Seattle Public Library Moving Image Collection, 1931-1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Seattle Public Library
Title
Seattle Public Library Moving Image Collection
Dates
1931-1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
156 reels of 16mm film
Collection Number
Mic 3
Summary
The collection is comprised primarily of an early television series, The Washington State Reporter, which was produced by the National Bank of Commerce and aired on KING-TV (Seattle, Wash.) from November 1951 to circa 1956. The collection also includes other non-fiction television programs from circa 1950 to 1976, most notably one on Vietnamese immigrants and several on Seattle topics, as well as home movies dating from 1931 to 1963.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public and available for viewing on videotape.

Additional Reference Guides

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer television program listings for 1950-1955 were reviewed for broadcast dates and content details. A program schedule was assembled and is available at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The first commercial program to be broadcast in Seattle was on Thanksgiving Day 1948 on station KING-TV, which was the only television station in Seattle until 1952. Programs were produced locally during the early years of television (nationwide programming did not reach the West Coast until 1951), and were often produced by the sponsors. Such is the case with The Washington State Reporter , which was produced by the National Bank of Commerce (NB of C) from 1951 to circa 1956.

The Washington State Reporter is an early non-fiction television program that featured a reporter (first Charles Herring, then Richard Ross) on location in towns and other sites throughout Washington state, Alaska, and the Pacific Rim countries, interviewing local business people, leaders, and citizens about industries, economic growth, and other issues. The series apparently started as The Overseas Report, which was filmed in Europe in November 1951 and broadcast on KING-TV between November 1951 and February 1952. The series then became The Washington State Reporter in 1952 and focused on business and industry in Washington State. The series expanded its coverage to Alaska in 1953 and to Asia in 1954, but still continued its Washington programs in 1954 and 1955. Footage from The Washington State Reporter series was also reused and edited to create other programs for broadcast in the mid-1950s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is composed primarily of an early television series, The Washington State Reporter, which was produced by the National Bank of Commerce and aired on KING-TV (Seattle, Wash.) from November 1951 to circa 1956. The programs cover Europe, Asia, and Alaska, as well as Washington state. The collection also includes other non-fiction television programs from circa 1950 to 1976, most notably one on Vietnamese immigrants in Pullman, Wash., and several on Seattle topics. This group also includes a sea life documentary for children. All except two were produced in Seattle. The collection includes four home movies dating from 1931 to 1963, primarily on family trips and community events in Washington state, but one features dances of the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia. Most of the films are in black-and-white, but a few are in color, as noted in the descriptions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Preview videotapes are available for the entire collection unless otherwise noted in the container list.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

To cite the entire collection: Seattle Public Library Moving Image Collection, Oregon Historical Society Research Library. To cite individual titles: [Archive number], [Title], Seattle Public Library Moving Image Collection, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  The Washington State Reporter, circa 1951-circa 1955Return to Top

95 reels of 16mm film

Programs about Washington, Alaska, the Far East, and Europe. They ran under several alternative titles: The NB of C Reporter, The NB of C Reporter in Washington State, The National Bank of Commerce Reporter in Washington State, The Alaska Story, and The Washington State Reporter in the Far East . Unless otherwise noted, each film in this series is one reel with a running time of approximately 11-12 minutes. The subseries that follow are arranged chronologically in the order in which each series first aired, then by archive number within each subseries.

Description Dates
Subseries 1: Europe
2 reels
This series of programs is in two parts; each part is comprised of visits to several European countries, in particular where there were U.S. Air Force Military Air Transport bases. The segments were filmed in November 1951. It appears that these segments were originally broadcast individually Nov. 27, 1951, through Feb. 19, 1952, and then may have been repackaged into these two longer programs for later broadcast.
1951-1952
06674 SEPL: Overseas Report : [Military Air Transport Bases]
Two parts: Part 1 is 37 minutes, Part 2 is 44 minutes
Reporter Charles Herring and Cameraman Wally Hamilton spent 39 days in Europe visiting Military Air Transport Service bases, talking with people stationed there from Washington state and with local people living there about world issues, particularly communism and the possibility of a third world war. Part 1 visits the Azores Islands, Tripoli, Athens, Turkey, and Rome. Part 2 visits Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, London, and Scotland. Appearing: Wayne Bacon, Sgt. Clyde Neer, Cpl. Gerald Ennis, 1st Lt. Donald Stay, Robert J. Corkery of the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission, Brig. Gen. Robert C. Oliver.
1951
Subseries 2: Washington State
65 reels
This series of programs covers people and industries in Washington state. It was broadcast from approximately February 1952 through 1956.
1952-1956
06570 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Quincy
Covers the economic growth of Quincy, Washington (Grant County), following the opening of the west canal of the Grand Coulee Dam, bringing irrigation to the arid farmland. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Ray Young, farmer; Randall Marney, manager of National Bank of Commerce Quincy branch; Jack Weber, president of Quincy Irrigation District.
[1954]
06576 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Trade Fair
Covers the Third Annual Washington State International Fair in Seattle, where merchants representing 22 countries from the Pacific Rim and South Asia brought their products for sale in the American market. The program features dolls and figurines from Japan. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Clarence L. Helford, National Bank of Commerce, and representatives from Guam, Mexico, South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
1954
06578 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Air and Sea Lanes
Discusses the importance of Seattle as a seaport in the shipping industry. Also covers the growth of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Reporter: Richard Ross. Appearing: Captain Sowata, pilot.
[1955]
06579 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Air Tractor—Lamson
Focuses on lesser-known aspects of the aviation industry, including profiles of a woman aviator, Jenny S. Richardson, in Yakima and the Lamson Aircraft Company, which provides engineering support to companies that use aviation in their business (such as aerial farming). Reporter: Richard Ross. Appearing: Jenny S. Richardson, aviator; Robert Lamson, Lamson Aircraft; Al Baxter, inventor of flying crop duster; Doug [Rude], production manager; and Bob Ward, mechanic.
1954
06581 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: SEATAC
Covers the features and facilities of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including statistics on passengers, employees, and airlines. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Bret Patterson; Earl S. Bigler, airport manager; and Capt. R. H. Sterens, pilot.
circa 1952
06582 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Rebuilding of a Town
Focuses on Forks, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, and the effects of a September 1951 forest fire on the town and its residents. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Fred Marquist, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson, Mrs. Charles Moore, George Beck.
circa 1952
06583 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Yakima
Shows the Yakima Valley and its diverse industries, including cattle and sheep ranching, agriculture, orchards, grain production, hop growing, dams on the Columbia River, and irrigation systems. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer/editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services.
1955
06584 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Federal Reserve
Profiles the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Shows how checks and bonds are processed and how money is sorted, refreshed, and destroyed. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Royal E. Everson, assistant manager for Federal Reserve Bank.
circa 1954
06585 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Bank Moving Day
Covers the day that the National Bank of Commerce moved from the 1925 Medical/Dental building into its new building on the Tremble block of downtown Seattle. Includes a brief history of the Seattle business district beginning from the 1920s to 1956. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services. Appearing: Dudley Carter, axe sculptor.
1956
06587 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Aberdeen [Oil Refinery Dispute]
Discusses an oil refinery dispute in Grays Harbor County near Ocean City centering on the land rights of the oil company and the original homesteading family of Samson Johns. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Laura Cloud family and Flora Straum family.
1954
06588 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: City of Longview
Focuses on Longview and its wood products industries and lumber mill operations, including the Long Bell Lumber Co. and Weyerhaeuser Co. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: F. M. Morris and J.M. White, Long Bell Lumber Co., and Everett H. Bartow, Weyerhaeuser Co.
1953
06589 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Clearbrook
Profiles the Clearbrook Riding Academy in Seattle, a horse named Good Friday, and a traveling blacksmith. Reporter: Richard Ross. Appearing: Jim McCleave, horse owner; James R. Scott, blacksmith; and Bobby Peterson.
circa1955
06590 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Lynden
Covers Lynden, its Dutch settlers, agriculture, bulb growing, and interviews Saul Lewis, the editor of the Lynden Tribune. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Lyman Judson, Paul Green, Saul Lewis and his sons, William Lewis and Julian Lewis.
circa 1953
06591 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: The Atomic City
Discusses the growth of Richland, a U.S. government city built to serve Hanford Atomic Works in 1943 and a recent $180 million expansion program. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Burt Sellen, manager of National Bank of Commerce, Richland branch; George R. Prout, vice president, General Electric; David F. Shaw, manager, Hanford Operations, Atomic Energy Commission; and Francis J. McHale, chief security officer.
1952
06592 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Hanford
Covers Richland, Washington, hometown of the Atomic Energy Commission and the 600-square-mile Hanford nuclear plant. Discusses security, employee housing, and process of changing uranium into plutonium. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services. Appearing: Francis McHale, chief security officer, and David F. Shaw, manager, Hanford Operations, Atomic Energy Commission.
1954
06593 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Waterville Wheat Farm
Visits the wheat farm of Carl Jenson in Waterville, Washington, with an emphasis on the machinery needed for modern wheat farming. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Carl Jenson, Melvin Jenson, Roy Wise, Hans Poulson, and Donald Jenson.
1952
06594 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Farm in a Day
Documents the Columbia Basin Project, the construction of a complete farm near Moses Lake, Wash., in 24 hours. Shows how the agriculture industry for the region has been improved by bringing irrigation water from the Grand Coulee Dam to convert desert to farmland. Reporter: Murray Morgan. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Dave Crockett. Appearing: Donald D. Dunn, farmer (and family); W. C. Bell, president, Western Retail Lumbermen’s Association; Paul Kirk, architect; and Michael Strauss, Bureau of Reclamation.
1952 June 3 (broadcast)
06596 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Grain
Covers the Kerr & Gifford Co. grain exporters, the Centennial Flour Mill in Granger, Washington, and a feed lot in the Yakima Valley. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Carl Walker, Kerr & Gifford Co.; Don Jenny and Ollie Dodd, Centennial Flour Mill; Bill Fleming, rancher.
circa 1953
06597 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Aplets—Liberty Orchards
Visits the Liberty Orchards Company in Cashmere, Washington, and shows the cooking and processing of Aplets fruit candy. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: “Miss NB of C;” Joseph Raskie; Mark Balaban, owner of Liberty Orchards; Cashmere Apple Blossom Court: Carolyn Ellis, queen, and Joanne Heffner and Hazel Coppers, princesses.
1953
06598 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Wenatchee Valley Apples]
Gives an overview of the apple industry in the Wenatchee Valley of Chelan County, from planting to harvesting to packing and shipping. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services.
1955
06599 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: 4-H Dairy Farm
Discusses the importance of dairy farming and 4-H clubs in Washington. Shows the processes and equipment of a modern dairy farm in Snohomish County. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Arthur M. Temples, dairy farmer, with children, Jim and Geraldine; and J. Floyd Saxman, dairy farmer.
1955
06600 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Wheat
Shows the wheat industry in Douglas County, Washington, from planting and harvesting to marketing and distribution. Describes differences between old and new growing methods and equipment. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services.
1955
06602 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Trade Fair
Covers the International Trade Fair in Seattle, where representatives from Pacific Rim countries come to sell their products and participate in cultural interchange. Gives an overview of the previous three trade fairs held in 1951, 1952, and 1954. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen.
1955
06603 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel]
Profiles the Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, a scrap metal yard and steel processing plant in Seattle. Shows the processing and melting down of scrap into finished steel. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: C. H. Beatty, general superintendent; L. G. Knight, employee; and Vernon Crosson, Industrial Relations, all of Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corp.
circa 1952
06604 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Medicine Close to Home
Covers the medical and dental schools in the University of Washington Health Science Building. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Dr. Hugh Jones, Dr. Mario Starlasey, Dr. Stanley Bennett, Dr. Conrad Fong, Dr. Nils Erickson, and Dr. Edward Turner, dean of the Medical School.
circa 1953
06606 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Skiing and Sailing
Covers skiing and boating recreational attractions in the Seattle and Puget Sound areas. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Services.
circa 1955
06607 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Sailboats
Shows the Elliott Sail Race in Seattle and discusses other types of boats and boat races. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Bob Watts, Bill Black, Walt Widel, Denney Watts, and Bob Hubner.
1954
06609 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Ski Show
Highlights the Snoqualmie Summit Ski Area, where, each weekend, high school students take part in classes and races at a ski school. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Hal Killman, administrative director, and Lee Baron, ski instructor.
circa 1953
06610 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Highway Patrol
Details the work done by the State Patrol at Snoqualmie Pass. Discusses accidents, road conditions, and maintenance crews and their equipment. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Sgt. J. E. Baker, patrolman, and James A. Pride, chief of State Patrol.
1952
06611 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Washington Displaced Persons]
Discusses the Displaced Persons Program, which brought people from Eastern Europe to the United States in the years after World War II. Includes interviews with some of the 2,000 displaced persons brought from East Poland, Latvia, and Germany. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Kaz Malinowski, Janus Amptmanus, Joseph Sanick, Morris Gordon, and Fred Patterson, National Bank of Commerce.
circa 1952
06612 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Traffic Safety: “Light Up Your Bumper”]
Covers the “Light a Bumper” campaign in Washington. Shows people adding reflective strips to their car and bicycle bumpers, as well as to clothing, road stripes, and traffic signs. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: “Miss NB of C;” Mike Myland and Wendell Lacroix, Sharpell High School students; Sergeant J. E. Baker, State Highway Patrol; Bill Sheffield, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co.; Paul Lemke, Traffic Control Signs Co.; George Roost, National Advertising Co.; and Fred Patterson, National Bank of Commerce.
circa 1952
06613 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Wonders of Clay
Profiles the clay industry in Washington. Shows a clay mine along the Green River and visits the Gladden McBean & Company clay plant in Renton. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Mary Helen Herring, and J. G. Anderson and E. H. Whitney, Gladden McBean & Company.
circa 1953-1955
06615 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Mysteries of Salmon
Reports on the work of the Fisheries Research Institute of the University of Washington and its study of the salmon life cycle in Alaska and Pacific Northwest waters for the purpose of determining the number and size of salmon for the fishing industry. Shows use of fish traps, attaching tags, and measuring fish. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Dr. William Thompson.
1953
06617 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Trade Fair
Same as 06576 SEPL. Covers the Third Annual Washington State International Fair in Seattle, where merchants representing 22 countries from the Pacific Rim and South Asia brought their products for sale in the American market. The program features dolls and figurines from Japan. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Clarence L. Helford, National Bank of Commerce, and representatives from Guam, Mexico, South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
1954
06619 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: State Legislature
Two parts, 12 min. each
Part 1 covers the opening of the 33rd session of the Washington State legislature, including the inauguration of Governor Arthur B. Langlie. Part 2 covers the end of the session, with interviews of senators and representatives about business accomplished and not accomplished during the session.Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Governor Arthur B. Langlie, Rep. Julia Butler Hanson, Supt. of Public Instruction Pearl Wanamaker, Sen. Matt Washington, Sen. Mike Gallagher, Sen. Robert R. Greive, Sen. David Cowen, and Sen. Barney Dahl.
1953
06621 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Tugboats on Puget Sound]
Profiles on the work done by tugboats in Puget Sound, focusing on the tugboat Sandra Foss. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Capt. John Gordon, Oliver Johnson, and Bob Sanford.
circa 1952
06622 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Gold Leaf, Tatoosh Island, Cape Flattery Lighthouse
First segment is an interview of “Pappy” Camp, master craftsman in gold leafing. Second segment follows a boat ride by way of Neah Bay to Tatoosh Island, shows passengers being unloaded to island by hoist, and visits the Cape Flattery Lighthouse and families of the lighthouse keepers. Reporter: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Nesky “Pappy” Camp, gold leaf artist (and wife), and Warren Burtoh, lighthouse keeper.
1954
06623 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [U.S./Canadian Customs]
Examines the duties carried out by the customs and immigration officers in Canada and the United States, including the Blaine, Wash., border crossing. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Thomas E. Murphy, deputy collector of customs, and John P. Boyd, district director, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
1952
06624 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Clams—Amusement and Industry
Highlights commercial and non-commercial clam digging on Copalis Beach in Grays Harbor County and tours the Pioneer Cannery. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: “Miss NB of C” and Gill Bodey.
1953
06626 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Clams—Amusement and Industry
Highlights commercial and non-commercial clam digging on Copalis Beach in Grays Harbor County and tours the Pioneer Cannery. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: “Miss NB of C”, Gill Bodey.
[1953]
06628 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Giants of the Sky—Fairchild Air Force Base
Follows a crew of bomber pilots at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., as they prepare for a simulated mission with a B-36 bomber. Reporter: Charles Herring. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Charles A. Bondley, Jr., Commanding General of the 57th Division; Captain Jewels Bomberg, pilot; Jordan Erickson; Nate Grimmer; and James Sureman.
circa 1953
06629 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Furs
Covers the raising of minks and the processing of mink pelts at Harmond Fur Farm, then visits the Seattle Fur Exchange auction and shows what buyers look for in fox, muskrat, beaver, and mink pelts. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harmond, Harmond Fur Farm.
[1954]
06630 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Seattle Fire Department
Shows a day’s work for the firemen in the Seattle Fire Department, including a call to an apartment fire, fire prevention, and training the public in fire safety. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Robert “Bob” Rogers, Assistant Fire Chief, and Mr. Fitzgerald, Fire Chief.
[1954]
06631 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Transit System Show
Gives an overview of the operations of the transit system in Seattle, including maintenance of busses and trolleys, the dispatcher’s office, training of bus drivers, lost and found, and fare increases. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Lloyd Graber, general manager of Seattle Transportation System, and Ben Chenilt, bus driver.
[1954]
06632 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Bo Bo and Seattle Bridges
Visits Bo Bo, the gorilla, in the home of the Loman family (who raised him from infancy) in Anacortes, Washington, and then shows him in his new home at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Second segment covers the operation of the University Bridge in Seattle and interviews the bridge tender about drawbridge controls and mechanisms. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Director: Dave Titus. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Mrs. Roy Loman (and children Bill, Claudia, and Susan); Ed Johnson, director of Woodland Park Zoo; and Merle Gregory, bridge tender.
1954
06633 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Electronics Show
Focuses on electrical devices that are changing the way the world works, with interviews of students and professors at the University of Washington School of Electrical Engineering. Shows launching of rocket, electronics in medicine, playing tic-tac-toe with computer, and use of IBM machines in business. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: “Miss NB of C”; Roy Lesuik, assistant professor of mathematics; Wesley Olsen, assistant supervisor, and Austin Dustmond, executive officer, School of Electrical Engineering.
1954
06634 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: A Trip to the Zoo
Visits the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and shows various zoo animals, including the elephant named Wide Awake. Discusses new exhibits and future plans for the zoo. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Chet Herring, son of Charles Herring, and Edward Johnson, zoo director.
[1953-1954]
06635 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Port of Seattle
Details the activities of the Port of Seattle and discusses its importance as the gateway to Alaska and the Orient and in establishing trade with Japan to keep them from trading with Communist countries. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Frank Elliot, manager of Seattle Foreign Trade Zone No. 5; F. Fitzgerald, superintendent of Fisherman’s Terminal; and Warren Lambert, managing director of the Port of Seattle.
[1954]
06636 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Seattle Curling Club]
Shows the Seattle Curling Club playing at Civic Ice Arena. Demonstrates and explains the Scottish game that became popular in Seattle and Tacoma. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Des Marbold, president, and George Cookston, former president, Seattle Curling Club.
undated
06637 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Logging
Shows the logging operations at the Weyerhaeuser St. Helens Tree Farm, including selecting the trees, felling, bucking, loading log trucks and trains, and cutting and rigging a spar tree. Interviews with loggers preparing for work and being fed in the cookhouse. Reporter: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Joe Bowers, camp foreman, and Morris Frye, Pete Danshaw, and Paul Preston, loggers.
circa 1955
06639 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Tree Farming
Focuses on tree farming in Washington State, showing selective and clear cut harvesting practices, seeding, planting, and thinning methods. Discusses climate, timber growth, and multiple use forest management. Visits the Nisqually Tree Nursery and Voights Creek Tree Farm in Thurston County. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: John Bushart and Norman G. Jacobson.
1955
06640 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Forest Products
Covers aspects of the wood products industry such as lumber and sawmills, pulp and paper, mass production of furniture, use of waste wood, steam production, and research in Longview and Cowlitz County, Wash., featuring Weyerhaeuser Company. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
1955
06641 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Christmas Trees
Details Christmas tree farming in western Washington and visits the Douglas Fir Christmas Tree Company in Shelton. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Jerry Peabody, tree seller.
1952
06643 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: More Paper, More Jobs
Tours the Soundview Division of the Scott Paper Company in Everett, Washington. Shows the pulp-making process, quality control tests, the construction of Scott’s new $17 million paper mill, and dedication ceremony. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: “Miss NB of C”; Paul Baldwin, Scott’s West Coast administrative officer; Howard Wright, contractor; David Watley, project engineer; William Coster, mill superintenden; Bill Sherwood, laboratory tester; Robert Theme, Scott’s West Coast technical director; Arthur Armstrong, personnel manager; Leo Burden and John Carlson, production; Henry Dennis; Andrew Price, NB of C chairman of the board; G. Willing Pepper, Scott vice-president; Raymond C. Matier, Scott executive vice-president; U. N. Dickey, Scott executive; and Rev. Gordon W. Lind.
circa 1953
06645 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Navigation on the Columbia
Covers the history of navigation on the Columbia River, commercial traffic, the building of canals around Celilo Falls, operation of ferries at Wenatchee and Richland, and the construction and operation of McNary Dam. Reporter: Richard Ross. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Director: Dave Titus. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service Appearing: Colonel F. S. Tandy, Corps of Engineers.
circa 1955
06647 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Power on the Columbia
Focuses on the dams on the Columbia River, including Grand Coulee, Chief Joseph, Rock Island, McNary, and The Dalles. Discusses the generation of power and how the building of dams enabled the building of aluminum plants in Washington, such as the Alcoa Aluminum plant in Wenatchee. Shows President Eisenhower dedicating McNary Dam. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: William Farron, director of installation for General Electric; President Dwight D. Eisenhower; and Richard Earnhardt, project engineer, Army Corps of Engineers.
1955
06649 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: McNary Dam
Details how the McNary Navigation Lock and Dam has changed the landscape and commerce of southeast Washington and the navigation of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Shows Lake Wallula covering what was the town of Wallula, relocated to higher ground in 1953. Reporter: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Colonel F. S. Tandy, Corps of Engineers.
1954
06662 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Columbia Basin [compilation]
33 minutes
A compilation of stories from the Columbia Basin. The Grand Coulee Dam segment discusses power generation, plant security, and irrigation. The Quincy, Washington, segment discusses the effect of irrigation on farming. The last segment, on Richland, discusses the growth of the city as a result of the Hanford Atomic Works and a recent $180 million expansion program. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Art Newberry, supervising engineer of Grand Coulee Dam; A. F. Darland, supervising engineer of Grand Coulee Dam; Major A. E. Hutton, security officer at Grand Coulee Dam; Ray Young, farmer in Quincy; Jake Weber, president of Quincy Irrigation District; George R. Prout, vice president of General Electric; David F. Shaw, manager of Hanford operations office of Atomic Energy Commission; and Francis J. McHale, chief of Atomic Energy Commission security division.
circa 1954
06672 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Orthopedic
Focuses on the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle and its move from a cottage on Queen Ann Hill to its present location on East 45th. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: “Miss NB of C”; Dr. Vernon Spickard, chief of staff; Lillian Thomson, hospital superintendent; Mrs. J. Irving Callwell, daughter of hospital founder, Anna Clise; and Mrs. Reginal H. Parsons, charter board member.
circa 1953
06680 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Petroleum
Details the construction of Shell Oil’s oil refinery at March Point in Anacortes, Washington. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: O. Herring, Shell Oil public relations.
circa 1954
06686 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Columbia River Navigational History]
Covers the history of river transportation and commerce along the Columbia River, including an interview with a Native American about the coming of the white man and shots of Celilo Falls, The Dalles Dam, and McNary Locks. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer: Al Amundsen. Appearing: Colonel F. S. Tandy, Corps of Engineers.
1955
06688 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Seattle Annexation and Darrington
Details the annexation of Darrington to Seattle, the second largest annexation in Seattle’s history, and includes interviews of residents. Reporter: Charles Herring. Appearing: Carl Olson, publisher of North Seattle Star; William Fellows; R. C. Beyers; Mrs. Ed Fox; R. B. Blanton; W. L. Schuyler; Mr. and Mrs. James Schuyler; Nels Brucehead; George Bowman, Sr.; and George Bowman, Jr.
circa 1954
06689 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Northwest Glass Company and Andre J.
Profiles the Northwestern Glass Company in Seattle, which pioneered the electric melting of glass. Also has a brief interview of Andre J., a French national in NB of C’s foreign department, speaking about exporting apples. Reporter: Charles Herring. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Andre J., NB of C’s foreign department; DeLaurie Carl Smith, Northwestern Glass Company; and Edward S. Campbell, president of Northwestern Glass Company.
circa 1953
06690 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: [Puget Sound Bar] Pilots
Shows Ediz Hook Pilot Station at Port Angeles. Discusses the route of the Japanese vessel, Hikawa Maru , and pilots in general. Reporter: Charles Herring. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Captain Stevens;Captain William Henshaw; Captain Hyde, station manager; Chris Waters, boatman; and Jack Miller, cook.
circa 1952
Subseries 3: Alaska
15 reels of 16mm film
This television series, which covered people and industries in Alaska, was referred to as either “The Alaska Story” or “Alaskan Reporter.” Charles Herring and cameraman Joe Raskie spent six weeks in Alaska filming the series, which was broadcast from approximately Oct. 12, 1953, through Jan. 11, 1954. It is not known whether this collection is complete for the Alaska series.
1953-1954
06580 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Elmendorf Air Force Base
Visits the Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Base in Alaska and discusses the military importance of the bases in defending the U.S. against enemy attack. Major General Joseph H. Atkinson speaks about the location of Alaska in relation to Russia’s air bases. Shows F-94 all-weather jet interceptors and interviews Major Robert Bell about jet plane operation. Shows alert drills and field demonstrations by the 65th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, the A Battery of the 96th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, and the K Company of the 196th Infantry Regiment. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Major General Joseph H. Atkinson and Major Robert Bell.
1953
06595 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Silver Harvest
Shows salmon fishing in Alaska aboard the scow Martin, with interviews of trap tenders. Also discusses the salmon industry of southeast Alaska and shows purse seining. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Lloyd Sun, Harry Doan, and Morris Benson, trap tenders; Captain George Thomas; Stan Swanson, Territorial Department of Fisheries; and Herb Heathering.
1953
06658 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Kotzebue
Shows the town of Kotzebue, Alaska, the farthest northern point visited by the NB of C crew. Shows drying of seal meat and cooking of Beluga whale meat. Discusses the medical and educational services and interviews orthopedic surgeon Dr. Phillip Moore at Mount Edgecumbe Medical Center. Also interviews native resident Chester Civic about life in Kotzebue. Reporter: Charles Herring. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Dr. Phillip Moore, Chester Civic, and Alex Marx.
[1953]
06660 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Juneau, Alaska’s Future
Visits Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Discusses its limited access by air and sea, its street system, weather, and the impact of the closure of the Alaska-Juneau Mine. Includes shots of Mendenhall Glacier. Interviews territorial governor B. Frank Heintzleman about economic issues, including timber, oil, water power, transportation, communication, and defense industries. This was the concluding episode of The Alaska Story. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Henry Mead; Douglas Mead; and B. Frank Heintzleman, territorial governor of Alaska.
[1953]
06661 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Gillnetting on Bristol Bay
Details the red salmon fishing industry and canneries on Bristol Bay, Alaska. Shows gillnetting for salmon, interviews fishermen, and tours the Red Salmon Canning Co. Reporter: Charles Herring. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Tony Doomab, A. R. Carlson, and Lawrence Larson, fishermen.
[1953]
06663 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Fairbanks Gold Mining
Focuses on the boomtown atmosphere of Fairbanks, Alaska, and interviews the owner of the Pioneer Saloon in Livengood. Shows gold mining using the placer method, panning, and dredging, with interviews of gold miners. This was the first episode in the Alaska series. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Voice-over narrator: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Phillip Penwick; Charlie Erickson, owner of Pioneer Saloon; Tom Carr, gold miner; and Andy Nyland, gold panner.
1953
06665 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Alaskan Soil
Covers frontier farming in the Matanuska Valley, north of Anchorage, Alaska. Interviews two farm families, one operating a dairy farm and one a truck farm. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Voice-over narrator: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Max and Dorothy Sherrod, farmers, and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Creamer, dairy farmers.
[1953]
06666 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): [Transportation]
Describes the forms of transportation used in 1950s Alaska, including the railroad system and tunnels, bridges and tracks between Fairbanks and Seward, major road systems (the Richardson, Glen, and Alaska Highways), and sea and air transportation. Includes interviews with a ship captain and bush pilot Noel Wien (broadcast Dec. 7, 1953). Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Voice-over narrator: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Jimmie Leeds, Arlene Sherman (Leeds’s wife), Merrill D. Stewart, and Noel Wien, bush pilot.
1953
06667 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Anchorage
Describes the growth of Anchorage in the 1950s following the growth of military facilities at Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson. Interviews civic leaders, businessmen, labor leaders, and townspeople about the future of Anchorage. Shows footage of construction projects, and old and new buildings (broadcast Oct. 12, 1953). Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Arnold Link, Angie Hebert, Bradford Phillips, Bob Baker, Jack Anderson, Bob Wood, and Alfred Orr.
1953
06668 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Fairbanks Gold Mining
Focuses on the boomtown atmosphere of Fairbanks, Alaska, and interviews the owner of the Pioneer Saloon in Livengood. Shows gold mining using the placer method, panning, and dredging, with interviews of gold miners. This was the first episode in the Alaska series. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Voice-over narrator: Richard Ross. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Phillip Penwick; Charlie Erickson, owner of Pioneer Saloon; Tom Carr, gold miner; and Andy Nyland, gold panner.
1953
06669 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Alaska Salmon Canning
Visits three salmon canneries: KD Fish Company in Petersburg, Juneau Cold Storage, and Nakat Packing Corp. in Waterfall. Shows the canning process and discusses how machines have increased production (broadcast Nov. 16, 1953). Reporter: Charles Herring. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Chris Dahl, owner of KD Fish Co.
1953
06670 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Alaska Tourists
Shows tourist attractions in Alaska, including Nome, a riverboat on the Chena River in the Fairbanks area, Mount McKinley National Park and the hotel and lodge there, wild game including ptarmigan, Dall sheep, silver fox, and grizzly bears, hunting and fishing, New Year Lake, Wilson Lake, and Sitka and its churches. Features cameraman Joe Raskie’s wife and son and Charles Herring’s wife. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Jim Binkley, skipper of the Godspeed riverboat; Mary Binkley (wife of Jim); E. W. Lawson, Mt. McKinley Hotel; Marge Sexton, Mt. McKinley Lodge public relations; Pete Simple, Indian guide; Mrs. McCallumsfield (of Albuquerque, New Mexico); Mildred McAllister (of Santa Barbara, California);Bob Ellis, president of Ellis Airlines; Mrs. Joseph Raskie (and son); Mrs. Charles Herring; Rev. John Scotty, St. Michael’s Cathedral; John Sloban, head bishop of Alaska’s Greek Orthodox church; and Bill Hamlinand Anna Hope, church guides.
1953
06671 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): Feature Stories of the North
A compilation of stories from Alaska, including construction of the Eklutna Dam, tourist activities, wildlife, Lake George Glacier, Eskimo life, lodge at Mt. McKinley National Park, interviews with a totem pole carver, a tour guide, and the head of Alaska’s Greek Orthodox Church. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Casper Mather, totem pole carver; Pete Simple, tour guide; and John Sloban, head bishop of Alaska’s Greek Orthodox Church.
[1953]
06676 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): [Alaska Compilation]
A compilation of stories from Alaska, including construction of the Eklutna Dam, tourist activities, wildlife, Lake George Glacier, Eskimo life, lodge at Mt. McKinley National Park, interviews with a totem pole carver, a tour guide, and the head of Alaska’s Greek Orthodox Church. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Charlie Erickson, owner of Pioneer Store; Tom Carr and John Jurick, gold mining partners; Andy Nyland, gold panner; Mack and Dorothy Sherrod; H. D. Cavin, manager of Ketchikan Pulp Mill; and B. Frank Heintzleman, territorial governor of Alaska.
[1953]
06678 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (The Alaska Story): [Alaska Fishing Industry]
A compilation of stories about the Alaska fishing industry, including gillnetting on Bristol Bay, purse seining, Naknek River salmon canneries, shrimping in Petersburg, and an interview with a shrimp boat skipper. Reporter: Charles Herring. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Appearing: Lawrence Larson; George Thomas; Earl Bennett; Earl Homer; Mrs. Jerry Frink, shrimp boat skipper; and Marion Frink.
[1953]
Subseries 4: Orient/Far East
8 reels of 16mm film
This television series covered cities and countries of the Pacific Rim and was referred to at the time as either the “Orient” or “Far East” series. The series was broadcast Oct. 10, 1954, through December 1955 (possibly into 1956), and included visits to Hawaii, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Japan. There were at least 12 chapters in the series, of which only eight are included in this collection. Television listings in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer state that this was the fourth season of The Washington State Reporter.
1954-ca. 1956
06605 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Honolulu [Hawaii, Part 1]
Visits Honolulu, Hawaii, the mid-ocean stopover point for commerce and goods flowing to and from the Orient. Features the pineapple industry, including planting, harvesting, and canning (shows the Dole Cannery). Also covers the flower industries of lei making and orchid growing (broadcast Oct. 10, 1954). Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: Bill Malayhee.
1954
06651 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Japan [Chapter 12—Japan, Part 2]
The second part of the visit to Japan focuses on “expanding personal and economical relations with Japan.” Covers Japan’s history of isolation and its feudal system, and how it has been influenced by Western and Chinese cultures. Shows the Buddhist and Shinto shrines of Kyoto, the Festival of Kapa in Tokyo, and mandarin orange groves on the Izu Peninsula. Shows the art of steel inlaid with gold and silver, lacquer creations, wood block printing, and ceremonial story telling by geishas in a tea house. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
circa 1954
06652 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Hong Kong [Chapter 10]
Details the major industries of post-World War II Hong Kong, including money changing and financial institutions, textile manufacturing, and the fishing industry. Also discusses refugees from mainland China and the resulting poverty, housing shortages, and water supply problems. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: H. Owen Hughes, Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce.
circa 1954
06653 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Japan [Chapter 11—Japan, Part 1]
The first part of a visit to Japan discusses the country’s position as a maritime nation, the Westernization of the country, and the modern transportation system of Tokyo. Also covers the industries of textiles, iron and steel, and Canon Camera. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
circa 1954
06654 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): [Chapter 2—Philippines, Part 1]
Focuses on the reconstruction of the war-ravaged cities of the Philippine Islands. Features the people and industries of the cities of Manila and Baguio and shows street scenes, people making silver jewelry, a school, weaving, hand-carved items, and banking institutions (broadcast Oct. 31, 1954). Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
1954
06655 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Singapore [Chapter 7]
Addresses the post-war revival of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Discusses the Hindu, Buddhist and Moslem religious influences on Singapore and shows several temples. Discusses the modern influence of Christianity and visits the Singapore Boys Town, established in 1948 by the Brothers of San Gabriel. Profiles Singapore’s tin and rubber industries (broadcast Nov. 21, 1954). Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
1954
06656 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Orient—Pacific Summary [Final Chapter]
This is the final chapter of this series, and is a compilation of highlights from the cities and countries visited in the Orient/Far East Series, including the Philippines, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Wake Island, and Hawaii. Discusses the things the Pacific Rim cities have in common, such as volcanoes, monsoons, rice, coconuts, tropical forests, sugar cane, pineapples, and ancient crafts such as wood carving, weaving, wood block printing, silk spinning, and embroidery. Reporter: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
circa 1954
06683 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter (Orient/Far East): Hawaii [Part 2]
The second part of the visit to Hawaii focuses on Pearl Harbor, the sugarcane industry (with extensive shots of it being processed at the Ava Plantation), and economic growth due to sugar, pineapples, and tourism (broadcast Oct. 17, 1954). Reporter: Richard Ross. Appearing: Herbert M. Taylor, vice president, Bishop National Bank.
1954
Subseries 5: Compilation Programs and Commercials
3 reels of 16mm film
This Subseries includes two programs on Washington state and Asia that used footage from The Washington State Reporter series. It also includes one compilation reel of commercial advertising spots for the National Bank of Commerce that were broadcast during The Washington State Reporter series.
circa 1954-circa 1956
06675 SEPL: Our Pacific Neighbors
22 minutes : color
A compilation of material taken from the Orient/Far East series of The Washington State Reporter, surveying the Pacific Rim countries of Singapore, Japan, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Includes scenes and discussion of snake charmers; rubber plantations; the Pacific climate in connection with growing orchids, pineapples, bananas, and coconuts; rice growing; Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian religions; education; the importance of marketplaces; American influence; Hawaii and tourism; ports and trade. Commentator: Richard Ross. Director: Dave Titus. Photographer: Joseph Raskie. Writer and director: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service.
circa 1956
06679 SEPL: The Washington State Reporter: Commercials
15 minutes
NB of C commercial breaks for The Washington State Reporter programs, narrated by Richard Ross.
circa 1954
06682 SEPL: This Is Your State
A compilation of material taken from The Washington State Reporter covering various aspects of Washington state. Includes segments on wheat harvest; apple growing; 4-H dairy farming; cattle ranching near Ellensburg; mink farm; the Port of Seattle; trade fair; transportation; state patrol; firemen; tugboats; pulp mill; clay mining; brick factory; steel mill; dams; fishing; skiing, sailing, and boat racing; clamming; NB of C financing; and the Washington legislature. Reporter: Charles Herring. Director and photographer: Joseph Raskie. Music (with vocals): Walter Robertson. Writer and editor: Al Amundsen. Producer: Cinema Service. Appearing: “Miss NB of C”.
circa 1955

Series B:   Other Films, 1931-1976Return to Top

14 reels of 16mm film

This series includes both professional and amateur films, almost all of which were produced in Washington state. In addition to a documentary on Vietnamese immigrants in Pullman, Wash., and several on Seattle topics, the professional films include a sea life documentary for children. All except two were produced in Seattle. The collection includes four home movies dating from 1931 to 1963, primarily on family trips and community events in Washington state, but one features dances of the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia.

Description Dates
Subseries 1: Professional Films
10 reels of 16mm film
circa 1950-1976
05019 SEPL: A New Life
11 minutes : Sound; color
Focuses on the lives of the Dang family, who were among the 130,000 Vietnamese who fled to the U.S. shortly before the fall of Saigon. Interviews with the family, tutors, and a resettlement worker illustrate the family’s new life in Pullman, Washington. The Dang family’s struggles with language, menial jobs, and financial worries typify the Vietnamese immigrant’s experience. Producer, editor, and still photographer: Rocky L. Pearson. Sound editor and graphics: Mark K. Tang. Translator and historian: Nhiem thi Dang. Technical advisors: Robert A. Curry and Donald E. Zimmerman. Guitarist: George C. Mattson, Jr. Graphics: Johnny E. Pearson. Appearing: The Dang Family, Nhiem thi Dang, Cuong thé Dang, Nancy L. Kassel, Nguyen Mung, and Arthur E. McCartan.
1976
06338 SEPL: We Like It Here
55 minutes
Discusses Seattle’s suburban sprawl and the deterioration of downtown and the older neighborhoods. Interviews focus on shopping downtown and at Pike Place Market; traffic problems on Highway 99 and Highway 10; neighborhood improvement; the historic Hotel Kalmar; the airport and Boeing Airplane Co.; freeway development; downtown transportation problems and future plans; the need to refurbish Pioneer Square historic area; green spaces and landscaping; the future of Pike Place Market; and a new site for a civic center. Writer and narrator: Bob Schulman. Narrator: Bill Corcoran. Research assistant: Elise Kelleher. Executive producer: Lee Schulman. Producer: Kit Spier. Photographer: Al Stenson. Additional film: Tom Welty. Director: Jack Fearey. Appearing: Reverend Rudolph Debbeck (and family); Talbot Wagg, Seattle urban renewal program; Victor Steinbrook, University of Washington College of Architecture; Ralph Potts, Seattle historian; Wheeler Gray, chairman of Seattle Area Industrial Council; John Spade, Seattle City Planning Commission; Norton Clapp, president of Weyerhaeuser Company; David Young, Metropolitan Savings and Loan; George Pappas, owner of The Busy Bee; Frank Mastodi, cobbler; Bob DeMartini, retail division manager of Standard Oil Company; Mark Tobey, artist/painter; Robert Durham, architect for Century 21; and Ed Monroe, King County commissioner.
circa 1950-1959
06577 SEPL: Headquarter City
An animated history of Seattle, covering its growth and progress in the context of American history and developments in industry. Writer, narrator, producer, and director: Philip M. Evans. Art: Bob Cram. Photography: Richard Larson. Sound: Lew Lathrop. Technical production and animation: Commercial Productions.
circa 1960-1969
06601 SEPL: Tidepool Critters
29 minutes
A children’s program that examines sea animals that live in tide pools, such as starry flounder, skate, dogfish shark, perch, shrimp, shore crabs, worms, clams, and screw snails. Includes footage both in the studio and outside in the mudflats. Two commercial spots: one features the son of a National Bank of Commerce employee swimming, with voice-over narration about NB of C services; the other is for Darigold milk and features a clown with an Italian accent. Producer: Al Bright, (a KVOS-TV department of public affairs production). Appearing: Dr. Charles Flora, Western Washington College; “Beachcomber George;” and Jerry van Camp, son of NB of C employee.
undated
06625 SEPL: Ellensburg: Washington’s Rodeo City
29 minutes
Covers the Ellensburg Rodeo, which takes place every Labor Day weekend. Shows rodeo events such as bronc riding, trick and fancy riding and rope spinning, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, rodeo clowns, rodeo queen and her court, and Yakima, Wenatchee and Nez Perce Indian tribes. Also shows parade on Main Street featuring floats, Indian dancers, and mounted posses. Writer and narrator: George Prescott. Photographer: Fred Milkie. Director: Noel Johnson. Producer: Don McQuade.
circa 1956
06657 SEPL: Folk Dance
11 minutes : Color
Members of the Folk Dance Federation of California perform folk dances of Russia, Czechoslovakia, Palestine, Scandinavia, Italy, United States, Latin America, and Mexico. Filmed outdoors with dancers in folk costumes. Producer: Folk Dance Federation of California.
undated
06673 SEPL: Ellensburg, Washington’s Rodeo City
29 minutes
Covers the Ellensburg Rodeo, which takes place every Labor Day weekend. Shows rodeo events such as bronc riding, trick and fancy riding and rope spinning, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, rodeo clowns, rodeo queen and her court, and Yakima, Wenatchee and Nez Perce tribes. Also shows parade on Main Street featuring floats, Indian dancers, mounted posses. Writer and narrator: George Prescott. Photographer: Fred Milkie. Director: Noel Johnson. Producer: Don McQuade.
ca. 1956
06677 SEPL: Lost Cargo
90 minutes (3 reels)
Discusses the state of the Port of Seattle and the reasons for its decrease in business, including inadequate pier facilities, labor costs, the port’s bad personality, railroad rates, lack of leadership, citizen apathy, and conflicts of interest. Covers the history of the Port, shows the current decay of the waterfront, and compares the Port to the more prosperous and improved ports of Longview, Portland, and San Francisco. Discusses a waterfront improvement plan, to be completed in 1960. Narrators: Charles Herring and Carroll Ellerbe. Writer: Bob Schulman. Director: Kit Spier. Camerman: Tom Welty. Additional film: Ted Simpson and Al Stenson. Script assistant: Elise Kelleher. Producer: Lee Schulman. Appearing: Maurice J. “Bud” Webber, Clarence Carlander, and Captain Tom McManus, Port commissioners; Jim Gibbs, editor of Marine Digest; Webster B. “Web” Anderson; Howard M. Burke, Port manager; Phillip Bailey, Seattle Argus; Roy “Swanny” Swanson, laborer; Darrell Cornell, Pacific Maritime Association; Fred Tolan, traffic consultant; Captain Nicholas Lidstone; Dick Everest, chairman of Seattle Citizens Port Committee; D. E. Skinner, president of Alaska Steamship Company; and Warren G. Manusen, chairman of U.S. Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee.
circa 1955-1959
06681 SEPL: Machine Shop Work—The Steel Rule
Explains and demonstrates how to use many types and variations of measuring tools in a machine shop. The most commonly used are the steel rule and micrometer calipers for measuring dimensions such as length, width, diameter, depth of slots and holes, and the pitch of a screw. Director and visual aids: F. E. Brooker. Technical consultant: J. W. Barrett. Producers: The Federal Security Agency, U.S. Office of Education, and U.S. Educational Committee (C. F. Klinefelter, chairman; W. M. Arnolt, J. R. Coxen, R. W. Hambrook, L. S. Hawkins, Allen W. Horton, E. L. Kirchner, W. P. Loomis, C. E. Rakestraw, S. M. Ransopher, and Tom Watson.
undated
06685 SEPL: The People Business
27 minutes
Covers the growth of the tourism industry in Washington State following the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair. Tourism is Washington’s fourth largest industry. Includes shots of such attractions as Rocky Reach Dam, Leavenworth, Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival, Spokane Lilac Blossom Festival, Ellensburg Rodeo, Sequim Irrigation Festival, Hanford Atomic Energy plant in Richmond, Port Townsend, Greater Seattle Summertime Sea Fair, Seattle Center and the Space Needle, Mt. Baker ski area, Yakima motels, Snoqualmie Pass Lodge, Alderbrook Inn, Ocean Shores, Anacortes, Grand Coulee area, and the Columbia River. Interview with H. DeWayne Kraeger, former head of Washington State Department of Commerce and Economic Development, focuses on the competitive economic split between eastern and western Washington. Interview with Peter Sellyers of the Society of Travel Writers addresses need for more modern accommodations. Writer and narrator: Bob Schulman. Photographer: Ralph Umbarger. Sound engineer: Stan Carlson. Additional film: Bob Horn. Script assistant: Margaret Gregory. Producer: Kit Spier. Director: Chuck Snyder. Executive producer: Lee Schulman. Managing director: Sam Sharkey. A Crown Stations Production. Sponsors: Timber Division, Crown Zellerbach Corp.; Chevrolet Division, General Motors; Automobile Club of Washington; Associated Grocers; and Pacific Northwest Bell. Appearing: H. DeWayne Kraeger, consultant and economist; Peter Sellyers, travel development consultant; and Max Benjamin, artist (and family).
circa 1962
Subseries 2: Amateur Films
4 reels of 16mm film
1931-1963
04943 SEPL: Dances of the Kwakiutl
5 minutes : Color
Shows ceremonial dances of the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia, in masks and costumes.
circa 1950
06586 SEPL: [Home movie—San Juan Islands, construction of mall, rodeo]
13 minutes : Color; silent
Unidentified home movie, possibly by an employee of KVOS-TV. The first segment is footage of the San Juan Islands (signs identify Lopez Island, Shaw Island, and Orcas Island), and shows a woman sketching and painting, a mountain in the distance, a sign for KVOS-TV, local paintings displayed outdoors, and people walking along the water front. The second segment shows the construction of a strip mall, with shots of signs for Sherwin Optical Co., Burien Loan Co., Colonial Dress Shop, Blessing-Miller Jewelers, and Foster’s Funusual. The third segment shows a rodeo with cowgirls, Indians, a parade, riding a horse around a track, wagons, roller skating, gymnastics, performing dogs, and bucking broncos.
circa 1955
06618 SEPL: Vacation Pleasures of the Pacific Northwest [home movie of Mount Rainier National Park]
18 minutes : Silent
Home movie of Mount Rainier National Park. Shows bus ride from Seattle to Rainier National Park and scenes of Paradise Inn, Mt. Rainier, Tatoosh Range, ice caves under Paradise Glacier, Skyline Trail, Edith Glacier, train to Big 4 Mountain, Stillaguamish Gorge, Big 4 Inn, Big 4 Glacier, and Canyon Creek Lodge. Photographer: Dr. E. W. B. Merrith [?]. Appearing: Dr. Carrie Benefiel, Dr. Roberta Wimer-Fox, Dr. H. F. Morse, and Dr. and Mrs. Kint and son Dick.
1931
06620 SEPL: Rose Show
12 minutes : Color; silent
Shows preparation of roses for displaying in flower show, judging of roses, and winners. Also shows people with roses in their rose gardens.
1963

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture—Washington (State)
  • Banks and banking—Washington (State)
  • Dams—Washington (State)
  • Forest products industry—Washington (State)
  • Industries—Alaska
  • Industries—Washington (State)
  • Recreation—Washington (State)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • East Asia
  • Orient
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Washington (State)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Advertising
  • Documentary
  • Educational
  • Home movies and video
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • National Bank of Commerce (Seattle, Wash.) (creator)
    • Cinema Services Corp. (creator)