KOAC-TV Films, 1947-1975

Overview of the Collection

KOAC (Television station: Corvallis, Or.)
1947-1975 (inclusive)
8.5 cubic feet, (96 film reels)
Collection Number
Consult repository.
The KOAC-TV Films were produced by or for KOAC-TV or are kinescope films of KOAC-TV broadcasts. KOAC-TV was established in 1957 by the Oregon State System of Higher Education.
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: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

KOAC-TV was established in 1957. It was administered by the Oregon State System of Higher Education's General Extension Division as part of the Department of Educational Media until the early 1980s when administration was transferred to what is now known as Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Beginning in 1957, KOAC-TV produced and broadcast several films for Great Decisions, a community program offered by the Extension Service and the Foreign Policy Association that was aimed at building informed public opinion on foreign policy.

Under contract with the Oregon Centennial Commission, KOAC produced a school series on Oregon history, "With Her Own Wings" in 1959 and distributed kinescope films of the series to Oregon schools through the Department of Visual Instruction.

The "In Our Care" series, sponsored by the Oregon State Board of Control and produced by KOAC in 1959-1960, documented Oregon's prisons, hospitals, and schools for the handicapped and delinquent. Photographer Bill Rush filmed and Bob Richter produced and directed the series.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the films are from three television series: In Our Care, With Her Own Wings, and the Great Decisions Program. The group also includes films produced for the Colleges for Oregon's Future program, television broadcasts from the Oregon State Fair in Salem, and men's basketball games. Other notable films show the Klamath Falls and Warm Springs Indians; the dedication of Gill Coliseum; and the 1964 commencement ceremony.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

KOAC-TV Films (P 207), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Some of the films have been assigned individual numbers (P207:1-16). However, most of the films have been described as groups by the primary subject or the television series for which they were made; these groups are Men's Basketball; State Fair; Great Decisions Program; With Her Own Wings; and In Our Care. The films are 16 mm; both b/w and color. For some films, both a negative and print are included; but there are several negatives without accompanying prints. The groups also includes many kinescope films (motion picture films made from an image on a picture tube).

Custodial History

The films were transfered to the Archives in 1988 from the former KOAC-TV studios on the Oregon State University campus.

Related Materials

An audiotape that accompanies the "In Our Care" program series is a part of the KOAC Records (RG 15). The Archives holdings also include films of KOAC-TV classroom television broadcasts (P205 - Chemistry Department and P119 - Communication Media Center). Brochures listing programs broadcast by KOAC-TV are available in the Memorabilia Collection (MC-KOAC-TV Programs). Information about the Great Decisions program is a part of the Extension Service Records (RG 111).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Number P207:01:  Klamath Falls Indian Film, made in 1973-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Can 1

Number P207:02:  This Land was Theirs, 1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:03:  Cinemex Warm SpringsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:04:  American Indian ArtReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:05:  The Man Who Made the Plays, May 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:06:  Pentacle Theater, Aug. 1963Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:07:  Law for LaymenReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:08:  Otter Crest and Otter Rock, ca. 1960Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

6 reels

Number P207:09:  Computer (mainframe), ca. 1960Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:10:  Gill Coliseum Dedication, ca. 1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:11:  Gill Coliseum ExteriorReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:12:  Commencement, 1964Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:13:  Date Line - Statehouse (Richter)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:14:  Date Line - Colleges for Oregon's FutureReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Number P207:15:  Bond Measure, Dr. (Leonard W.?) Rice; public service announcement (?)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

6 reels

Number P207:16:  Tax Referendum with Chancellor P.E. Lieuallen, OSU President J.H. Jensen, University of Oregon Pres. A.E. Flemming, and Leonard W. RiceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Unidentified, ca. 1960s through early 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

4 reels

Men's Basketball, 1947-1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

6 reels

Unidentified games from 1947 through 1960s; studio interview with Paul Valenti.

State Fair, 1959, 1962, and undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

8 reels

Films of KOAC-TV broadcasts from the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Great Decisions Program, 1957Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

4 reels

Filmed portions of four KOAC-TV telecasts of the Great Decisions Program, 1957; two of the programs are on the Middle East, one pertains to U.S. policy for Europe and Germany, and a fourth is titled "What Challenges, Opportunities for the U.S. in 1958?"; for several of the programs, the speaker is Clifford Miller of Southern Oregon College.

With Her Own Wings, 1959 and 1964Return to Top

18 reels
Container(s) Description Dates
1: Oregon Origins
2: Setting the Stage
3: Oregon's First Residents
4: They Came by Sea
5: Overland to the Pacific
7: Missionaries Carried the Word
8: Old Oregon Trail
9: Home Life of a Pioneer
10: Oregon's Need for Government
11: Oregon Joins the Union
12: Stagecoach Lore
13: Gold - The Rush is On
14: Oregon or Bust

In Our Care, 1959Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6, Box 7, Box 8, Can 2, Can 3

35 reels

Includes footage of the following institutions:

Oregon State Hospital

Oregon Fairview Home

Oregon State Tuberculosis Hospital

Oregon State Penitentiary

Oregon State Correctional Institution

MacLaren School for Boys

Hillcrest School for Girls

Oregon State School for the Deaf

Oregon State School for the Blind

Eastern Oregon State Hospital

Mid-Columbia Home

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College sports--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Klamath Indians.
  • Prisons--Oregon.
  • Psychiatric hospitals--Oregon.
  • Public television--Oregon.
  • Reformatories--Oregon.
  • Television in higher education--Oregon.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State Fair.

Geographical Names

  • Oregon--History.
  • Warm Springs Indian Reservation (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Silent films.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Richter, Robert, 1929- (creator)
    • Rush, William C. (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Colleges for Oregon's Future. (creator)
    • Oregon State Board of Control. (creator)
    • Oregon State System of Higher Education. General Extension Division. (creator)
    • Oregon Centennial Commission. (creator)