Venereal Disease, Why Do We Still Have It? (1977)

21 Dec
Director   Sy Wexler
Producer   E. C Brown Foundation; Wexler Films
Length   21 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:
Call # FILM Mb279
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  yes


Wexler was a very prominent educational filmmaker; he got his start as a cameraman with Frank Capra, working notably on Why We Fight, and spent his later career creating various kinds of health films. The E.C. Brown Foundation was founded in 1939 by the legacy of Ellis C. Brown, a Portland, Oregon doctor. He bequeathed permanent endowment funds to the University of Oregon “to promote social hygiene in behalf of the youth of Oregon; a reverence for the married state; and the prevention of sexual abuse, especially venereal disease,” although the will did not specify any particular means to achieve these goals. The E.C. Brown Foundation did fund the first sex education film shown in Oregon schools, Human Growth (1947), as well as a number of other very popular “family education” films between 1947-1980.

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