The Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films consist of motion picture films made by Osterberg of research voyages off the coast of Oregon in 1961-1965. The films document research on radioactivity levels in the waters near the mouth of the Columbia River and depict collection of water and marine life samples near Astoria, Newport, and Depoe Bay. Footage of the mooring of a buoy used in a study of wave energy generation is also included. Several Oregon State University faculty and students are depicted in the films including: William Pearcy, Norman Cutshall, Lyle Hubbard, Norman Kujala, Ingvar Lauren Larsen, Bruce Wyatt, Pete Hanson, and David Jennings. Research cruises on the Acona, Yaquina, and Kiska are documented in the footage.
The collection includes about 2000 feet of silent color 16 mm film footage on 4 reels. A DVD reproduction of all the footage is also included, which can be used to preview the films. Total running time for the DVD is 47 minutes.
Charles Lamar Osterberg completed a Ph.D. in oceanography at Oregon State University in 1962 and established a research program in marine radioecology at Oregon State. As a graduate student, he recognized the environmental research opportunities resulting from the flow of mixed radionuclides from the Hanford nuclear facility in eastern Washington into the northeast Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River. He continued an active research program and advised 10 doctoral and 5 master's students as a faculty member. Osterberg joined the Division of Biology and Medicine at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland in 1967; served as director of the Intenational Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity in Monaco in 1976-1979; and retired to his home state of Arizona in 1986. Osterberg died in 2004.
Osterberg received training as a photographer serving with the U.S. Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.
Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films (FV P 284), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.