Historical Audiovisual Collection, 1912-2012 1945-1996

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  • 241 boxes
  • 9 items
  • 1 digital file
  • 1.5 GB


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1912-2012 1945-1996
Restrictions note
Materials that do not pertain to student academic performance or discipline, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open.
Summary note
  • This collection contains more than 2,300 items, including film, videotapes, compact discs, audio cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tape, and record albums and covers a broad range of topics including classical music, alumni reunions, lectures, and interviews.
  • This collection has been divided into 7 broad series: Academics, Alumni, Campus Life, Events, Music, Public Talks, and Unidentified/Unknown Content. Subseries include Athletics (mostly football), Social Life, War/Military, Judicial Hearings, Theater, and Conferences/Meetings. Some notable items are an audio recording of Jimmy Stewart singing in a Triangle Club production Spanish Blades , "Year of the Tiger" 1965 basketball highlights, PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer New Hour feature on the Hubble Telescope and Dr. Lyman Spitzer, "Looking Back: A Reflection of Black Alumni at Princeton" on the 150th Anniversary of the University, and Toni Morrison speaking about Paradise and appearing on various television and news shows. Other items of potential interest are the Celebrating Jewish-American Writer series, James Baker III '52, Secretary of State, at Princeton in various news clips, and the Class of 1945's World War II Oral History Project. There are also several dedication ceremonies of campus buildings. The oldest item is a silent film from 1912 of John Grier Hibben's inauguration as president of Princeton University. The bulk of the items were produced from 1945 to 1996. Items from the 1920s through 1930s are generally alumni reunions, alumni trips, the Triangle Club Jazz Band, and football, through these topics can be found throughout the collection. Additional items from the 1940s include the Nassoons, the Ivy Quartet, the Princeton University Band and Princeton University Orchestra, the Class of 1945 Oral History project, and the Princeton Preceptorial of the Air. During the 1950s, the collection becomes more varied, adding the Princeton 54 through 56 series produced by NBC, the Tigertones, and Chapel Choir, the Glee Club, field trips with Professor Glenn Jepson (Department of Geology), and material featuring Adlai Stevenson, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Audiovisual material from the 1960s includes the Chamber Chorus, Gauss Seminars, a 1960 Princeton newsreel, Governor Rockefeller, Bill Bradley, and the Woodrow Wilson School dedication. Items from the 1970s reflect the turbulent era with the 1970 Princeton strike, and Anti-ROTC demonstration, and a contemporary music concert. The Gauss Seminars continue during the decade. Other items are faculty meetings, public lectures, the Special Committee on Sponsored Research, a Judicial Committee hearing, and the Symphonic Band. There are many taped series in the 1980s, including such diverse topics as: Dennis Sullivan interviews with Princeton University Alumni, "The Photograph and the American Indian," molecular biology, Near Eastern studies, a US-Japanese trade conference, a Medicare conference, a Raphael symposium, Latin American studies, a global logistic symposium, the Woodrow Wilson School's Leadership in the Modern Presidency and Women Executives in State Government series, and regional and conservation symposium. Items from the 1990s include Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate in literature, "Defining Moments: Princeton at 250, Andrew Wiles, a student interview of members of Two Dickinson Road Vegetarian co-op, Princeton 250th anniversary Charter Weekend concert ("A Tribute to the Performing Arts"), and Princeton Conference of Higher Education.
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