Historic Oxy Film, Video and Audio Now Available
Want to hear Martin Luther King’s talk to Oxy students in 1967? Oxy Prez Arthur Coons' Convocation address of 1961? Photographer Ansel Adams’s 1969 lecture on conservation? Listen to the 1953 Glee Club recording of Brahms Folk Songs? How about a video tour of the campus with students in 1935 or campus scenes from the 1930s to 1970s?
The Special Collections and College Archives holds films, video, and audio recordings that document campus life and events of the 20th century. Most of these are on recording formats for equipment that is out of date (VCR, film projectors, reel-to-reel audio players, etc.). Eighteen months ago, Digitization Specialist Eli Chartkoff began reformatting these rare materials into digital files for preservation in our Digital College Archive. Here are some of the collections underway:
Historic Campus Films: 33 16mm and 8mm films dating from 1931 to 1977, in color and black and white, silent and sound, depicting campus and classroom scenes, student life, graduation ceremonies, sporting events, student demonstrations, and much more. View online!
Glee Club: 192 audio recordings of concerts and studio performances from 1946 to 2005.
Campus Talks: 340 audio recordings from 1952 to 1992 including lectures and addresses by Martin Luther King Junior, Ansel Adams, Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Mead, and many others.
OxyCorps (born digital)
Copies of many of these recordings and films will be available online while others are only available in Special Collections. Visit College History for details and links.
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