Film and Video

The Moving Image Collection consists of 8.5 million feet of film and videotape, including Oregon news events from 1966 to the present, early newsreels, family movies, commercial/industrial films, and scenic and wildlife films. Examples include the Amos Burg collection on river exploration, the Finley collection of wildlife and nature, the Ray Conway collection of Pacific Northwest travel, and the Louis Huber collection on Alaskan culture. A small viewing collection is available in the library. To view other films, please contact Matthew Cowan, Archivist – Moving Images and Photography, at matthew.cowan@ohs.org or 503.306.5207.

Footage Requests

Visit our Reproduction and Research Services page for more information if you are interested in ordering reproductions from our collection.

Some Collection Items from our YouTube Channel

The Last Days for Ye Olde Wooden Interurban Cars

By Raymond Rogers, MI# 01260, 1953

Raymond Rogers Home Movies

Raymond Rogers Home Movies (ca. 1935-1950): 35mm footage of Portland -- including 23rd Street car footage, Ringling Brother Circus, Blue Mouse Theater, Vanport Flood, etc.; beautiful black and white footage of Portland circa WWII.

The Boy Mayor

Directed by Henry McRae, The Boy Mayor dramatizes a unique interlude in Oregon's history. In July 1914, Eugene J. Rich was chosen as Portland's "Boy Mayor," part of an effort to provide guidance to boys in danger of delinquency. Later that year, the Universal Film Manufacturing Company brought Rich to Hollywood. The Boy Mayor premiered in Portland at the Star Theatre at SW Washington and Park in December of 1914. Following its restoration led by the Oregon Historical Society, it was shown at a second premiere at The Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, April 24, 2014.