4-H Moving Images, 1939-2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Oregon 4-H (Program)
4-H Moving Images
1939-2009 (inclusive)
1956-1997 (bulk)
1.2 cubic feet, including 14 films, 4 videotapes, and 1 DVD, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
FV P 146
The 4-H Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and a DVD documenting the programs and activities of 4-H clubs in Oregon, especially the summer school held on the Oregon State campus. The 4-H youth program is administered through the Oregon State University Extension Service and was established in the early 1910s.
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
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Additional Reference Guides

Preliminary item-level container list available online.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

4-H is the youth program administered in Oregon by the Extension Service with the goal of developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills through experiential learning programs in agriculture, home economics, natural science, engineering, and art. Oregon 4-H developed from industrial clubs established by individual schools in the early 1900s. The first state leader, F.L. Griffin, was hired in 1914. 4-H Summer Week on the Oregon State campus began in 1916 and brought youth from throughout Oregon to the campus in Corvallis.

William C. (Bill) Smith worked in Oregon State's Extension Communications as a broadcast communications specialist from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. He filmed one or more of the films in the collection.

The 1959 wagon trek was organized by the Jackson County 4-H Empire Builders Club and Extension Agents Glenn Klein and Marilou Garner Perris. The trek took 13 days to complete and covered 225 miles from Jacksonville, Oregon, to Corvallis, where the trek participants joined the 4-H summer school on the Oregon State campus.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The 4-H Moving Images consist of motion picture films, videotapes, and a DVD documenting Oregon 4-H programs, projects, and participants, especially the summer school program on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis.

The collection includes 14 motion picture reels; five of the films document activities and programs during the summer school week in 1939, 1960, and 1967. Other films depict an archery club, activities to make terrariums, the 4-H conference, and the National 4-H Congress. A film describing 4-H programs and activities at the national level ( 4-H is More) was produced by the National 4-H Council.

Four videotapes are part of the collection. These include a promotional video for the 4-H summer conference on the Oregon State campus; a videotape for training of 4-H horse judges; EM Power, a videotape for an environmental (waste) management curriculum for youth; and America's Youth: The Challenge and the Opportunity, a 1989 production about how the national 4-H program can address the many issues faced by children and youth.

The Wagon Trek Movie and Pictures DVD was prepared in honor of the 50th anniversary of a 1959 4-H wagon trek from Jacksonville to Corvallis. The DVD includes film footage of the 1959 trek as well as still photographs that depict the trek participants with their wagons and horses, parades along the route, and their campsites.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright, reproduction, and use restrictions may apply to the productions by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Owen Murphy Productions, Mazin-Wycoff, and J.C. Penney Company.

Preferred Citation

4-H Moving Images (FV P 146), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • 4-H clubs--Oregon.
  • Agricultural extension work--Oregon.
  • Summer schools--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Youth--Oregon--Societies and clubs.
  • Corporate Names :
  • National 4-H Conference.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • DVDs.
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Silent films.
  • Videotapes.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Klein, Glenn A. (creator)
    • Smith, William C. (William Charles), 1919- (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service. (creator)
    • Oregon State University. Extension Service. (creator)