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Fascinating UNCG historical moments – now on YouTube

Image of video capture of daisy chain from the 1950sHave you heard about Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to UNCG? Maybe you’ve seen a black and white photo or news clipping? Well, see for yourself – in color film. Or maybe you’ve heard about the spectacular May Day Festivals? Now enjoy highlights as they occurred in live-action in the 1940’s.

“The university has a fascinating history and many interesting stories, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about them, says Erin Lawrimore, university archivist. Today’s students can see that they are inheriting a remarkable heritage.

Enjoy film clips such as:

  • Phoebe Pegram, an “original student” who came to our university with the first entering class in 1892, showing off exercises from our university’s earliest years.
  • Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in one of several campus visits.
  • Promotional videos from the 1970’s. You may recognize some faces.
  • A Sports Day from the 1940’s – with a variety of sports.
  • The 1952 Class Day exercises in Foust Park.
  • A 1950 campus tour, as Jackson and Stone buildings were being constructed..

And there are more to come, as time allows, she says.

“Right now, I’m editing clips from a few reels of film in University Archives that were digitized in 2012. We’ll put as many of the clips from those reels as possible on YouTube.” She is adding a title page and credit page for each one.

Lawrimore says the goal is one of “robust access.”

“Adding these video clips to YouTube is a first step in providing online access to our audiovisual records.”

The films cover a wide range of perspectives on campus events from the 1940s to the 1970s, she notes.

What has she found the most striking? “I find the informal aspect of the films to be the most interesting. These aren’t formal portraits or posed photographs. We’re seeing students, faculty, administrators, and alumni in a way that seems more relaxed and personal.”

The project originated when Hermann Trojanowski in University Archives worked with Dan Smith in the Teaching and Learning Center in 2012 to have the reels of film digitized. This summer, Lawrimore began editing the reel footage into bite-sized clips and uploading them to the University Libraries’ YouTube channel.

“Putting these videos on YouTube is one more step in our plan to promote University Archives and UNCG’s history through a variety of new and exciting social media channels,” she says. “In addition to YouTube, we have our @UNCGArchives Twitter account, our Spartan Stories blog, and – the newest addition – our Tumblr (uncgarchives.tumblr.com). All of these outlets provide new ways to engage with students and alumni, and share the stories that we have here in University Archives with the broader public.”

Access the videos at the YouTube channel here.

By Mike Harris