Our highlight of the trip was understanding what is possible, hearing what was on the films, seeing the breadth and width of the various formats MSU is dealing with, and the reminder that videotapes are actually more problematic to preserve, due to the casing and moisture problems inherent in them than film.
We learned that two of the films that looked like they had sound did not. These include: Ferris State University strike, 1969-70 AFSCME union (Physical plant and dining services workers) including outdoor picketing and gatherings inside Masselink;and the Kelly-Shorts stadium construction, Either the sound was separately recorded and never attached or someone who filmed it chose to do so silently.
With the CMU Museum film, 1971, we found that Channel 9 & 10 interviewed Hal Mahan, the first director of the professionally-staffed museum. We learned that the museum was then housed in part of the 2nd floor of Ronan and that students from various disciplines created all the exhibits. This is very important because the identity of the man in charge of the museum was not specified and the CMU directory for that period does not list a name/or sometimes a phone number to link to a name, so we did not know for sure who was being interviewed or what their museum connection was.
With the President Boyd film, July 20, 1971, we heard him talk about what an important, positive step it was for CMU to join the MAC (Mid-American Conference for college/university athletics). MAC President Schriver also was identified with the sound and explained how CMU, EMU and WMU being in the MAC benefited the MAC and all the member institutions.
We learned a lot and had a great time. We feel empowered and are thinking of future possibilities. Here are some fun images.
|Jen SK and Marian in the MSU film vault|
|Jen SK and Matthew by the Steenbeck|
|Marian and Jen by the reel to reels|
|Matthew showing us the oldest film in the vault, 1920-21 of a MSU football game|
|road trip and Indian lunch happiness|
|look at all that film!-it is actually stored in at least 2 other locations as well|
|more of the vault|
|Whitney with the Steenbeck machine|
A big thanks to the MSU archivists, especially Whitney and to Matthew for making this possible!