Monthly Archives: July 2010

From Japan to Denmark

We’ve made good use of our virtual frequent flier miles over the past few weeks! Jetting from Japan to Denmark for two great big new Flickr Commons sets.

The first set of images from Japan, taken and used in lectures during the early part of the 20th century, are both gorgeously hand-colored and delightfully informative!

There are some amazing images of Tokyo and city life, but you’ll also find some shots of the countryside — including that famous Mt. Fuji!

There are also bridges and a even a few Buddhas.

There are people learning & people in costumes, people playing & people worshiping. You’ll also find lovely images of Geishas and Buddhist priests, as well as historic art pictures (mainly pottery).

Quite a few things made me happy in the Archives, but the second set — hand-colored slides from Denmark — topped the list this week…

It’s an eclectic collection from the early portion of the 20th century, but one that really captures the spirit of a beautiful country. And who doesn’t love a windmill?

Want to see a Technicolor yellow of a restaurant scene?

Or the thatched roofs of countryside homes or a transplanted house from Iceland? Factories for butter, eggs, bacon? Yes, we have shots of those! You’ll also find cows, farms, fertilizer, and a few fields of sugar beets

Schools, principals, libraries? You’ll find those as well!

Speaking of learning, check out a wonderful statue of Hans Christian Andersen

or the Lyngby Agricultural Museum

Remember, all the image descriptions and titles are taken straight from the lecture booklet used by instructors in the 1920s and 1930s, so if you know anything more please share!

Don’t just sit there!

Want to watch a movie? Take a trip? Do some research? There are plenty of things going on in the OSU Archives this month! In addition to the general buzz around exciting summer projects, we’re all a flutter over lazy, gorgeous summer days … Check out what we’ve been up to!

More new sets in Flickr Commons! We’ve been to Australia & Ireland over the past couple of weeks (care of the Visual Instruction Lantern Slide Collection, of course), with lots of gorgeous historical shots from both sides of the equator.

We’ve also had several films transferred to DVD for your viewing pleasure!

  • Gotta Start Somewhere: Minorities in Mass Media; An OSU Workshop, 1973 (FV P 119) This film was part of a program to train minority students for jobs in radio, television, or print media. It included in-class training at OSU, as well as off-site internships.
  • Nothin’ Comes Easy, 1974 (FV P 119) This film looks at services for minority students at OSU in the early 1970s, including the Educational Opportunities Program. It features footage of minority students describing their experiences and academic programs at OSU (engineering, forestry, pharmacy, etc.).
  • Hail to OSC, circa 1945 (FV P048:030) This is a 37-minute color silent film, which includes footage of academic programs as well as various student activities. The date in the finding aid dates it at 1960 … but it is much earlier than that – probably 1940s.You can listen online to a 1953 version by the Oregon State College Glee Club or a 1950 version by the Oregon State College Mens’ Choir.

Finally, we can’t ignore our 12 fabulous new finding aids for June! Included are another collection of moving images in the Media Services Moving Images, 1957-2002 (FV P 119) records; the Records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Corvallis Branch, 1971-1974; the Pacific Northwest Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection, 1992-2009; the President’s Office Photographs, 1923-1998 (P 092); and the Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection, 1995-2010 (OH 09).