Collection is open for research.
Preliminary item-level container list available online.
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.
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.
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.
4-H Moving Images (FV P 146), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.