DescriptionThe University Archives has a modest collection of films and a vast collection of videotapes, all of which are rapidly reaching the end of their original lifespan. As funds permit, we are digitizing the items in most immediate need of preservation and are presenting the transferred/digitized/restored prints in this repository. The films cover a wide range of topics – historic student events such as Tulane’s Centennial celebration, Newcomb College students in cap and gown, athletic events, political protests and speeches, and promotional publicity films -- and were created by students, staff members, and professional filmmakers. At this time, the earliest film digitized is a 1931 movie comprised of several pieces of film joined into a short reel that shows Newcomb students and faculty members at Dixon Hall, a line of female students in procession, heading for chapel on the first day of class, accompanied by their child mascot. The most historic, perhaps, is the footage of President Gerald R. Ford’s speech in the gymnasium on April 23, 1975, in which he announced to the Tulane audience and to the world that the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was over.
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