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Library Helps OPB Tell Luther Cressman Story

An Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) film broadcast on May 12, 2014, telling the story of University of Oregon archaeologist Luther Cressman's search for evidence of the arrival of the first people in the Americas was made with considerable help from the UO Libraries and other university staff. Entitled Luther Cressman: Quest for First People, the Oregon Experience documentary showcased Cressman's archaeological work and discovery of 10,000-year-old sagebrush sandals in the 1938.

The film featured Patricia Krier, Tom Connolly, and Mel Aikens of the UO Museum for Natural and Cultural History. Alison Frost, a former UO graduate student and student employee at the UO Libraries provided voice talent for the project.

Some field footage used in the film was recorded by library videographers Ward Biaggne and Andrew Kirkpatrick, of the library's Educational Video and Streaming Media group. The footage was taken in 2009 using a high-definition camera purchased by the library. The library also provided an HD transfer of a 1938 film of Luther Cressman's field site.

The UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives also contributed historical materials and images to the the production.

It can be viewed on demand on OPB's website here.


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