The OSU Sea Grant program was established on February 20, 1968 as a result of the National Sea Grant Program and College Act of 1966. It was the first and largest of three programs set up at that time. Its mission was to develop "an understanding and appreciation of how to live with the ocean and how to manage the coastal zone." The program has focused on five areas: marine extension, education and training, seafood research, coastal environments, and public policy analysis. It is cooperatively funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by the State of Oregon and local communities, and by private industry.
Sea Grant Communications produces books, reports, brochures, and newsletters as well as videos and DVDs that interpret, reflect, and promote the work of Sea Grant-funded research.
Jim Larison began his work at Oregon State University in 1978 as Assistant to the Director for Communications of Oregon Sea Grant. He became the Director of Sea Grant Communications in 1983, a position he held until about 1994.
The Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving images consist of final productions as well as extensive raw footage and film elements. The final productions include 16 mm color films, VHS videotapes, and DVDs pertaining to marine resources, oceanographic research, and the Sea Grant College Program at Oregon State University. The motion picture films were produced from the mid-1970s through early 1980s and include Oregon Trawler, Columbia River Gillnetters, Estuary: Columbia's Link with the Sea, Sea Grant: Marine Resources, and Mammals of the Sea.
The videotapes include an introduction to the Hatfield Marine Science Center visitor center (2000) as well as several productions pertaining to fisheries, specifically groundfish and salmon; the restoration of salmon habitat; and aquatic invasive species. Videotape copies of three films, Farmers of the Sea (circa 1985), Gray Whale: A Radio Tagging Experiment, and Oregon's Ocean (1991) are also included. Of special note is a 1998 video reproduction of Hydro: The Story of Columbia River Power, a 1939 production by the Bonneville Power Administration promoting the benefits of damming the Columbia River for hydropower.
The DVDs include highlights of the research, outreach, and education activities of the Oregon Sea Grant Program for 2004, 2005, and 2007 and productions on wave power on the Oregon coast, the Oregon offshore environment, beach safety, and beach recovery studies at the Hinsdale Wave Laboratory. The DVDs also include recordings of lectures given in 2002-2006 as part of the John Byrne Lecture Series by Bruce Mate, Tracking Whales (2002); Eddie Bernard, The December 26, 2004 Tsunami: Lessons Learned (2005); Paul Komar, Living on the Oregon Coast in a Century of Climate Change (2006); and Kerry Emanuel, Hurricanes and Climate Change (2006)
This collection also includes extensive raw footage and film elements maintained as two accessions: 2000:100 and 2003:083. Accession 2000:100 consists of raw footage and film elements for several Sea Grant Communications films produced in the 1980s, including Oregon's Ocean, Estuary: Columbia's Link with the Sea, Farmers of the Sea, Mammals of the Sea, Gray Whales, Hart Mountain, The Living Earth, and The Whole Earth. Final productions of some of the films are included as well as video reproductions on 3/4" (U-matic), VHS, and Betamax formats. Footage of the submarine Alvin's sea floor exploration off the Oregon coast is also included.
Accession 2003:083 consists of 16 mm film footage and film elements created by Jim Larison, Sea Grant Communications Director, for several films produced by Oregon Sea Grant. The bulk of the footage was used for five productions: Farmers of the Sea, Oregon's Ocean, Gray Whale: A Radio Tagging Experiment; Sagebrush Country; and Identifying Canada Geese. Footage labeled as "aquaculture" and "Soviet fishery" was used in Farmers of the Sea. Footage identified as Riches from the Sea was used for a production with the National Geographic Society Educational Films Division. The accession includes footage for the film, Lawless Sea, which was not completed.
A detailed film log of the contents of individuals reels, prepared by Jim Larison, describes footage for Sagebrush County (Hart Mountain film), Riches from the Sea, Farmers of the Sea (aquaculture film), and Oregon's Ocean. The Hart Mountain footage includes imagery of antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, cattle ranching, and stream restoration. The footage for Oregon's Ocean includes the Oregon coast, whale watching, Boiler Bay and Depoe Bay, shore birds, intertidal zone, salmon trolling, and Alvin dives off the Oregon coast.
Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving Images (FV P 185), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.