New Collection Descriptions for the Month!

book-2571.jpgThe following 6 finding aids for OSU Archives collections have been completed or updated in December 2008. They have been loaded to the NWDA finding aids database and have a PDF on the OSU Archives’ website and a catalog record in the OSU Libraries’ catalog, Summit, and Worldcat. Two of these are for collections acquired in 2008; two are for collections for which there was previously no information available online.

Alumni Association Motion Picture Films and Videotapes, 1942-1988

This collection of 25 films and 8 videotapes includes promotional films; recordings of special events, such as commencement and OSU centennial activities; films of football games; footage honoring Oregon State alumni; and videotapes of alumni award presentations. Of special note are a 1958 production This is Oregon State; a film of the homecoming banquet for the 1942 Rose Bowl team; and a film about the 1964 football season leading to OSU playing in the 1965 Rose Bowl. This finding aid includes a detailed list of the collection contents.

Berg, Helen M. and Alan B., Papers, 1914-2007

The Berg Papers were received by the Archives in early 2008 and document their professional and civic activities at OSU and in the City of Corvallis. Helen and Alan Berg earned degrees at Oregon State and were faculty. They both served on the Corvallis City Council and as Mayor of Corvallis (Alan in 1979-1986 and Helen in 1995-2006). This is a preliminary collection-level description with a link to a preliminary container list.

Journalism Department Photographs, 1930-1984 (P 208)

These photographs (105 total) consist of images created or acquired by the Journalism Department staff for use in publications and displays as well as photographs taken by students for class projects. Subjects include student activities, campus buildings, and Oregon scenic views. This finding aid includes a detailed list of the photographs.

Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings, 1962-1964 (OH 12)

These recordings (57 audiotapes) were made by Joe E. Pierce (a faculty member at Portland State) as part of his study of Native American languages in Oregon. They include interviews with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes. This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

Pass Creek Motion Picture Film Collection, 1968-1993 (FV P 273)

This collection consists of the Pass Creek film, produced in 1968 to document the impact of clearcut logging on the small tributary streams of Oregon’s North Umpqua Basin, and records documenting the production and distribution of the film. The film and related documentation were transferred to the Archives by Jim Hall of the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008. The film is available online as a streaming media file — — and is part of the Umpqua Basin Explorer.

Struve, Marcus, Photographs, 1907-1908 (P 110)

This small photograph collection (4 images) includes images of Struve (a 1908 OAC graduate in pharmacy) with OAC Mandolin Club and Orchestra and other pharmacy students. One of the photographs is available in the Best of the Archives digital collection:,1072

We now have 356 finding aids in NWDA.

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