Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection, 1959-2007  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Williams, Gerald W.
Title
Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection
Dates
1959-2007 (inclusive)
1990-2005 (bulk)
Quantity
2.5 cubic feet, including 33 VHS cassettes, 25 DVDs, 17 audiocassettes, 8 motion picture films, 8 camcorder cassettes, 4 record albums, and 2 CDs, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
FV 320
Summary
The Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection consists of audio-visual materials, either collected or created by Williams, that document a variety of topics in the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, with a particular emphasis on the practice and culture of forestry in the region. The collection consists of multiple audio-visual formats including VHS tapes, DVDs, audiocassettes, and motion picture films, among others.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gerald W. Williams worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1979 until his retirement in 2005. From 1979 to 1993, he was a sociologist with the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests in Oregon; in 1993-1998, he served as the regional sociologist for the Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Portland; and from 1998 until his retirement in 2005 he was the national historian for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C. Williams designed and implemented a regional and national history program for the Forest Service which culminated in his appointment as national historian and his authorship of the centennial history of the Forest Service, The USDA Forest Service -- The First Century, in 2000. He has published more than 75 books, chapters, book reviews, and articles and conference papers exploring a variety of historical topics such as the Native American use of fire to manage environments, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the U.S. Army's Spruce Production Division during World War I.

Williams is a native of Oregon and earned degrees from Southern Oregon University (B.A., Sociology; M.A. General Studies Social Science) and Washington State University (Ph.D., Sociology).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection documents the history, maintenance, and popular culture surrounding forests in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the history of the USDA Forest Service and, more broadly, the natural history of the region. The majority of the collection's moving images are held on VHS cassettes and DVDs, although motion picture reels and camcorder cassette formats are present as well. Likewise, the bulk of the collection's audio materials are held on audio cassette, with a small number of CDs also available.

The materials include commercially produced items created by the USDA Forest Service, regional history organizations, and specialty groups like the National Smokejumpers. The collection also holds amateur recordings of television and radio broadcasts, and of live events that were documented with a personal video recorder. The majority of these live events are lectures on forest history and maintenance.

Highlights of the collection include multiple VHS tapes and DVDs documenting the production and, ultimately, the finished version of The Greatest Good, a documentary film created to mark the centennial of the USDA Forest Service in 2005. Four camcorder cassettes also capture the proceedings of a three-day Forest Service workshop held at the Grey Towers National Historic Site. The collection's film reels focus primarily on the properties of soil in forested areas.

While much of the content is scholarly in nature, the collection does include artifacts from popular culture, including an episode of Lassie, a cartoon that was originally released theatrically in 1938, and two albums of music sung by recording artist and part-time logger, Buzz Martin.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Video Cassettes, 1985-2005Return to Top

33 VHS cassettes, 6 Hi-8 video cassettes, 1 VHS-C camcorder cassette

Series 1 is comprised primarily of VHS cassettes, with a smaller volume of camcorder cassettes available as well. The materials organized into the series include television broadcasts that Williams presumably recorded to VHS, as well as events that he or a colleague documented with a video camera. Likewise included are commercially produced videotapes created by the USDA Forest Service and the National Smokejumpers Association, among other entities. The materials generally focus on the history of forests and forestry, as well as more contemporary issues of concern to forest managers and the general public. Of particular note are a collection of four camcorder cassettes chronicling a three-day Forest Service workshop held at the Grey Towers National Historic Site, and three VHS cassettes that were created at various points in the production of The Greatest Good, a documentary film commissioned to mark the centennial of the USDA Forest Service.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
FV320:01: “Willamette National Forest – LMP show,” 1994; “Mountain slides,” 1994; “Jawbone Flats,” December 15, 1985; “Filming ‘The General,’” December 15, 1985; “Timberline Lodge,” December 28, 1986; “Old Growth, November 10, 1987. VHS cassette
1985-1994
1
FV320:02: “Flight Over Umpqua National Forest (north to south flight),” June 20, 1986; “Fish Improvements Adjacent to Steamboat Creek,” September 29, 1986; and “North Umpqua River at Steamboat Inn,” September 30, 1986. VHS cassette
1986
1
FV320:03: “Timberline Lodge – 50th Anniversary,” 1987; Last Stand of the Giants, [Pacific Northwest Ancient Forest] PBS broadcast of “Nature,” May 31, 1992. VHS cassette
1987-1992
1
FV320:04: Ancient Forests: Rage Over Trees, September 24, 1989; and Clear Cut Crisis, August 14, 1990. “World of Audubon” broadcasts, WTBS. VHS cassette
1989-1990
1
FV320:05: “David Brower Biography”, Sierra Club, 1990; and “Steam Whistle Logging,” 1991. VHS cassette
1990-1991
1
FV320:06: “Wildfire,” National Audubon Society, July 28, 1992; “Firestorm,” KOIN-TV, September 30, 1994. VHS cassette
1992-1994
1
FV320:07: “Ancient Forest News Conference (part II),” C-SPAN broadcast, VHS cassette
July 2, 1993
1
FV320:08: “Why History,” lecture by David McCullough delivered at the National Archives, VHS cassette
June 8, 1993
1
FV320:09: Timber on the Move, Forest History Society, VHS cassette
August 26, 1996
1
FV320:10: Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire. PBS broadcast of “NOVA,” VHS cassette
1999
1
FV320:11: Wildfire montages and loops – California, VHS cassette
circa 1990s.
1
FV320:12: Wildfire montages and loops – Florida, VHS cassette
circa 1990s
1
FV320:13: Wildfire montages and loop – Yellowstone, VHS cassette
circa 1990s
1
FV320:14: Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky, National Smokejumpers Association, VHS cassette
Two copies.
2000
1
FV320:15: America’s Grasslands, USDA Forest Service production, VHS cassette
May 2001
1
FV320:16: Entering the Forest Service: New Employee Orientation Video, USDA Forest Service, VHS cassette
September 2001
1
FV320:17: Fire Wars. PBS broadcast of “NOVA,” VHS cassette
2002
1
FV320:18: The Cliff-Scaling Soldiers of West Virginia: A Documentary Film, by Robert C. Whetsell, VHS cassette
2003
1
FV320:19: The Greatest Good. Work in progress master tapes with color correction and supers. Two VHS cassettes
March 6, 20013
1
FV320:20: The Greatest Good. Bonus disc review materials. Six VHS cassettes
March 2005
1
FV320:21: “Greatest Good Trailer (2003)”; “Forests and Men (1933)”; “Forest Fire (1928)”; “The Forest Ranger’s Job (1928).”  Films transferred to VHS cassette
undated
1
FV320:22: "Cry of the Wild," episode of Lassie, (1974). VHS cassette containing film transfer from 16 mm original
A motion picture film reel containing this episode of Lassie is held in Series 3 of this collection.
undated
1
FV320:23: “Logging in the Early Days on the McKenzie,” VHS cassette
Includes background notes.
undated
1
FV320:24: Operations of the Pacific Spruce Corporation, Siuslaw National Forest Historic Logging Film, VHS cassette
undated
1
FV320:25: “America’s Love Affair with Cars,” and “Teddy Roosevelt.” Broadcasts by Bill Moyers, VHS cassette
undated
1
FV320:26: Superior Images, produced by the Superior National Forest in cooperation with Iron Range Research Center, VHS cassette
Includes annotation: "We did this video on a cost share for $5,000, the idea being that history for the general public can be fun as well as educational. The partners involved are responsible for all but the last two minutes. History of the Superior, 1910-1940."
undated
2
FV320:27: “Grey Towers Workshop,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 5-6, 1994
2
FV320:28: “Grey Towers Workshop,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 6, 1994
2
FV320:29: “Grey Towers Workshop,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 6, 1994
2
FV320:30: “Grey Towers Workshop,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 7, 1994
2
FV320:31: “Grey Towers Workshop: JWT and Closing,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 7, 1994
2
FV320:32: “Jack’s Latest Presentation,” TC-30 VHS-C camcorder cassette
April 27, 1995
2
FV320:33: “Ecosystem Short Course - Old Growth, Lake Cowichan, B.C.,” Hi-8 video cassette
June 12-16, 1995
2
FV320:34: “PDX Flood ’96,” Hi-8 video cassette
1996

Series 2:  CDs and DVDs, 2000-2007Return to Top

25 DVDs, 2 CDs, 1 Mini DVD

Series 2 consists of professionally created DVDs and CDs that, in the main, document the history of the Forest Service and of forests in the Pacific Northwest. A highlight of the series is its collection of DVDs related to the Forest Service centennial documentary, The Greatest Good.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
FV320:35: Working for the Great Outdoors, USDA Forest Service, DVD
November 2000
2
FV320:36: The Greatest Good – work in progress disc, DVD
April 8, 2004
2
FV320:37: USDA Forest Service Centennial Congress: A Collective Commitment to Conservation. Set of six DVDs
January 3-6, 2005
2
FV320:38: Commemorating the Past, Facing the Future. Film produced for screening at the Forest Service Centennial Celebration. DVD
January 2005
2
FV320:39: The Greatest Good – movie preview, Mini DVD and standard DVD
circa 2005
2
FV320:40: The Greatest Good – bonus DVD projects
March 20, 2005
2
FV320:41: The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film, DVD
Annotated: "#1 of 1,000"
2005
2
FV320:42: Gifford Pinchot: A Life of Leadership, presented by Char Miller, USDA Forest Service, CD
2005
2
FV320:43: Sounds of the Forest. Song compilation produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, “Forest Service, Culture and Community,” CD
2005
2
FV320:44: The Story of a Forest Ranger (1954), Quality Information Publishers, DVD
2006
2
FV320:45: Wilderness Rangers: Keeping it Wild, USDA Forest Service, DVD
2006
2
FV320:46: A Century of Oregon Forestry: Challenge, Change, & Opportunity, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, DVD
2007
2
FV320:47: William Gladstone Steel. Episode of Oregon Experience produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, DVD
2007
2
FV320:48: Comparing the New Generation and Old-Style Fire Shelters – May 5, 2006 Test. USDA Forest Service, DVD
April 2007
2
FV320:49: Breakthrough: Women in the USDA Forest Service, Forest History Society, DVD
Two copies.
undated
2
FV320:50: Flagging the Trail: One Hundred Years of Cultural Resources Management in Region 3, DVD
undated
2
FV320:51: Grasslands Forever for Everyone, USDA Forest Service, DVD
undated
2
FV320:52: Lifelines: Your National Forest Roads, produced by the USDA Forest Service in partnership with the USDOT FHWA Federal Lands Highway Program, DVD
undated
2
FV320:53: Pacific Northwest Cooperative Programs: Working Through Partnerships, DVD
undated
2
FV320:54: US Forest Service: Working for the Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, DVD
undated
2
FV320:55: Wilderness and Backcountry Site Restoration Guide, USDA Forest Service, DVD
undated

Series 3:  Motion Picture Films, 1959-1983Return to Top

8 film reels

The film reels arranged into Series 3 primarily concern the properties of soil in forested areas. Also included are two items from popular culture, including a cartoon and an episode of the television show, Lassie.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
FV320:56: Water Movement in Soil
16 mm color with sound; approximately 1000 feet; 27 minutes running time. Produced in the Department of Agronomy (Soils) at Washington State University by Walter H. Gardner and J.C. Hsieh, Professor of Soils and Experimental Aide.  The film shows how water moves into and through soil under conditions where the soil is not saturated. This is shown by means of time-lapse motion pictures which condense action occurring over a period of many hours into a few minutes.  The ways in which strata, such as hard pans or course sand layers, slow down the advance of a wetting-front are also depicted, and the differences between saturated and unsaturated flow differ are likewise shown.  Finally, the film uses dye-tracks to illustrate how soluble fertilizers move in irrigation furrows.
1959
3
FV320:57: Aerial Photo Interpretation for the Discovery and Evaluation of Soil Resources
16 mm color film; approximately 1200 feet; series contains two copies of this film; one needs splice at end of title frames. Prepared by the USDA in conjunction with a special South American agency, this film follows a soil survey from start to publication.
circa late 1950s
3
FV320:58: The Rabbit Hunt
A 1938 Walter Lantz cartoon that was originally a theatrical release with sound, this is a silent, 8-mm black and white Castle Films home movie copy, circa 1960s; approximately 150 feet. Film is brittle and requires special handling.
circa 1960s
3
FV320:59: Discovery – Opportunities for Outdoor Learning in Land Between the Lakes
16 mm color with sound; approximately 600 feet. Presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
circa 1960s
3
FV320:60: "Cry of the Wild." Lassie television show, episode 6706
16 mm color film with sound; approximately 900 feet. Note that a VHS copy of the production is described in Series 1 of this collection.
1974
3
FV320:61: Soil Compaction on Forest Lands
16 mm color with sound; approximately 1000 feet; 32 minutes running time; series holds two copies of this film. This film provides an in-depth look at the causes of forest soil compaction, its effects on productivity, and some management alternatives that can be used to reduce compaction and restore compacted lands.  The film was produced by Oregon State University, in cooperation with the Forest Service and other federal and state agencies, and was intended for professional audiences. In discussing the above, the film focuses on then-recent compaction research by OSU, specifically a soil compaction study completed by OSU for the Forest Service.
circa 1983

Series 4:  Audio Cassettes, 1983-1994Return to Top

21 audio cassettes

The audio cassettes organized into Series 4 primarily consist of amateur recordings of lectures and other events related to forest history and forest policy.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
FV320:62: Talk by “Red” Nelson at the UNF dedication and open house
June 23, 1983
2
FV320:63: “Forest Service Planning,” lecture by R. Max Peterson, Starker Lecture Series, Oregon State University
November 4, 1988
2
FV320:64: Pacific Northwest Wilderness, Nature Recordings Reference Series, vol. XVII
1989
2
FV320:65: “Spotted Owl Listing News Conference” and “[Bob] Packwood and [Tom] Giesen Interviews,” KUGN radio broadcasts
June 22, 1990
2
FV320:66: “R-G History Slide Show Talk,” delivered by Gerald Williams
November 1990
2
FV320:67: “Nature and Wealth: The Historical Roots of our Environmental Perspective,” lecture by Donald E. Worster produced for OPB Radio by Lynne Clendenin and Ramesh Krishnamurthy
July 22, 1992
2
FV320:68: Preparing for the Future by Examining the Past: A Workshop of Scholars on Forest Service Reinvention, Sponsored by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the USDA Forest Service. Grey Towers. Three audio cassettes
Series contains two sets of these recordings.
June 1994
2
FV320:69: USFS 1919: The Ranger, The Cook, and a Hole in the Sky, by Norman Maclean. NorthWord AudioPress book on tape. Three audio cassettes
1994
2
FV320:70: “Gifford Pinchot’s Speech to the National Grange, February 1940”
Series contains four copies of this recording.
undated
2
FV320:71: “Loggers Reward” and “Where There Walks a Logger There Walks a Man,” songs by Buzz Martin
Record albums containing both sets of recordings are also held in this collection and are described in Series 5.
undated
2
FV320:72: Unidentified lecture re: white settlement of Oregon and ensuing conflict between ethnic groups. Presenter unknown
undated

Series 5:  Record Albums, 1968-1976Return to Top

The albums held in Series 5 consist entirely of commercially produced musical recordings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
FV320:73: Where There Walks a Logger, There Walks a Man, songs by Buzz Martin, Ripcord Records
Recording is also available on audio cassette, as described in Series 4.
1968
4
FV320:74: A Logger’s Reward, songs by Buzz Martin, Ripcord Records
Recording is also available on audio cassette, as described in Series 4.
1969
4
FV320:75: A Period of Time, songs by the Boulder Brothers, Sheepeater Records
1975
4
FV320:76: Alive & …, songs by Mike Buckley, Buzzz Records
1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Forest fires--Oregon.
  • Forest management--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Forests and forestry--Oregon.
  • Logging--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Personal Names :
  • Williams, Gerald W.
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region.
  • United States. Forest Service--History.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Compact discs.
  • DVDs.
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Phonograph records.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Video recordings.
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • United States. Forest Service. (creator)