicted in these films are available online in ScholarsArchive@OSU: Radioanalysis of Oceanic Organisms in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon issues in 1963 and 1964. Other moving images of oceanographic research are part of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV 203), the Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving Images (FV 185), and the Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes (FV 254).

Preferred Citation: Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films (FV 284), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Osterberg, Charles

People, Places, and Topics

Acona (Ship)
History of Science
Marine radioecology--Oregon--Pacific Coast.
Natural Resources
Oceanographic research ships--Oregon.
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University. Department of Oceanography
Osterberg, Charles
Pacific Coast (Or.)
University History
Yaquina (Ship)

Forms of Material

Silent films.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.